Roots ~AncestryDNA Results are in, 01/08

It’s official—I’m African American; but, I knew that…

According to AncestryDNA, I am 98% African and 2% European—this is consistent with my genealogy research. I accept the African Badge and wear it with pride.

Now, I have a better idea who my peeps are—the Bantu Peoples. Note the regions with the yellow hue. Add to that the areas in green from the more western African countries.

I suspected 18th & 19th Century enslavement happened to Africans closer to the Atlantic coast and along interior waterways. 

The results came in around 11:00 pm. I have read a lot about my peeps and periods of enslavement. I have much more research to do.

There are no surprises in my AncestryDNA results. From mailing to results took 24-days—much less than their 6-8 week estimate. Thanks to my son for this birthday gift.

Now, with my analysis of my AncestryDNA Ethnicity Estimates.

Cooking ~ A Simple Meal—Grits & Canned Salmon, 01/07

Quick to prepare…

I cooked grits & salmon, with sautéed sweet onions and served it with a dollop of sour cream—toast, with peach preserves on the side. I drank skim milk. All was tasty!

Cooking ~ The Last-third of the Beef Brisket, 01/05

The taste seems to get better and better…

Each meal was prepared differently; although, the ingredients for my New Year’s Dinner and today’s meal are basically the same. Key with each of them are the flavors and how they POP in my mouth. WOW!!!

Christmas Dinner ~ New Year’s Dinner

Cooking ~ A Meal to Tide Me Over to the Last-third of Beef Brisket, 01/03

A medley of colors and flavors that make me smile.

This dish has baby kale & spinach, baby-cut carrots, chopped boiled eggs, chopped mushrooms, crumbled feta cheese, sliced Polish Kielbasa, sweet peppers, and spices [including a slice of Carolina Reaper Pepper [–the world’s hottest chili pepper”] cooked in cooking sherry. The flavors are profound and it looks good…

I prepared a similar dish nearly 2- years ago. Both are made from scratch—just what’s in my head at the time. Saturday, I plan to cook the remainder of the beef brisket—again, prepared differently than I cooked the Christmas Brisket and the New Year’s Brisket].