What happens when you make food your calling, your profession, your muse?
Our Edible Stories continues a 5-part mini-series entitled Palates in Pursuit: tales of inspiration and influence in the food industry. I chat with 5 young professionals as they discuss the people, the ideas, and the flavors that craft their unique food passions.
Health-Supportive Chef Muriel Valentina Samuels continues the series as she reveals her unexpected professional journey from corporate America to NYC culinary school and ultimately back to her native Sierra Leone to rediscover the ancestral superfoods of her culinary heritage. Now on a mission to educate the world on clean eating, Muriel is the founder of ETON Foods, a health supportive consulting firm. Her enthusiasm and expertise on nurturing a healthy lifestyle have drawn attention across West Africa, and in 2019 she was a featured speaker on BBC Media Action Sierra Leone.
Muriel’s Pantry Must-haves:
1. Piya (Avocado) as this healthy fat is a perennial favorite which can elevate most dishes, drinks or desserts with its creaminess and make you feel fuller longer.
2. Spices & Condiments: Fresh—Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Pepper, Lime with EVOO, Butter, Sea Salt, Sesame Seeds, Miso, Vanilla Bean Pods, Medjool Dates & Seaweed Seaweed Seaweed
3.Kitchenware: Silicone Spatula, Silicone Oven Mats, Solid Chef's Knife, Peeler, Dehydrator, Cast Iron Pan & Pot, Blender, Food Processor & Slow/Multi Cooker.
Muriel’s Culinary Inspirations: Ingredients, flavors, cooking techniques & culture of Sierra Leone, Japan & Thailand. Many chefs including:
Myra Kornfeld for her extreme focus on teaching to empower audiences & next-level delicious meals.
Michael Symon for that intense focus on excellence mixed with humor and a relaxed working environment. Chef Jill Burns for her focus on clean, health-supportive eating. Chef Celine Beitchman for her dedication to doing the right thing, always, and enriching her students and stress-free energy he brings to the kitchen.
Tasty Healthy-Eating Made Easy
ETON Foods facilitates healthy-eating, fusing culinary culture and traditions from Sierra Leone cuisine with principles from Thai & Japanese cooking using highest quality local & seasonal ingredients to produce nourishing & tasty dishes.
We Teach, Train & Consult individuals, groups and businesses using practical tips and easy application to dispel the myth that healthy eating is time consuming, expensive, and worst of all, tasteless.
ETON Foods Pillars include:
·Plant-based with real and seasonal ingredients
·Clean eating through highest quality, minimally processed ingredients
·Health Supportive Preparation Methods that maximize nutritional benefits
·Diversity on Plate (Ingredients, Techniques, Tastes, Textures & Temperature)
Muriel’s Sprouted Bean Palm Oil Stew with Sweet Potato Crumble