Beard Foods

Wakanda Toast Is That?

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We are all still on a high from pledging #WakandaForever and thanks to Chef Kenneth Temple, we now have a delightful and delicious twist on a breakfast classic. Chocolate french toast with chocolate ganache, yes please! Chef Kenneth, like the rest of us melanin rich folk, has been inspired and motivated to show up and out infusing that black pride into our works. Take a look a this "deliciousness" below! And be sure to sign up for his newsletter to get more creative savory goodness right to your inbox. 

 

Chocolate French Toast with Chocolate Ganache

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Serves: 2
Total Time: 10 minutes
 
¾ cup half and half
1/3 cup dark chocolate coco powder
2 large eggs
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne
pinch of salt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 slices brioche or Texas toast
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup grade A Maple Syrup, 1/4 cup per serving


Ganache:
½ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon sugar
6 ounces (1 cup) semisweet chocolate


In a bowl mix whisk together milk, coco powder, eggs, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and vanilla; soak bread in mixture for about 20-30 seconds. In a large skillet over medium high heat melt 4 tablespoons of butter, cook bread for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden brown on each side. Serve hot with 2 tablespoons butter and maple syrup.

In a small pot heat cream, rum, butter and sugar to a boil. Put chocolate in a stainless steel bowl pour in cream over and cover with a towel for 3-5 minutes. Stir until smooth sit to the side and allow to cool.


Note: Garnish with sliced bananas, strawberries, dark chocolate chips, mangoes, pecans or whatever fruit you love!

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*Beard Food Tip* 

Pair your chocolate french toast with orange juice, and not just because it's the go to breakfast beverage. For black men with beards, drinking a glass of OJ daily can in fact be a benefit to your BEARD. With orange juice being the poster child for Vitamin C, not only does this vitamin ward off the common cold, its a collagen synthesizing antioxidant that can reverse the effects free radicals have on your skin and facial hair, ultimately allowing your the hair that grows from your face a good chance at flouring. Have with or with out champagne of course, brunch anyone? Chef Kenneth pairs his with a Bailey's Milkshake, YUM! Check his site for the recipe.

The Best King Cake in New Orleans by Eron Eatz

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Every year around this time we all want the same thing, king cakes! In New Orleans for carnival season, we buy king cakes to celebrate. There’s a plastic mini baby inside the king cake and if you get the piece with the baby, you have to buy the next one. The tradition of buying a king cake dates back to IDK...but I do know a good King Cake can change your entire life. If you ask most people where to get the best king cake, they’ll refer you to Manny Randazzo’s, Duong Phong Oriental Bakery, and Antoine’s Famous Cakes. I admit, at one point I was a hypebeast and I used to stand in those loooooong Manny Randazzo’s lines like most of y’all UNTIL I got upgraded. And this wasn’t a close contest at all, it was actually TOO EASY! So, I present to you my choice for the the best king cake in New Orleans...

….drum roll please.......

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Not Too Fancy Bakery!  Now I know what you’re thinking, “I haven’t even heard of not too fancy bakery,” “Why they fancy?” “Drake kinda fancy or ya girl from the Jamie Foxx show kinda Fancy?”. BUT that’s why you have me. I take culinary risk for the culture. I’m a professional culinary risk taker, habitual line crosser, hotstepper and lyrical gangsta, MURDERER! I’ll save that story for another day.

Remember the colors of Mardi Gras - purple, green and gold? They have the traditional king cake with those icing flavors but that’s not their only flavor. They’ve combined our love for pralines, aka pecan candy, with king cakes and created a “Salted Caramel and Candied Pecan King Cake.” See! That’s kinda fancy but NOT TOO fancy lol (I couldn’t help it, my bad). The problem with some king cakes is the cinnamon bread they’re baked on.  It’s very heavy and filling so you can’t really eat a lot of it but Not Too Fancy's is light and flaky, which is much better. Imagine eating a king cake made out of a cinnamon croissant topped with a sugar glaze, candied pecans, caramel and lightly filled with cream cheese.  Pretty much a tasteful explosion in your mouth. 

*PAUSE*

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It makes you hum “Big Chief” while eating it. Don’t ask me how I know this, not one of my proudest moments.

Obsessive is a word that probably best describes how I feel about this king cake. It was gone in 4 days. All but two pieces were eaten by me.  Am I ashamed?  Nope! Do I care if you judge?  Nope. Will I get another and eat that one as well? Yuup! The Bakery doesn’t have a store front so you order online and it gets shipped. If you are local, however, sometimes there is a pickup option available. I would suggest ordering a few days in advance of when you actually want it just to ensure you’ll be able to get one.

Not Too Fancy Bakery is my pick for the best King Cake if you ain’t get the point by now. And if you’re Uptown on Mardi Gras, I’ll have some to share. PULL UP! (Save your judging for those in the black robes 😂).

To get all the best spots for food & drinks, hit me on IG @eroneatz!

 


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ERON is our in house, self proclaimed "Professional Culinary Risk Taker for the culture". When he's not traveling and eating, he's producing music/film at 4th Floor. Born and raised Uptown, he's a proud New Orleanian.

 

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Hey y'all, Quinn here! I'm sending this e-mail because a colleague of mine told me that he mashes up avocados and puts them in his beard (insert the emoji eyes here). I looked at him crazy at first because it just sounded so...messy, but he laughed it off and proceeded to demonstrate it for me. He took one ripe avocado, mashed it up with a spoon, and applied it to his beard (it was definitely messy and made me kind of hungry lol). Right after washing it out, he allowed me to run my fingers through it, and I noticed an instant difference in how soft it was!

So, I went ahead and did my own research and whoa, I was shocked at some of the things I read on the health benefits alone! One thing we encourage over at BMWB is healthy eating to live a well and balanced life. We know that eating processed foods is the first step to creating disease in the body, or dis-ease as our Baba Dr. Sebi put it. Processed foods are laden with harsh chemicals, preservatives, antibiotics and binders, but a good start to changing the way we eat is finding healthier alternatives. The avocado is a fruit, and it's high in healthy fats. It is proven to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels; it also helps absorb nutrients from other plant foods, and assists in helping you lose weight. Considered a super food, avocados are incredibly nutritious and includes the following:

• Vitamins K, C, B5, B6, and E

• Fiber

• Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

• Folates

• and more Potassium than bananas

So for our bearded brothers, avocados are pretty much beard food - in more ways than one! Noted for its high amino acids and proteins, avocados ALSO nourish the hair and skin (which reduces dryness and itching).

For your intake of this super food, the next time eat you salsa, add guacamole instead of queso, substitute an avocado spread instead of using mayo, or chop it up and add it to a salad. Or you can do as my friend did and mash up an avocado and massage into your beard and the skin for 15 minutes, rinse it off in the shower and apply a good conditioner. Let us know how avocado has helped you!

Beard Foods: Kale

Although there aren't any magic potions to ingest to magically make your beard flourish, there is what we call Beard Food, those nutrients that aid in making your hair grow. Just like it's important what you put on your beard, it's equally important what you consume that promotes healthy hair growth. Take for instance Kale. Rich in Vitamin A, Kale is considered a super food. All cells in the human body need Vitamin A in order to grow, and this includes the fastest growing tissue in the human body, the hair.

Vitamin A also helps your skin glands make #Sebum, the oily substance your skin produces to keep your hair moisturized and also prevents split ends. Sautéed in avocado oil or eaten raw as a salad, incorporating this Beard Food into your diet will get you on the right path to a healthier beard!

Let us know in the comments what your favorite thing is to do with kale!