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Saturday, March 25, 2017

African Sweet Dessert Breadfruit

African Sweet Dessert Breadfruit

Sweet Dessert Breadfruit
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African breadfruit looks odd but is a perfect ingredient for a sweet African dessert. When breadfruit ripens, softening a bit the starch turns to sugar and the aroma and flavor is sweet.

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African Sweet Dessert Breadfruit

Ingredients

1 ripe breadfruit seeded, peeled and diced

3 large eggs

1 cup sugar

¼ cup all purpose flour

1 cup coconut milk

½ cup butter

2 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons coconut extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
In a large pot boil the breadfruit, then mash. Add milk, butter, sugar and spices. In a separate bowl whisk eggs and add 1 tablespoon of breadfruit mixture, whisk again then add eggs to breadfruit mixture. Transfer breadfruit mixture to the baking dish, bake until light brown about 35 minutes.

Sweet Dessert Breadfruit

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Eight-Spiced Ghanaian Suya Lamb Kebobs

Eight-Spice Lamb Kebobs are a staple meal on the go in the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence, Ghana. Suya or kebobs present a tasty and elegant African meal balancing different colors and flavors using a variety of ingredients.


Eight-Spice Lamb Skewers


Ingredients:
Eight-Spice Lamb Skewers present a tasty and elegant African meal balancing different colors and flavors using a variety of ingredients.
Eight-Spiced Lamb Skewers

1 pound lamb meat cut into thin strips
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 bouillon cube crushed
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
2 zucchini, chopped into 2-inch pieces
1 small pumpkin cut into 1/2 –inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped into 2-inch pieces
1 white onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces
8 large fresh brown mushrooms
¼ teaspoon salt
24 wooden skewers

Directions:

Soak the skewers in water for 20 minutes; you will use two skewers per kebab.

In a large bowl, combine spices, and then stir in the lamb cubes. Mix well so the spices coat the lamb evenly. Thread the skewers with lamb, pumpkin, pepper, onion, and mushrooms.


Place on a hot grill, close lid and cook 5 minutes per side or until meat is done all the way through to the center. Transfer skewers to a plate, let rest 2 minutes and serve.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How Monkey Saved Baby Antelope from Certain Death African Folktale Story

African Folktale Story, How Monkey Saved Baby Antelope from Certain Death teaches the skill of quick thinking will defeat stronger, faster adversaries.



How Monkey Saved Baby Antelope from Certain Death African Folktale Story



The Python one day posted himself near a trail where the animals of the forest passed on their way to the river.  

He cried with a loud voice and threatened to catch them and he did catch a straggler, a baby Antelope, and said that he would swallow him just as he was, hide and hair, head and tail, all in one gulp.

African Folktale Story, How Monkey Saved Baby Antelope from Certain Death teaches the skill of quick thinking will defeat stronger, faster adversaries
Monkey Saved Baby Antelope from Certain Death
At this critical moment, the Monkey happened to come along. On seeing him, the Antelope called to him at the top of his voice, "Friend, the Python has caught me, and he threatens to eat me up!"

The Monkey, on hearing this, said to the Python, “Now tell me your side of the story!"

"I have caught him, and I shall certainly eat him up," answered the Python.

"How disrespectful, do bow your head and open your hands when you talk to your elders, and don't act like a brainless fool!" said the Monkey.


Then the Python felt ashamed and loosened his coils. The Antelope understood. Quick as a flash he extricated himself and fled. The Monkey also sped away, glad that he had been the means of saving his little friend the Antelope from certain death.

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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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ten biggest meat eating countries in Africa

Ten biggest meat eating countries in Africa
Meat in Africa

Gabon, South Africa and Mauritius are the top meat eating countries in Africa.




Ever thought about never eating meat again? Well in three African countries beef is an economic and culinary lifeline to millions.

Ten biggest meat eating countries in Africa


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African Beef Cattle


Gabon, South Africa and Mauritius are the top meat eating countries in Africa.
Grilling meats
African dynamic trio of beef producers are Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The United States is the largest producer of beef in the world while Vegetarian India is the largest exporter of buffalo meat in the world.

In Botswana, as a result of an outbreak of the foot and mouth disease, the exporting of beef by the beef powerhouse country has significantly reduced exports.

Zimbabwe’s lucrative beef export into the European Union has been struggling over the past few years. Farm invasions instituted by President Robert Mugabe’s government in 2000 destroyed the sector as it displaced many beef ranchers from their land.

Despite difficulties, Namibia has found a way to export its prime cattle. Under the new protocol signed with Namibia, the southern African country will be allowed to export to Hong Kong frozen deboned and bone-in meat, excluding head, feet, offal and viscera and other by-products.

African traditional dynamic trio of beef producers include Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
African beef cattle

Top 10 countries in Africa that eat the greatest amount of meat per person


List of African countries by meat consumption
1. Gabon - 146 pounds
2. South Africa - 129 pounds
3. Mauritius - 109 pounds
4. Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) - 101 pounds
5. Seychelles - 78 pounds
6. Libya – 74 pounds
7. Central African Republic (CAR) - 73 pounds
8. Morocco – 66 pounds
9. Mauritania – 65 pounds
10. Namibia – 62 pounds


Top 10 countries in Africa that eat the least amount of meat per person


Top 10 countries in Africa that eat the least amount of meat per person
List of African countries by meat consumption
1. Burundi - 11 pounds
2. Rwanda - 14 pounds
3. Sierra Leone - 16 pounds
4. Eritrea - 17 pounds
5. Mozambique - 17.1 pounds
6. The Gambia - 17.8 pounds
7. Malawi - 18.3 pounds
8. Ethiopia - 18.7 pounds
9. Guinea - 18.9 pounds
10. Nigeria - 19.4 pounds



Did you know?
What is meat? To compare meat eating appetites in Africa, a single US resident consumes, on average, 265 pounds per year. Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food such as chicken, beef, buffalo, lamb, sheep, pigs, goat, fish, reptiles, bushmeat and wild game.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ginger Tamarind Seafood Marinade

Ginger Tamarind Seafood Marinade

Grilled fish photo by avlxyz
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Fish is an inexpensive source of animal protein in Africa and West African waters are rich in fish of all varieties. Ginger Tamarind Fish Marinade is a unique recipe to add a lively favor to your seafood meal. 

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Ingredients
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
½ teaspoon ginger paste
1 diced hot pepper
2 cups room temp. water

Directions

Add all ingredients, mix well and marinate seafood at least 2 hours.

Grilled fish photo by avlxyz

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Test of Friendship African Folktale

Dadua’s friend’s offer help in his darkest hour, his greatest time of need, but then they disappear.



Test of Friendship African Folktale



Dadua had three friends. The first one was his very best friend from childhood. The second he loved beyond measure and the third, he loved like a father.

One day Dadua was accused of having killed a man, and he was served a summons to appear
before the King's Court.
Test of Friendship African Folktale, Dadua’s friend’s offer help in his darkest hour, his greatest time of need, but then they disappear.
Dadua in his darkest hour
In the summons, it was stated that he was to bring, three reliable witnesses along with him—men who were known for their integrity and love of the truth.

He at once went to his very best friend and asked him to accompany him to the King's Court and witness in his behalf. Then he went to his friend he loved beyond measure, he too agreed to appear before the King on his behalf. Dadua went to visit his third friend and he agreed without hesitation to testify for his friend.

On the way to the King's Court, Dadua said to the first friend, whom was his best friend: "Friend, I pray you, testify in my behalf and stand up to the men who are accusing me of this foul murder!" But, the best friend became freighted of what might happen to him and turned back.

Dadua asked the second friend, whom he loved beyond measure, “You will stand up for me!” the second friend readily consented to do him this great favor. Likewise, he asked the
third friend whom he loved like a father and once more, and he too was willing.

However, when the friends had come within hearing distance of the King's Court they heard how the King was in a terrible rage and became afraid and, like
the first friend, they turned their back on their friend.

Dadua went into the King's Court alone having no one to testify on his behalf, was found guilty and put to death. He learned too late a friend whom you considered true and dear won’t always stand by your side in times of great trouble.

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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Saturday, March 11, 2017

South African Caakiri Couscous Dessert Recipe Pudding

South African Caakiri Couscous Dessert Recipe Pudding

South Africa Favorite Food, Couscous Dessert Recipe
Caakiri Couscous Pudding is a very popular recipe in the rainbow nation of South Africa. Caakiri Couscous Pudding is served cold or warm. This version of Caakiri Couscous Pudding is made with couscous, pineapple and sour cream.
South African Caakiri Couscous Dessert Recipe Pudding

South African Caakiri Couscous Dessert Recipe Pudding


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Tasty dessert couscous recipe is a sweet, tangy dessert loved by many South Africans.

South African Caakiri Couscous Dessert Recipe Pudding

South African Caakiri Couscous Dessert Recipe Pudding
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Delicious twist on a traditional African rice pudding recipe made with couscous, pineapple and sour cream. 

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Ingredients
2 cups cooked couscous
1 cup whole milk
¾ cup sour cream
¼ cup canned crushed pineapple
¼ cup pureed papaya
¼ tablespoon salt

Directions

In a large bowl, add the milk and sour cream and mix well. Then mix in the remaining ingredients except papaya. Mix well. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Top with pureed papaya and brown sugar. 


Did you know?
Caakiri Couscous Pudding
Caakiri Couscous Pudding
Couscous is small pasta made of semolina, a form of wheat. It can be eaten as a side dish, salad or dessert, and you can use it in place of rice or quinoa. Couscous is not cooked, but rather steamed over hot water.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pepper Fritters

Pepper Fritters

Pepper Fritters


Crispy pepper fritters made with cassava flour, ground dry hot peppers and green onions.

Golden brown hot pepper fritters are a favorite recipe of Western Africa made with ground cassava flour, ground dry hot peppers and green onions fried into delicious homemade pepper fritters.


Golden brown hot pepper fritters are a favorite recipe of Western Africa made with ground cassava flour, ground dry hot peppers and green onions fried into delicious homemade fritters.



Preparing Pepper Fritters Ipelepele

Pepper Fritters Ipelepele

Make crispy, vegan pepper fritters perfect as a snack, appetizer or as side with fish.

Serves 8

Pepper fritters


Ingredients
2 medium eggs, beaten
2 cups ground cassava flour
3 chopped green onions
Ground dry hot peppers to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying in a deep fat fryer


Directions
Add all ingredients adding more flour if necessary to make a thick batter. Drop by spoonful’s into hot oil until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel, sprinkle with additional salt and serve warm. 


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