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Friday, March 30, 2012

Togo Okra With Tomatoes Recipe

Okra with tomatoes is a popular Togo African recipe convenient to make cooking with the traditions of the African diaspora. Hibiscus Esculentus or okra is of African originating from Ethiopia. Okra grows wild along the White Nile and the upper Nile country as well as in Ethiopia.


From Ethiopia to North Africa, okra was cultivated in Egypt for many hundreds of years. One of the earliest accounts of okra is by the Spanish in Egypt in 1216. As is true with a number of less popular vegetables, many people fail to appreciate okra. Okra is rarely cooked alone except when fried. Okra alone is considered too "slimy". Here is a delicious recipe using okra and tomatoes. The acid in the tomatoes counterbalance the natural goo of the okra and the soup become rich and thick.

Togo Okra With Tomatoes Recipe


Ingredients
Okra With Tomato Sauce photo by thefoodplacecouk 1 pound fresh baby okra, washed, dried, stem ends trimmed very close to top, or use frozen thawed whole baby okra
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, diced, or 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Dash salt and pepper

Directions
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté the okra for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove with slotted spoon to paper towels. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the saucepan. When hot, add the chopped onion; sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and stir together until the mixture boils. Turn down to a simmer; add the lemon juice, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes longer.

To serve spoon about a few tablespoons of sauce into a serving dish. Top with the okra then cover with remaining sauce. Serves 4 to 6.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sierra Leone 2035 Strong

Sierra Leone 2035 Strong

Sierra Leone’s Vision for 2013 to 2035 is to become a middle-income country




Article Topics
Sierra Leone , Ebola recovery, 2035 vision


Before the Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone was on track to overcome its troubled past. The countries Ebola epidemic threatened to stop the progress of Sierra Leone economic and social growth. The post-Ebola recovery period is proving challenging. 



Sierra Leone’s Vision for 2013 to 2035 is to become a middle-income country, be an inclusive, green country, with 80% of the population above the poverty line, have gender equality, a well-educated, healthy population, good governance and rule of law, well-developed infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, with private-sector, export-led growth generating wide employment opportunities; there would be good environmental protection, and responsible natural resource exploitation.


The post-Ebola recovery period could prove challenging but the small African nation since the end of the civil war in 2002 has found the strength and resources to inch by inch re establish itself, despite Ebola the county can remain on track for vision 2035.

Sierra Leone in 2035


Sierra Leone hopes by 2035 their vision will be fulfilled when this child turns 25
Sierra Leone hopes by 2035 their vision will be fulfilled
when this child turns 25


Sierra Leone hopes by 2035 their vision will be fulfilled

Hunger is eradicated

Less than 5% of people seeking jobs would be without work

Over 80% of the population above the poverty line

Free and compulsory education for every child

Over 90% of the population able to read and write

Access to affordable housing for all

A health care and delivery system within a 10 kilometer radius of every village

An effective and efficient child and family welfare system

Life expectancy of 70 years, where every mother has access to a modern hospital in which she can give birth without fear and loss of child

Less than 11% stunting among children under two years of age

An independent and accessible judiciary enjoying the confidence of the people

A system of political governance where governments are voted in and out of power peacefully, and where citizens can hold governments to account for efficient and effective delivery of public services

A modern and well developed infrastructure with reliable energy supplies

World standard Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) ICT is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems, etc…

A stable, export-led economy, based on sound macroeconomic fundamentals, with inflation close to 5% and government revenues increased significantly to 35% of GDP

Private sector-led growth, creating value-added products, and providing jobs for our people

An effective environmental management system in place that protects our biodiversity and is capable of preempting environmental disasters

To be a model in responsible and efficient natural resource exploitation

Socially, economically and politically empowered women contributing to national development in various forms

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Slow Cooker Lamb Vegetable Stew

What is lamb? Lamb is meat from young sheep less than 12 months old, lamb tastes like lamb which is tender and mild in flavor. If your family is trying lamb for the first time, slow cooker lamb stew is the perfect meal.



Slow Cooker Lamb Vegetable Stew


Ingredients:
2 pounds lamb stew meat, or cubed lean boneless lamb
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and seeded, chopped
1 diced carrot
Slow Cooker Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Lamb and Vegetable Stew

Photo by erink photography
2 medium potatoes
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup bell peppers, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
2 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour

Directions:

Place lamb and vegetables in slow cooker. Mix salt, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf into stock; pour over lamb and vegetables. Cover and cook on low 8 to 9 hours, until lamb and vegetables are tender. Turn to high setting. Blend flour and butter, and then shape into small balls. Drop into stew and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened.



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South Africa Crockpot Beef Curry

South Africa has successful beef industry. This beef curry is easy to prepare and cooks all day in the slow cooker. Serve this tasty slow cooker beef curry with rice and a tossed salad for a delicious family meal.


South African Crock-pot Beef Curry

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds lean stew beef or other lean beef cut in cubes
South African Crockpot Beef Curry photo by SaucyGlo 2 medium onions, sliced
2 carrots, diced
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
3/4 cup beef broth

Directions

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet. In a bowl, combine the meat, flour and spices mix well then brown meat in the hot oil along with the sliced onions. Transfer the mixture to a large slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or high 4-6 hours.


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chickpea Spinach Curry Stew

Chickpea Spinach Curry Stew


Low-calorie recipe of chickpea curry  makes a perfect, easy after-work meal, and is ready in less than 20 minutes.

Chickpea Spinach Curry Stew
Chickpea Spinach Curry Stew


Chickpea Spinach Curry Stew


Ingredients
3 cups spinach
2 large chopped tomatoes
2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt to taste
1 handful chopped fresh coriander, to garnish


Directions
Heat the oil in a wide frying pan over a low heat. Add the cumin, black mustard seeds, curry powder, garlic granules and ground ginger and stir-fry for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, lemon juice and boiling water and season with salt and pepper. Cook over a high heat for 6–8 minutes, or until reduced and thickened, stirring often. Add the spinach and cook until wilted.

Divide the curry between two shallow bowls scatter with coriander and serve. Each serving of Chickpea Spinach Curry Stew provides 390 calories.






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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Not Being Anyones Fool African Proverbs

I won't be your fool African Proverbs

African Proverbs
I Won't Be Your Fool Anymore

Foolish Fool

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Not being anyone's fool African proverbs convey the message that you must not fool yourself, after being fooled once, one should be wary so they cannot be tricked again.


African Proverbs


Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.

Ashes are result of fire.

The good looking fruit could be rotten inside.

The wise chief does not eat from two sides.

Denial cannot hide cigarette smoke.

No hyena deserves to be entertained twice.

He who smiles too much with you will frown too much with you at your back.

A friend's eye is a good mirror.

An honest enemy is better than a best friend who lies.

Good looking fruit could be rotten inside
Good looking fruit could be rotten inside

An honest enemy is better than a best friend who lies.
An honest enemy is better than a best friend who lies.

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Legends Abound About the Marula Tree Fruit and Oil

Marula the African Fruit That Gets Elephants Drunk

Marula fruit oil
The South African marula fruit and oil is edible and loved by humans and animals, especially the warthog, elephant, waterbuck, giraffe and kudu all eat the fruit, nut and leaves of the tree.
Peeling the marula fruit to separate the kernel, for the oil, and the pulp in South Africa.

Legends Abound About the Marula Tree Fruit and Oil


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Legends abound on the multiple uses of the marula tree bark, leaves, fruits, nuts, oil and kernels.


South African marula fruit
For centuries throughout Southern and Eastern Africa women in the have cracked the nut of the marula fruit to extract the precious kernels from which the oil is made. 

Traditional uses of marula include putting baked nuts into foods as a spice, over meat as a natural preservative, and in using oil from the kernels to soften the skin. The chambers of the marula nut are opened to reveal soft kernels. These kernels are then gathered into a pressing machine, where they are hand-pressed to make the magic of marula oil.


The Marula tree have a specific gender, this fact contributes to the belief among the South African Venda people that bark infusions can be used to determine the gender of an unborn child. If a woman wants a son the male tree is used, and for a daughter, the female tree. If the child of the opposite gender is born, the child is said to be very special as it was able to defy the spirits.
Marula is a much loved fruit in the grasslands of Africa

Most well known as the fruit that elephant’s eat to get tipsy, when ripe marula fruit drops to the ground it becomes deliciously fermented. Marula fruit apparently has intoxicating effect when consumed in large quantities by large mammals such as elephants. Elephants can eat between 400-700 marula fruit a day and if young elephant eat nothing else this can lead to tipsy behavior.

Marula is a much loved fruit in the grasslands of Eastern and Southern Africa. The fruits can be found from Ethiopia to Southern Africa’s’ Kwazulu-Natal. The Marula fruit is juicy and sweet-smelling and is the size of a small plum. The fruit may be eaten fresh or cooked into jam, juices and alcoholic beverages; the flesh is very high vitamin C.

Anna Nyathi shares dish of corn and marula kernels in Belfast Mpumalanga Province South Africa.

Humans enjoy marula fruit as well in the form of cream liqueur. Amarula is a cream liqueur from South Africa made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African marula tree. 





One popular recipe is Amarula Brown Elephant



South African Amarula Brown Elephant Recipe
2 ounces Amarula Cream
1/3 cup whole milk
1/3 cup Coca-Cola

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Healthy African Dinner Vegan Ground Nut Stew

Delicious Chicken Ground Nut Stew


Ingredients
2 lbs. chicken
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium red or green pepper, chopped
1 cup peanut butter
3 med. carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch circles
1 teaspoon. salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flake
Salt to taste
1 tbsp. tomato paste
Water

Directions
Boil chicken in about 3 cups of water in a medium saucepan. Boil until chicken is done; remove from saucepan. Add onion, chopped pepper, tomato paste, salt, and cayenne pepper to chicken broth. Cook for 10 minutes. Add small amount of water to peanut butter to make a smooth paste. Add peanut butter and carrots to broth mixture and boil for 5 minutes. Add chicken and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over rice or boiled potatoes.

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