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Bhamia Na Nazi

  On 18 Nov 2006 at 1:16, Matt wrote:

> I am currently in Tanzania studying foods of the Swahili Coast. I
> think the sauce that Leone is looking for is Bhamia Na Nazi. It is a
> made with onion, garlic, turmeric, tomato, and coconut cream. And it
> is used with all sorts of mchuzi (stew) and vegetables like okra and
> mchicha (Swahili spinach). 
> Cheers.
> Matt 

Hello Matt,

Thanks, that's helpful, but there is no recipe for bhamia na nazi on the Internet, as far as I can find. Can you provide a recipe with measurements and instructions?



On 19 Nov 2006 Matt wrote:

I can give you a recipe that reflects the dish.  But hardly anyone on the 
East African coast is going to pull a teaspoon out to measure something.  
It is mostly all cooking by feel.
  1 onion (purple), chopped
  3 cloves garlic, chopped
  1 tsp turmeric
  1 tsp vegetable oil
  5 tomatoes, diced
  3 cups coconut cream (from fresh coconut)
  1lb. okra
  1.  Boil the okra in salted water until tender but not mushy.  Strain.  Reserve.
  2.  Saute onion and garlic in oil until golden.  Add tomatoes and turmeric 
  and saute for a few minutes more.
  3.  Add 3 cups of coconut cream and simmer for about 20 minutes.  
  4.  Add cooked okra to coconut mix.
  5.  Simmer a few more minutes and then serve over wazi wa nazi (coconut rice) 
  or with ugali (polenta).


On 22 Nov 2006 at 0:46, Loretta wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm not sure this is the right name "Salty Gata Bread", my Aunt used
> to make a bread many years ago, It tasted like it had a layer of
> heaven in it.. ok maybe not heaven, but a cheesy-creamy type layer in
> the middle, but there was no cheese in it. I've seen the recipes for
> the Armenian bread with cheese, but that's not it. My daughter brought
> home a loaf of bread from the LA Area and it was labeled Salty Gata, I
> can't find a recipe anywhere. It comes the closest to what my Aunt
> used to make. Can you help? Loretta 

Hello Loretta,

The below recipe is the only thing that I can find.


Gata Shakar Lokhoom 
Armenian recipe

1-1/4 lbs (5 cubes) butter 
1-1/2 c sugar 
6 egg yolks 
1 tsp almond extract 
4-1/2 c sifted flour 
1 egg white, lightly beaten 
blanched almonds   

1 Clarify butter. Using electric mixer, beat clarified butter in large bowl at 
medium speed until light in color. Add sugar and beat until frothy in appearance. 
Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in almond
 extract. Add flour and mix until blended. Pat dough in bottom of 10x15" jelly 
 roll pan. Brush lightly with egg white. Cut dough into 1" squares. Place 1 
 blanched almond in center of each. Brush again with egg white. Bake at 350 F 
 30 minutes. Cool. Re cut squares.

Jamaica Smile Cocktail

To make the Jamaican Smile you will need the following ingredients:

Strawberry Mix
Pina Colada Mix
1oz Appleton Rum
1oz Rum Cream (see below)
1/2 Ripe Banana (optional)
Strawberry Syrup to taste

Method: Place all Ingredients into blender with crushed ice and blend until 
smooth. Enjoy!

Sangster's Rum Cream

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1c. Dark Rum (Appleton)
1c. Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp. Chocolate Syrup
4 tsp. instant coffee
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. coconut extract

combine all ingredients in a blender on high speed for a few minutes until 
blended and smooth. store in a tightly sealed container for up to two weeks. 
Stir before using.  May also be served over ice.

Be Thankful

On 24 Nov 2006 at 7:58, Christine wrote:

> Hi Phaed
> I know that the theme song from the Amos and Andy TV show is "Angel's 
> Serenade" by Gaetano Braga.  I have heard this tune sung more than
> once as  a song with the title "Be Thankful".  I have looked all over
> the internet  for the words, but no luck. Maybe you can find them?
> Thanks so much for your help in the past. Christine

Hi Christine,

Well, If anyone has recorded a song called "Be Thankful", using Braga's music, then they have apparently not credited Braga.

There are several sets of lyrics on the web for songs titled "Be Thankful". One by Natalie Cole seems to be the most popular.

The Braga lead is a dead-end. Can you provide any information that would help identify the correct set of lyrics? Can you give any of the words? Have you heard it sung by anyone of note? Who?



On 24 Nov 2006 at 15:35, Christine wrote:

> HI Phaed
> I have heard "Be Thankful" sung twice on the Lawrence Welk reruns,
> once by  Joe Feeney, and the other time by the whole cast on last
> week"s Thanksgiving  show.  Be thankful... be thankful,   for all of
> the  blessings he's given....or something like that. It's such a
> gorgeous  tune.  Maybe someone on the show made up the words.  Who
> knows?   Anyway, thanks so much for your interest.  I'm a music
> teacher in Boston,  and always on the lookout for nice songs.
> Christine

Hi Christine,

That song is on the album "The Best of Lawrence Welk." On the album, it's credited to George Cates and Irving Taylor. I believe George Cates was a close friend of Welk. I'm not familiar enough with the show to know whether Cates was on it or not.You can probably get the album on the Internet. If you want it and can't find it, let me know and I'll help you find it.



On 25 Nov 2006 at 7:47, Christine wrote:

Oh My Gosh!  You've done it again!  Thanks so much for finding  the source of 
the "Be Thankful" song.  I'm sure this album will turn up on ebay. George 
Cates was the show's musical director.  He did all the big  arrangements, and 
from the 70's on, was featured weekly as conductor.   Thanks again!

Apparently it just sounds similar to "Angel's Serenade" by Gaetano Braga.


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