Friday, 31 May 2013

Refashion a Maxi Skirt into a Dress DIY

Blessed Love!

This is a simple beginner tutorial that is fast and allows you to get creative with your wardrobe. It is a dress refashion. You can make almost any type of dress with a plain ole maxi skirt.
I need some more house dresses that fit a pregnant belly and saw the perfect opportunity with this skirt that I rarely wear.
Hope you like this DIY project!


Senbet Selam!
Ila Addis

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Art of Salad Making n a quick Mash Soup Recipe

One Perfect Love!

If you are looking for Ital recipes and reasoning, I have created a special page for that, you can access it from the menu bar!
More Sistren are interested in recipes and I want to reiterate that many of my tutorials are basic steps to creating stir fry, salad, soup, or stew whether peas or provision. You can use whatever your taste is to create many meals by following the steps I do.
This post is about salad making but I have included a simple mash soup recipe which will make a perfect side or follow-up meal to salad for those who don't find salad to be filling on its own for very long.

Today I had this soup as dinner, after fruit for breakfast and a big salad for lunch and popcorn for snack.
Mash soups are great for when you are dieting or trying to lose weight because it is more of a liquid soup that you drink in mugs throughout the day. there are no real pieces of vegetables or the like - mash soup is made from mainly peas (one or more types), or a combination of peas and provision. the ingredients are either mashed or blended up to make it a drinkable soup. It is well seasoned with herbs as well.

I made a sweet soup of pumpkin, split pea, sweet potato and English potato. I added some dumplings for my daughter.

Sweet Mash Soup

 I simply boiled 3/4 cup split peas until they were soft,with onion, pepper, garlic etc.
 I filled the pot with water and just let it boil down, I never added water again. the soup should be boiling but on a medium flame throughout.
then I added about a quarter of a half piece of pumpkin cut in cubes, that was like two cups of big chunks. I mashed them together with the peas in the pot when they  got soft as well. this was to form the soup base.
I cubed one big potato and one medium size sweet potato and added them to the mashed base boiling In the pot. As the potatoes softened I mashed them down too. The soup will have a thick texture but not many chunks.
To make the dumplings I sifted 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and 1/4 corn flour, with 1 teaspoon baking powder and spoon of sugar, with a dash of salt. I used about 1/2 cup water adding gradually. Roll into balls with a little flour after dough is formed.
When I was satisfied with the texture of the soup I dropped the dumplings in. I let it cook five to ten minutes and then turned it off.

It is mellow, creamy and sweet! yum!!

But back to the salad!

The Art of Great Salad Making

I know it seems hard to make salad and  eat it everyday, for some it is not filling or appetising, or too crunchy. But it doesn't have to be that way - salad is quite enjoyable! It is all in how you prepare it.

1. First you have got to make your salad interesting!
Don't just put lettuce, tomato and cucumber and expect a miracle! The more fresh ingredients the better!
Tomato, carrot, cucumber, green leafy vegetables, okra, avocado, broccoli and beet root are great bases for a salad. I make sure I have all of these in each salad (except the avocado which is coming to season any day now).

2. Change your green leafy vegetables regularly!
Don't just use lettuce all the time. Use different kinds of lettuce like romaine, try kale and spicy green leaves like arugula and watercress. Chives and thyme and basil will also add some kick.

3. Add fruit for sweetness!
Beet root or carrot is sweet but chunks of fruit are great too. I like apple, strawberry, blue berries, pear and kiwi. I usually add just one fruit. But two works just as good. Cubes peaches, mango and apricots might also be quite nice. Some like tangerine slices.

Likewise if you want spice or zing add fresh onion or a pepper.

4. Add seeds or nuts to get more nutritional value! Pumpkin seeds are a favourite of many.

5. Add a grain to increase the "heaviness" of your salad if you don't feel full (though the bigger the salad the more full you will feel. It is a meal so make it big)

Add room temperature quinoa or cous cous, bulgar wheat or even millet, and make sure when you prepare them that your water is well seasoned with curry, saffron, cumin to name a few spices.

 6. Make everything bite size!
Eating salad as a meal isn't fun when u spend all your energy trying to chew hard chunks of carrot and cucumber!

Make sure your chunks are bite size for tomato, avocado, cucumber, strawberries, brocolli, apple, pear and kiwi. For broccoli I make sure to break the heads apart so that they are small as well and I add chunks of the stalk.

For the leafy veges I also chop them finely so that they blend well with everything else.

For okra I slice it very thin and then half it - I don't usually add more than two small okra because of the slime.

For carrot and beet root I always use a grater instead of chopping them - they are just too hard to chew in any size. u can add more this way too.

7. Make a dressing!
Lime juice or lemon juice works great.
If you want creamy you can blend an avocado.
Some people like oily dressing, so using olive or sesame or coconut oil, you can blend fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, mint, chive, oregano and so on. Even add pepper if you like heat.

8. Have a great side dish like soup, or a pea stew, ground provision or fruit.
You don't have to eat your salad alone but it is good to ensure that at least once a day it is the bigger part of the meal. the more raw nutrients you get everyday, the better for your body!
While you may love cooked Ital, the best way to live is on a greater raw or fresh food intake than a cooked because you lose so much of the nutrients of the food to the heat.
You can even drink an herbal tea or a fresh juice or smoothie along with the salad.

9. Don't eat it cold, and store well to maintain freshness!
You don't have to eat it at room temp, but when the salad is not cold I find chewing all that freshness is not so hard on the teeth.


So I hope these tips will help you to eat more salad and actually full-joy it! they have helped me tremendously and now my body is set to have that for lunch everyday, leaving the heavy cooked meal until the evening time around 5-6 pm. If I eat more cooked meals in the day I find my dinner spoilt and too heavy.

Remember that treating the body well is a must if you are to balance your Irituality and Creativity. They must all harmonize for true wellness and health.

Blessed Love and Light!
Sis. Ila

Friday, 24 May 2013

Quinoa Channa Burgers/Patties Recipe

Blessed Love

Today's and yesterday's reasonings on the group in Facebook have really been deep. And I know some Sistren shy away from saying more than they do, or going too indepth - but I encourage it because we are there to strengthen one another. the reasoning has to be intense in some way or else what's the point lol. right?
 I know Sistren all over share the same fears, insecurities and struggles as wife, mother, daughter, employee - everything! We all at some point actually go through the same changes in tide, whether it's insecurity about a relationship, parenting, how you live, your job, the list goes on. you can never be altogether perfect for everyone or everything all the time, and sometimes you may want to just break and give up. You might want to escape from something that is at the end of the day, your responsibility.

So it is important to always have faith and to always go deep within yourself and truly find that Irit of JAH within. relying on the wisdom of other Black Wombman who have put the teaching out there is a blessing waiting to be grabbed. it is important to truly take care of yourself and know yourself as a wombman. everything in our life is connected to the other: the way we think, feel, how we eat, what we do and dont do, how we feel about others, interact with others - each one of these things is connected to the other. So there must not only be an evaluation and motivation of self to get these things in sync, but a positive outlook on one's life and being. we have to feel accountable to/for ourselves to make and receive the best for ourselves! without that to hold on to things will fall apart, life wont be manageable, relationships wont sustain. let's face it - nothing is perfect but we can try to be and do better every day. feeling defeated one day doesnt mean that you are. the right frame of mind will pull you through everything.

The lesson I take from today is to look within and Iditate on my own vibes - what I am putting out there, what am I receiving as a result. What can I do better. I feel motivated to work harder on things that I let slip. How am I accountable for my own imbalance of happiness/unhappiness?

the journey is never ending and winding, but it is ours to embrace and make the best of in any given situation. I pray that all Sistren in whatever situation they are in will take accountability, criticism and enlightenment and work harder to get to the strong Wombman they see themselves being.

That being said... how about a recipe!

I just made these on a whim

Quinoa Channa Burgers/Patties

1 small or a half of a sweet potato - like 1/2 cup mashed
1 cup chick peas or channa
1/2 cup quinoa
4 chives
2 garlic cloves
1 pimento pepper
1/2 an onion
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp saffron
1 tsp curry powder
dash ginger powder
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp coconut milk powder
2 tsp  arrowroot powder
1 sprig fine leaf thyme
salt and 1/2 lime optional
corn flour


1. Boil or bake sweet potato and cook the quinoa - I added the curry, cumin and saffron to the quinoa as well. you can add it there and put in the mix if you want to.

2. Blend the fresh seasoning with the channa or chick peas, use some water and the oil to make it moist. you can also use a good masher - it doesn't have to be as smooth as I made mine. add lime here also if you use. I also added the coconut powder, arrowroot powder, cumin, saffron and so on at this time to flavour.

3. Mash potato and add to channa and mix those together. let the quinoa cool by spreading it out on a plate and setting by a window. it worked fast for me!

4. Add quinoa to the potato channa mix with 4 1/2 tbsp of corn flour.

5. Mold into small patties or big burgers. This could make about 4 medium burgers. dust with corn flour on both sides. 

6. Set on foil that is greased and bake on bottom rack for 15 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 150 degree celsius or medium heat . 

7. I really loved these patties - mine were flat so they were more pattie like, but next time I am making burgers that are thicker.

I ate them with a  salad

and then as a burger sandwhich - I LOVE how they taste with raw food! iw ould recommend pairing it with a salad or like the sandwhich but made with a special homemade bread not store bought! 
 channa is often used as "mock fish" because it DOES have a seafoody taste, this is the first time I ever really tasted it like that for myself. there was really a seafood flavour in the patty! So definitely try this patty - overall I think I have a lot more ingredients than might be necessary, but it was a trial and error that worked well!

**Update: Here is a Video I did of the recipe**

More Love and Positive Word Sound and Power for the Sabbath Iditation
I am really going to have a blessed sabbath, learning from Dr Jewel Pookram 
Omega Ites!
Sis Ila

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

High Necked Tank Maxi Dress Tutorial

Blessed Love!

I hope all Sistren are feeling upfull and bright these days. It is important to have your own time where you can create, Iditate, make decisions or just read or try something new. Time for self is really a healing time and restful time for the body, because it isn't about stress, but about things that make the I happy! As you know, for me it is sewing, crocheting, reading and going to the spring that really mellow my vibes right out! So if sewing is also one your "me-time activities" then you should love this simple tutorial to create an elegantly casual jersey dress.

This tutorial explains how to create a different neckline for the tank maxi dress and draw string dress.  very basic and easy! Hope you like it!



Sunday, 19 May 2013

Eggless Apple Cinnamon Drops Recipe

RasTafari Greetings and Love,

In light of my sugar dramas, luckily my body was craving a healthy, nutritional and tasty snack: popcorn. Homemade, butter free popcorn! No salt either. There are many nutritional benefits of popcorn and it is a whole grain! The family will love it and it is good for the youths - I love that you can set it down and come back to it later. 

But even though I am trying to get my cravings in control, my family still likes a little sweet treat every now and again. So last week I did the bread and today I modified the Cinnamon Banana Bread recipe to make Apple Cinnamon Drops instead. They are very tastey and my princess loves them which is good because she is a very picky eater.

These drops could also be made as a bread - treat it like the banana bread recipe. But as little cakes they are delightful - just the right amount of sweet and moist texture. Eating them warm is the best part!

Apple Cinnamon Drops


1.5 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2. 5 medium apples -  1.5 cups of apple sauce you want
1.5 tsp essence
1 tsp arrowroot powder
1/2 cup of walnuts or dried fruit if you have them
 3 large cutlery spoons of brown sugar (like the spoon in the photo)
1 spoon full water

preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius

this is the spoon I used to measure sugar, water and to drop onto pan.


First, peel and dice the apples and put them in the blender with the oil and essence, with just a touch of water (like 1 spoonful) to help get it going. I whipped it altogether. should be nice and smooth like a batter.

I sifted the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Then I combined the wet and dry ingredients in that large bowl. You will get a sticky mixture that will be a little wet.

Drop the mixture onto a greased flat sheet or in muffin tin with cupcake paper using a spoon.

Bake for 20 minutes until the bottom are dark brown.

Remove from oven and pan, and cool for 5-10 mins and enjoy warm!

 Blessed Love
Sis Ila

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pumpkin Red Bean Stew Recipe and My Daily Diet

 Greetings in the Name of JAH RasTafari!

As Wombman we have to be serious about our health and our daily intake of foods and beverages. There is no other way for us to optimally perform our many works as mothers, wives, teachers and nurturers if our personal health is at stake. And though as women we may feel fine and be fine, oftentimes our diet is not fine, it is unhealthy and causes our body to "just function" rather than thrive.

It is so easy to eat unhealthy because such foods are fast and widely available, and because many of these foods themselves have been treated with chemicals or are genetically modified. Really and truly, the state of world nutrition is in critical condition and it is up to every Wombman to individually fight against a system that actually wants to make her sick so it can take her money in health care.

Be that as it may, when we actually get on the correct livity path, it is hard to maintain the knowledge and good eating habits, even the exercise. Because we have so much work to do each day the easy and fast foods become the quick fix so we can continue with our work. But at the end of the day when the headaches, fatigue, painful periods and yeast infections come on, it's because of our slackness and we have no one else to blame but ourselves for the nonsense we put inside our mouths due to convenience! I I salute those sistren who are firm on the healthy fresh food tip and who make sure they have the correct meals each day!

For me it is also pregnancy - I have been craving sugars - pasta, soft drinks and chocolate! Ive been eating way too much veggie burgers or grill cheese just because it is convenient. Of course this is all in addition to my fruits, fresh salads and my ital meals which I have been sharing here. But it's not acceptable! the baby doesn't need to be fed these poisons and I certainly don't either!

It has resulted in a yeast infection for me - yes it is a very personal thing I am sharing here because as wombman we need to be able to talk about these things in order to get informed and heal. All of us at some point face the same issues with our bodies - or our daughters will. Iron must sharpen Iron.
It is not acceptable that I now find myself in this position because I couldn't stop shoving macaroni pie, sugar, yeast and grains (which all break down into sugar) into my system. it didn't happen with the first pregnancy, but this one has just been so different to the first on many levels. I also have to be tested for diabetes to make sure I don't have it - it runs in my family and I really am praying I don't have it because I don't want to give up my fruits! I love to eat a LOT of fruit - mangoes, pawpaw, pineapple, bananas and watermelon are daily for me.
So now because of my poor choices in diet, I have to take these oral medications when I don't want to because of the baby. I tried the garlic but that didn't work for me. So who else can I blame but me for not being strong enough to fight the sugar cravings? And whatever health issue you know you have but still don't treat it correctly, You have to ask yourself: "when is it going to stop?" "when will I really stop the madness?" - cuz eating unhealthy when you know better IS madness! lol

I found a list of foods to avoid while you have a yeast infection and thereafter to prevent their return. This list accurately carries a lot of foods that we should leave out and never look back upon also. I am disappointed because some foods are foods I depend on now in pregnancy for gaining weight - like potatoes and beans! (like this recipe lol) Ground provision like grains and fruit break down into sugars in the body as well.  They say you can reintroduce them a little after the infection is gone, but not a lot, and I eat these types of foods daily. So based on this list, to really detox the body of all the sugars and yeat, the best foods to eat are green and leafy like jucies and fresh salads, showing that no matter what the issue to avoid dis-ease in the body, the best way to go is fresh and green.
I am naturally very lean, weight has never been an issue beyond being too skinny, and with my babies I take a long time to gain weight and I have to work extra hard to make sure that baby is over 5 lbs at birth (my first daughter was under 6 lbs). I am not really worried about having a small baby because it certainly makes an easier delivery! and in two weeks my first baby was 7 lbs showing the power of breast milk. So for me it's a war of fighting the candida and yet fighting being underweight - and knowing that the body will crave these unhealthy foods when you start to eliminate them! Overcoming the flesh with the Irit is truly the only way to build a healthy body - hence why Wombman like Queen Afua give I and I an Iritual and physical path back to "knowing ourselves." You won't be able to keep up the change in diet if you are not Iritually driven each day. You know it is the best thing for the Goddess or I -Self and you feel the wondrous effects of it. As fruit is a huge part of my diet now I have seen and felt the changes despite the yeast infection - which is also something that happens just because you are pregnant :/

So with that big mouthful, I am going to give a quick run-through of my daily meals including this lovely red bean recipe. If you saw my video on peas and vege stew, it is the same thing.

First of all my mornings consist of fresh herbal tea - basil mints, rosemary, peppermint all freshly picked and steeped. I also have garlic or ginger tea. I also have coconut water.

After that is a big serving of fruit and more coconut water once I have it.

For lunch I eat a meal sometimes but I am making myself get back to the big salad only. you can put any combination into your salad. I add apple for  sweetness along with - tomato, cucumber, patchoy or bok choy/lettuce leaves, celery, carrot, beetroot. I finely chop everything and grate the carrot and beet. I have just started drinking the ginger and garlic tea  half hour before lunch.I want to also add seeds to my salads.
Lunch can also be a vegetable juice - preferably everything green. I need to get a juicer to really start juicing more.

For snacks I eat nuts or fruit again. Anything that is healthy. If you have weight gain issues remember nuts add weight.

Lots of water in between meals, more than "fake" or pasteurised juice.

For dinner I eat an ital cooked meal with salad like this one.

For late night snacking it's usually fruit again!

So you see I eat a lot of fruit everyday and when I don't get to the market to reup that is when the bad habits of bread and sweet biscuits come in. So in order to make sure you don't stray you have GOT TO get your fresh produce as often as you need it.
Smoking herb also is sometimes an enemy of eating well in that when those munchies come on you might crave something sweet or you might eat something you promised you weren't. not everyone has this problem of course, but the ravenous feeling that can come on through burning, needs to be taken in hand! That is why fasting with fresh foods is the ultimate way to get the carnal side in control by the Iritual side that knows better! :)

Today's Recipe

Pumpkin Red bean stew with baked Idaho and Sweet Potatoes and salad

- soak the red beans over night. I didn't get to, so I soaked them in boiling water for about 6 hours this morning. Then I boiled them with sea salt, saffron, cumin, dried basil, garlic powder. I also added fresh seasoning - 3 cloves garlic, onion and pimento peppers finely chopped. I added a few pieces of pumpkin to add body to the stew.

- I also cut up one medium carrot, half a head of broccoli with stalk and a quarter piece of pumpkin which is like 3 cups of pumpkin.

- at this time the potatoes were wrapped in foil and put in the 200 degree Celsius oven. they took an hour and 15 to fully bake.

- when the red beans started to really soften, I put all the pumpkin in. when that was cooked through I added in the carrot and broccoli. I added some corn flour to help it thicken. I also added some freshly picked thyme and chives. after another 5 -10 minutes I took off the flame and left uncovered to cool and thicken.

- the potatoes were taken out of the oven and foil and allowed to cool before peeling.

overall I would say I took about 2 hours.

I added some lettuce, cucumber and tomato to the plate.

It taste really really amazing especially because of the sweet potato and pumpkin. let me know what you think if you try this one!

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More Love Sistren
Sista Ila

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

How to Sew a Kaftan Maxi Dress with Sleeves - T-shirt Style

Blessed Love

I think I am pretty much the maxi-dress queen at this point! What else do I make but maxi dresses? And I have more styles that I want to try as soon as I get the fabric too! But I don't mind, an Empress is royal and free in her style and I love that a maxi dress can give you that flowing goddess feel no matter how you style it.
So don't be surprised that I've been making so many because they are also fabulous for pregnancy! I made two new ones recently out of jersey fabric. I redid my kaftan dress in a new fabric (my most popular post to date is that kaftan tutorial) and I know that you can also call it a Tshirt dress if you use the small little sleeve or simply trace a tshirt. IT has a T shirt style to it, but it really is just a kaftan maxi dress.

I decided to just make a simple video tutorial with not too much detail but I outline the basic way to make a kaftan as a T shirt dress which is ideal for summer spring or pregnancy! you can use the post for the kaftan dress if you need more help. the good thing about this tutorial is that you can either use a t shirt or use your measurements!

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without the belt

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Eggless Cinnamon Banana Bread Recipe

Greetings Loved Ones in Fari,

Today I just felt like baking something, so I decided to try my old banana bread recipe, but with a few changes. I used to use jam but found it made it too gooey on the inside. So I am sharing this, having tried this new recipe once today, so forgive me if you don't get good results. I post it because mine came out really great. It was not wet inside, and it was not sweet like really sweet, it was more a natural banana cinnamon flavour. I like the fact that it was a semi sweet slightly salty bread. It really tasted like bread rather than a sweet bread. Even my princess liked it and she is hard to please!
I hope the recipe works for the I! Sorry I didn't take more pictures of the process but I wasn't sure it would have come out at all!

Cinnamon Banana Bread


1.5 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 very large bananas
1.5 tsp essence
1 tsp arrowroot powder

1/2 cup of walnuts or dried fruit if you have them
2 large cutlery spoons of brown sugar like the one in the picture  (I would say no more than 1/2 cup for your own tastes)
1 spoonfull water

 this is the spoon I used for the water and measuring sugar


Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius

First I put the bananas in the blender with the oil and essence, with just a touch of water (like 1 spoon) to help get it going. I whipped it altogether. should be nice and smooth like a batter.

I sifted the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

then I combined the wet and dry ingredients in that large bowl. You will get a sticky mixture that wont be too wet.

I greased the bread pan and spread the mixture in it with the spoon.

Bake for 35 mins. check with a knife along the length of it before you decide it is done. it should be a nice brown.

 Blessed Love

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Soya Vege Chow Mein Recipe

Greetings and Blessed Love

This week I have found myself on a very active track posting online - I usually dont like to be on the computer every day, but with the new FB group I feel inspired to really share more with the Sistren which is actually a lot easier than trying to come up with a new post regularly!

I will be posting a lot more to do with homeschooling, and as soon as I can find the time to sit and type and fix all my documents the homeschool page will be up on the blog. More works to be done, all for the Sistren all in the Name of JAH RasTafari! I welcome your photos and teaching methods also Sistren!

So today's lunch is a simple stir fry as my kingman loves chow mein, we havent had it in a long time. So I Decided to post the recipe because I think it is one that youts especially would apprecilove!

Soya Vege Chow Mein


1 pack chow mein noodles without egg

Half a large carrot diced

Quarter cabbage diced

Head of broccoli split into small chunks
(basically one cup of each vegetable of choice)

1 cup soya mince prepped with soya sauce

1 Onion chopped

2 Pimento peppers chopped

3 cloves Garlic


Soya sauce

Ginger powder, saffron, coconut milk powder, dried basil and other seasonings of choice

Tomato paste


Prepare ingredients

Boil noodles until tender, drain off water.

Put onion, pimento, garlic to sauté in a wide bottom pot or stir fry pan.
Add water to fill bottom of pan, add all powder seasonings

Add soya mince and stir, add more water to keep it wet
Add vegetables, mix, add soya sauce, a dash of tomato paste

Cover and let cook for 5 minutes.

Add noodles, stir well blending everything together and remove from heat.

 Cool and fulljoy! All that was missing was some avocado!