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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Chocolate Camel Milk Recipe

Start with fresh camel milk from your trusted market, add chocolate syrup and enjoy a sweet chocolatey delicious twist on camel milk. 



 Camel milk is the staple of the desert nomads’ diet and is the main source of water standing off dehydration and hunger in the harsh desert climate of Africa. 
Start with fresh camel milk from your trusted market, add chocolate syrup and enjoy a sweet chocolatey delicious twist on camel milk.
Sweet Chocolate Camel Milk Recipe

Most camels’ milk is consumed raw, unpasteurized, or soured, it has a sweet and sharp taste, but sometimes it is salty however, the type of food and the amount of drinking water consumed by the camel cause the changes in taste. Camels can yield ample amounts of milk in dry desert regions where other animals such as cows and sheep’s and goats have very low production.

Camels' milk is naturally acidic having a pH between 6.5–6.7. Due to the natural high acidic nature of camel milk and the desert environment usually associated with nomads.

According to USA Today, camel farms with breeding camels are adopting camel milking programs in the states of Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, with new milking programs set to open in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The camel population in the U.S. is estimated at 5,000.


Low fat
Nutrition facts: 100 calories, 7 grams fat
Chocolate Camel Milk Recipe By ,
July 31, 2016



Sweet Chocolate Camel Milk Recipe

Ingredients    
3 cups camel milk
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Add milk and water into a large pot and boil 5 minutes, add chocolate, sugar and vanilla stir well. Remove from heat. Drink warm or cold. 



Medical studies may suggest camels milk promote particular antibodies and may be a natural remedy for treating autism spectrum disorder. Parents who give their children a certain amount of camel milk daily have reported better sleep, increased motor planning abilities and spatial awareness, more eye contact, better language, as well as less gastrointestinal problems. However, more studies are still being conducted on autism spectrum disorder being helped by camel milk.


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Nutrition facts: 110 calories, 7 grams fat

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Clean Eating is a Lifestyle

What is clean eating? Clean eating is not a diet fad; it is a lifestyle of eating food in its most natural state; Tour of Africa has 15 planting a home garden safety tips for clean eating. Follow Africa's clean eating example by choosing natural foods as often as possible, foods grown and eaten from your home garden.



Home gardening has always been an important source of food for African rural and urban individuals and families.

Clean Eating and Home Gardening


Home gardening as well as clean eating is nothing new to Africans; it has always been a way of life growing a traditional home garden of leafy vegetables, tubers and herbs grown in simple containers or small pots. Home gardening has always been an important source of food for African rural and urban individuals and families.

More often than not, when we are clean eating, we eat fresh fruit and vegetables raw so we cannot rely on the heat of cooking to destroy pathogens that might be on our produce, it is important to prepare raw produce with food safety in mind.


15 planting a home garden safety tips for clean eating


Traditional seed storage bin in Africa. It is estimated that 80% of all seed used by farmers in the tropics is derived from stocks held on-farm from previous seasons.
Traditional seed storage bin in Africa. 
1. Locate vegetable gardens away from manure piles, well caps, garbage cans, septic systems and areas where wildlife, farm animals, or the family pets roam.

2. Be very familiar with the quality and safety of the water source you use in your garden.  

3. Do not feed wild animals, even birds, near your garden.

4. Do not use any animal waste, including pet waste, meat scraps or dairy product waste into your compost bin.

5. Use clean gloves that have not been used to stir compost or pull weeds or clean hands when picking produce.

6. Use clean, food-grade containers to collect food. Food-grade containers are made from materials designed specifically to safely hold food. Garbage bags, trash cans, and any containers that originally held chemicals such as household cleaners or pesticides are not food-grade.

Clean Eating and picking beans in Ethiopia, green beans are very easy to grow.
Clean Eating and picking beans in Ethiopia
7. Brush, shake or rub off any excess garden soil or debris before bringing produce into the kitchen.

8. If you choose to wash fruits and vegetables before storing, be sure to dry them thoroughly with a clean paper towel. However, never wash berries until you are ready to eat them.

9. Store unwashed produce in plastic bags or containers.

10. Keep fruit and vegetable bins clean.

11. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables even if you do not plan to eat the skin or rind.

12. When washing produce fresh from the warm outdoors, the rinse water should not be more than 10 degrees colder than the produce. If you are washing refrigerated produce, use cold water.

Home gardening as well as clean eating is nothing new to Africans; it has always been a way of life
Home gardening as well as clean
eating is nothing new to Africans
13. Never use soap, detergent, or bleach solution to wash fresh fruits or vegetables. These solutions can affect flavor and may not be safe to ingest.

14. Fruits and vegetables needing refrigeration can be stored at 40° F or less.

15. Fruits and vegetables stored at room temperature, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, should be in a cool, dry, pest-free, well-ventilated area separate from household chemicals.




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Friday, July 29, 2016

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone

Africa Youth
Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone African proverb teaches love, security and recognition should be at the heart of family life.

Kids smiling in Senegal

Teaching Lesson African Proverb


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Children need leading in the right direction.


It is easy to recognize when a child needs food when they are hungry and warm clothes when they are cold. Yet, a child’s mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Children need leading in the right direction.

When children grow up without love they look for love and acceptance wherever they can find it because they never experienced love in a healthy way. Abuse can disrupt a child's emotional development.

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone African proverb teaches love, security and recognition should be at the heart of family life.
Abuse can derail a child's emotional development 



Did you know?
The beauty of AfricaBy 2050 Africa will house half of the world's population.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

African Folklore Story of How the Elephant Got Its’ Trunk

African folklore storytelling recounts the adventures of people and animals, and enlightens us on the mysteries of nature. One person does not invent folktales but they belong to the entire village, they are in the bones and the stones of the village.


African Folklore Story of How the Elephant Got Its’ Trunk


Now it is a matter of common knowledge that Elephant has a long trunk, which he uses both as a nose and as a sort of hand. It is a very useful trunk indeed. But he was once without it, and had a very ordinary short snout like other animals.

Africa houses over 85% of the world’s elephants. African folklore storytelling recounts the adventures of how the African elephant got its' trunk.Elephant was always inquisitive and went sniffing about the forest, prying into the secrets of the other animals. One day he came across a dark hole in the ground, and into this hole, he poked his nose, to see what was there.

He at once regretted his curiosity, for a large snake, which lived in the hole, seized him by the nose and tried to swallow him. At this, Elephant made a great uproar, and his wife came rushing to his assistance. She seized his tail and pulled and pulled, and Elephant himself also pulled and pulled, but the snake would not leave go.

As a result, Elephant’s nose was drawn out into the long trunk which he still has today.

At first, he was ashamed to appear in the forest, because of his trunk, but now the other animals envy him.


One day the monkey, which imitates everybody, looked down the same hole, thinking it would be good to have a long trunk to be able to swing from the trees by his nose. But, the big snake who lived in the hole swallowed him, and since then nobody else has tried to imitate Elephant.


Did you know?
Africa houses over 85% of the world’s elephants.


African Folktale

African Folktales three facts

African folktales usually have sly animals and spirits as the main characters.

Anansi is one of the most beloved African folktale characters. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories.

Reading African folktales will help kids make connections to their cultural heritage.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

South African­ Indian Style Fish Curry

South Africans of Indian origin have retained their cooking traditions; Indian influences have contributed to the rainbow nation diversity of South Africa. South African Indian fish curry is a classic Indian recipe.



The first Indians arrived during the Dutch colonial era, as slaves, in 1684. In the decades, 1690 to 1725 over 80% of the slaves were Indians. This practice continued until the end of slavery in 1838. The Indian population in South Africa lives mostly in, Durban. South Africa has an Indian population of over 1 million people of Indian descent.

South African­ Indian Style Fish Curry


South Africans of Indian origin have retained their cooking traditions; Indian influences have contributed to the rainbow nation diversity of South Africa. South African Indian fish curry is a classic Indian recipe.Ingredients:
1 ½ pounds white fish fillets
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon garam masala
10 fresh curry leaves
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large red tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 hot pepper, finely chopped
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Water

Directions:

Heat oil in a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Mix spices well and add onto a plate. Dredge fish in spice mixture until completely coated. Add the coated fish pieces, fry for 3 minutes, cooked through. Remove fish, add mustard seeds, cover the pan with a lid, and fry until they start to pop. Add the onion and curry leaves and continue to fry for a further 4­5 minutes. Add the tomatoes; ginger, garlic, and pepper continue to fry, stirring well, for 3­4 minutes. Add the coconut milk and stir well. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened, add water to the mixture if necessary. Serve over rice. 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mountain Gorilla Sightseeing in Rwanda and Uganda

Endangered mountain gorillas are threatened by habitat loss, poaching, disease and war in forested volcanoes that straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.



Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the wild. There are only around 1,000-700 mountain gorillas remaining on earth. In 1967, there were only around 240 mountain gorillas in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, however, today due to conservation efforts, the population of mountain gorillas has doubled.

Bradford Duplisea Baby Mountain Gorilla, Virunga National Park, Rwanda. Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the wild.
Endangered mountain gorillas are herbivores
The endangered mountain gorilla is an herbivore living in the Virungas, a cluster of forested volcanoes that straddle the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and spans four national parks, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park.

The mountain gorilla is a high-altitude race of the eastern gorilla, the larger of Africa’s two gorilla species, and distinguished by its dense fur, which protects it from the colder highlands climate. It lives in troops of 10-30 creatures, over which a silverback male, named for his cape of white hair reigns. Silverback males can sometimes weigh up to 400 pounds and stand 6 feet tall, females, 215 pounds and 5 feet tall.


If you want to experience gorilla trekking in Rwanda your first requirement is a permit, which will cost around $350- $750 in Rwanda or Uganda. The gorilla permit will get you one hour with the gorillas in their natural high-altitude surroundings. Rwanda’s volcanoes national park is home to 10 mountain gorilla families who can be visited by one group of eight visiting a day.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

South African Indian Chickpea Curry Recipe

Chickpea Curry (Chole Masala) is a traditional vegetarian South African Indian recipe using a blend of chickpeas, vegetables and eight spices.


 South African Indian Chickpea Curry Chole Masala


Chickpea Curry (Chole Masala) is a traditional vegetarian South African Indian recipe using a blend of chickpeas, vegetables and eight spices.
South African Indian Chickpea Curry Chole Masala
Ingredients:
3 cups cooked chickpeas
1 large potato, cooked and cubed
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 large red tomato, diced
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup vegetable broth or water

Directions:
Heat oil in a large frying pan and sauté spices for 1 minute. Add the potatoes, chickpeas, and 1/2 cup of water or vegetable broth and heat for 5 minutes.


Did you know?

South Africans of Indian descent largely live in and around KwaZulu-Natals’ city of Durban, South Africa with a population of over one million. 

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro Quiz

Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro Quiz

Mount Kilimanjaro Quiz
Try our true or false How Well Do You Know about climbing Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro quiz.
New Shira Camp 3847m asl. in the morning. Mount Meru in the horizon.

Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro Quiz


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Polo-Polo, the questions can be tricky so pay close attention to the details of each question before you answer.


Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the highest freestanding mountain in the world and one of the Seven Summits.


The answers to the questions are below. Bahati nzuri, that is good luck in Swahili!

Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro Quiz



1. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano that is comprised of three volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi.

2. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the highest freestanding mountain in the world and one of the Seven Summits.

3. An average climber can climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 15 days.

4. Mount Kilimanjaro is the most challenging mountain to climb in the world because from top to bottom, Kilimanjaro temperature ranges from 90 degree F to -10 degrees F.

5. Mount Kilimanjaro is completely located in Tanzania.

6. The first person to climb the mountain in a wheelchair is South African Bernard Goosen. He did it twice; first in 2003 and it took him nine days and the second time in 2007 when it took him only six days.

7. Kibo, is the highest point on the mountain and is a dormant volcano.

8. Climbers can climb the mountain by following one of the six established routes. Marangu Route is considered to be the most popular one.

9. Each year, almost 10 people die trying to climb the mountain.

10. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim.


Let’s see how well you did! The answers are below



Answers to the Mount Kilimanjaro quiz

True
1. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano that is comprised of three volcanic cones, Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi.

True
2. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the highest freestanding mountain in the world and one of the Seven Summits.
False
3. An average climber depending on the route can climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 5-8 days.

False
4. While it is true Kilimanjaro temperature ranges from 90 degree F to -10 degrees F, on the border between Nepal and China, Makalu is considered one of the hardest of the 14 mountains to climb that are over 8,000 meters above sea level  and Annapurna in Nepal is the most dangerous mountain on the planet, 60 people have died climbing the mountain.

True
5. Mount Kilimanjaro is completely located in Tanzania.

True
6. The first person to climb the mountain in a wheelchair is South African Bernard Goosen. He did it twice; first in 2003 and it took him nine days and the second time in 2007 when it took him only six days.

True
7. Kibo is the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and is a dormant volcano.

True
8. Climbers can climb the mountain by following one of the six established routes. Marangu Route is considered to be the most popular one.

True
9. Each year, almost 10 people die trying to climb Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

True
10. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo's crater rim.


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

What's Your Dagara Cosmology Sign

What is Your Dagara Cosmology Sign

Dagara Cosmology
In the Burkina Faso Dagara Cosmology tradition, there are two terms both pointing to the same Earth, Tingan and Tenbalu; Tingan is male, and Tenbalu is female.

Traditional healer collecting cobet fruit used to treat malaria.

What is Your Dagara Cosmology Sign


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The Burkina Faso Dagara Cosmology tradition is similar in thought to string theory where it is the theory of everything.


Dagara Cosmology




The Burkina Faso Dagara Cosmology tradition is similar in thought to string theory where it is the theory of everything. Every particle in the universe contains a vibrating string which leads to other dimensions, nothing dies; instead, Tingan and Tenbalu are continually reshaping into other forms of matter.

Dagara Elder Malidoma Patrice Somé explains in Dagara Cosmology, the masculine and the feminine have little to do with biology. The masculine is Tingan similar to fire with an endless propensity to consume. The feminine is Tenbalu because of its nurturing and caring instinct. Earth is therefore a man and a woman with an endless capacity to generate and regenerate, to give and to bless.

The Burkina Faso Dagara Cosmology tradition is similar in thought to string theory where it is the theory of everything.
Dagara Cosmology
Tingan appeals to the protective, administrative, regulatory part of Earth.  It implies a sense of dominion in which identity is linked to a sense of belonging that is clearly deterministic albeit fundamentally territorial.  Is this possibly why the Tingan-sob - the person in charge of Tingan - is always a male?  It goes without saying that if the guardian of Tingan is a man and the latter is perceived as both the legislative and the judiciary entity in whose hands every subject's fate resides, the masculinity of Tingan is verified.  

Theory of Tingan and Tenbalu are Everything


No one speaks to Tingan directly and no one crosses Tingan without being severely punished.  Hence, if you have an issue with Tingan, you're on your own.  There is no safe haven anywhere to hide.  This apparent ruthlessness highlights the infallible supremacy of Tingan and underscores its masculinity.  Thus Tingan governs.

Dagara Elder Malidoma Patrice Somé states in Dagara Cosmology, the masculine and the feminine have little to do with biology.
Tingan + Tenbalu = Earth Dagara Cosmology Wheel
Tenbalu is the Earth's nurturing and caring principle - the epitome of Mother.  Literally it means soft earth or realm with reference to the crust, or the rich top part that provides nutrients for growth and nourishment.  Unlike Tingan that requires a tending agent, someone like a priest or a mediator who most of the time comes across like a king or monarch, Tenbalu needs no such dedicated attendance.  

Anyone can invoke Tenbalu and everyone does it because Tenbalu listens to all her children.  It is in this that her caring and nurturing show the most.  Almost all invocations to Tenbalu contain the statement, "it is your bountifulness that feeds us all."  This recognizes that Tenbalu provides nourishment for everyone indiscriminately, like a true mother does for her children.

What is your Dagara Cosmology sign

Water, Earth, Mineral, Fire or Nature - the last number of your birth year equals your Dagara Cosmology sign. For example, if you were born in 1987, the number 7 means you are Fire, born in 1953, the number 3 means you are Nature.

Water 1 and 6

Water is yielding, but all-conquering. Water tames Fire. Alternatively, finding itself likely to be defeated, escapes as a steam and reforms. Water washes away Soft Earth, or when confronted by rocks, seeks a way round. Water corrodes Iron until it crumbles to dust; it saturates the atmosphere so that Wind dies. Water gives way to obstacles with deceptive humility. For no power can prevent it from following its destined course to the sea. Water conquers by yielding; it never attacks, but always wins the last battle.

Earth 0 and 5

Earth symbolizes the mother on whose lap everyone finds a home, nourishment, support, comfort, and empowerment.  Representing the principle of inclusion, earth is the ground upon which we identify ourselves and others.  It is what gives us identity and a sense of belonging.

Mineral 4 and 9

Mineral is the storage place of memory, the principle of creativity, resources, stories, and symbolism.  In the cosmological wheel, mineral is located in the west and is colored white. The elemental energy allows us to receive messages from the Other World, and to remember our origins and purpose in this life. In Dagara physiology, our bones, not the brain, are the storage place of memory.  In the village, it is not uncommon to hear an elder say, "This is in our bones as it was in the bones of our ancestors."  In the West, there is a similar saying, "I knew it in my bones," which refers to a deeper, more elemental knowing than is possible through rational thought. To the indigenous person, mineral is also equivalent to stone.  As they say, the bones of the earth are the stones and rocks we see.  To know the true story of our earth, including the story of ourselves, is to listen to the rocks.

Nature 3 and 8

The element of nature signifies the principle of change.  It is transformation, mutation, adjustment, flexibility, cyclicality, life, death, and magic. Nature is vegetative, therefore it is all plants and landscapes; and it is all animals as well.  In the cosmological wheel nature is situated in the east, opposite mineral, and its color is green. Nature invites us to change consciously and to welcome change.  Just as mineral stores information for our benefit, nature's complex paradigm is a library to those who pay attention. The magic we crave and our attraction to the supernatural are nature in their essence.  This is because the tree, plant, the landscape, and the serpentine river zigzagging downhill on its way to the ocean are all golden hieroglyphs capable of bringing a deep understanding to those willing to pay attention. Indeed, to the indigenous it seems that the tree is the essence of consciousness.

Fire 2 and 7

Fire is the original element of origin, the one that was present at the beginning.  Its primal nature is combustion, warmth, vision, and feeling.  Its position in the wheel is the south, the underworld, and its color is red. Everything eventually returns, the state of the ancestors coming from the underworld below us to the state.  Fire opens the doorway to the Spirit World and allows our psyche to commune with other life present, past, and future.  Fire is like a connecting rod, an open channel. In fact, fire is our psyche, the spirit part of us that knows what has always been.  It is our ability to act, emote, and sense.  A person on fire is craving a connection.  In this person, fire is translated as restlessness, a great deal of emotion, and strong dream experience.


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