We met over blood pressure issues…
At the clinic
Her: What Nigerian do you know who doesn’t cook with salt?
Her: It’s a cultural abomination
Still her: I left my last doctor for telling me to cook without salt
Me: You sure he didn’t say “less salt”?
Her: Less salt, no salt
Salt is necessary for most of my cooking as a Nigerian
Me: I’m Nigerian- American
I use salt and I agree it is important
After all the Bible says “ We are the salt of the earth” .. Matthew 5:16 …we add flavor … good to the world!
…but don’t use much of it
Her: doc, you don’t understand… I cook original Naija food
Me: so do I
We go into specifics (like efo riro, ogbono soup, yam porridge … I digress)
Me: less salt is doable
Few tips: I continued!
*Use other seasonings including but not limited to ginger, white pepper, cilantro etc
It gives your tastebuds a healthy distraction
*in boiling rice, add a little olive oil some red onions and add salt last …when almost ready if you have to…
You will only need less salt based on this!
Her: ahhh Thank you! I’ll try it
We then go on to discuss our favorite dishes … spices and all…
We talk about how fresh veggies are different from overcooked ones on our soups … subject for another day!
With less salt,