With Ebun Babalola
Dr. Babatunde Lee, is the President of Nigerians in Diaspora, Cote d’Ivoire chapter. The Oyo State born medical doctor, is our guest in this edition of Celebrity Tummy Talk as he speaks on how he eats amala in Cote d’Ivoire. He says, no woman can defeat him in cooking.
As a medical doctor, how is your feeding habit?
My feeding habit changes with time. When I was a student, I was used to the student’s feeding system which was the reason why some students had ulcer. There was no regular food.
And now, as a doctor, I hardly have time to eat but I drink. I don’t like meat. I hate to see meat in my food.
What type of drink are we talking about?
I don’t like alcohol but I taste beer. I drink a bottle of cold beer daily. Either in the morning when I’m not busy or at night before going to bed.
What is the staple food in your village?
Amala. There are two types of amala. The lafun (cassava) and the black amala (yam flour). I love black amala because of the taste and aroma.
Do you know how to prepare any of your traditional foods?
No woman can defeat me in cooking. As the eldest, I cook very well. As the first son, my mother taught me how to cook. So, I know how to prepare all types of food. With my exposure, I know how to prepare continental dishes.
…And your wife?
She begs for holiday. At times, she begs me to prepare some soups for her especially vegetable soup. And happily, I prepare it. In fact, she is my sister.
Has your transition from Nigeria to Ivory Coast changed your feeding habit?
We are still Africans. I’m used to Ivory Coast dishes too. I still eat amala in Ivory Coast whenever the occasion calls for it. And my wife prepares it because it’s my favourite.
Do you experiment with Ivory Coast dishes too?
Of course and they taste very well too. I took my time to learn how to eat their food.
Can you mention any of those foods?
There is what is called, Asheke. It’s made from cassava, just like garri. It is always in liquid form. It is accompanied with other ingredients including tomatoes, onions, fried fish or toasted fish, chicken. It’s one of their staple foods.
Do you know how to eat this particular food?
I tasted it and I did like it. Although, I haven’t tasted it for a while.
What is your feeding habit on daily basis?
As a medical doctor, I watch my weight and so, I eat once a day.
How often do you take fruit?
I have them in stock. I take them anytime and I take fruit more.
What type of fruit?
Fruit in its varieties including orange, apple, pineapple, pawpaw. But, I don’t like the banana produced in Ivory Coast because of the chemical. I don’t like it when it is not naturally produced.
When it comes to exercise, who is Dr. Babatunde Lee?
I’m a sports man. So, if I’m not into handball then, I do some jogging. I have these equipments to keep fit.
8 diets everybody should try
Nowadays our diets are jeopardized and we end up eating a lot of junk food which ends up harming our body tremendously. So it is important for us to somehow follow a balanced diet such that we may live life to the fullest. In order to do that, we must eat healthy and plan our diet smartly.
In order to maximize nutrition from what we eat, we should make sure that certain food items are always included by us at some point of our diet and eaten as frequently as possible. Nutritionists have therefore found out 8 foods that we should eat. These foods help us avoid all kinds of diseases and help us to be healthy and remain youthful and beautiful.
These 8 foods which we should eat are Spinach, Yoghurt, Tomatoes, Carrots, Blue berries, Black Beans, Walnuts and Oats.
Spinach may be green and leafy but it is the ultimate food for a healthy person. It is a rich source of the Omega 3 acids and Folate. It helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and Osteoporosis. Furthermore spinach also helps to gain sexual enhancement. It is rich in Lutein which helps in reducing muscular degeneration which is caused by old age. One should have about half a cup of cooked spinach a day.
Yoghurt is rich in small micro organisms which grow inside it due the fermentation process and hence, it has several pro-biotic qualities. It helps us to reduce the risk of cancer and greatly boosts the immune system. It is rich in calcium and proteins. One cup of yoghurt is optimal for a healthy diet.
Continues next week
Golden Penny Pasta (With Shrimp)
Frozen shrimps (shelled and thawed)
Two medium sizes of red tatase with pith removed (seeded and chopped)
Two large onions (chopped)
Two cloves of garlic finely chopped
Two teaspoons of olive oil
One teaspoon chopped fresh basil (scent leaves)
Three chopped fresh pepper
Parmesan cheese (finely grated) – optional
Melt half of the butter with the olive oil over a moderate high heat.
When the foam subsides, reduce the heat; add onions, garlic and red pepper.
Fry until the onions are soft and translucent.
Stir in the basil, salt, seasoning and shrimp
Add three tablespoons of water; stir and cook for two minutes
Stir the cooked golden pasta in the shrimp’ mixture and reduce heat. Let it simmer for two minutes and remove from heat.
Serve at once with the parmesan cheese sprinkled on top (if available)
Nutritional Values of Coconut
Eating coconut as rich in dietary fiber, is good for those suffering from constipation.
Coconut is good for building up the body muscles of thin and emaciated individuals.
Coconut milk is good for curing sore throat and even helps relieve stomach ulcers.
Water derived from it has been found to be beneficial for people with kidney problems.
The water is believed to lessen the rashes caused by smallpox, chickenpox and measles.
Coconut water is said to be good for the skin.
Coconut water is used to treat intestinal worms and relieves stomach and urinary problems.
It has been claimed that coconut water is beneficial for the people suffering from diabetes.
Researches have suggested that coconut helps in reducing the viral load of HIV.The organic iodine content of coconut helps in preventing simple goiter (enlarged non-toxic thyroid).
Apart from being good for the skin and hair of a person, coconut oil has been found to be beneficial in case of stress, heart diseases, high cholesterol levels, too much weight, kidney problems, poor digestion, low metabolism, high blood pressure, low immunity, dental problems, diabetes, low bone density, HIV, cancer, premature aging and pancreatitis.