Tasty Creators Share Favorite Recipes From The African Diaspora
Tasty celebrated Black History Month by collaborating with content creators from the African diaspora.
Tasty celebrated Black History Month by collaborating with several content creators to lend their voices through food, highlighting the ingredients and experiences of people from the African diaspora and the significant influence it has on American cuisine.
To highlight a true African-American experience, we asked creators to share heartfelt recipes with meaningful stories that speak to their cultural experiences and/or upbringing.
We kicked off the month with Malcolm Regisford, @tappedinwellness, a creator who resides in Los Angeles, CA. Malcolm has family roots from Trinidad and Tobago. He showed us how to upgrade your Mac & Cheese and shared his plant-based twist: Creamy Plantain Mac & Cheese Topped with Crispy Mushrooms.
Creamy Plantain Mac & Cheese by @tappedinwellness
Next, we featured Jamaican recipes from creator Taneisha Morris, @theseasoned.skillet. Taneisha was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario with roots that stem from Jamaica. She showed us how to make Jerk Chicken, complete with a delicious history lesson on its origins. Jerk Chicken can be utilized in so many different ways, she even put her own spin on some savory Jerk Chicken sliders.
Jerk Chicken Sliders by @theseasoned.skillet
We then highlighted a Mangú recipe from the Dominican Republic, a childhood favorite of creator Xenia Zee, @chef.zee. Xenia was born and raised in Corona Queens, NY. Her dad is from Havana, Cuba and her mom is from Santiago de Los Caballeros, DR.
Mangú by @chef.zee
To wrap up the month, we featured recipes from East Africa with Eden Hagos, @edenthefoodie. Eden grew up in an Ethiopian immigrant family in Windsor, Ontario, but she is currently based in Detroit, Michigan. She shared her delicious Awaze Tibs and Shiro and put an Ethiopian/Eritrean remix on chicken wings with her Maple Mitmitta Wing recipe.
Maple Mitmitta Wings by @edenthefoodie
Tasty also highlighted Eden's company, @blackfoodie.co, with a snackboard from the African diaspora. We can't get enough of the cutting board!
African Diaspora Snackboard by @blackfoodie.co
Throughout the month Tasty also featured recipes from our very own Lead Culinary Producer, Mimo Ahmed. Mimo was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to the US when she was 14. Mimo taught us about two African spice blends that you may not know were from Africa: Harissa and Dukkah! What’s a dish without flavor and spice?
Spice Blends You Didn’t Know Were From Africa: Harissa
We hope these recipes have encouraged you to diversify your palates and get to know a few creators through their love of food and culture. Until next year!
A special thanks to Tasty producers Tikeyah Whittle and Kacie Chow.