According to the Oxford dictionary of English depression means a typical prolonged feelings of despondency (low spirits) and dejection.
It is sometimes hard to relate to one who suffers from depression except you have been there. To some people it causes them to eat and to some it causes them to loose every appetite.
“well snap out of it!” that is the last thing to tell one who feels low and cannot see anything good in themselves.
Tell me about it, I have been there. some will say you better “grow up! and stop acting like a kid.”
In a continent such as Africa, depression is swept under the rug. It’s like a taboo to talk of depression not to even speak of a person going to see a psychiatrist.
At such a time in my life I found a passion in food. I promise the most I had cooked before then was jollof “supergetti” spaghetti with dry fish and over fried tomatoes…my brothers thought it was the biz…I guess they had no choice but to sit and enjoy their little sister’s food. I did not even know what cloves, coriander or what a calabash nutmeg was.You would think I grew up with a flare for food seeing as my mother was a restaurateur, a trained chef, and a caterer and my dad the owner of a bakery after his retirement from his job.
Now I can roll a morsel of food in my mouth and tell you at least 3 ingredients used in the making of the food.
I was not going to talk about any personal experience but how else would you be able to relate to my blogging.
In the midst of it all, I found food…a passion for food.
food I tell you has a lot of healing properties. There is something about a well cooked wholesome meal. food is not really the enemy, it’s our method of consumption that is the issue.
food helped to heal me, it became therapy. Not so mush as the eating but the mere making of it did something awesome for me.
I could be making noodles for my ajebutters and be absolutely joyful. Funny enough, while they eat I sit by them and ask how is it…good chef they would reply.
I did not know how I found this passion, but I know I had to search within me for something that would heal my body, soul, and mind as I used to write and did not feel like writing anymore…Now I can make curry…ask me what curry was a couple of years ago and I’ld have given you the “are you crazy?” look.
Though I am not saying my post has a solution to depression as it is a broad subject on it’s own…I feel one solution to depression is finding the thing that drives you positively. I had to find mine and I found a culinary beast as some of my friends would put it.Inside everyone of us GOD has made deposits of things called talents…find yours…find what drives you… To end this piece, I want to share a recipe for yam which I discovered just a few weeks ago.
basil and tomato yam porridge. I will give the method exactly as I made it.
one red bell pepper, three tomatoes
one habanero pepper.
half of an onion.
a tablespoon of crayfish.
a pinch of salt if needed.
beef or goat meat…chopped…
a cooking spoon of palm oil. You may use whatever oil you please.
half a tuber of yam or you may use potatoes, peeled and cut in little pieces.
A healthy handful of basil.
Blend your bell pepper, tomatoes, and half of the onion
peel and cube your yam or potatoes and chop your basil
In a cooking pot heat up your oil on medium heat, chop in the rest of your onion and sauté with the crayfish until the onion is translucent. The frying of the crayfish is really pleasing to the taste buds trust me on this one.
Stir in your chopped raw meat. I would suggest beef because it cooks through faster. Sautee with the onion; then pour in your blended peppers, stir and slightly cover and wait for the pepper to cook…
when the pepper mixture is cooked through you would know because the oil would float to the top of the mixture…
then stir in the cubed yam or potatoes with your meat stock and cover…
you should not feel the need to season if your meat stock is rich. If not, you may season with some salt or half of a Knorr cube.
cover the pot and keep stirring occasionally to for the sauce to thicken. The food should be done when the yam is soft and has broken down a bit. the breaking down of the yam also helps thicken the sauce. Once it has cooked, add your basil and stir. Attached is a picture for your satisfaction…