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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Spiced Spanspek Cantaloupe Preserve

South African Simply Spiced Spanspek

Spanspek is the Afrikaans name for Muskmelons, often called cantaloupe in the United States. Cantaloupes were first cultivated in Persia and northern Africa nearly 4,000 years ago. Wild populations of cantaloupes appear in the desert and Savannah regions of Africa. Within southern Africa, cantaloupe grows in the South African provinces of Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Cantaloupe varieties that are grown frequently in South Africa are Imperial 45, Honeydew, Hale’s Best Cantaloupe, and Edisto Cantaloupe. 

Spiced Spanspek Cantaloupe Preserve


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Spanspek is the Afrikaans name for cantaloupe. Spiced spanspek is sweet African dessert preserve recipe you will fall in love with at very first bite. 

Prep time: Cook time: Total time:
Ingredients:
3 cups seedless, peeled, cubed cantaloupe
2 cups water
3 cups sugar
½ cup white vinegar
2 sticks cinnamon
2 whole cloves
1 teaspoon allspice

Directions:
In a large pot of water add all ingredients  and simmer slowly until fruit is transparent about 45 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks, place in hot sterilized jars and seal.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Story of Lightning and Thunder African Folktale

Story of Lightning and Thunder African folktale is a story forming part of an oral storytelling tradition shaped by the tongues of African elders passed down from one generation to the next. 

Story Lightning and Thunder African Folktale

In the olden days the thunder and lightning lived on the earth among all the other people, but the king made them live at the far end of the town, as far as possible from other people's houses.

Lightning and Thunder African Folktale
The thunder was an old mother sheep, and the lightning was her son, a ram. Whenever the ram got angry he used to go about and burn houses and knock down trees; he even did damage on the farms, and sometimes killed people. Whenever the lightning did these things, his mother used to call out to him in a very loud voice to stop and not to do any more damage; but the lightning did not care in the least for what his mother said, and when he was in a bad temper used to do a very large amount of damage.

At last the people could not stand it any longer, and complained to the king. So the king made a special order that the sheep (Thunder) and her son, the ram (Lightning), should leave the town and live in the far bush. This did not do much good, as when the ram got angry he still burnt the forest, and the flames sometimes spread to the farms and consumed them.


So the people complained again, and the king banished both the lightning and the thunder from the earth and made them live in the sky, where they could not cause so much destruction. Ever since, when the lightning is angry, he commits damage as before, but you can hear his mother, the thunder, rebuking him and telling him to stop. Sometimes, however, when the mother has gone away some distance from her naughty son, you can still see that he is angry and is doing damage, but his mother's voice cannot be heard.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Walking Six Hours to Collect Water in Rural Ethiopia

The Truth About Collecting Water in Africa

Collecting Water
In rural Ethiopia, women and children can walk up to six hours to collect clean water.

Water purification site in Ber'aano Woreda by Shebele River in Somali region of Ethiopia

The Truth About Collecting Water in Ethiopia Africa Where Walking Up to Six Hours to Collect Water is not unusual. 


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Ethiopia has one of Africa’s lowest rates of access to water supply, and sanitation despite abundant surface and groundwater resources.

Ethiopia's main health problem is the spread of disease caused by poor water and sanitation. During the dry-season more traditional sources of water are placed under pressure as shallow wells or other permanent sources dry-up.

A vast majority of Ethiopia’s population lacks adequate access to safe water and proper sanitation facilities.
West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Program 
Ethiopia’s 96 million people, 86.5 million people or 83 percent live in rural areas. A vast majority of Ethiopia’s population lacks adequate access to safe water and proper sanitation facilities. That is 49 million people or 51% lack safe water and 76 million or 79% have no sanitation services.

At most, 49 percent of people have access to safe water, while proper sanitation facilities are available to about 21 percent. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services negatively impact health and productivity, especially that of children.

At the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell announced the U.S. commitment to the Goals for Sustainable Development. One goal was to “reduce by half, the proportion of people without access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation” by the year 2015.


To help reach this goal, leading US-based non-governmental organizations working in water and sanitation formed the Millennium Water Alliance. From 2011-2015 the West Africa Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Program or WASH Millennium Water Alliance goal is to provide water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to approximately 483,000 people; including 83,000 students in 90 schools. Since 2006, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded over $14 million to the Millennium Water Program.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Devil's Rib West African Pepper Relish Recipe

Devil's Rib West African Pepper Relish Recipe

Ingredients:
2 sweet red peppers
2 sweet green peppers
1 piri-piri African hot pepper, diced
West African Spicy Pepper Relish photo by diettogo1
2  onions, chopped
1/4 cup vinegar
½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Seed the peppers and chop fine with the onion and hot pepper. Put into a bowl, cover with boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and cover again with boiling water, let stand for 10 minutes longer. Place in colander or cheesecloth bag let drain overnight. In the morning add the vinegar, sugar and salt. Boil for 20 minutes. Place in hot sterilized jars and seal.

Did you know...?
A hot pepper that originated from Africa is the Devil's Rib from Ghana.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Xenophobic Attacks: Zulu Word for Hope is Sethemba

Present-day Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has no official power in modern South Africa, but influences around 11 million Zulu clans people while earning a salary of 6 million dollars a year. 


Zulu Word for Hope is Sethemba
Zulu Word for Hope is Sethemba
The Zulu nation lives in Southern Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania with an estimated 11 million Zulu living mainly in the province of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. The Zulu Kingdom once occupied the northern part of what is now KwaZuluNatal and remained independent until 1879. 

In the isiZulu language, the word hope is Sethemba. With the 2008 and 2015 Xenophobic attacks, hope and healing is needed in South Africa.

Kings and Chiefs to the Zulus are fiercely respected, there is a saying in Zulu, the mouth that speaks no lies, the king can never be wrong. Words spoken by a King or Chief should be closely guardedBelow is a listing of Zulu Chiefs and Kings that ruled the Zulu nation.

Zulu Chiefs and Kings:


•Ntombela kaMalandela father of the Zulu clan founder, Zulu kaNtombela 1627-1709


•Zulu kaNtombela, son of Ntombela, founder and chief of the Zulu clan from 1709 


•Gumede kaZulu, son of Zulu, chief of the Zulu clan
•Phunga kaGumede, son of Gumede, chief of the Zulu clan until around 1727 
•Mageba kaGumede 1667-1745, son of Gumede and brother of Phunga, chief of the Zulu clan from 1727 to 1745 
•Ndaba kaMageba 1697-1763, son of Mageba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1745 to 1763 
•Jama kaNdaba 1757-1781, son of Ndaba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1763 to 1781 
•Mkabayi kaJama, daughter of Jama 
•Senzangakhona kaJama 1757-1816, son of Jama, chief of the Zulu clan from 1781 to 1816 
•Shaka kaSenzangakhona 1787-1828, son of Senzangakona, king from 1816 to 1828 
•Dingane kaSenzangakhona 1795-1840, son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka, king from 1828 to 1840
•Mpande kaSenzangakhona1798-1872, son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka and Dingane, king from 1840 to 1872 
•Cetshwayo kaMpande1834 - February 1884, son of Mpande, king from 1872 to 1884
•Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo 1868-1913, son of Cetshwayo kaMpande, king from 1884 to 1913 
•Phumuzuzulu kaDinuzulu 1890-1933, son of Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo, king from 1913 to 1933
•Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaPhumuzuzulu August 1924-September 1968, son of Solomon kaDinuzulu, king from 1948 to 1968 
•Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu born July 1948, son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, king since 1971 to present


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Monday, November 12, 2012

Do not tell the person who is carrying you that he stinks

he stinks

African proverbs

Wise sayings in the language of proverbs have been passed down for generations in African culture.




African women

Do not abuse the hospitality of others.



Do not tell the person who is carrying you that he stinks.



Those who speak about one's miseries hurt less than those who keep silent.


It is a bad child
who does not take advice.


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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Healthy Nutrient-Rich South African Kidney Omelet

For those who love kidneys and other offal foods, there is nothing like a Sunday morning South African kidney omelet for breakfast. Kidneys are high in iron and are some of the most nutrient-rich foods you can eat.


Healthy Nutrient-Rich South African Kidney Omelet

Ingredients:
1 cleaned and diced lamb kidney
Healthy Nutrient-Rich South African Kidney Omelet
Healthy Nutrient-Rich South African Kidney Omelet
Photo by cyclonebill
1 tablespoons lard for frying
4 large eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons cream

Directions:
Melt 2 tablespoons of lard in a frying pan add diced kidneys toss them into hot lard 3 minutes. Whisk eggs add seasonings, parsley, and cream, then add to kidneys. When the edges are set, fold edges over so that omelet assumes an oval shape; be careful that it is not done too much.


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Monday, November 5, 2012

Fresh Gingembre Ginger Juice

Juice Cleanse

Juice Cleanse

Cleanse can detoxify your body and rejuvenate your mind.

Ginger is a popular herb used as a spice fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil. In the Fresh Gingembre African Ginger Juice, ginger is used as a spice to contrast the sweet taste of the oranges.


Fresh Gingembre African Ginger Juice


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Ginger has a positive stimulating effect on the digestion and circulation of the body. Fresh Gingembre African Ginger Juice the ginger is used as a spice to contrast the sweet taste of the oranges.

Ingredients: 
 2 cups water 
 1 cup orange juice 
 1 orange, sliced thin 
 1 large slice of fresh ginger 
 1 teaspoon ground ginger 
 Sugar to taste (optional) 

Directions:
 Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Allow to infuse for  two hours before serving.










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