The Lenni Lenape prepared a variety of foods and believed in sharing the food they were blessed with. Their belief was that no one should be allowed to go hungry. When visitors arrived, they were offered food.

Pumpkin-Corn Sauce

Ingredients

1 can (15-ounce) plain pumpkin, without spices
1 cup frozen or canned corn, drained well
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons honey

Procedure

Preheat oven to 350° F .
Grease a baking sheet with a small amount of oil.
Put the corn on the greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Mix the corn, pumpkin, salt, and honey in a medium-size pot.
Heat the mixture over medium heat until it starts to bubble.
Turn the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.


Indian Fry-Bread

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Warm water
¼ cup vegetable oil

Procedure

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
Slowly add the warm water while stirring.
Continue to add water to make a soft dough.
Mix and knead the dough with your hand until it is smooth. Sprinkle with flour if the dough is sticky.
Cover the dough with a towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Break the dough into lemon-size pieces.
Roll each piece into a ball and flatten into a pancake.
Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan.
Add as many pieces of bread as will fit in the pan.
Fry the pieces on each side until they are lightly browned.
Remove the brown fry-breads and place them on a plate covered with a paper towel.
Serve the fry-breads with salt or maple syrup.

 

Cornmeal Cake

Ingredients

1/2 cups rasins
4 cups precooked blue corn meal
1 cup sprouted wheat
2 cups precooked yellow corn meal
6 cups water
1/2 cup brown sugar

Procedure

Put 6 cups of water in pan and boil.
Add 4 cups precooked blue corn meal.
Add 2 cups precooked yellow corn meal.
Add 1/2 cup rasins.
Add 1 cup wheat, sprouted.
Add 1/2 cup brown sugar.
Blend well; dissolve all lumps. Pour into baking pan that is lined with foil.
Cover with foil. Bake at 250 degrees for 4 hours.
Note: Cake must cook slowly!

 

At my naming ceremony the wayhuhweehuhlahs, the giver of
names, told my mother, Half Moon Dancer, "He shall carry his
people on his back, as steady and sure as a hard-shelled turtle that
walks over land toward water. He shall be Walking Turtle Boy."


Walking Turtle is a good name for me because I carry my cousin,
Little Talk, on my back wherever we go. Little Talk was born with
a crooked foot. His legs did not grow straight and strong like mine.


He speaks little, but talks to me. "Wanisi, thank you, Walking
Turtle," he says.


I am the one who should say wanisi. Carrying Little Talk has
made me strong.

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