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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Easy Sweet Couscous Recipe

Sweet Couscous Recipe
Easy Couscous Recipe

Sweet Couscous a Twist on a traditional North African Dish.

Sweet Couscous Recipe
Couscous is pasta even though it looks like rice. Couscous is stocked in most grocery stores on the rice and pasta isles. Instant and non-instant varieties are available. Couscous is a neutral flavored dish that combines with just about every ingredient imaginable.

Sweet Couscous Recipe

Serves 4
African food

 Sweet Couscous Recipe

Sweet Couscous Recipe

Ingredients
2 cups low fat milk
2 tablespoons honey
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups dry couscous
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup pineapples

Directions: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, honey and cinnamon. As soon as it comes to a boil, stir in the couscous. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in the cranberries, pineapples, apricots and raisins. Serve warm.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Why Worms Are Blind, Elephants Have Small Eyes African Folklore

Why worms are blind, elephants have small eyes African Folklore

African Folklore
Why worms are blind, elephants have small eyes African Folklore is a unique animal folklore story for kids to learn about lending valuables to a friend.

Elephant family

Why worms are blind, elephants have small eyes African Folklore


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Why worms are blind, elephants have small eyes African Folklore


When Ambo was king of Calabar, the elephant was not only a very big animal, but he had eyes in proportion to his immense bulk. In those days’ men and animals were friends, and all mixed together quite freely. At regular intervals King Ambo used to give a feast, and the elephant used to eat more than anyone, although the hippopotamus used to do his best; however, not being as big as the elephant, although he was very fat, he was left a long way behind.

Natures expert organic matter breakdown artist, EarthwormsAs the elephant ate so much at these feasts, the tortoise, which was small but very cunning, made up his mind to put a stop to the elephant eating more than his fair share of the food. He therefore placed some dry kernels and shrimps, of which the elephant was very fond, in his bag, and went to the elephant's house to make an afternoon call.

When the tortoise arrived the elephant told him to sit down, so he made himself comfortable, and, having shut one eye, took one palm kernel and a shrimp out of his bag, and commenced to eat them with much relish. When the elephant saw the tortoise eating, he said, as he was always hungry himself, "You seem to have some good food there; what are you eating?"

The tortoise replied that the food was "sweet too much," but was rather painful to him, as he was eating one of his own eyeballs; and he lifted up his head, showing one eye closed. The elephant then said, "If the food is so good, take out one of my eyes and give me the same food.

"The tortoise, who was waiting for this, knowing how greedy the elephant was, brought a sharp knife with him for that very purpose, and said to the elephant, "I cannot reach your eye, as you are so big."

The elephant then took the tortoise up in his trunk and lifted him up. As soon as he came near the elephant's eye, with one quick scoop of the sharp knife the elephant's right eye was out. The elephant trumpeted with pain; but the tortoise gave him some of the dried kernels and shrimps, and they so pleased the elephant's palate that he soon forgot the pain.
Traveling elephants
Very soon the elephant said, "That food is so sweet, I must have some more"; but the tortoise told him that before he could have any the other eye must come out. To this the elephant agreed; so the tortoise quickly got his knife to work, and very soon the elephant's left eye was on the ground, thus leaving the elephant quite blind.

The tortoise then slid down the elephant's trunk on to the ground and hid himself. The elephant then began to make a great noise, and started pulling trees down and doing much damage, calling out for the tortoise; but of course he never answered, and the elephant could not find him.

The next morning, when the elephant heard the people passing, he asked them what the time was, and the bush buck, who was nearest, shouted out, "The sun is now up, and I am going to market to get some yams and fresh leaves for my food.

"Then the elephant perceived that the tortoise had deceived him, and began to ask all the passers-by to lend him a pair of eyes, as he could not see, but everyone refused, as they wanted their eyes themselves. At last the worm groveled past, and seeing the big elephant, greeted him in his humble way. He was much surprised when the king of the forest returned his salutation.

The elephant said, "Look here, worm, I have mislaid my eyes. Will you lend me yours for a few days? I will return them next market-day. "The worm was so flattered at being noticed by the elephant that he gladly consented, and took his eyes out which, as everyone knows, were very small and gave them to the elephant.

When the elephant put the worm's eyes into his own large eye-sockets, the flesh immediately closed round them so tightly that when the market day arrived it was impossible for the elephant to get them out again to return to the worm; and although the worm repeatedly made applications to the elephant to return his eyes, the elephant always pretended not to hear, and sometimes used to say in a very loud voice, "If there are any worms about, they had better get out of my way, as they are so small I cannot see them, and if I tread on them they will be squashed into a nasty mess. "Ever since then the worms have been blind, and for the same reason elephants have such small eyes.

Did you know?
Happiness is Reading African Folktales
Elephants, the largest land mammals; in one acre of land there can be more than a million earthworms.


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The Gift of a Cow Tail Switch an African Folktale

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where Do Ostriches Live In Africa?

African Ostrich

Amazing African Ostrich

The ostrich is the largest and heaviest living bird.

The ostrich is native to Africa and are the largest birds in the world. Ostriches live in portions of 25 African countries.

The ostrich is native to Africa photo by Jim Bowen
Ostrich is lean and tastes like beef


The ostrich is native to Africa and are the largest birds in the world. When fully grown stand Ostriches stand about 7 to 9 feet tall and can weigh 200 to 400 pounds. 

Female ostriches are brown and gray; males are black with white wings and tail feathers. 

Ostrich is lean and tastes like beef, but contains much less fat. In fact, Ostrich meat is even lower in calories than chicken and turkey. Ostrich meat is sold as steaks, fillet, medallions, roasts and ground meat. 

The most tender meat comes from the thigh or fan. Adult ostriches yield about 80 pounds of red meat, which comes primarily from the upper leg, back and thigh muscles.


Where Do Ostriches Live In Africa?




Where Do Ostriches Live In Africa?
Where Do Ostriches Live In Africa?
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Chad
Djibouti
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Kenya
Lesotho
Mali 
Mauritania
Mozambique, Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Senegal
Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Love Found and Love Lost African Folklore

African folktale folklore

Lonely Frog and His Beautiful Wife African Folklore

African Folklore story of love found and love lost

A lonely frog had some difficulty in finding a wife, at last carved the trunk of a tree into the shape of a woman and placed cowry shells in the spot where her heart should be and this brought her to life. Frog named her Ayo since she was very beautiful pledged his undying love to her daily.  

Frog married her and they lived happily in his home deep in the forest, until one day in his absence some of the chief's men happened to pass by and saw the beautiful Ayo working outside in the garden. They asked for fire and water, which she gave them, and on their return told the chief about a beautiful woman living deep in the forest.

The chief shortly afterwards sent the men back to frogs’ house, and they, finding the husband again absent, carried Ayo off. 

She cried out, "Husband! I am being taken away!" but there was none to hear, and when the husband came back, he found her gone.

Frog tried desperately to get his wife back from the chief and when these rescue attempts failed he sent a pigeon, and told her to bring back the cowry shells from his wife, but pigeon could not get into the village. He sent the pigeon again, and this time she brought the shells back to frog.

As soon as the cowry shells were taken out of the beautiful Ayo, she died and was changed back to a block of wood. Frog was once again lonely and now heartbroken losing his beautiful Ayo. 


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Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down

Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down anecdotes, myths, and legends.



Common names for the baobab tree are cream of tartar tree, monkey-bread tree, tabaldi, and mowana. 


Why is the baobab tree called the upside down tree?

The gigantic trunk of the baobab tree leads upwards to branches resembling the roots of a tree, which is why it has often been referred to as the upside-down tree.
Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down
Baobab the Tree God planted upside-down 


The baobab is also known as the tree of life. It is also legendary for its gigantic size growing to more than 70 feet high and 35 feet in diameter, its canopy spreading to 235 feet.  

Baobab legend

Baobabs provide food, water, shelter and a belief water collected from the seeds, leaves and roots relieves sickness. 


Baobab proverb

“Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.”


Baobab myth

Some African tribes believe if you drink water in which a baobabs’ seeds have been soaked you will be safe from crocodile attacks.


Did you know? 
Baobab trees live to be 1275 years old, making it one of the oldest known trees


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Friday, October 19, 2012

Top 10 Eating and Greeting Etiquettes in Kenya

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Politeness when greeting and eating varies from culture to culture

Top 10 Eating and Greeting Etiquettes in Kenya

What may be perfectly acceptable in one country is unacceptable in another. When travelling to Kenya you will need to make sure you know a thing or two about local etiquette. Below is a list of 10 etiquette, manners, and customs tips for you to keep in mind on your trip to Kenya.

Etiquettes in Kenya


Not sure what to do, follow your hosts lead
1. “Jambo” is the standard greeting.

2. If you go into someone’s home it is polite to remove your shoes.

3. Women over the age of 21 are often addressed as “Mama” and men over the age of 35 are often addressed as “Mzee”. Most others are generally refer to adults as Aunt or Uncle, even if there is not a familial relationship.

4. Don’t rush your greeting since this is considered very impolite. You should so inquire about a person’s health and family.

It is polite to accept tea when offered
5. Some people in Africa do not eat with their left hands.

6. During meals the honored guest is typically served first, followed by the men, children, and women.

7. It is considered impolite to begin eating before the oldest male has been served and started eating.

8. Take a small amount of food at first when offered so that everyone can have a portion of food.

9. Do not bring alcohol unless you know that your host drinks.

10. Beverages are sometimes served after meals since it is impolite to eat and drink at the same time. 

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Everything About the African Country Angola

Everything About the African Country Angola


Angola History in Africa

Angola name originates from the Portuguese colonial Reino de Angola. The official currency of Angola is the Kwanza, also the main river of Angola is the Kwanza, which gives the name to the national currency. The official language is Portuguese, in addition to several national languages, the most spoken being: Kikongo, Kimbundo, Tchokwe, Umbundo, Mbunda, Kwanyama, Nhaneca, Fiote, and Nganguela.




Republica de Angola



All About the African Country Angola


Name, Location and Size of Angola

Angola names are Republic of Angola or Republica de Angola in Portuguese. Angola’s name originates from the Portuguese colonial Reino de Angola. Location of Angola is in Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Size of Angola is slightly less than twice the size of Texas and 24 times bigger than Republic of Bosnia. Angola is the seventh largest country in Africa 1.25m sq km or 481,354 sq miles. Parts of Angola are contaminated with mines as a result of four decades of almost continuous warfare, making it the most mine-affected country in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the most mined countries in the world.

Capital of Angola

Angolan capital Luanda has been ranked the world's most expensive city to live. The Angolan capital's population lives in poverty on the outskirts of the city, in the center, Angola's capital city Luanda is the priciest city for people who are not from Angola or expatriates. In Luanda, you must have very deep pockets for housing, transport, clothes, food and entertainment and everything else in-between. Luanda was judged the costliest city due to the expense of goods and security. Luanda has about 2.5 million residents founded in 1575 by the Portuguese. Major cities are Amboim, Bailundo, Benguela, Caála, Calandula, Camacupa, Chibia, Ganda, Huambo, Kuito, Kuvango, Lubango, Luena, Massango, Mbanza Congo Menongue, Namibe, N’Dalatando, N’Giva, Saurimo, Soyo, Sumbe, Tombua, and Uíje.

Same Sex People of Angola

Portuguese is the official language, Umbundu, Kimbundu, and Kikongo, the population around 20 million as of July 2012. The Angolan Penal Code is silent with regard to the criminalization of homosexuality. However, article 71(4) determines that security measures are applicable to people who habitually practice “acts against nature.” Article 70 of the Penal Code lists the security measures, which include confinement in an insane asylum; confinement in a workhouse or agricultural colony; probation; pledge of good conduct; and disqualification from the practice of a profession. Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Angola. The Angolan Family Code defines marriage as a voluntary union between a man and a woman, formalized under the law, for establishing full communion of life.

Independence of Angola

The Colonial Power, however, would not yield to the proposals of the nationalist forces, provoking the outbreak of direct-armed conflicts, the Armed Struggle. After long years of confrontation, the Alvor Agreement signed on January 15, 1975, granted Angola independence from Portugal on November 11, 1975. After 27 years of independence and 41 years of the beginning of the armed struggle, peace is finally consolidated on April 4, 2002 by the agreements signed in Luena, Moxico.

Angola President

Jose Eduardo dos Santos was in power since 1979 to September 2017, and was Africa's second-longest serving head of state after Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang. José Eduardo dos Santos, who became, at the time of his inauguration, in 1979, was the youngest president of the continent. Angola’s new President João Lourenço took the oath of presidency in Luanda, Angola, September 26, 2017. President João Lourenço is vowing to combat monopolies controlled by the dos Santos family that has run Angola for four decades. Dos Santos still retains significant power as the head of the ruling MPLA party, and key posts such as the finance minister and central bank governor.

Angola Oil and Mineral Resources

The oil sector is responsible for 75 percent of the government of Angola revenue. Angola is Africa’s third largest economy and second biggest oil exporter below the Sahara desert. Angola is a country rich in mineral resources. It is estimated that its sub-soil is home to 35 of the world's 45 most important trading companies, including petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, phosphates, bituminous substances, iron, copper, magnesium, gold and ornamental stones. Santos’ daughter, Isabel, runs national oil company of Angola, Sonangol.

Plant Life in Angola

Angola presents five types of natural zones, the dense and humid forest like the one of Maiombe that contains the most rare woods of the world, the Savannas, usually associated to the forests like the Lundas, the dry savannas with trees or shrubs, in Luanda, lower Kassanje and certain areas of the Lundas. There are also zones of Estepe along a strip that has the southern beginning of Sumbe and, finally, the desert that occupies a narrow coastal strip in the extreme south of the country, where we can find in the Namib Desert a unique and endemic species in the world that so much characterizes this country as "Welwitchia Mirabilis".

The Wildlife in Angola

Angola
In Angola are known numerous species spread by several regions. In the forest of the Maiombe Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Parrots inhabit the humid natural zones of the north, center, center and east, we can observe Golungo, the Black-Giant Palanca, a species endemic in the world and on the way to extinction, Seixa, and the Elephants. Already in the drier regions the Lean Goat, the Guelengue of the desert or Orix, the Gnu, the Impala, the Cheetah, the Buffalo, also the Elephant, the Zebra and the Giraffe appear. Animals more or less common to the whole territory are the Hyena, the Red Palanca, the Lion, the Leopard and the Hippo. In the marine fauna there is also an enormous variety of fish and shellfish that are also in the rivers and that, along with these, we can also see Crocodiles and alligators.

The Weather in Angola

The climate in Angola has two seasons: the rainy season, the hottest period between September and May, and that of Cacimbo. The Cacimbo or Drought is less hot and runs from May to September. The country has a peculiar geographical situation, being in the inter-tropical and sub-tropical zone of the southern hemisphere, being close to the sea, and by the specificities of its relief, it is divided in two distinct climatic regions.

Angola Anti-personnel landmines

 The Republic of Angola signed the Mine Ban Treaty on December 4, 1997 however, since 1994 Halo has removed and destroyed 21,300 anti-personnel and anti-tank mines so far with its efforts steadily moving out from the town center to areas farther afield.

Capoeira Angola

Capoeira is a dancing fighting performance art form known all over the world especially in Brazil and Angola where it is considered a cultural heritage.

Angola National Symbols

The national flag of the Republic of Angola was adopted in 1975, at the time of the proclamation of Independence. The national flag consists of two colors in horizontal bands. The upper band is bright red and the lower one black and they represent: Bright red represents blood shed by Angolans, Black represents the African continent. In the center, there is a composition formed by a segment of a cogwheel, symbolizing the workers and industrial production; a machete symbolizing the peasants, agricultural production and the armed struggle; and a star, symbolizing international solidarity and progress. The cogwheel, the machete and the star is yellow, symbolizing the country’s wealth.

Angola Coat of Arms

The insignia of the Republic of Angola is formed by a segment of a cog wheel and sheaves of maize, coffee and cotton, representing respectively the workers and industrial production, the peasants and agricultural production. At the foot of the design, an open book represents education and culture, and the rising sun represents the new country. In the center is a machete and a hoe symbolizing work and the start of the armed struggle. At the top a star symbolizing international solidarity and progress. In the lower part of the emblem is a golden band with the inscription ‘Republic of Angola’.

Angola national cultural symbols

Welwitschia plant, imbondeiro or baobab tree, Giant Sable African Antelope, sculpture O Pensador or the Thinker.

Angola National Anthem

Angola Avante or Onwards Angola is the national anthem of the Republic of Angola. O Fatherland, we shall never forget, The heroes of the Fourth of February. O Fatherland, we salute your sons, Who died for our Independence. We honor the past and our history, As by our work we build the New Man. We honor the past and our history, As by our work we build the New Man. 

Chorus:  Onwards, Angola! Revolution through the power of the People! A United Country, Freedom, One People, one Nation! Let us raise our liberated voices, To the glory of the peoples of Africa. We shall march, Angolan fighters, In solidarity with oppressed peoples. We shall fight proudly for Peace, Along with the progressive forces of the world. We shall fight proudly for Peace Along with the progressive forces of the world.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quiz: How well do you know Africa?

How Well Do You Know Africa quiz

How Well Do You Know Africa Quiz




Take the quiz!

Try our true or false How Well Do You Know Africa quiz and see how many questions you know the correct answers to. The questions can be tricky so pay close attention to the details of each question before you mark your answer. The answers to the questions are below. Good luck or bahati nzuri (that’s good luck in Swahili!)





Questions

Answer True or False 


1. Africa is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean? 


2. The Sahara is a desert in northern Africa? 



3. To reach the highest point of land in Tanzania, you have to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?


4. The official language of Angola is Portuguese?


5. Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island? 


6. Liberia is named so because it was a settlement for freed slaves from the U.S? 


7. Nigeria is sub-Sahara Africa largest producer of oil and Angola is the second-largest producer of oil?  


8. Sudan is the largest country in Africa?


9. South Africa has seven official languages?


10. The lowest point in Africa is Lake Assal, located in Djibouti?




Answers are below






Answers


1. False
Africa is surrounded on three sides by oceans.  Africa lies east of the Atlantic Ocean, west of the Indian Ocean, and north of the Southern Ocean.

2. True
The Sahara is the largest desert on the African continent and is located in northern Africa.

3. True
Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet or 5,895 meters above sea level. Africa's highest peak is located in Tanzania along the border of Kenya.

4. True
Angola did not gain independence from Portugal until 1975. From 1383 until 1975 Angola belonged to Portugal’s colonial empire.

5. True
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island behind Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo

6. True
Liberia is a settlement of freed slaves from the US beginning in 1822. Liberia’s capital city Monrovia is named after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.

7. True
Nigeria is currently sub-Sahara leading oil producer however by 2020 Angola may surpass Nigeria.

8. False
Sudan as of 2011 is not the largest country in Africa, the title now belongs to Algeria. In 2001, Sudan split into South Sudan and Sudan.

9. False
South Africa has eleven official languages, and too many unofficial ones to count. The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga. isiZulu is the most widely spoken and English is considered the lingua franca of South Africa meaning it is the language for government and education. South Africa’s democratic Constitution of February 4, 1997, identifies all the official languages as having state guaranteed equal status. 

10. True

The Lac Assal is located in Tadjourah, Djibouti and is in the deepest point in Africa, over 490 feet below sea level. Lac Assal is the lowest point on land in Africa and the third lowest land depression on Earth after the Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Koobi-Fora Fossils of Kenya

Koobi Fora in Kenya is a region of paleoanthropological sites in northern Kenya. To the Gabbra people who live near Koobi, the name Koobi Fora is a place growth for the prized African Commiphora myrrha tree.


Koobi Fora research work began in June of 1968, the site is nearly 700 square miles sediments between 1 million and 5 million years old. Since June 1968, more than 70 hominid fossils had been recovered. One hominid model; Australopithecus Sensu Lato, has been documented as a chrono species of over a period of 2 million years old.

Prior to 1960, most of the evidence for the evolution of man was confined to Southern Africa. 

The greatest body of evidence for early hominid development has been obtained from the large site in Northern Kenya. 

Between 1968 and 1972, a total of 87 fossil hominid specimens were recovered in Koobi Fora Kenya. The first Australopithecus skull was found here by Dr. Richard Leakey a renowned paleontologist.


Inside Koobi Fora the Homo Habilis was also found there by Bernard Ngeves. Homo erectus, a 1.6 million years old fossil skull was also discovered here by a research assistant of Dr. Leakey, Mr. Kimeu Kimoya. 

Since 1994, about 200 separate hominid and numerous animal skulls were found in Koobi Fora Kenya, more than the rest of the world's fossil sites have produced in 60 years.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Pan Fried Curry Goat Fillet: Goat meat is the most popular red meat in the world

Goat meat is the most popular red meat in the world. Goat meat is a red meat low in fat and is used in any recipe using red meat. Goat meat is used for frying, stewing, sautéing or in any of dish as a substitute for beef. Goat meat is very lean with very low fat content and is a healthier red meat.


Pan Fried Curry Goat Fillet

Ingredients:
Photo by avlxyz
½ pound goat fillets cut into 1 inch strips
½ turmeric
½ garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cumin
½ curry
½ cup fresh coriander leaves
Ghee for frying

Directions:

Fill pan with ghee to come just 1/8-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or heavy frying pan. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Sauté goat meat and spices in ghee about 3 minutes. Remove from heat serve.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Easy Hot Pepper Vinegar Recipe

Easy Hot Pepper Vinegar Recipe


Vinegar Recipe

Before the world discovered refrigeration food was preserved by being cured with salt or covered with vinegar. Hot pepper vinegar is a must-have condiment to use soups, stews, on sandwiches just about anywhere you want to add a kick of heat.



Use hot pepper vinegar over salads instead of high fat and high calorie dressings.


Easy Hot Pepper Vinegar

Black Pepper Pods

Black Pepper Pods



Ingredients
Dozen pods of pepper
2 very hot peppers split in half
6 cups white distilled vinegar

Directions
Get one dozen pods of pepper when ripe, take out the stems, and cut them in two; put them in a pot with vinegar and hot peppers, boil it away to one quart, and strain it through a sieve.



Did you know?
Vinegar has many uses in the kitchen. Biltong and droëwors are cured meats that originated in Southern Africa. Biltong and droëwors are similar to jerky in looks but tastes very different. The marinades used to make biltong use vinegar as its base to preserve food.

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