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Monday, July 26, 2010

Roasted Curry Maize Soup

Roasted Curry Maize Soup

Roasted Curry Maize Soup

Roasted Curry Maize Soup
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Roasted corn or maize is a healthy African recipe made with onions, cabbage, and potato, hot peppers, corn and curry spice. Our African Roasted Curry Corn Soup has all the flavors you love from Africa street corn wrapped up into one comfort maize corn soup.

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Ingredients
1 large package frozen whole kernel corn
½ head cabbage shredded
1 white onion chopped finely
1 medium sized potato, diced small
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup vegetable broth


Directions
In a large frying pan add oil and corn, sauté 4 minutes. Add remaining ingredients mix well, cover and simmer 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve over rice or as a soup dish. 




Corn farming in Uganda AfricaDid you know?
Maize or corn is one of the most important cereal crops in the African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kids Are Kids The World Over All Kids Love Playing Africa Hand Clapping Games

Africa for Kids Playing Hand Clapping Games

Africa for Kids, Hand Clapping Games
Oral traditions are important in African history and culture. One such oral tradition takes the form of hand clapping games played by children throughout the African continent.

African Hand Clapping Games

Liberian Refugee Orphans in Ghana at the Africa Heartwood Project Refugee Orphan Home at Buduburam Refugee Camp perform three Liberian clapping games.


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The children are speaking traditional Liberian Pidgin-English which they commonly refer to as Coloqwa (KOH-loh-kwah).



Kids Are Kids The World Over All Kids Love Playing Africa Hand Clapping Games, here are three popular hand clapping games in Liberia, Africa.  






Hand Clapping Game #1 

Title: Unknown
Performed by: Rannecia and Promise


Hand Clapping Game #2 

Title: Oh Mama
Performed by: Felicia, Victoria, Promise,  Jackerline, Temoh and Princess
(We are going "cera", in "cera", in "cera" - used to establish the rhythm)
Oh Mama, Mama!
Oh Papa, the war!
The war has make in the Burkina Faso.
I say East, the West.
I met my boyfriend in the ice cream shop.
He bought me ice cream on my wedding day.
Mama, Mama. I'm so sick.
Take me to the doctor, shall be quick quick quick.
Shall be quick quick quick.
Doctor, doctor. Will I die?
No my dear, you will live forever more.
Forever more!

Hand Clapping Game #3 

Title: Meter Competition
Performed by: Princess and Temoh
(Osa, osa, osa, osa - establish the rhythm)
I, I, I, I promise.
Please show me.
Television.
For example.
1 meter... 2 meter... 3 meter (and so on until one partner makes a mistake).



Oral tradition of African hand clapping gamesDid you know?
Kids are kids the world over and all kids love playing games.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit Recipe

Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit Recipe

Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit Recipe




Favorite African Breadfruit Food Recipe

African Breadfruit Food RecipeAfrican Breadfruit

Cooking with breadfruit is easy. Breadfruit is a large, creamy fleshed, mild tasting and starchy with a texture similar to a potato, so of course everyone loves breadfruit in Africa and throughout the caribbean and the world.

Breadfruit is cooked and eaten green or ripe but is usually eaten when ripe but still firm. Ripe breadfruit can be boiled, steamed, or baked and replace potatoes in many recipes.


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Cooking Garlic Mashed Breadfruit


Treat breadfruit as you would a potato. African Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit is an easy African recipe to make as side dish or a main meal. 



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Savory Garlic Mashed Breadfruit Recipe


Ingredients:
1 breadfruit cored, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 medium chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

In a large pot, add enough water to cover the breadfruit, simmer 20 minutes or until the seeds are soft. In a frying pan add onions, garlic, butter, and sauté, turn heat down, add stock, spices, and the breadfruit. Mix well top with butter and serve warm with any meat and soft bread.


Did you know?
Breadfruit is gluten free.
Breadfruit is gluten free

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Palm Oil Spinach Smoked Meat Stew

Africa Food Spinach Smoked Meat Stew Recipe

Spinach Smoked Meat Stew Recipe


As suggested by the name Spinach and Smoked Meat Stew is a delicious mix of beef, fish, chicken, pork and shellfish, served over rice.

Spinach leaves alone have a bitter taste and are sold fresh or dried. The leaves are green with a robust odor and a bitter taste.

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Bitter Leaf Stew

Yorubas call bitter leaf Ewuro and the Igbos Onugbu, every part of the plant is beneficial from the stem, leaves, and root. Liberian stews are unlike most recipes, Liberian stews are hearty stews that combine numerous meats, fish, and vegetables in one stew.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 55 minutes

Spinach Smoked Meat Stew

Serves 4
Low fat option with shellfish and no palm oil
African food
Stew
Nutrition facts: 340 calories, 3 grams fat

Ingredients
5 ounces of cubed smoked beef
5 ounces of smoked pork sausage
2 skinless chicken thighs
3 smoked fish, flaked
1/2 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 onions, chopped finely
1/4 cup palm oil
1 bunch bitter leaf, chopped or spinach
Water to cover

Directions

Add all ingredients except shrimp to a large pot over medium heat cover ingredients with water. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 hour. Add shrimp and continue to simmer another 15 minutes.


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Monday, July 12, 2010

All About Voodoo African Batá Drums In Yoruba Africa

All About Voodoo African Batá Drums In Yoruba Africa

Voodoo Drums
Batá drums are the voice of the Voodoo religion, batá are talking drums speak to and for the Yoruba people.

Voodoo African Batá Drums In Yoruba Africa


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Batá drums are the iconic symbol and sound of the Voodoo religion.


Voodoo Drums


Batá drums are a double-headed drum shaped like an hourglass with one cone larger than the other. The Batá drum is a percussion instrument used primarily for the use of religious or semi-religious purposes for the native culture from the land of Yoruba, located in Nigeria. 

Batá drums are also the iconic symbol and sound of the Vodun or Voodoo religion. The talking drums express the histories of the West African Yoruba Oyo. Vodun is one of the world's oldest known religions.

Batá drums are also the iconic symbol and sound of the Santera or Vodun religion Photo by montuno
It is commonly believed by academic researchers that these original drums were played to frighten those who would both make war with Oyo and those citizens who would oppose the king. 

Early Batá performances were likely held under the cover of darkness and often preceded parades of frighteningly dressed masqueraders called Egungun and Paraka.


Egungun and Paraka means "powers concealed," is a Yoruba full body masquerade costume that provides an important connection between the worlds of the living and the dead.  The body masks completely covered the dancer concealing their identity. 

The common symbols were elephants, an ancient Yoruba emblem of power, lions representing bravery, crocodiles representing fierceness.  Yoruba’s understand their existence as living in and acknowledging two worlds, the physical and supernatural. It is considered wise to acknowledge each sphere.



Did you know?
The word voodoo comes from the West African word vodun which means spirit.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

African Growth Opportunity Act, AGOA

African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA was signed into law on May 18, 2000. The Act offers incentives to African countries who continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. The Kingdom of Swaziland is reportedly not holding up its end of the bargain of the AGOA.


Swaziland capital, Mbabane, lies at the northern end of the Ezulwini Valley. The landlocked Kingdom of Swaziland surrounded by South Africa but on the east shares a small border with Mozambique.
Swaziland is the smallest country in the African southern hemisphere and is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of New Jersey. The threat of Swaziland being suspended from a US preferential trade agreement for poor progress in meeting democratic norms is threatening the means of support for an extensive number workers in the Kingdom.
Swaziland Protest seen outside the Savoy Hotel by garryknight
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law on May 18, 2000. The Act offers noticeable incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. The Kingdom of Swaziland is reportedly not holding up its end of the bargain of the AGOA.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others wrote an open letter to King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute monarch, stating in part “a disregard for legal procedures and basic human rights” and warned of “lasting damage to your country’s standing with potential international investors and ....economic and political isolation,” if there was not change and dialogue.
US Ambassador to Swaziland Makila James that non-compliance with US recommendations would mean “on January 1, 2015, goods coming into the United States from Swaziland will be assessed duty because there will no longer be a trade preference to allow them duty-free entry." Unemployment in Swaziland is current around 40% and the median age is 21 due to a number of factors.  An African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) suspension from the US will incredibly hurt an already fragile economy.


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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Gesho Plant Used For Food, Firewood, Wages and Medicine

Gesho Plant in Africa Used For Food Firewood Money and Medicine

Gesho Plant in Africa Used For Food Firewood Money and Medicine

Gesho plant is highly valued in rural Africa growing in parts of Kenya, Botswana, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda.





Rhamnus prinoides or gesho plant is an indispensable plant for the rural African community. Gesho plant was discovered in 1788 is also known as Dogwood or Shiny Leaf in English, Blinkblaar in Afrikaans, umGlindi in Xhosa, Musvosvadziva in Shona, umNyenye in Zulu and gesho in Amharic. 

The African dogwood is a dense shrub or a small tree with glossy foliage and decorative red and purple berries, the tree is no relation of the American and Asian dogwoods.


Gesho is a versatile plant used for food, firewood, wages and medicine. Gesho grows bordering forest and at high elevations. The fruits, roots and leaves are utilized, no part of the Gesho is wasted. The leaves stems and branch are used to brew the popular drink Tej in Eritrea and Ethiopia. 

The Gesho tree leaves are also used as an ointment for numerous discomforts and to relieve cranky babies. The principal use of this tree is for enchanted purpose in rural Africa widely used by African people as a protective charm to ward off lightning and evil and to bring luck in hunting. 

The Gesho tree is also used to cleanse the blood, to treat pneumonia, rheumatism, sprains, and stomach ache, and as a mouthwash in rural Africa. It is also used in the treatment of skin illnesses and lung infections.

The fruits are edible and small about the size of a pea ranging in color from green, to red then purple when ripe. The seeds are easily germinated without any special management or storage. Gesho is a widely planted cash crop sold in local markets from Ethiopia South to Angola and the Cape Providence of South Africa.


Gesho tree African Dogwood can easily be grown from seed is a small evergreen good for small gardens and hedges, especially in cold areas. It is a very good small tree to plant in the garden to attract fruit-eating birds.

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