One of Ayesha Curry’s Favorite Dishes is Perfect for Date Night

These balsamic lamb chops are sure to have you and your bae’s mouths watering.

“Lamb chops are hearty and delicious, and my family—especially Stephen—loves them,” says Curry. “To complement the rich flavor of the lamb, I like to make a sauce using a good balsamic vinegar, preferably one infused with fig. I sneak some sugar into the sauce too. These chops are great with Roasted Pear and Cranberry Brussels Sprouts or Herb-Roasted Potatoes With Lime.”

Chef Curry with the pot is coming to your kitchen!

Social media lightening rod and burgeoning business woman, Ayesha Curry, shares her tips for feeding your stomach and your soul in her new book ‘The Seasoned Life,’ in stores now. But, she’s giving us a sneak peek of one of her favorite dishes with this simple and savory recipe.


Ayesha’s Balsamic Lamb ChopsWhat You’ll Need:

8 small lamb rib chops (about 1½ pounds)

1 tablespoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Leaves from 2 small rosemary sprigs

1 cup balsamic vinegar (preferably fig-infused)

¼ to ½ cup sugar (depending on how sweet your balsamic vinegar is)

Directions:

PREHEAT an outdoor grill or have a cast-iron grill pan handy. Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with the rosemary leaves and massage the seasonings into the meat. (This helps the flavors seep into the lamb and release the aromas of the rosemary.) Let the lamb sit at room temperature while you make the balsamic sauce.

IN A SAUCEPAN, heat the vinegar and ¼ cup sugar over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium, and cook until the vinegar has reduced by half and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 9 minutes. If the vinegar tastes too sharp for your liking, stir in more sugar until it reaches the level you desire.

IF USING A GRILL PAN, preheat the pan over medium-high heat. Grill the lamb chops until cooked through and dark grill marks appear, about 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare to medium. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Transfer to a platter and drizzle some balsamic vinegar sauce over the top. Serve extra sauce at the table so people can help themselves.

“Lamb chops are hearty and delicious, and my family—especially Stephen—loves them,” says Curry. “To complement the rich flavor of the lamb, I like to make a sauce using a good balsamic vinegar, preferably one infused with fig. I sneak some sugar into the sauce too. These chops are great with Roasted Pear and Cranberry Brussels Sprouts or Herb-Roasted Potatoes With Lime.”

Makes 4 servings

Create A Healthy New Year’s Day Brunch For Less Than Fifty Bucks!

Washington, D.C. personal chef Tianna Feaster shows you how to start 2009 off right with an appetizing meal that’s wallet friendly

Chances are one of your New Year’s resolutions includes eating healthier. Well, ESSENCE.com is helping you accomplish this goal while keeping your finances intact. Get started on the first day of 2009 by hosting a New Year’s Day Brunch for your loved ones for less than fifty bucks.

Washington, D.C. – based Tianna Feaster (pictured above) of Feast Your Eyes On This! personal chef service gives you the 411 on preparing a cost-effective brunch to help you ring in 2009 right.

Still nibbling on leftovers from Christmas dinner? Using ingredients that are already in your fridge and pantry, create a fun meal that you and your guests can enjoy without packing on extra pounds. Feaster shows us how to whip up a delicious turkey and veggie frittata, delectable roasted potatoes and a refreshing pomegranate mimosa for up to eight people.

“In this recipe I use egg whites, which help those who have high cholesterol, a lot of vegetables and turkey bacon instead of pork,” says Feaster, who has been cooking up scrumptious meals for those in our nation’s capital since 2006.

“The roasted potatoes are great because they call for olive oil, garlic, fresh rosemary, cracked pepper and just a little kosher salt. Instead of frying they are roasted in the oven, which is a lot healthier for those who have high blood pressure,” she adds.

And haven’t you been wondering what you’re going to do with all that extra bubbly from New Year’s Eve? Mix up some pomegranate mimosas of course! Repurposing is the forgotten key to saving money.

“The cost to prepare this entire meal would be no more than $45 and that includes purchasing the champagne,” says Feaster. Plus, pomegranates are rich in antioxidants and are an excellent source of vitamin C.

The Glory of Greens Recipe

We all love collard greens — here’s one of my favorite recipes to make for cheap. Also, some rules about how to respect — and thus get the best taste from your greens.

Tips to remember when dealing with any greens:
1. Look for bright, green leaves that are firm, wide and healthy.  No dark spots!
2. Wash them carefully to relieve of any dirt, debris and or insects. Once or twice under cold water should do the trick.
3. Take your time.  Don’t rush the rendering process.  Do not overcook. A slow, stewing allows for all the flavors to meld together. Also allow the greens to still retain some color.  A little crunch never hurt anyone.
4. Do not drown your greens!  Too much water will cause them to become saturated which means an extremely soggy meal.
5. Buy locally from local farmer! Not only will you be supporting your community but also it is almost guaranteed to be the freshest of the fresh.  Throughout the US there are roadside markets selling greens everyday of the year.
6. When cutting, remember to roll up leaves in order to cook evenly.

Collard Greens
Ingredients
1/2 pound smoked meat (ham hocks, smoked turkey wings, or smoked neck bones)
1 tablespoon House seasoning, recipe follows
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 tablespoon hot red pepper sauce
1 large bunch collard greens
1 tablespoon butter

Directions
In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil and add smoked meat, house seasoning, seasoned salt and hot sauce. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 hour. Wash the collard greens thoroughly. Remove the stems that run down the center by holding the leaf in your left hand and stripping the leaf down with your right hand. The tender young leaves in the heart of the collards don’t need to be stripped. Stack 6 to 8 leaves on top of one another, roll up, and slice into 1/2 to 1-inch thick slices. Place greens in pot with meat and add butter. Cook for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. When done taste and adjust seasoning.

Serve with favorite dish as a side.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

22 Famous Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Nigerians

 

We have some of the finest international superstars. There’s the rapper Wale , Chiwetel Ejiofor from 12 Years a Slave, Tinie Tempah who we featured, John Boyega from Star Wars, Uzo Aduba from Orange is the New Black, Seal the ‘Kiss from a Rose’ singer and David Oyelowo from Selma.

These are the ones we are very sure of their Nigerian root. But here are a few we know you didn’t know were Nigerian!

22. Tracy Ifeachor

Tracy is a British Nigerian television and theatre actress best known for playing the role of Abigail Naismith in both parts of the Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time.

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21. Carmen Ejogo

Carmen was born to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother in London. Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo is a British actress and singer. She began her career as a teenager in London, hosting the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995.

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20. Dayo Okeniyi

Dayo Okeniyi was born and raised in Lagos before the move to the United States. Oladayo A. “Dayo” Okeniyi is a Nigerian-American actor, popularly known for playing the role of Thresh in The Hunger Games and Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys.

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19. Zain Asher

This might come as a shock to those of you who don’t know but Zain is Nigerian and actually sister to Chiwetel Ejiofor (who we mentioned above). Zain Ejiofor Asher is a British news anchor at CNN International based in Atlanta. She currently anchors CNN Newsroom weekdays at 2:30 pm ET on CNN International. Previously, Asher co-anchored CNN Newsroom at 1 am ET on CNN America

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18. Hope Wilson

Hope Olaide Wilson who speaks Yoruba, French and English fluently moved to the states in the late 90s. She is an actress and producer, known for I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009), After the Dark (2013) and Faith and Dreams (2010).

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Hope Olaide Wilson poses in the press room during the 41st NAACP Image awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP)

 

17. Sophie Okonedo

Sophie was born to a Nigerian father and a Jewish mother and is a British actress. She received an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Okonedo began her film career in 1991 in the British coming-of-age drama Young Soul Rebels.

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16. Richard Ayoade

If you remember ‘The Watch’, the 2012 comedy that featured Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller amongst others, then you should know this guy. He was one of the lead roles in the movie. He was born to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother. He is an English actor, comedian, writer, director, and television presenter. He is best known as Maurice Moss in The IT Crowd — for which he won the 2014 BAFTA for Best Male Comedy.

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15. Ashley Madekwe

Remember Victoria Grayson’s assistant from Revenge? The same social climber? Yes, the role was played by one of ours by name Ashley Madekwe. Ashley has a sexy British accent and was born in London.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 12: Actress Ashley Madekwe attends WGN America's Presentation of the upcoming drama 'SALEM' premiering Spring 2014, at Winter TCA held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 12, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for WGN America)

 

14. Taio Cruz

Taio Cruz was born in London to a Nigerian father and a Brazillian mother. He is a British singer, songwriter, record producer, rapper, and entrepreneur. Who knows his actual name may be ‘Tayo’?

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13. Toks Olagundoye

Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke “Toks” Olagundoye is a Nigerian television and film actress, writer, and producer. She is known for her role as Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC-TV sitcom The Neighbors. She was born in Lagos to a Nigerian father and a Norwegian mother

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12. Nnamdi Asomugha

Nnamdi Asomugha is a former American football cornerback. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He’s the reason Nigerians refer to Kerry Washington as “our wife” because she’s married to him

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11. Adewale Agbaje

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor and former fashion model of Nigerian origin. He is best known for his roles as Lock-Nah in The Mummy Returns, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Mr. Eko on Lost and Simon Adebisi on Oz.

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10. Nonso Anozie

If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll remember this guy who met the mother of dragons. He is proudly Nigerian people and has worked on stage, film, and television.

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09. Caroline Chikezie

Caroline was born in England to Nigerian parents and is best known for playing Sasha Williams in As If, Elaine Hardy in Footballers’ Wives and the Cyberwoman in Torchwood

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08. Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a Nigerian actor best known for his work in the Starz television series Black Sails and his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in the 2004 drama film Hotel Rwanda.

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07. Olurotimi Akinosho

Olurotimi Akinosho better known by his stage name, Rotimi, is an American singer-songwriter, actor and model. He’s best known for his roles as Darius Morrison on the Starz Network’s Boss, and Dre on Power.

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06. Adetomiwa Edun

Sir Elyan from popular TV show ‘Merlin’ is a Nigerian too! The multi-lingual actor was born to a Nigerian father and a mother who is half-Ghanaian and half-English.

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05. Adepero Oduye

Adepero Oduye is an American actress who was in the 12 Years a Slave movie. Oduye began appearing in short films such as Water and Fall, and in 2006 appeared in the independent drama Half Nelson. After several roles in the off-Broadway production, in 2009, she debuted on Broadway in the musical Fela!

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04. Tyler the Creator

Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known by his stage name Tyler, The Creator, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, musician, graphic designer, music video director, and actor from California.

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03. Donald Faison

Donald Adeosun Faison is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best known for his leading role as Dr. Chris Turk in the ABC comedy-drama Scrubs, and a minor role as Murray in the film Clueless.

SCRUBS -- NBC Series -- Pictured: Donald Faison as Chris Turk -- NBC Photo: Chris Haston

 

02. Gbenga Akinnagbe

Gbenga Akinnagbe is an American actor and writer, best known for his role as Chris Partlow on the HBO series The Wire.

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01. Jidenna

The classic man, Jidenna, real-named Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is a Nigerian of Igbo decent. He was born to a Nigerian father and an American mother.

Image: Esquire.com

Pre-wedding photos of Zahra Buhari

The first lady shared pictures on her Twitter account of a pre-wedding party, while asking her followers for their prayers for her daughter and son-in-law to be.

The couple are both graduates from the University of Surrey in the U.K. The president’s daughter, Zahra, graduated with a degree in microbiology. Her husband-to-be is the son of Mohammed Indimi, the chairman of a Nigerian oil exploration company and estimated by Forbes to be worth $500 million.  Indimi is a board member at his father’s company, Oriental Energy Resources, where he is in charge of crude oil marketing.

Buhari has a total of 10 children, two of whom are deceased. The president has five children with his second wife Aisha, four girls and a boy.

Check out some beautiful below:

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Aisha Buhari and Zahra Buhari

 

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Michelle Obama steals hearts with her enviable stylish looks!

Call her modern day fashion It-girl, the most stylish First Lady ever or even, her ‘Royal Highness the Queen of Fashion’, you’re no doubt on point! Michelle Obama’s style game has got gazes locked and rightly so. Ever since her grand entrance into the White House as the honourable First Lady of the United States in 2008, she’s got the fashion world nodding with approval yet utter snobbery, many thanks to her daring fashion.

Not the average First Lady who cloths herself in the most conservative of pieces, locking their sensuality in demure clothing; bulky long sleeves, pant suits… Michelle ditches the cliché unrepentantly, living by her own rules. Fearlessly rocking bold prints, knee-length floral dresses, body-conscious silhouettes and working those glorious curves, Michelle Obama never fails to impress with her classy yet simple fashion choices. And as she moves forward to her next phase of life come January 20, we can most definitely say Michelle left her footprint in the fashion world big time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating At Night Can Make You Gain Weight, But What If You’re Actually Hungry?

Here’s what to do when the munchies strike right before bed.

You’re just about to crawl into bed…and hunger strikes. You know late-night snacks aren’t great for your waistline, or your slumber. So should you try to ignore the craving—or eat something small? And if so, whatshould you have? Here’s my advice about what to do, and how to ward off pre-bedtime hunger in the first place.

First, figure out if you’re actually hungry

The first step is to determine if you’re truly in need of nourishment, or experiencing a false hunger triggered by habit, anxiety, or the desire for a reward. To do that, check in with your body: Do you have physical signs of hunger, like a growling tummy? When did you last eat, and what did you have?

For most people, a well-balanced meal (such as a generous amount of veggies plus lean protein, healthy fat, and a bit of carbs) should leave you feeling full for about four hours. So if you ate a healthy dinner less than four hours ago, and you don’t have any physical symptoms of hunger, blame “mind hunger.”

If your craving is driven by habit (for example, maybe you always pair snacking with watching Netflix before bed), mix up your routine. Do something else with your hands as you veg out in front of the TV. Try doodling, playing with a Rubik’s Cube, or doing anything else that keeps you occupied.

If your hunger is triggered by emotions (like stress, or anger), choose another way to self-soothe. Listen to a five-minute guided meditation. Or see if writing in a journal will do the trick.

Eating when you aren’t physically hungry is like putting on a sweater when you’re not cold: It’s not helpful, and can just make you more uncomfortable. On the flip side, getting to the root of what’s steering you to the kitchen can help improve your mental well being, and break the pattern of distracting yourself with food.

Snack smarter

Let’s say you establish that you really are physically hungry. Now try to assess how hungry you feel. Do you just need a few bites to take the edge off? If so, have a quarter cup of nuts or seeds (a serving about the size of a golf ball). The protein, good fat, and fiber they contain will fill you up, but not leave you feeling stuffed and sluggish. What’s more, as much as 30% of the calories in nuts aren’t digestible, which means the calorie count may be a third less than what the label states. And that’s ideal since you’re about to be sedentary for about seven to eight hours.

If you think you’re too hungry for just nuts, have some fruit too. Kiwis are a good choice, since they’ve been shown to help with sleep. A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men and women who ate two kiwis one hour before bed fell asleep more than 35% faster, slept more soundly, and experienced a 13.4% increase in total sleep time, compared to before the kiwi intervention.

Rethink your dinner

If you’re so hungry that nuts, seeds, and fresh fruit won’t cut it, you may want to reexamine the composition and timing of your dinner meal. I’ve had clients who weren’t eating enough at dinner and then had trouble falling asleep. Or they’d wake up in the middle of the night to binge. That’s because a low-calorie soup, salad, or diet frozen dinner at 7:00 pm just isn’t going to keep you sated until a 10 or 11 o’clock bedtime.

For a healthy and satisfying dinner, make veggies the bulk of your meal. The ideal amount is at least two cups in their raw state (about the size of two baseballs). Add protein from seafood, poultry, eggs, or pulses; and a good fat like avocado or EVOO. Top it all off with a small portion of whole food carbs like spaghetti squash, quinoa, or sweet potato.

Bonus: This type of balanced meal will also help you catch higher-quality Zs. Recent research suggests that eating too little fiber and too much sugar and saturated fat (the kind found in fatty meat and dairy products) can disturb sleep, while higher fiber meals lead to deeper slumber.