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Ghanaian and Columbian Skin Care

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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We have not had enough time to test this out on several people over a long period of time, however, for a few days on about 3 people it has had stunning results.

A previous blog was about Pineapple Skins for Skin care – an old Ghanaian treatment.  In conversation over breakfast about that blog we had a Columbian guest who made an addition to that recipe.  So, of course, we had to try it and love the results.

In addition to the steam treatment with Pineapple Skins – add Papaya skins to the water before steaming and let the Papaya Skins and the Pineapple Skins simmer together until steam rises.  Follow the same method – put a large towel over your head and your head over the steaming pot of water and skins and let the steam from all of the ingredients get into your skin for several minutes. You can do this however you are most comfortable – either over the stove with the water simmering or move the pot off the stove and put it on a nearby counter.  If you want to continue and the steam dies down -put the pot back on the stove until the steam comes up again and continue.  We chose five minutes because that was all we could handle standing over a steaming pot.  Someone else was able to try 10 minutes.  The results were spectacular.  I would think once or twice a week – depending upon your age and the condition of your skin – would work beautifully.  Once-a-week if you are young and your skin shows no damage from age or the over use of cosmetics.  Twice a week if you are aging and your skin needs work.

Follow this facial steam bath with lots of splashes of cold water on your face and pat dry with a soft towel.

Then – if you are retiring for the night – use nothing.  If you are getting ready for the day out and about, use a capsule of Vitamin A on your skin to add to the results from the Pineapple and Papaya Skin Steam treatment.  Actually, I found it takes four capsules – clipped and used one at a time to cover my face.  I use 25,000 IU’s.  Whatever you use would be up to your judgment.  I use this immediately upon rising in the morning and after at least 20 minutes with the Vitamin A on my face I rinse it again with cold splashes of water, pat dry and I am ready for work.  If I am staying home, I let the Vitamin A stay until I remember to splash the cold water.  Using the Vitamin A, including on my eyelids and under my eyes can cause a bit of a discomfort while it is on.  I ignore it and keep going.  The result seems to be an increase in my ability to see without the use of glasses.  That might be genetic, but everyone before me had glasses by the time they were 55.  I am way past that and only need glasses when I read a lot.  During the day, I can refresh my face with more splashes of cold water when I go to the bathroom for other reasons.  That is such a rejuvenation and a perk-me-up that my face instantly responds and looks as good as it looked with the first splash in the morning.

If you try this, we would appreciate your feedback as to how it worked for you.

We chose the Vitamin A after the facial steam bath because we read the Bettina Network Blog – a long time ago – about the Vitamin A – dry milk – Vitamin E treatment which is also fantastic so we only need to use the steam – probably once a week – maybe not even.

I don’t even use powder on my face anymore.  If I have a grease spot or the weather has caused a particularly greasy face, I simply use powdered milk.  It is super fantastic.

God bless Alicia Keyes.  Hope others will join her in her dedication to no cosmetics.  She simply appears the way God made her and she looks like a fresh flower in the middle of plastic replications.  I hope she is ready for the attacks of jealousy which are definitely coming from this stance.  So many people so very threatened.

Isn’t it great what sharing can do?  The need to be better than has caused us to have to live with cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and all the rest because we can’t give credit to possible cures and improvements that other societies use on a regular basis.  We must be the continuing Colonials whose way is the only and the best way.  I think this collaboration between Ghanaian and Columbian is what it is all about.

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Pineapple Skins for Health and Beauty

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

A suggestion we picked up from a guest from Ghana on using the skins of a pineapple to help cure a fever.

This is something Hillary Clinton could have used to deal with the fever which apparently caused her trouble at the 9/11 Memorial.  A little steam infused with pineapple skins before going to the Memorial might have eliminated her problems.

Take the skins of two pineapples – I chose two for very arbitrary reasons.  We had fresh organic pineapple for breakfast and used two pineapples.

Fill a large soup pot with water, add the skins from the two pineapples and bring to a boil.

Let this boil for about 20 minutes.

Put your face over the soup pot while it is boiling and make a tent over your head with a large towel to trap the steam.  Let the steam get into your pores.  Keep your head covered with the tent and over the pot for about five minutes.

This should take care of your fever and in addition, your face will look fantastic as the nutrients from the pineapple skin get into your skin as you let the steam get into your pores.

It will also give you a great hairdo.  The steam will make your hair look as though it has increased four fold.

This is an old recipe from Ghana to cure the fever.  We added the side beauty treatment to remove wrinkles, produce a beautiful gleam to your skin and do a little feeding of the skin in the process.

We could take this one step further and suggest you use the pineapple skins to make tea.  It is done the same way. However, for tea, we suggest you take it to the next level and add fresh organic ginger before boiling the pineapple skins – skin and slice the ginger,  add it to the pineapple skins with either honey, maple syrup or organic turbinado sugar to taste.  You will have a wonderful tea to put in glass jars until you want to either heat and serve this as a proper tea – or drink it cold.  Either way it is exceptionally good.

Let us know, via email, your experience with this.

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How To Make Groundnut (Peanut) Soup – Ghanaian Style

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

by: Abubakari A. Adams                                                                                                                                                                                                  copyright for Abu by Bettina Network

Groundnut Soup:

This is basically what I consider one of the best soups favored by most people in Ghana, and some West African countries. In Ghana some people in fact would not mind eating this soup for Lunch and Supper. The main reason this soup is call groundnut (peanut) soup is obviously because groundnut is the most dominant ingredient in the soup. The ground nut is made in the form of paste just like peanut butter but not as smooth as the commercial peanut butter and definitely with no sugar added or any of the other ingredients that come with this commercial peanut butter, – just the  ground nut (the ground peanuts). The soup normally comes in different flavors which is mostly defined by the type of protein supplement used in the soup (type of meat, fish, snails, crab etc.)

Ingredients:

The quantity of ingredients in this recipe can be increased or reduced based on how thick or light you like your soup to be, or how much spice you like in your food.

* Groundnut (Peanut); no sugar just the peanuts (roasted)

* 4 relatively large Tomato

* Hot pepper (use your as much as you think you can handle I would normally use like 1 part pepper to 5 part tomato; 1:5 ratio)

* One large sized Onion

* Garlic (optional)

* Medium sized Ginger

* Salt

* 1 medium sized Garden egg (egg-plant)

* Fish (fresh fish will do but preferably smoked fish gives a better turn out), Meat (fresh meat of choice, most people in Ghana use goat meat) or Crabs.                                                It is okay to use a combination of all three types, unless there are people who don’t eat one or more of the trio.

Tools:

Need at least two good sized saucepans

Wooden spoon or spatula

Chopping board

Knife

Blender

2 sources of fire (number is optional, saves cooking time)

Other tools that you may deem necessary

Process:

There are different processes in cooking the groundnut soup.   The process outlined is my preferred method.

*  First,  do the most obvious of all cooking practice, (clean all the ingredients as needed)

*  Put meat, fish or crab into reasonable sized saucepan;  add water until it is the same level with the meat, fish or crab; add salt as needed and then put the whole tomatoes, ginger, garlic, garden eggs (egg plant) and pepper on top of the meat, fish or crab.

*  Cook the combination under slightly high temperature until the vegetable gets softer or gets cooked.

*  Take out all the vegetable (tomatoes, onions, garlics, pepper, ginger and egg-plant) and blend them all together into a light puree.

*  Put a reasonable-sized saucepan on medium heat and put the groundnut paste (peanut butter) in the saucepan.  Stir, while gradually adding a little water until the color turns dark brown and/or you start to see it getting oily.

                   NOTE; each time you add water,  stir until the water is completely absorbed before adding more water.

*  Once the paste gets to what I term as the brown stage or the oil zone,  add the vegetable puree to the groundnut paste and keep stirring until you get an almost homogeneous mixture.

*  Add the partly cooked meat, fish or crab and the stock, stir and add hot water to get the desired thickness.

* Allow to boil on medium heat until the oil starts to surface.   This stage will take about 15 to 20 min. on average.

* Check to make sure the salt is okay and add more if necessary. NOTE:  you can always add more salt after it is served

Ed. Note:

Abu is a tremendous young man from Ghana.  His area of expertise is Mechanical Engineering and he has a diploma from MIT’s Fab Academy in Digital Fabrication (How to Make Almost Anything).  Abu speaks six languages and since he is a world traveler and stays in different countries for extended periods of time, he will probably constantly add other languages to this repertoire.  One of Abu’s passions is the FabLab.  He has worked with others to set up several and will be on his way to South Africa for the next year to help set up yet another FabLab.  Cooking is something Abu loves to do and we hope he will share more of his recipes with Bettina Network’s Blog.  As he travels the world and picks up different ways of cooking and sometimes how different cultures use the same ingredients, we know he will not forget us and will send recipes, history and updates on how the FabLabs are developing around the world.

He is a very valued member of Bettina Network’s Lifestyle Community.

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