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Saturday, February 25, 2012

South African Lamb Bobotie Recipe

South African Lamb Bobotie Recipe
Lamb Meatloaf Recipe

South African Healthy Ground Lamb Meatloaf Bobotie Recipe

Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture

South African Lamb Bobotie Recipe By
African food recipe
Healthy Ground Lamb Meatloaf Babooti

Lamb bobotie contains healthy low-fat ground lamb, apricot jam, bananas, apples, curry powder, onions and tomatoes. Serve lamb bobotie with yellow rice and fresh vegetables.


South African Healthy Ground Lamb Meatloaf Bobotie Recipe

Serves 8
African food


Ingredients

2 pounds ground lamb

2 medium onions finely chopped

2 large tomatoes finely chopped

2 tablespoons white vinegar

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon apricot jam

1/2 banana sliced

1 large apple finely chopped

2 tablespoons curry powder

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Salt to taste


Directions
Brown lamb lightly and drain off excess fat. Remove lamb. Add onions to same pot lamb was cook in and cook onions until transparent. Add all ingredients into a large bowl, mix well, hands work best, and cook 350 degrees for 50 minutes in a bread loaf pan. Serve with yellow rice and fresh vegetables.




Did you know?
South Africa is the southernmost point on the African continent.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Liberian rice bread recipe is traditional bread from Liberia

Liberian rice bread recipe is traditional bread from Liberia

Rice bread
Rice bread

Liberian rice bread recipe is traditional bread from Liberia Africa


Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture


By
African food recipe
Rice bread, honey, butter and black coffee for breakfast
Liberian rice bread recipe is time honored Liberian bread baked by households across the country.

Rice bread recipe

Serves 4
African food


Ingredients
2 cups rice flour
3 mashed very ripe yellow plantains or very ripe bananas
Liberian rice bread recipe is traditional bread from Liberia
Liberian rice bread

1 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup vegetable oil


Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl add all ingredients and stir until thoroughly blended. Bake in a well-greased loaf pan for about 40 minutes.



Did you know?
Liberia is Africa's oldest republic. Rice is eaten as breakfast, lunch and dinner in most Liberian households.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Super Easy Banana Fritters

Complete your meal with a sweet African dessert Super Easy Banana Fritters. African food is unique. Pinning down African food cuisine is impossible since there are thousands of ethnic groups across Africa which influences African food. Find your favorite African Food recipe with the African Gourmet and fall in love with African Food at first bite.


Super Easy Banana Fritters

Ingredients:

10 medium very ripe bananas


Banana fritters 
Photo  by mastermaq 
1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon

1 beaten egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

Sugar for dusting

Directions:
Mash the bananas well in a bowl. Stir in 
nutmeg, cinnamon, and egg. Add 2 cups 
flour and mix well. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes. Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan. Drop 1 tablespoon at a time of the mixture into the oil. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar. Serve hot.




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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Zambia Sesame Seed Sauce

Sesame seeds or Sesamum indicum grow in tropical regions of Africa including Zambia.  Sesame seeds are one of the oldest crops processed for oil and are yellow or black colored seeds. Zambia sesame seed sauce is a thick paste similar in texture to peanut butter but made from sesame seeds. Tahini is also a paste made from ground sesame seeds used primarily in Middle Eastern cooking. Zambian sesame seed sauce is an easy African food recipe for a dip used for fritters and breads and as a sauce for poultry.


Zambia Sesame Seed Sauce


Ingredients:

Zambia Sesame Seed Sauce
1 cup toasted sesame seeds

½ teaspoon onion salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a food processor, use the pulse setting on the processor and slowly add oil while grounding until mixture is the consistency of a peanut butter sauce. Tahini is also a paste made from ground sesame seeds used primarily in Middle Eastern cooking. Serve Zambia Sesame Seed Sauce as a dip, sauce on poultry or sandwiches.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Water Scarcity | Fresh Water Problems in Africa

Deadly Water Scarcity, Fresh Water Problems in Africa
Deadly Water Scarcity, Fresh Water Problems in Africa

By Chic African Culture Press Writer

Rwanda, Africa
Friday February 10 2012 7:44 ET





Africa Water Issues

In Africa more than 25 percent of the population spends more than half an hour per round trip to collect water and sadly people living in the slums of Africa pay 5 to 10 times more for water than those living in higher income areas.
Drinking fresh water in Africa



Half of humanity now lives in cities, and within two decades, nearly 60 percent of the world's people will be urban dwellers. Two main challenges related to water are affecting the sustainability of human urban settlements: the lack of access to safe water and sanitation.

About 65 percent of Africa is arid or semi-arid and more than 300 of the 800 million people in Africa below the Sahara desert live in a water-scarce environment.




South Sudan girls collecting water

South Sudan girls collecting water

Plastic bottles are reused in South Sudan for practically all purposes

Water Africa


Barry Aliman, 24 years old, rides her bicycle with her baby to collect water for her family

Barry Aliman, 24 years old, rides her bicycle with her baby to collect water for her family

Sorobouly village near Boromo, Burkina Faso.

Water Africa


A girl collects water from a stand pipe in Costa del Sol near Maputo, Mozambique

A girl collects water from a stand pipe in Costa del Sol near Maputo, Mozambique

World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program

Water Africa




Did you know?
In rural Africa millions of people share their domestic water sources with animals or rely on unprotected wells that are breeding grounds for pathogens.

The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 3.7 miles or 6 kilometres.

Average water use ranges from 200-300 litres a person a day in most countries in Europe to less than 10 litres in countries such as Mozambique.

People lacking access to improved water in developing countries consume far less, partly because they have to carry it over long distances and water is heavy.

For the 884 million people or so people in the world who live more than 1/2 mile or 1 kilometre from a water source, water use is often less than 5 litres a day of unsafe water.

The basic requirement for a lactating women engaged in even moderate physical activity is 7.5 litres a day.

At any one time, close to half of all people in developing countries are suffering from health problems caused by poor water and sanitation.

Together, unclean water and poor sanitation are the world's second biggest killer of children.

It has been calculated that 443 million school days are lost each year to water-related illness.

Many schools have no water supply and almost half have no sanitation facilities. Of those schools with sanitation, only half had separate facilities for boys and girls. The result was that girls chose not to utilize these facilities, either because they did not want to risk being seen to use the toilet, or because they were warned that these facilities were not private or clean enough. Girls also avoided drinking water at school to avoid urination, thereby becoming dehydrated.


Woman collects water in Costa del Sol near Maputo, Mozambique

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Brief History of Chad

Brief History of Chad


Chad African History

The Republic of Chad is 495,800 sq miles or 317 million acres in area with a little less than 2 people living per mile, its Capital is N'Djamena and is largely semi-desert country rich in gold and uranium. The Republic of Chad is located in Central Africa and is Africa's fifth-largest nation with a population of 12.4 million.



During a ten year span from 1883 - 1893, Sudanese Rabih al-Zubayr conquers the African kingdoms of Ouadai, Baguirmi and Kanem-Bornu located in present day Chad.


Brief History of Chad


  Chad's school children
Chad's school children

A gradual process of introducing Islam into Chad took place in the 16th and 17th centuries during the kingdoms of the Bagirmi and Ouaddai. In the 1880s, Chad was conquered by the Sudanese warlord Rabih al-Zubair. 

Chad was first defined as a national territory in 1910, as one of the four making up French Equatorial Africa. Chad was a part of France's African assets until 1960.  Chad suffered three decades of civil warfare, before a shaky balance was restored in 1990. In 1998, an ongoing rebellion in northern Chad, until the government eventually drafted a democratic constitution and held presidential elections in 1996 and 2001.

In June 2005 fighting with Sudan began while President of Chad Idriss Deby held a referendum successfully removing constitutional term limits and won another controversial election in 2006. Deby in 2011 was reelected to his fourth term. N'Djamena, the capital of Chad experienced combat from Sudan in 2007- 2008, but fighting is at a standstill in part due to Chad and Sudan January 2010 agreement to prevent other armed groups from using any land in their counties to fight against the other. The agreement also states that Chad and Sudan will establish policies and procedures to jointly monitor and patrol their common border.

Major languages spoken in Chad are French and Arabic. Chad is 50% Muslim, 35% Christian, 15% animist and other and is characterized has having an Arab-Muslim North region and Christian South region.  The average household income in Chad is $1,940 per person making Chad a lower middle-income African country according the World Bank Standards. 


Did you know?

Ranking on the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance scale, Chad is ranked as the 49th country out of 52 (Sudan and South Sudan are not measured because the governments are too new) for good governance.

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Light Sweet Delicious Stuffed Date

North African Simple Almond Stuffed Dates


Make light sweet delicious stuffed dates as an appetizer or dessert. This recipe is so easy the kids can create this tasty dish on their own.


Almond Stuffed Dates
Ingredients:
20 pitted dates
20 whole almonds

Directions:
Open date, place nuts in center of each date and close. Serve as a healthy appetizer at your next gathering.

Photo by AmazingAlmonds Flickr






Did you know…?
Dates may be stuffed with many different fillings such as walnuts, fruits, and Bree and goat cheese or simply drizzled with white chocolate 




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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ten Democratic Republic of Congo African Proverbs

Ten Democratic Republic of Congo African Proverbs
Wisdom - Knowledge - Freedom

Ten Democratic Republic of Congo African Proverbs


Collecting firewood in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Ten African Proverbs from the 12th largest country in the world, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congolese people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have endured decades of civil war and political turmoil and are still able to contribute positive energy to the world coming out the other side whole and well. Congolese people are children of light, not darkness.


Congolese woman


Congolese Children of Light African Proverbs


.•.· Intelligence is like fire, people take it from others. `·.

.•.· The basket that was used to carry a gift to a neighbor will bring back another gift. .•.·

.•.· The person who pursues two things will miss all of them.´¯`··

·.•.· A small mistake can bring great damage. `·..·

.•.· The less important person is the one bringing much problems. .¸¸ 

·.•.· She prepares a good meal, but the husband says there is too much salt. `•.·

·.•.· Unity finished the greatness of the forest. `·..··.•.·

`···.•.·Suffering is a teacher. ·.¸¸

·.•.· Girls face the same issues that women face. `•.·

.•.· People love you when you succeed but when you are poor you smell bad. ·.•.·

Congolese man

The rain said, “I have warned you through lightening, people, mend your hut.”

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tuareg Music, Desert Political Guitar Rock

Omara “Bombino” Moctar and Tinariwen Tuareg desert musical political rock replaces guns for guitars.  


The Tuareg are nomadic tribesmen in the Sahara and Sahel regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Tuareg are descended from nomadic people who have walked the desert dunes for millennium. Along with fighting the dry harsh climate of the desert, the Tuareg have also been battling for their independence in Niger and Mali. Two Tuareg musicians Omara “Bombino” Moctar and Tinariwen are major influences on the desert political guitar rock culture.
Sahara and Sahel regions of Sub-Saharan Africa Tuareg nomadic tribesmen photo by ginagleeson

Nigerien musician Omara “Bombino” Moctar is a globally celebrated Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from the Ifoghas tribe Agadez, Niger. His songs are sung in the Tuareg language of Tamashek musically expressing issues concerning the Tuareg people. "With music we can have dialogue," says Bombino, who lists Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure and Jimi Hendrix as major influences on him. "We can talk openly and explain ourselves without using violence, which isn't necessary."

The band Tinariwen made up of musicians from the Tuareg tribespeople of Northern Mali has been making music together since 1980 and in 2012 their album Tassili won a Grammy. Tassili was recorded in the Algerian desert in a tent paying homage to old times. Tuareg tribespeople of Northern Mali are of one of the oldest people on earth.

"There's the heat, there's the wind, but after all of that, you find yourself at night in the most beautiful place," says Bombino.

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