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Food Diaries| Benachin•

 Happy Easter to you all,

I can't believe today is Easter. It really crept up on us this year huh? You should have seen me on Friday, I was casually sitting here drinking my luxuriously creamy mocha latte, whilst unwinding to 'More Issues Than Vogue' - (We'll speak more about this later) -
Then it dawned on me that I hadn't bought the kids Easter Eggs - *sigh*, - last minute supermarket runs it was.

Speaking of supermarkets, it's time to grab your baskets because today I am sharing one of my favourite dishes with you. *yay*.

If you are West African  perhaps you would have heard of Benachin.

Benachin is a dish that originated in the Senegambia region of West Africa. - Meaning "One-pot".
Many simply refer to Benachin as Jollof Rice, but to me there is a recognizable difference between Benachin and your typical, regular Jollof.

Being Sierra Leonean, I definitely grew up around benachin. Particularly at special occasions like weddings and other events. I'm telling you now, if there is no benachin at a wedding, the wedding isn't lit! Sierra Leoneans refer to it as Benechin (Ben-eh-shin) - but then again we like to switch everything up lol.

The difference that I've noticed is that benachin is much more rich. You can surely taste the flavours and it has a smoked taste. - which I live for. The aroma is so beautiful that you will fall in love when it's cooking on the stove. Each persons benachin will be cooked differently but usually when I have it, its much deeper in colour, the grains of rice are much smaller - and let's not forget to mention the amount of pepper! You will need a minimum of three glasses of water by your side. (exag)

Nevertheless, benachin is soooo good. - I'm telling you guys. I always look forward to when my Gambian Aunty comes back from Banjul because hers is the best, shhhhhh.

congocookbook.com has a brilliant benachin recipe that you can check out if you would like to give it a go.

So that is it, if you haven't tried that real benachin make sure you do because what I'm secretly trying to tell you is that Benachin is much better than "normal" jollof rice!!!
( if you need hooking up be sure to email me. I will get you right!)

Have you had benachin or anything similar? Want to try it? Don't forget to leave a comment below.

Enjoy your Easter Dolls,

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•On The Couch With DayeLaSoul• | Natural Hair Blogger

Daye is a Natural Hair Blogger on SoulNaturalBlog.com, with over 45,000 followers on her Instagram page. She has quickly become a big 'Fro-Rockin' figure within the Natural Hair Community and after recently starting a youtube channel, her followers are only likely to grow!
You'll probably recognise her two-tone afro (which we absolutely love!) from pages like 'Natural Chixs' & 'Protective Styles'...

This week we got the chance to 'sit on the couch' with Daye and delve into her journey as a Natural Hair Favourite.

Here's what we found out..

1. When did you 'go natural' and what was your inspiration?

I wish I had some profound reason for going natural but truth be told, my last relaxer was in 2011 and I had a head injury around the time for my next one, so I just decided to let the relaxers go since relaxing with open wounds in my scalp was a no-go.

2. Describe your natural hair journey in one word?

The struggle a lot of black woman go through with our hair, and even other features such as our lips and curves, is unlike no other and we get criticized from every angle. From childhood we are taught that something is wrong with our hair (it's unruly, it won't grow, it looks unkempt, we need to straighten, it's unprofessional) and even as an adult, I'm criticized. It's truly empowering, and just one way, to contradict negative perceptions of black women and our natural features by simply wearing our God-given hair, proud and unbothered like its a crown--especially when the same people who criticized and asked you "why" are the same ones wondering "how."

3. What is your signature natural hair style?

Most definitely a perm rod set! I'm trying to venture out more this year but perm rod sets are my go-to.

4. How did you manage to grow your Instagram/ become a well known figure in the natural hair community?

Honestlyyyyy, I'm just following my gut and winging it. My earlier followers started noticing changes in my hair and asked me questions which led to requests for pictures, next thing I know, my pictures are circulating every where. Then the pictures turned to video requests, the videos turned to YouTube tutorials, and I decided it was time to launch my blog SoulNaturalBlog.com. There are a lot of women with big, bomb hair on Instagram and I never set out to be a blogger. I think people gravitate to me because I'm just like them. I talk to my audience and I pay attention to their wants and what the natural hair community needs. Not only am I posting nice hair and products, I'm explaining the reality of natural hair according to my experiences so people, and myself, aren't just mimicking and hoping for the best. We are learning and understanding.

5. Are there any hair products that you cannot live without?

I switch up products quite a bit. If you check #DayeLaSoulReview you'll be able to see what I'm currently using. If I had to pick a single thing, it would have to be Aphogee's 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor. In the past couple months, I've been using it religiously and my curls have never looked so healthy and tight.

6. What advice would you give to people who want to go natural but are scared to Big Chop?

If you don't want to big chop, DON'T. Everyone's journey is unique and no one's is easy. Do what you want, it's your head, your hair, your choice! And big chopping isn't a cure-all for the natural hair journey. Yes it gets rid of damage, but if you still have harmful habits and don't know how to properly care for your hair, you'll just be damaging your TWA. I transitioned and it took me from 2011 until the end of 2014 for things to just click with my hair and it's because of the struggle I know what to and not to do so I can share pass it along.

So there you have it...
Thank you to Daye for sharing some wonderful tips that you all can take with you on your Natural Hair Journey.

You can keep up with Daye 
Instagram & Twitter: DAYELASOUL
Youtube Channel: DAYE LA SOUL

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