to be African, to be Woman, to be Creative, to be Fashionable, to be Intelligible, to be be IMARA

imara by Mshana

This is the canvas and the pages on which I curate and display the life I wish to create for myself and other liminal hu-women like myself. I explore here my passion for fashion, present my literally inspired visual arts, write my visual arts inspired written works, share my linguistics, travel diaries, show my finding comfort in food, and heck, whatever else I feel like... Welcome and enjoy!

My Sister's Famous Sweet Bell Pepper Chicken Recipe

Meal Prepping for College

Sundays at my mother’s house have always been about two things, food, and God and thus ultimately the spiritual experience that is eating. A typical Sunday schedule at home looks something like this: wake up, go to church, go to the food market, make the food, eat, take a nap, eat, sleep. We cook only once on Sundays, and we don’t just make food, we make a food spread…a whole assortment of dishes. 

Now that I live alone and I is on a college budget without a college meal plan, I had to figure out a way of still making Sunday spreads happen without wasting food or breaking a bank. And so my Sunday spreads for one were born. I adopted my mother’s ritual to my college needs and made my Sunday schedule look like this: wake up, go to church, go to the food market, meal prep for the week, eat, reflect and plan for the week, nap, have a work session, eat, and then sleep. With this schedule, I manage to have both my usual food filled Sundays and a whole week worth of food. The awesome part is that during the week I only need to worry about making time to reheat and eat my food, so I save a lot of time too. 

Give me that chicken recipe girl!

However, carrying and eating the same food all week can be tiring to the taste buds. My formula for creating a whole weeks worth of food without feeling like I am eating the same thing every day is to make one protein as a base for my meals and prep many different sides. This Sunday I am making my Sister’s famous and hella tasty Sweet Bell Pepper Chicken as my main dish, and some rice, chapati and steamed vegetables for sides. I will share my perfect coconut rice recipe and show you my quick veggie steaming method in the future. The chapati (roti) I absolutely did not make myself, I bought the butter rotis from Woolworths because I am such a lazy bum and chapatis take a whole year (maybe an exaggeration) to make 😂

At this point I should explain that this works for me because the meals I prepare are often for lunch. I make my breakfasts daily and have a whole document full of quick breakfast fixes that I shall be sharing in future recipe posts. For dinner, I often have salads and/or breakfast or lunch leftovers because I hate having a heavy meal at night. I also keep a fruits-full fridge and whole pantry of snacks and tea for all the times I simply want to chew on things after my tiny evening meal.

Now for the chicken recipe! Because this is my sister's secret recipe, I don't want to post it here openly for the whole world to see. Kindly click the button on the right and fill in your details to receive the recipe right in your inbox. I promise the chicken tastes as good as it looks.