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Monday, March 30, 2009

Sweet Easy North African Baklava Recipe

Sweet Easy North African Baklava Recipe
North Africa Baklava Recipe

Homemade North African Baklava is filled with walnuts, honey and orange blossom water layered with light phyllo pastry.




North African Baklava Recipe
For this North African baklava recipe please make sure the phyllo pastry is thawed before you begin the recipe.


Sweet Easy North African Baklava Recipe


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North African Baklava

Culture and food of North Africa would not be complete without including Baklava. North African Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers light airy filo dough filled with chopped nuts, sweetened, with honey.

Sweet Easy North African Baklava Recipe

Serves 10
African food
Total time from start to finish 1 hour 30 minutes


Ingredients
One 16 ounce package phyllo dough
Sweet Easy North African Baklava Recipe
Baklava 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup melted butter

Baklava Syrup 
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
½ cup orange blossom honey
¼ teaspoon orange blossom water

Directions
Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Mix cinnamon and walnuts in a medium bowl set aside. Unroll phyllo cut into two equal halves.

Cover phyllo with a slightly moist cloth while assembling to keep from drying out. Place 2 sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the prepared dish, brush liberally with butter, and sprinkle 3 tablespoons of cinnamon and walnut mixture on top. Repeat layers. Cut baklava into desired serving sizes bake 45-50 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Finally, when the baklava is removed from the oven immediately evenly pour syrup over the finished pastry. Allow cooling before serving. Store uncovered.

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African and American kitchens are not so different

From Africa to America, the world is one big flavorful kitchen

African, and American kitchens
If you look below the surface you will discover people of all races, ethnic origins and religious backgrounds have more in common than what is seen at first glance.

Making vegetable stew in Ghana

From Africa to America, the world is one big flavorful kitchen.


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Both fufu and mashed potatoes have very similar qualities

Starchy foods are the body human main source of carbohydrates and play an important role in our diet.Starchy foods are the body human main source of carbohydrates and play an important role in our diet. 

Starchy foods have fiber, calcium, iron and B vitamins. The world over the emphasis is on starch and one main starchy side dish in Africa is fufu.

What is fufu you may ask? 

Well, fufu is to West Africa as mashed potatoes are to North America. 


1. Prepared in similar ways
2. Filling
3. Versatile
4. Easy to make
5. Kitchen staple


Fufu is made from either boiled green plantains, rice, corn meal, corn, yams or sweet or white potatoes. 

Fufu is made by mashing starchy foods such as potatoes, yams, cassava, plantains or flour with a liquid such as water or broth.


Just like mashed potatoes, fufu is bland until seasonings are added. Fufu is usually served with soups and stews replacing the conventional spoon of North America. You pinch off a little ball of fufu and use this to scoop up the soup or stew. 

Mashed potatoes are made by smashing boiled potatoes with a potato masher or a fork. Fufu is also made by pounding the potatoes with a mortar and pestle. The mortar and pestle is one of the oldest most recognized pharmacy and kitchen tool used throughout the world. Use a mortar and pestle to grind and mix spices, crush herbs and nuts or pound starches such as fufu. African and American kitchens are not really so different. Most everyday meals consist of vegetables either from home gardens or from market stores. 



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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Curried Tanzanian Coconut Okra Recipe

Tanzanian curried coconut okra recipe is a simple African food recipe to make for a vegetarian weeknight dinner. Tanzanian curried coconut okra recipe is the favorite of Tanzania.


Curried Tanzanian Coconut Okra Recipe


Ingredients:
2 pounds fresh okra
Curried Tanzanian Coconut Okra Recipe
Curried Tanzanian Coconut Okra Recipe
teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons good quality curry powder
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 onion, chopped finely
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 cups coconut milk

Directions:

In a large saucepan brown over medium, heat the butter, curry, onions, garlic, and paprika. Cut the tips off the okra pods. Add okra and remaining ingredients to the saucepan cover tightly, and simmer 15 minutes. Serve over white rice. 

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

South African Indian Fiery Curry Powder Recipe

Senegalese Fiery Curry Powder Recipe

Make your own African Indian curry spice
There are more exciting spices in your food life than just salt and pepper. Make your own spices to sell or use at home.

South African Indian Fiery Curry Powder Recipe


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Curry comes from the Tamil word kari, or spiced sauce, which was originally a thin, soup-like, spiced dressing served in South Africa where many Indians live and work.

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South African Indian Fiery Curry Powder Recipe
The discovery of curry was dated between 2500BC and 2200BC, making this the earliest recorded use of either spice to be identified in India.


Curry may be the oldest continuously prepared cuisine known in human history

Yields 4 ounce jar
African spice



South African Indian Fiery Curry Powder Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 tablespoon red pepper flake
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions:
Mix all ingredients well and store in airtight container away from light and heat. 



Did you know?
Known as the Spice Island, food in Africa's Zanzibar is an attraction to the culinary world. Also, The Grain Coast, Malaguetta Coast or Pepper Coast is the former name of a part of the Atlantic coast that is roughly identical with the coast of modern Liberia.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Middle Class Living

The Truth Behind Being Middle Class in Africa

Africa’s middle class population
North African countries have a much higher concentration of the African middle class with Tunisia having the highest at 89 percent, Morocco 84 percent and Egypt 79 percent.

Chefchaouen, Casablanca Morocco

The Truth Behind Being Middle Class in Africa


Many attributes set apart Africa’s middle class from the poor. One factor is the vast majority of Africa’s middle class is not likely to develop its income from agricultural activities.

 Mobile phone advertising in GhanaNumerous economic news outlets report sub-Saharan African countries are expected to prosper in the next 16 years. However, do the growth figures reflect an improving quality of life? High growth rates should be viewed in context, the United Nations (UN) defines middle class as someone living on $10-$100 a day however, and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) defines middle class as someone living on $2-$20 a day.

Summary of Middle Class in Africa, new figures are released every 10 years.


Year
Lower Middle Class Population $2-$4 a day
Middle Middle Class Population $4-$10
Upper Middle Class Population  $10-$20
1980
51,132
41,443
22,770
1990
73,591
53,425
30,512
2000
105,874
60,499
38,076
2010
198,739
83,189
44,735

Household income figures do not always reflect class status since there is no universally recognized definition of middle class. There are the United Nations (UN) guidelines, so if you happen to wonder if an African family is middle class, you can consult the United Nations (UN) or the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) financial guiding principles.

Nevertheless, after that, you are on your own to decide if an African family is lower middle class, middle class, upper middle class or in the spectacularly well-to-do range. However, to get us started thinking about financial status, an African household with four people living off $2,920 is considered lower middle class or floating class.

 EntrepreneursAbout 60 percent of Africa’s middle class, approximately 180 million people, remain lower middle class or floating class, barely out of the poor category. They are in a vulnerable position and face the relentless chance of dropping back into the poor category in the event of any unforeseen catastrophic event.

In Mauritania although nearly 43 percent of the population is classified as middle class, only 5 percent are considered stable with income levels of over $4 per day. The same situation applies in the three most populous countries in Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Egypt where more than half of the middle class is in the floating category, living on less than $4 per day.

However, the glass is half-full, more than half of Africa's population is under age 35, and they are growing up well educated and technically well informed. As more countries that are African embrace electronic payments through the mobile phone, access to the internet gives a platform for economic growth potential to African entrepreneurs.


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

30-minute Mealie African Corn Soup

Corn Soup
Love and African Food

Sweet corn is delicious on its own, but classic South African corn or mealie is also a delicious way to serve corn.

Mealie means corn; this South African soup is easy and filling. Mealie soup is inexpensive to make but very filling, add a piece of sourdough bread or cornbread and you will have an inexpensive wonderful dinner in no time.


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30-minute Mealie African Corn Soup

30-minute Mealie African Corn Soup
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In this South African vegetarian corn soup recipe, sweet corn is balanced with the spicy flavor of red pepper. 


 Prep time: Cook time: Total time:
Ingredients
One 15 ounce can whole kernel corn
One 15 ounce can cream corn
1 can evaporated milk
3 cups chicken stock
One 14 ounce can tomatoes
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon red pepper flake (optional)
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:
In a large pot on medium heat, add oil then sauté onions one minute. Drain the can of whole kernel corn then add all ingredients into a large saucepan. Heat soup on medium for about 10 minutes and serve warm with the bread of your choice. 
30-minute Mealie African Corn Soup

Did you know?
Smothered Chicken or Inyama Yenkukhu is another classic South African dish and was one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite chicken dishes.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Best Ever Tatale Fried Plantain Recipe

Tatale Fried Plantain Fritters Recipe
Love and African Food

Tatale fried plantains are golden crispy fried deliciousness and is a favorite street food of Ghana Africa.

Plantain is a staple food throughout Africa that is eaten when green or unripe, yellow or ripe and yellowish brown or over ripe. Ghanian Tatale are made from overripe plantains.

Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture

When mashed and fried into crisp savory fritters called Tatale, it is tasty proof that there are so many ways to cook plantains.

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African food recipe
 Ghanian Tatale are made from over ripe plantains
Plantains are popular and plentiful in Ghana as they are one of the top producer in West Africa. All you need is seven ingredients, oil for frying and 5 minutes to make the ultimate crispy Tatale fried plantains.


Tatale Fried Plantain Recipe

Serves 4
African food


All you need is seven ingredients, oil for frying and 5 minutes to make the ultimate crispy Tatale fried plantain fritters.

Fried Plantain Recipe


Ingredients:   
2ripe yellow plantains
1largeegg
1/2cupflour   
1 teaspoononion powder
1 teaspoongarlicsalt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 choppedhot pepper
Oil for frying

Directions:

In a large frying pan, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil on medium-highheat. Peel and mash plantains until it resembles a thick paste. Add remaining ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot oil,fry until golden brown, about 1 ½ -2 minutes on each side. Remove fritter from oil and drain on a paper towel.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Listing of 54 countries and 5 regions in Africa

Listing of the countries of Africa

Countries in Africa are unlike any other.
Africa rests on both sides of the equator the range of climate and soil conditions on the continent Africa has created a diverse continent which any map of Africa cannot sufficiently document.


Listing of 54 countries and 5 regions in Africa


Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture




There are regions in Africa; North Africa, South Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa.

Africa’s geography is as diverse as its food. From the Sahara and Kalahari deserts, tropical regions, subarctic snow-capped volcanic Mount Kilimanjaro, to savannas, plains, and rain-forests. 

The range of climate and soil conditions in Africa has created a diversity of vegetables, fruits, wild and domesticated animals. Africa rests on both sides of the equator and is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones. 

The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Liberia is Africa's oldest Republic since July 1847 and in July 2012 South Sudan became the newest African Republic.


African Regions and Countries

Eastern Africa 
Burundi
Comoros
Djibouti
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Kenya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritius
Mozambique
Rwanda
True quotesSeychelles
Somalia
Uganda
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Central (middle) Africa 
Angola
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sudan prideEquatorial Guinea Gabon
Sao Tome and Principe

Northern Africa 
Algeria
Egypt
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya)
Morocco
Sudan
South Sudan
Tunisia

Southern Africa 
Botswana
Lesotho
Namibia
South Africa
Swaziland


Western Africa 
Benin
Burkina Faso
Republic of Cabo Verde
Cote d'Ivoire
With love from AfricaGambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Liberia
Mali
Mauritania
Niger
Nigeria
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Togo

African Women farmers planting seed
African Women farmers planting seeds

Did you know?
Liberia is Africa's oldest Republic and South Sudan is the newest. A Republic is a country that is governed by elected leaders rather than by a king or queen.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Maasai Emanyatta Head Shaving Ceremony


Head Shaving Ceremony



Maasai People Time Honored Traditions


Magadi, Kenya, Maasai

Learn about African Maasai Emanyatta Head Shaving Ceremony.



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All About the Maasai Emanyatta Head Shaving Ceremony

Head Shaving Ceremony in Africa
Like many other Maasai cultural customs, the traditional ending ceremony of the emanyatta warrior's camp head shaving is disappearing because of the controversy of circumcision, which is very painful yet deeply rooted in Maasai culture.

All About the Maasai Emanyatta Head Shaving Ceremony


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Maasai Emanyatta Ceremony African Tradition and Ritual



Maasai Head Shaving Ceremony


After circumcision, the next step is to form the Emanyatta or warrior's camp. Emanyatta contains twenty to forty houses randomly selected by warriors. Warriors will choose certain mothers to relocate at the emanyatta for the duration of its existence. Each Maasai section has its own age-set. The two most common camps are Ilaiserr and Irmolelian or clans; however, it is common for a section to have more than two emanyatta camps.

At the climax of the Emanyatta ceremony, each Maasai Warrior initiate has his hair shaved by his mother. At the climax of the Emanyatta ceremony, each Maasai Warrior initiate has his hair shaved by his mother. This is one of the most poignant moments of his life, as he now leaves the peak period of warriorhood behind and prepares for the responsibilities of adulthood.

With their heads newly shaved and their bodies rubbed with glistening red ocher, the initiates gather to receive the final blessings of the elders. The elders walk among them, chanting prayers and spraying them with mouthfuls of milk and honey beer. A typical blessing is “May Enkai give you many children, many cattle and a long healthy life.”

Did you know?
Enkipaata, Emuratta, Eunoto, Eokoto e-kule, Enkang oo-nkiri, Olngesherr, are the most popular rite of passages and ceremonies in the Maasai society.
Maasai Tribesman and Factory Worker, Magadi Kenya Africa

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