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Monday, September 30, 2013

Discovery of Diamonds Changed Zulu Clan Life Forever

Discovery of Diamonds Changed Zulu Clan Life Forever

Discovery of African Diamonds and the Zulu Clan



Discovery of diamonds in 1867 near the Vaal River in South Africa changed African Zulu life forever. Discovery of diamonds in South Africa and the Zulu Kingdom in the 1879 fought the Anglo-Zulu War with the British Empire. The Zulu nation was defeated and blacks and diamond mines came under control Colony of Natal and later the Union of South Africa.



Singer sewing machine advertisement card, which was distributed at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893, depicts Zulu clan members dressed in British fashion, barefoot and seeming bond at the ankles.



The discovery of gold and diamonds in 1867 near the Vaal River changed Zulu life forever. The Zulu Kingdom, in 1879 fought the Anglo-Zulu War with the British Empire. British troops invaded the Zulu kingdom 5,000 strong, in January 1879 but within days the British were defeated by the Zulu warriors at the battle of Isandlwana. 


Zulu warriors massacred around 1,350 British troops at their camp in the first days of battle of Isandlwana. Despite this early win, the Zulu nation was eventually defeated and came under control of the Colony of Natal and later to be named the Union of South Africa. 


The capture of the Zulu leader Cetshwayo kaMpande who was the nephew of the legendary Shaka Zulu, in August 1879 ended the Anglo-Zulu war after 6-months of fighting.



Proud Zulu Clan


Twenty-six years later from May 1, 1893 to October 30, 1893, about 716,881 people attended the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The day also honored the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Forty-six nations participated in the expositions 6-month event. 


The Columbian Exposition Midway’s featured a replication of a "Street in Cairo”. The "Street in Cairo," was one of the first amusement shows to introduce exotic dancing to America, needless to say it was the most successful midway attraction in the exposition.


The Singer sewing machine advertisement card, which was distributed at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago 1893, depicts Zulu clan members dressed in British fashion, barefoot and seeming bond at the ankles. The Singer sewing ad is very different from independent semi nomadic pastoralists of the Zulu nation just 30 years earlier.


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Grilled Garden Eggs

Garden eggs, what are garden eggs?

The garden egg gets its name from the small size of the eggplant and is roughly the same size as a chicken egg.
Garden Egg

Garden eggs, what are garden eggs? Garden eggs are a smaller variety of the eggplant that is highly cultivated and valued in most sub-Saharan African countries.

The garden egg gets its name from the small size of the eggplant and is roughly the same size as a chicken egg. In African Igbo society, the garden egg represents fruitfulness and good fortune.


Grilled Garden Eggs


Ingredients and Directions

Broiled Garden Eggs a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes
Grilled garden eggs
1. Peel 4 garden eggs (or leave the skin on) and slice in half

2. Place garden eggs into a dish and season with salt and pepper and pour one tablespoon of olive oil over the eggplants.

3. Mix well and arrange the slices on a broiler and broil on each side for five minutes and serve warm.

Did you know?
Garden eggs are low in calories with about 35 calories in a one cup serving. 

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

16 Easy All Natural Jam and Jelly Recipes

African recipes made with jam and jelly are sweet and delicious when eaten with bread, as an appetizer snack, main course or as an African dessert recipe.



16 Easy All Natural Jam and Jelly Recipes 


What makes jam and jellies solidify? Pectin is the substance that makes jellies and jams solidify however, this essential ingredient does not exist in all fruits. 

Fruit that is slightly under-ripe contains more pectin than overripe fruits. In addition, the white inner skins of lemons are excellent for jelly and jam making and to supply pectin to other fruits however it has a bitter taste.

African recipes made with jam and jelly are sweet and delicious, 16 Easy All Natural Jam and Jelly Recipes
African recipes made with jam and jelly are sweet and delicious.
16 Easy All Natural Jam and Jelly Recipes














Kind of Fruit
How To Prepare
Amount Of Water Needed For Cooking
Amount Of Sugar Needed For Jellying
Apples (sour is best)
Wash, discard any unsound portions, cut into small pieces. Include seeds skin and core
One-half as much water as fruit
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Apricots
Leave a few stones in for flavor.
For jam use just enough water to keep from burning
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of apricots for jam
Blackberries
Wash
1 cupful of water to 5 quarts of berries
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Blueberries
Wash
1 cupful of water to 5 quarts of berries
1 cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Cranberries
Wash
One-half as much water as berries
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Cherries (Pectin must be added for jelly making)
Pit the cherries for jam
For jam, use just enough water to keep from burning
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of cherries for jam
Grapes, unripe
Wash, do not stem; use stems
1 cupful of water to 5 quarts of grapes
1 cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Gooseberries
"head and tail," using scissors
1 cupful of water to 5 quarts of gooseberries
1 cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Peaches (Pectin must be added for jelly making)
Peaches, apples and raisins make a delicious conserve
Just enough water to keep from burning
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Pineapples (Pectin must be added for jelly making)
Prepare as for table use
For jams, enough water to keep from burning
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Raspberries
Wash them thoroughly, but do not let them soak in the water
1 cupful of water to 5 quarts of berries
1 cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Rhubarb (Pectin must be added for jelly making)
Wash and cut into small pieces
For jam, half as much water as fruit.
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of juice
Strawberries (Pectin must be added for jelly making)
Wash and remove hulls.
For jam, just enough water to keep from burning.
¾ cupful of sugar to 1 cupful of pulp.
Oranges
For orange marmalade weigh oranges slice cross- wise with sharp knife as thin as possible; remove seed.
Cook in water to cover.
Three-quarters their weight in sugar.
Lemons
For marmalade 9 oranges and 6 lemons are a good combination
Cook in water to cover.
8 pounds of sugar
Grapefruit
Grapefruit is sliced very thin, seed removed.
Cook in water to cover.
Three-quarters their weight in sugar.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chickpea Coriander Chicken Stew

Chickpea is eaten raw, roasted or boiled and processed into flour. Chickpea exports from East Africa have considerably increased over the last decade. The medium-seed chickpea kabuli variety has enabled chickpea cultivation to spread to the subtropical and tropical regions of Africa. 




Chickpea Coriander Chicken with Greens 

Ingredients
4 skinless chicken thighs
1 cup canned chickpeas
4 cups Swiss chard or kale or mustard greens
Chickpea Coriander Chicken with Greens 1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 hot pepper (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Water to cover

Directions
In a large pot add all ingredients except greens and cover with water. Cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes until the chicken is tender. Add greens and simmer another 10 minutes. Serve over rice or couscous.



About Chickpeas

About Chickpeas

Cicer arietinum or Chickpea is an important annual plant consumed all over the world. Chickpea is a highly nutritious grain legume crop and is one of the cheapest sources of protein.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Broiled Tilapia with Orange Chutney

Add South African Pizzazz to your Fish



Ingredients
4 medium tilapia fillets

Use chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa

Photo by DanCostin

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon minced fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions
The Chutney
In a small bowl, combine oranges, onion, vinegar and dill, mix well and set aside.

The Fish
Combine salt and pepper; sprinkle over fillets. Place on a broiler pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.
Broil for 11-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serve with chutney over fish.


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Africa is Famous for Coffee and Chocolate | Chocolate Bread Recipe

Chocolate Coffee Bread Recipe
Chocolate Coffee Bread Recipe

Coffee

Africa is famous for coffee and chocolate

Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
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African food recipe
Chocolate Bread Recipe
Delicious Chocolate Bread is an easy one bowl recipe. Infused with dark roasted coffee Chocolate Bread is rich, moist and delicious.

Chocolate Bread Recipe

Serves 4
African food



Ingredients
2 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1/3 a cup of granulated sugar
½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
1 large egg
¼ a teaspoon of salt
1 cup of hot strong coffee
1 package yeast
¼ teaspoon of extract cinnamon
½ a cup of cocoa
3 ½ to 4 cups of flour

Directions
Mix in order given, having dough as soft as can be handled, turn onto kneading surface, roll into a square about an inch in thickness, sprinkle on one-half cup of chocolate chips, fold the sides to meet the center, then each end to center, and fold again.

Roll as at first, using another one-half cup chocolate chips, fold, and roll and fold again. Place in a bowl which is set in pan of warm water, let raise forty minutes.

Shape, place in pan, let rise until doubled in size. Bake fifteen to twenty minutes. As you take from oven, brush the top with white of one egg beaten with one-half cup confectioners sugar.

Let stand five minutes. Then they are ready to serve.

Did you know?
Cocoa has always grown in many parts of the African tropics. The cacao-tree grows wild in the forests of tropical regions but is also one of the tender trees of tropical growth. Africa produces well over 65 percent of the world’s cocoa.

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The Equator passes through Nanyuki Kenya

The Equator passes through Nanyuki Kenya

The Equator passes through Nanyuki Kenya


There are seven African countries that are on both sides of the Equator. The Equator passes about 4 miles south of the town Nanyuki in Laikipia County, Kenya.

The Equator passes about 4 miles south of the town Nanyuki in Laikipia County, Kenya.
An equator is an imaginary line around the
middle earth, seven African countries
 are on both sides of the Equator


An equator is an imaginary line around the middle earth. The equator is halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole at ‘0’ degrees latitude. 

The equator divides the planet into a Northern Hemisphere and a Southern Hemisphere. Areas located on the Earth’s equator have the fastest sunrises and sunsets. 
The time it takes for the sun to set and rise at the Equator is the fastest on Earth. The transition from day to night takes only a few minutes.


Kenya is slightly more than twice the size of the U.S. state of Nevada. Kenya is located in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. Nanyuki Kenya is sort of like the main office for people pursuing the adventure of climbing the highest mountain in Kenya. 


Mount Kenya is an ancient extinct volcano and is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa.


African countries that are on both sides of the Equator:

Seven African countries are on both sides of the Equator
Seven African countries are on both
sides of the Equator 
1. Democratic Republic of the Congo

2. Gabon

3. Kenya

4. Republic of the Congo

5. Sao Tome and Principe

6. Somalia

7. Uganda



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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

African Proverbs- May the ancestors impart knowledge to you

African Proverbs


Those who derive fun watching lunatics, out to have one as a child or relation to know the pains of it.

A man who is trampled to death by an elephant is a man who is blind and deaf.


Don't look where you fell, but where you slipped.


One does not become great by claiming greatness.


Rain beats a leopard's skin, but it does not wash out the spots.


A fowl does not forget where it lays it eggs.


The fish that can see that its water is getting shallower, cannot be stranded.

The dog's bark is not might, but fright.

What forgets is the axe, but the tree that has been axed will never forget.

It is little by little that a bird builds its nest.


A loose tooth will not rest until it's pulled out.


Do a good deed and throw it into the sea.


Time never gets tired of running.


We are what our thinking makes us.


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Friday, September 13, 2013

Fish Salad a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes

Fish Salad a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes


Fish Recipe

Healthy Fish Salad for Lunch or Dinner



Africa’s largest lake is Lake Victoria and its longest river is the Nile. The nourishment and industry of millions of Africans rely on the fishing trade.


Fish Salad a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes

Fish Salad

Fish Salad



Ingredients

Amounts are your choice

Fish fillet any type, cooked
Red pepper
Curry
Salt
Lemon Juice
Lettuce
Green onions

Directions
Sprinkle fish with a few drops of lemon juice then add salt, curry and pepper. Garnish with green onions. Serve and enjoy a healthy meal.


Did you know?
Fish farming is a major business throughout the African continent.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Peri-Peri Sardine Stew Recipe

Peri-Peri Sardine Stew Recipe

Healthy Moroccan Sardine Recipe
How to Make Healthy Moroccan Peri-Peri Sardine Stew Recipe
Sardines ready to cook the perfect recipe

Peri-Peri Sardine Stew Recipe


African recipes by Chic African Culture

Peri-Peri Sardine Stew  Recipe


Peri-Peri Sardine Stew is a traditional Moroccan African recipe made with sardines, hot peri peri sauce and healthy vegetables.


Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

Ingredients
Three 4 oz cans sardines boneless, skinless sardines packed in olive oil, drained
1 onion finely chopped
2 medium white potatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon palm oil
2 cups water
1 tablespoon peri-peri sauce
1 chopped hot pepper
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon curry powder
Salt to taste


Directions
In a large pot over medium heat sauté onion with palm oil until soft. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft; add sardines simmer 10 minutes more. Serve over rice.



Did you know?
Morocco has a large sardine fishery off the northwest African coast; it is currently divided into three stocks, northern, central and southern. The fishery is a mixed fishery for six small pelagic species sardine, mackerel, anchovy, sardinella and two species of horse mackerel.

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