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Find your true life work in Africa. Africa is home to more unknown history than known. A map of Africa does not begin to show the vastness of people, culture, food, living and ancient history of the African continent. Established 2008 Chic African Culture is a learning tool to meet the demand for better education about the entire continent of Africa.

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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 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.

Changes in the Zulu Kingdom





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 the battle of Isandlwana. Despite this early win, the Zulu nation was eventually defeated and came under the 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 Recipe

Grilled Garden Eggs Recipe

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 Recipe



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.


Garden eggs are low in calories with about 35 calories in a one cup serving. 


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sweet and Delicious Easy All Natural Chutney, Jam and Jelly Recipes

Sweet and Delicious Easy All Natural Chutney, Jam and Jelly Recipes

Chutneys, jam, and jelly are a sweet and delicious popular recipe.




16 Sweet and Delicious Easy All Natural Chutney, 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.

Sweet and Delicious Easy All Natural Chutney, Jam and Jelly Recipes
Sweet and Delicious Easy All Natural Chutney, 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 crosswise with a sharp knife as thin as possible; remove the seeds.
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 Coriander Chicken with Greens

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



Chickpea Coriander Chicken with Greens


Ingredients

4 skinless chicken thighs
1 cup canned chickpeas
4 cups Swiss chard or kale or mustard 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

Tilapia with Orange Sauce Easy Fish Recipe

Tilapia with Orange Sauce Easy Fish Recipe

Tilapia is native to Africa. The fish tilapia and has become the second most popular farmed fish globally and one of the most traded seafood commodities.



Tilapia is the common name for mainly freshwater fish with nearly a hundred different species. Eating fish makes you healthy in several ways. The Tilapia fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits.

Historically tilapia has been of major importance to the everyday fisherman and small fishing businesses in Africa, and they are of increasing importance in aquaculture and aquaponics. The fish is consumed as an affordable source of protein in poor rural communities as well as in affluent urban centers. In Sub-Saharan Africa, tilapia, in its various strains, is largely caught from traditional wild sources such as rivers, lakes, and dams.

In Africa, tilapia supports wage incomes of many African people and provides vital food security. The fish is still largely available from traditional freshwater capture resources such as rivers and lakes but today it is farmed. Tilapia aquaculture production of tilapia has grown tremendously, at an annual average rate of 20 percent over the last decade, and is presently the top fastest growing aquaculture sub-sector.

Broiled Tilapia with Orange Chutney

Tilapia with Orange Sauce Easy Fish Recipe



Ingredients

4 medium tilapia fillets

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained

1 green onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon minced fresh dill


Directions

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. Add remaining ingredients to a blender and puree. Serve sauce over fish with a salad or brown rice.


[Read: What is Chutney]



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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.


Seven African countries are on both sides of the Equator
Seven African countries are on both
sides of the Equator 


African countries that are on both sides of the Equator:


1. The 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

Proverbs of African people are the index of our lives.

African Proverbs- May the ancestors impart knowledge to you



Proverbs from Africa contain the essence of moral truth and practical lesson; they are drawn from real life and are generally the fruit of philosophy grafted on the stem of experience.




African proverbs express the ageless wisdom of the African culture.


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.


Clever sayings in the language of proverbs are passed down for generations in the African culture.


A fowl does not forget where it lays its 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 ax, but the tree that has been axed will never forget.

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




African traditions express wisdom in an interesting way through proverbs cherished throughout the world.


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. 

A good swimmer is not safe against drowning.




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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 sardine 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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Friday, September 6, 2013

God why did you make me black? I don't like being black.

God why did you make me black? I don't like being black.

Skin-lightening creams and soaps are popular in Africa despite mercury poisoning health risks.


Skin-lightening creams and soaps are popular in Africa despite mercury poisoning health risks.


God, why did you make me black? I don't like being black. I don't like black skin.



The World Health Organization has reported that Nigerians are the highest users of skin-lightening products: 77% of Nigerian women use the products on a regular basis. They are followed by Togo 59%, South Africa 35%, Senegal 27%, and Mali 25% of women reported using skin lightening products on a regular basis. Studies have found that men are also beginning to bleach their skin. Some creams contain harmful steroids and other mercury.

Mercury is a common ingredient found in skin lightening soaps and creams. Mercury salts inhibit the formation of melanin, resulting in a lighter skin tone. Skin lightening soaps and creams are commonly used in certain African among dark-skinned populations.  

Skin lightening products come in different forms, including soaps and creams; the soap is often sold as antiseptic soap. These products are supposed to be applied to the skin to dry overnight. It is reported that some women use skin-lightening products for as long as 20 years. The main adverse effect of the inorganic mercury contained in skin lightening soaps and creams is kidney damage. Mercury in skin lightening products may also cause skin rashes, skin discoloration, and scarring.

A 2013 story by the BBC on Congolese hair stylist Jackson Marcelle says “He has been using special injections to bleach his skin for the past 10 years.” Each injection lasts for six months. Marcelle - known in this busy community as Africa's Michael Jackson - says his mother used to apply creams on him when he was young in order to make him appear "less black".

The World Health Organization has reported that Nigerians are the highest users of skin-lightening products

"I like white people. Black people are seen as dangerous; that's why I don't like being black. People treat me better now because I look like I'm white," he adds.

"I pray every day and I ask God, 'God why did you make me black?' I don't like being black. I don't like black skin," Jackson Marcelle says.

Psychologists say there are also underlying reasons why people bleach their skin - but low self-esteem and, to some degree self-hate, are a common thread.  Entrenched in the minds of many Africans from a young age is the adage "if it's white, it's all right", a belief that has chipped away at the self-esteem of millions. Until this changes, no amount of official bans or public information campaigns will stop people risking serious damage to their health in the pursuit of what they think is beauty.

Mercury-containing skin lightening products are hazardous to health and as a result, have been officially banned in many countries throughout Africa. However, mercury-containing skin lightening products are still widely available on the Internet. Also, these products are sometimes illegally smuggled into Africa and sold at local markets in towns and villages.  These soaps and creams may contain about 1-10% of mercury and just 1% of mercury levels pose a serious health hazard.


The amount or concentration of mercury in a product may be labeled on the packaging or in the ingredient list. However, companies selling products that contain mercury, do not always list it as an ingredient. 

Names to look for include:
·        Mercury
·        Hg
·        Mercuric Iodide
·        Mercurous Chloride
·        Ammoniated Mercury
·        Amide Chloride Of Mercury
·        Quicksilver
·        Cinnabaris
·        Mercury Sulfide
·        Hydrargyri Oxydum Rubrum
·        Mercury Oxide
·        Mercury Iodide  
·        May Say “Poison”; Directions to avoid contact with silver, gold, rubber, and aluminum 


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