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Haiget’s taste of togetherness



Haiget Yoseph (center) with her brother Joseph and mother Mulunesh Woldekiros

 


Haiget Yosef’s transition from home cooking to cooking for a living happened when she was a teenager in Nairobi, Kenya, but the process began with an American-sounding event: she made the school lunch lady angry. Growing up in a family of 12 meant that she learned to help with the cooking while very young.
 

“By the time I was in my teens, I was able to cook for my entire family,” she says. “In high school, my older brother helped finance my first small business, making lunch boxes for students.”

Haiget did well with the business – to the point that she repaid her brother quickly, and her lunches became so popular that the school lunch lady “got jealous” and shut down the budding business. That early success instilled in her a love of cooking that she brought with her to the U.S.

“My first job in America was in a restaurant,” she says. “It introduced me to a way of life and food here in Oklahoma, and I loved every bit of it.”

She opened a home catering business that grew popular enough to lead to a restaurant, Haiget’s, which serves traditional Ethiopian and Kenyan food. Ethiopian cuisine is based around injera (flat sourdough bread torn into pieces and used as a kind of edible spoon), and the focus is on the experience of dining, not just the food.

“Dining in our culture is festive,” Haiget says. “Growing up, we always had relatives living with us. After the day’s activities, we came together to eat, and the ceremonies made you not want to leave the dinner table.”

The dining process eventually led to the adoption of one of Haiget’s favorite traditions: gursha.

“Gursha means that someone at the table will feed you, and according to the custom, you cannot say no,” she explains.


The togetherness gave rise to the custom of enbla, as well. It is an Ethiopian word that means “let’s eat together,” Haiget says. She was surprised by the culinary customs she found in Oklahoma: the rushed meals, the microwaved food and especially eating alone.

“In our culture, if you are alone and about to dine, you would say to someone ‘enbla,’ and they would eat with you,” Haiget says. “When Ethiopians come to our restaurant now and I serve them, they say ‘enbla,’ or when I’m busy rushing around they offer me gursha. I love the customs because they show a sense of caring for your fellow humans.”

That care for fellow humans includes a concern for food preparation and healthy eating. Meat is not central to Ethiopian cuisine, so the vegetarian options are rich and flavorful.

“Ethiopian cuisine is healthy cuisine,” Haiget says. “When people hear ‘healthy,’ though, they assume it tastes like grass, and much of their experience of vegetarian food is under-seasoned dishes.”

For this recipe, however, Haiget is deferring to Oklahoma preferences, so she picked an “easy, fast, healthy and delicious” chicken dish. While it’s traditionally served with injera, it also works well with rice.

 


► How It's Done

1 chicken breast
Black pepper
Lemon pepper
Berbere
Garlic powder
Oil
½ onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
Jalapenos
Rosemary powder
Kibe

Cut single chicken breast into small cubes.

Marinate it with black pepper, lemon pepper, berbere (Ethiopian chili powder), garlic powder and a little bit of oil to help mix the spices according to your taste.

Place the chicken and half of a chopped onion into a sprayed pan, and sauté until the spices are all infused into the meat but not burned.

Add 2 tomatoes (chopped) and let cook 5-7 minutes with the juice of the tomatoes.

Once the chicken is cooked with almost all the liquid gone, but not dry, add julienne-cut jalapenos, ground rosemary powder and kibe (Ethiopian clarified butter).

Mix all for a minute or so for the flavors all to blend in, and then remove from heat.


► Haiget's

 

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The CODED_COUTURE exhibition looks at the intersection of fashion and technology. Couture clothes are manufactured to a customer’s specific requirements. CODED_COUTURE offers a new definition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Contemporary
Telephone: 405.951.0000
Contact Name: Lori Brooks
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Dust off those chaps and spurs and saddle up! Enjoy country music, party mix and a cash bar on these weekend cruises. View the evening ferry schedule online for evening departure times, and pay...

Cost: $6-15

Where:
All OK River Cruise Landings
Oklahoma City, OK  73109


Telephone: 405.702.7755
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Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is bringing "the greatest jam session in history" to OKC! This Tony-winning Broadway musical is based on the true story of the famed recording session when Sam...

Cost: $30-90 (military and child discounts available)

Where:
Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Telephone: 405.524.9312
Contact Name: Cynthia Bedford
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Crank it up on the south side with a high-energy show.

Where:
Diamond Ballroom
8001 S Eastern
OKC, OK  73149
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Telephone: 866.977.6849
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It's not quite Hamilton, though it's written by Lin-Manuel Miranda - prepare to get fired up by this upbeat tale of cheerleading competition.

Where:
Pollard Theater
120 W Harrison
Guthrie, OK  73044
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Telephone: 405.282.2800
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A joint exhibition of Western portraiture and iconography from Oklahoma Hall of Fame artists Mike Larsen and Harold T. Holden.

Where:
OK Hall of Fame Museum
1400 N Classen
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.235.4458
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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass and sculpture. The exhibition...

Cost: $10-12

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
Contact Name: Becky Weintz
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A Tony-winning comedy wraps up the Carpenter Square season as siblings reunite for arguments, complaints and eventually, bonding.

Where:
Carpenter Square Theater
800 W Main
OKC, OK  73106
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Telephone: 405.232.6500
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Politically charged and unapologetically feminist, this shows harnesses the talents of dozens of local women creators, with proceeds benefiting OKC Artists for Justice.

Where:
Current Studio
1218 N Penn
OKC, OK  73107
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Telephone: 673.1218
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Summer is a perfect time to join Cimarron Opera in revisitng the classics via Gilbert & Sullivan's comic masterpiece. It's about duty.

Where:
Nancy O'Brien Center
1801 Stubbeman
Norman, OK  73069
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Telephone: 405.364.8962
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Edmond's citywide celebration of Independence Day spans more than a week of events, excitement, food and all kinds of fun.

Where:
Throughout Edmond
Edmond, OK


Telephone: 405.340.2527
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A slice of American (and Oklahoman) history retakes the spotlight in this exhibition of works created under the New Deal's Federal Art Project.

Where:
OKC Museum of Art
415 Couch
OKC, OK  73102
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Telephone: 405.236.3100
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