Hello everyone, happy Monday! Man, I’ve been waiting for this day for ages; I’m finally done with exams!!!! (Let’s have a moment to hold hands and party, party, party!!) I’m SO excited because I’m going to have lots more free time (hopefully) to dedicate to some more creative pursuits.
Today’s post is a very special one. It’s my first food post ever on the blog, and it’s in collaboration with Michael, a friend of mine of whom I’ve been in awe for ages. Geez, the man can cook! Mmmmhmm. His daily (Ghanaian food) recipe posts on facebook always leave me mouthwatering, and when he shared his special Bissap recipe, I knew we had to have it over here on the blog!
Bissap drink, commonly known Sobolo, is a popular drink in Ghana and even West Africa at large. It is a tea made from Hibiscus leaves. It has a characteristic vivid Burgundy colour due to the colouration of the Hibiscus leaves from which it’s made.
Benefits of drinking Bissap/Sobolo Drink
- In Ghana, it is widely believed that Bissap actively fights against fever, and strengthens the body against various aches and pains.
- It aids in digestion and eases stomach upset by stimulating peristalsis (constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine)
- It also fights against nausea and breaks up phlegm.
- In more Scientific news, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) study done in 2008 by nutrition scientist Diane Mckay revealed that drinking Hibiscus tea actually lowers blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.
- Hence, it reduces your risk of hypertension.
Personally, I LOVE Bissap, and it is a staple in my diet, especially during my pregnancy times. I drank it every. single. day, and it helped me so much against nausea, the bane of pregnancy! And now I know why my blood pressure was always good…(regular exercise was a big factor too, of course!).
Without further ado, I present Michael’s recipe. Take over, Michael!
This is how I prepare my spicy hot #sobolo.
What you need: #sobolo leaves, spices, sugar, flavour(optional)
Spices: hwentia (also known as Negro pepper), pepree (also known as Grains of paradise or Guinea pepper), wisaa(both up and down), ginger.
Get to any market and ask for #sobolo leaves.
Preparation: Soak them leaves overnight. Boil for about 10 minutes. Blend them spices together and mix with boiled leaves. Sieve the mixture and add desired quantity of sugar and flavour (optional). Allow to cool and refrigerate. Serve very chilled.
That’s it! Try it and don’t be greedy, pass me some! Lol
You can blend pineapple and add to give it a twist.
You can find Michael over on his website www.GhanaNie.com or on twitter and instagram @donalabee.
And there you have it, folks! Happy tea making! 🙂
Happy Monday, and have a wonderful week! December is coming!!! Fa la la la la la la la *wink wink*