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Elixer Of Life

Posted on February 5, 2013





1/2 of a Pomegranate. Pomegranates have huge health benefits. I would list them, but there’s too many. I try to grab at least two pomegranates each time I go shopping at Mr. Coco. Half of a pomegranate will do here. The best way to get the seeds out is to hit the back side with a large spoon into a bowl.

1 Banana-na.

Slice of a Beet. I absolutely hate beets by themselves, but with this smoothie it gives it a certain flavor that can’t be beat–see what

Handful of Blueberries. Another one of Mother Earth’s hidden secrets.

4 Strawberries.

Ginger. My dad has always been a proponent of ginger and he passed that off to me.


Add all of these ingredients to a blender of your choice. Put a couple of ice cubes in the mix and some juice and there you have it.  Nothing too crazy. Easy to make. And delicious to the taste buds.


In the Kitchen with Nico

Posted on December 13, 2012




I am known in “the streets”–of my four walls– for throwing it down in the kitchen from time to time and I wanted to share with you one of my new favorite recipes. To give credit where credit is due, this recipe was inspired by the multi-talented Jourdan Dunn via her Life+Times video. The meal is broken down into three segments: the pork, the rice and the salsa. Here’s all you need.


Oven Baked Pork Ingredients:

1 Boneless Pork Chop

2 Sliced Mushrooms

¼ of a cup of diced onions

Handful of Spinach

Diced Clove of Garlic



Garlic Seasoning

Multipurpose Seasoning

Olive oil



Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Poke holes into the boneless pork chop with a fork before beginning. Drop a tablespoon of olive oil onto the boneless pork chop and massage it all over the pork with your hands. Add seasoning while still using your hands to massage the meat. Place the pork chop on a baking pan that has a layer of tin foil on it and place in oven for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes flip the pork chop to its other side. It should be a golden brown color when removing.


While the pork chop is cooking, drop three tablespoons of olive oil into a skillet. Turn on stove to a low-medium heat and place skillet on stovetop. Place sliced mushrooms, diced onions, spinach and garlic into skillet and let the food sweat until mushrooms are lightly brown.


Once the pork chops are finished glaze the meat with the skillet made garnish.


Stovetop Rice and Beans Ingredients:

Zatarains Black Beans and Rice


Instructions: Follow the instructions on the box.


Mango and Tomato Salsa Ingredients:


½ Mango diced

½ Tomato diced

Pinchful (it should be a word) of sliced and diced Cilantro

Tablespoon of red vinegar

Instructions: Mix these ingredients in a bowl. Voila!


And there you have it. My family is from Africa so all of those measurements are to be used with caution.  I’ve seen those measuring tools before and I think I notated the right measurements.





…and she can cook?

Posted on December 5, 2012

Captura de Tela 2012-12-05 às 6.00.05 PM

I have been depressed for the last couple of hours because I missed the Victoria Secret Fashion Show on television. Is that a big deal, you ask? It is a HUGE deal. This fashion shows is the only reason why I wake up each day, in order to get through the year and watch next year’s event. Anyway I missed it and was on suicide watch last night, luckily before I did anything too crazy, I was able to watch Jourdan Dunn getting it “Dunn” in the kitchen for Life + Times. I’ve always been #TeamChanelIman, but after this video I may have to switch sides.