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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Easy Moroccan Breakfast Recipe

Honey, dates and couscous combines handsomely in this easy Moroccan African couscous recipe to create a rich dessert or sweet breakfast cereal.


Couscous with Dates and Honey


Honey, dates and couscous combines handsomely in an easy Moroccan African couscous recipe to create a rich dessert or sweet breakfast cereal.
Making cous cous photo by e sarlin
Ingredients:
2 cups low fat milk
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups dry couscous
1 cup chopped dried dates

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 dates. Serve warm for breakfast or as a dessert.


Did you know…?
Honey is the only food source produced by an insect that humans eat.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Braided African Tribal Swag Fabric Necklace Tutorial

Add some tribal swag to your jewelry collection by making a simple no-sew Braided African tribal print fabric necklace that takes only 5 minutes to make.



Braided African Tribal Swag Fabric Necklace Tutorial


Braided African Tribal Swag Fabric Necklace Tutorial


Materials: 
·        Your favorite African print fabric
·        Silver or gold clasps + jump rings
·        Pendent of your choice
 
Tools: 
·        Needle nose pliers
·        Fabric scissors
·        Fabric glue
 
Directions: 
·        Place one end of the fabric securely inside one clasp, add a drop of glue.
·        Close the clasp securely and braid the fabric to the end.
·        Attach the second clasp to the second end making sure to add a drop of glue.
·        Add a 6mm jump ring to the center of the braided necklace.
·        Securely add the pendent of your choice.
·        Rock your new Tribal Swag with any outfit!

Rock your new Braided African Tribal Swag Fabric Necklace with any outfit!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Talking About Sex

Bark from the coastal forests of Central and West Africa's Pausinystalia johimbe or yohimbe tree is a sexual performance natural remedy long used in African traditional medicinal arts. 



Talking About Sex ~ Natural Herbal African Viagra



Bark from the coastal forests of Central and West Africa's Pausinystalia johimbe or yohimbe tree is a sexual performance natural remedy long used in African traditional medicinal arts.
Talking About Sex ~ Natural Herbal African Viagra
Yohimbe bark contains a chemical called yohimbine that can increase blood flow and nerve impulses to the sexual organs. The bark of the yohimbe tree contains a chemical called yohimbine, which is used to make medicine to help people who have issues with sexual performance issues.Cameroon supplies the majority of the raw bark in the commercial trade.

Yohimbine is not appropriate for unsupervised use due to potentially serious side effects; it is illegal in the United States to market an over the counter product containing yohimbine as a treatment for erectile dysfunction without getting FDA approval.

The bark of the yohimbe tree has been used for centuries by traditional healers and herbalists for its sexual desire properties. Without a doubt, the effectiveness of the bark in treating sexual performance issues has led to the development of a worldwide market for yohimbe products.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Perfect Cup of Malawi Antlers White Tea

Behind China and India, Kenya is the largest tea producer in the world.

White Tea
Behind China and India, Kenya is the largest tea producer in the world.
Kiambethu Tea Farm Limuru, Kenya
Kiambethu Tea Farm Limuru, Kenya

Perfect Cup of Malawi Antlers White Tea


Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture




Africa produces handmade white, green, and specialty teas produced by smallholder tea farmers. Malawi Antlers White Tea is a specialty tea favored by tea lover all over the world.

Picking tea in Limuru, Kenya
Picking tea in Limuru, Kenya

How to make the perfect cup of Tea 

 1. Use one teaspoon of dried loose tea per cup of water, more to taste. 
 2. When making flower or herbal tea with small leaf and green leaf type plants, you can use a tea strainer. The tea strainer eliminates the need to strain off the small leaves later. 
 3. Add your desired amount to a tea strainer or teapot. 
 4. Cover with boiling water a let steep for 2- 5 minutes or until you created your perfect cup of tea based on your preference.

Malawi Antlers White Tea is a specialty tea favored by tea lover all over the world.Did you know?
The African country of Malawi has the oldest tea plantations in all of Africa, with some tea bushes dating back to the year 1891.



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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Zanzibar African Octopus Stew Recipe

The local variety of octopus in the seas of Zanzibar off Africa's Eastern shores is a favorite ingredient in Octopus stew. 



Eat Zanzibar African Octopus Stew recipe with white rice, stewed beans and a large piece of chilli on the side.


Zanzibar African Octopus Stew Recipe


The local variety of octopus in the seas of Zanzibar off Africa's Eastern shores is a favorite ingredient in Octopus stew.
African Octopus Stew
Ingredients:
2 pounds cleaned and sliced octopus
2 cups water
1 onion finely chopped
4 scallions finely chopped
3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed and very finely chopped
2 sprigs thyme
2 large bay leaves
2 tablespoons palm oil or sunflower oil
2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

In a large pot, add octopus, one cup of water and seasonings. Let stew on low heat 1 hour. In the same pot add all remaining ingredients, cover and simmer over a medium heat for 25 minutes. Serve hot.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weight Loss Mendim-me-zong Eggplant Tea Recipe

Garden eggs also known as eggplants are very low in calories but high in dietary fiber. In Most African countries, garden eggs are a favorite food for weight loss. Cameroon Mendim-me-zong garden egg tea is perfect for achieving weight loss due to its low calorie content.


Weight Loss Mendim-me-zong African Eggplant Tea


Weight Loss Mendim-me-zong African Eggplant Tea Recipe
Weight Loss Mendim-me-zong
African Eggplant Tea Recipe
Ingredients:
4 Garden Eggs 
Water for boiling

Directions:
Over high heat, in a large pot add peeled diced eggplants, cover with water. Boil eggplants until soft about 10 minutes. After cooling separate the eggplant water from the pulp using a kitchen strainer. Drink tea warm or cold.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Taja War Profiteering African Folklore

Taja War Profiteering African Folklore teaches attempting to get rich from evil and greedy deeds destroys communities.



Taja War Profiteering African Folklore


Gorilla wants to make a big peace drum. So he goes into the bush and cuts down a large tree. Then he asks his friends to come and help him bring it into town; but the tree is too heavy for them. Gorilla goes to the river, and asks the fish to help. Taja hears the request, and says, "My good friends, since you have no feet and the tree is not in the water, I do not see how you can help." So the fish swim away.
Taja War Profiteering African Folklore teaches attempting to get rich from evil deeds destroys a village.
Greedy Taja only cares about himself

Gorilla calls three turtles to help him. All pushing together, they slide the tree along the ground, and bring it into town. Taja asks the turtles how they are able to move so heavy a tree. "That's our secret," they say, "and we do not intend to tell you."

Gorilla says, "Since turtles have proved to be the best men in town, I will host a big feast in their honor because of their kindness to me." Gorilla invites to the feast all the animals and dog is asked to dish out the food. The first thing he does is to eat all the hearts and livers. "If you go on at this rate, there will be nothing left to divide," say the animals.

They ask Cat to dish out the food but she begins by stealing a hindquarter and hiding it away for herself. "People always say you are a rogue, and now you prove it!" shout the animals.

Taja offers to dish out the food. He puts the part for Fish and Hook in one bowl, and orders them eat together. Fish refuses, and says, "Hook is my enemy! It is impossible for me to eat with him!"

Taja puts in one bowl the part for Deer and Leopard, and orders them to eat together. "I cannot 'food' with my mortal enemy," says Deer, leaving his part.

The part for Rat and Cat is put in one bowl, and Rat refuses to eat.

Since Taja has given each bowlful to animals’ enemy to each other, the food lies untouched so Taja takes it all for himself.

The animals are very angry!

Possum says, "I will call Wasp and Hornet to come and sting Taja for robbing us of our 'food.'" Wasp and Hornet go to Taja's house, one going in by the front door, the other by the back. They sting Taja so severely, that he rolls on the ground in pain, and cries for help. His relative, Squirrel, hears, and calls Fire to burn the house to destroy Wasp and Hornet. Cat, passing, sees the house in flames. She remembers that Taja has all the food, so she decides to help him, in hopes that he will share with her. She calls Rain to put out Fire.


All the animals call for Taja to come out of his house and atone for the great harm he has done to the village but Taja refuses. The animals send him into exile and now they say in Taja's town, "Greed should never be allowed to profit from kindness."

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Weeknight African Carrot Sorrel Soup

Weeknight African Carrot Sorrel Soup
African Soup Recipe

Vegetable soups are made all over the word and Africa is no different. All over Africa a variety of vegetables including leafy green sorrel makes African soups culinary unique.




Enjoying moms home cooking in Kitui Kenya

Sorrel is a leafy green vegetable used in soups and salads as an herbal component to help treat sinus problems and possibly certain types of cancers.

How to Make Weeknight African Carrot Sorrel Soup


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African food recipe
Fresh cut sorrel vegetable
The tart flavor of sorrel pairs well with the sweetness of carrots in our weeknight rustic carrot sorrel soup.

Weeknight Rustic Carrot Sorrel Soup

Serves 6
African food

Weeknight African Carrot Sorrel Soup
Ingredients
2 handfuls fresh sorrel leaves, chopped
2 cups diced potatoes
2 cups diced sweet carrots
1 chopped medium yellow onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Hot peppers to taste
4 cups water

Directions
In a large pot with water, boil the sorrel for 3 minutes, drain water. Add water, potatoes and seasonings to pot of sorrel and simmer 10 minutes. Serve with bread and enjoy your homemade African vegetable soup.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Loss of Opportunity African Folklore Story

Loss of opportunity is something that people run into every day. Loss of Opportunity African Folklore story teaches the missed opportunities we did not recognize until it is too late may never take place again.



Loss of Opportunity African Folklore Story


Loss of Opportunity African Folklore Story
Grab opportunity when it knocks
Long, long time ago, Opportunity was rich, young and strong and wished to marry a beautiful young woman but sadly, she refused him. Opportunity became poor and sick. The young woman ignored Opportunity until one day she made up her mind to marry him after all.

She went to find Opportunity and as she crossed the stream near the town where he lived, she saw an old man setting fish-traps. He was going blind in one eye, and dressed in rags. She took him to be a slave.


On arriving in the town, she asked to be directed to the house of Opportunity. The people answered, "The crippled old man with one eye, fishing in the creek you just passed, is Opportunity." With a heavy heart, the woman returned home and grieved her loss of Opportunity.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy When it Rains African Proverbs

Happy When it Rains African Proverbs teaches us that not everything will work out for the best, but learning to sing in the rain makes a happier you.


Singing in the rain while looking for blue skies African proverbsMost people are more than happy to tell you about all the things that are going wrong or that will go wrong in their life. There is a big difference between realism and pessimism.

The realist understands that not everything will always work out for the best, but sometimes things do work out. The pessimist, on the other hand, assumes that everything will always work out for the worst. The realist will approach a problem with the expectation that there is a viable solution out there somewhere. Pessimists know beyond any doubt that nothing they do will make any difference.


Part of looking for blue skies is learning to sing in the rain.


Happy When it Rains Looking For Blue Skies African Proverbs



A stumble may prevent a fall.


The moon moves slowly, but it crosses the town.

Do not protect yourself by a fence.

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Hard times brings knowledge and knowledge, wisdom.

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.


If everyone pulled in one direction, the world would topple over.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Why People Are Given A Name African Folklore

Naming Names



Where did the custom of giving names at birth begin? The African Folklore Why People are given a name explains where the tradition of giving names at birth started.

Why People Are Given A Name African Folklore



Why People Are Given A Name African Folklore
Why People Are Given A Name African Folklore
The Great Soul sends his son to earth to see what is here. His son's name is Somebody. 

Somebody goes about doing evil until he is captured by four old women. People call a meeting to talk to the wrongdoer, Somebody. 

They decide to put Somebody to death. A little boy proposes, that, before killing him, they ask him for his last request. 

Somebody answers, "I wish to have every man given a name, and to end the practice of calling me and everybody 'Somebody.' Then every deed may be attributed to its doer." 

The wisdom of this reply gains for Somebody his release, and for every man a name.


Folklore and Africa Folktale storytelling for teachers lessons plans using African stories


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Saturday, April 16, 2016

What is Cassava?

What is Cassava


What is Cassava

Cassava is very versatile root vegetable and is used the main ingredient in bread, fries, roasted veggie stews and soups, chin-chin, fritters, sweet cakes and fufu.




All About Cassava

Portuguese traders introduced cassava into Africa from Brazil in the 16th century. Currently, about half of the world production of cassava is in Africa. The plant is known under many names: ubi kettella, kaspe, manioca, rumu, yucca, mandioca, aipim, manioc, tapioca and cassada.

Cassava was introduced into Africa by Portuguese traders

Cassava was introduced into Africa
by Portuguese traders

Cassava is cultivated in around 40 African countries, stretching through a wide belt from Madagascar in the Southeast to Senegal and to Cape Verde in the Northwest. Around 70 percent of Africa's cassava output is harvested in Nigeria, the Congo and Tanzania.

Traditionally, cassava is produced on small-scale family farms. The roots are processed and prepared as a subsistence crop for home consumption and for sale in village markets and shipment to urban centers.

Grown throughout the tropical world, cassava is second only to the sweet potato as the most important starchy root crop of the tropics. Throughout the forest and transition zones of Africa, cassava is either a primary staple or a secondary food staple.

Cassava produces bulky storage roots with a heavy concentration of carbohydrates, about 80 percent and is rich in carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins B and C, and essential minerals. Cassava roots are rich in protein and can be toxic if grown in poor soils and in dry conditions. 



Praises for Cassava

Flora Nwapa was a groundbreaking Nigerian author and poet who passed away in 1993. She is best known for her novel Efuru and as Africa's first published female novelist. During the Nigerian civil war also known as the Biafran War from 1967-1970 Flora Nwapa poet wrote in praise of cassava because of its importance feeding a starving nation during civil war.


We thank the almighty God
For giving us cassava
We hail thee cassava
The great cassava

You grow in poor soils
You grow in rich soils
You grow in gardens
You grow in farms

You are easy to grow
Children can plant you
Women can plant you
Everybody can plant you

We must sing for you
Great cassava, we must sing
We must not forget
Thee, the great one

-Flora Nwapa Praises For Cassava

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Friday, April 15, 2016

How Hunger First Got Into Stomach Folktale from Liberia

Ever wonder why your stomach growls when it is hungry? The as the Folktale from Liberia Africa explains to us, the first meeting of hunger and stomach is an interesting tale.



How Hunger First Got Into Stomach Folktale from Liberia


They say that long ago hunger never catch the stomach of the people. But, all this is spoiled now. As the elders say, one day there was a great celebration in a distant town and Hunger invites Stomach to go with him. Before they start, Hunger cooks plenty of food and asks Stomach to eat. 

As the Folktale from Liberia Africa explains to us, the first meeting of hunger and stomach is an interesting tale.
Ever wonder why your stomach growls when it is hungry?
Hunger insists that he get on Stomach and be carried to the play since he provided a fine meal for the both of them.  Stomach refuses, and there is a big fight between the two.

In the end, Hunger wins the fight and mounts Stomach. When they arrive at the play, Stomach asks Hunger to get off, but Hunger refuses and holds tight. He even succeeds in creeping inside of Stomach.
Stomach is furious! To quiet Stomach, Hunger promises to come out if he carries him back home.

Stomach carries Hunger home, and then, tired and faint from carrying him inside, demands that he come out!


Hunger laughs, and says, "I have no intention whatever of coming out, and you may surely expect to be reminded every day that I am your constant companion." Thus, it happened that Hunger began to live in Stomach and lives there to this day.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Why Lions Hunt Wildebeest African Folklore Story

King Lion and his family sits waiting for the perfect meal to come along, Wildebeest. Lions hunt Wildebeests to this day because of a wrong done to Lion by the Wildebeest.



Why Lions Hunt Wildebeest African Folklore Story


King Lion feels that his subjects dislike him therefore, as a test, he withdraws to his house and has word sent out by his servants that he is sick unto death.
 
Why Lions Hunt Wildebeest African Folklore story; Lions hunt Wildebeests to this day because of a wrong done to Lion by the Wildebeest.
Lions hunt Wildebeests to this day because
of a wrong done to Lion by the Wildebeest.
The animals hasten to King Lion's house to show their sympathy except Wildebeest.

It is announced that Lion is dead.

Rabbit says “King Lion is dead, and that it would be well for all the animals to mourn his death loudly.”

Wildebeest declares that he intends to kill Lion's wife now that the King is dead. Wildebeest kidnaps Lion's wife, but Lion chases them and kills Wildebeest.


King Lion declares that all Lions are to hold Wildebeest as their enemies, and to this day Lions never lose a chance to kill a Wildebeest.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ujeqe Steamed Zulu Dumpling Recipe

Ujeqe is versatile African steamed dumpling and goes well with any soup, stew, BBQ, curry or side dish. Ujeqe is made similar and tastes like Chinese, Vietnamese and Indian steamed buns.



Ujeqe Steamed Zulu Dumpling Recipe


Ujeqe is versatile African steamed dumpling and goes well with any soup, stew, BBQ, curry or side dish. Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 sachet instant yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
In a bowl add water, yeast and sugar, let stand 3 minutes. In a large bowl, sift dry ingredients together. Beat eggs into yeast mixture and stir gradually into the dry mixture. Add enough additional water if needed to make a stiff dough that doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl.


With damp hands, shape dough into a semi-flat circle, and place into a greased steamer. Steam until cooked through, about 45 minutes. Dumpling is done when a knife stuck into the center comes out clean. Serve with any dish!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Mufono Seeks Wisdom from the Should Be Dead African Folktale

There is no better source of wisdom than people who have lived a long time; it is not beneficial for anyone to ignore elderly knowledge and experience as Mufono discovers in the African Folktale of Mufono seeks wisdom from the should be dead. 



Mufono Seeks Wisdom from the Should Be Dead African Folktale


The animals of the forest meet, and agree to build one big village and live together. Jumo, a man with one eye, one ear, one arm, and one leg, comes out of a river claiming to be the son of the Seffa River People and talks the animals into making him their king.

No village could prosper without the counsel and experience of parents African Folklore
Mufono consults his parents
As the newly crowned king, Jumo understands to get complete power; he must kill anyone older than himself. The king therefore decrees everyone kill their elders after the great feast of Kepi. 

Mufono does not trust in the wisdom of the king and hides his parents in the forest. 

Next, the king decrees that the animals work for him on his farm across the river, some distance from the new village. 

Mufono consults his parents. They advise him to tell the king the animals are unable to cross the river because of the Spring floods. 

Mufono leaves his parents in the forest and rushes to tell the king that all the animals have obeyed him and left for his farm, but they are unable to cross the river. However, since he, the king is son of the Seffa River People, he must ask his parents to dry up the river so the animals can cross to reach the new village.


Since the king was caught in his lie and could not dry up the river, he had to release the animals from his rule. The forest animals learned that no village could prosper without the counsel and experience of the elders.

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