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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Sweet Cornmeal Sadza Porridge Recipe

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Sweet Cornmeal Sadza Porridge Recipe

Porridge is delicious in its simplicity because porridge is a breakfast, lunch or dinner dish of cereal cereal grains or legumes boiled thickly in water or milk.


Sadza is the national dish of Zimbabwe made with cornmeal. The trick is cooking the Sadza for the right amount of time, good Sadza cannot be rushed. The cornmeal will swell and become fully cooked when ready. Polenta is cornmeal as used in Italian cooking as Sadza is Zimbabwe African cooking made with cornmeal.

Sweet cornmeal porridge is an inexpensive and delicious African dish to make for breakfast.




Sweet Cornmeal Sadza Porridge Recipe


Ingredients
1 cup coarse cornmeal
3 cups whole or 2% milk
¼ cup sugar or to taste
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Directions
Add all ingredients into a large pot mix well and simmer 30 minutes. Serve as a breakfast meal.


Did you know? 
Zimbabwe takes its name from the Kingdom of Zimbabwe of the 13th-15th century and 

its capital of Great Zimbabwe, the largest stone structure in pre colonial southern Africa. Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia and is landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zambia; in full flood between the months of February-April each year. The massive Victoria Falls on the river forms the world's largest curtain of falling water; Lake Kariba on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border forms the world's largest reservoir by volume.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Curried Coconut Almonds and Cashews

Curried Coconut Mixed Nuts

Sweet and Spicy Coconut Curry Mixed Nuts



Sweet spicy and flavorful African inspired Curried Coconut Almonds and Cashews are an easy-to-make snack treat. The sweet coconut and savory curry coating on the Almonds and Cashews brings out unique flavor. Nigeria is one of the largest cashew producers and Morocco is the largest producer of almonds on the African continent.


Curry spice powder gives delicious unique flavor to just about any nut but especially sweet and spicy coconut curry mixed nuts.



Sweet and Spicy Coconut Curry Almonds and Cashews


Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups cashews halves
1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup sweet flaked coconut (optional)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1  teaspoon dried curry powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 300°. Add butter to a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan; set the pan in the oven to melt the butter. Remove the pan from the oven; add nuts and Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter. Gently stir until well mixed. Bake the nut mixture until it is toasted, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Mix all spices and coconut in a small bowl. Remove the nuts from the oven and sprinkle the mixture evenly with spices. Toss until well mixed. Transfer the warm nuts to a bowl and serve immediately, or let cool and store them at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to serve.


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Greatest Yorubaland African Sculptor

Greatest Yorubaland African Sculptor

African Art History
Eastern Yorubaland in Nigeria Africa born the most important African sculptor of the 20th century, Olowe of Ise. Born around 1875 Olowe of Ise made Yorubaland one of the most important centers of Yoruba wood art carving.
Yoruba African Sculptor Olówè of Isè
Yoruba African Sculptor Olówè of Isè

Yorubaland African sculptor Olowe of Ise saw in every rough block of wood a thing of beauty. Olowe of Ise Yoruba African sculptor famous artwork a wooden bowl carving is a fabulous example of his challenging sculptural work. Olowe of Ise worked in the small town of Ise in southwestern Nigeria Africa.


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Olowe of Ise early life and training in sculpture are unknown.


Who is Yorubaland Olowe of Ise

Yoruba African Sculptor Olówè of Isè
Yoruba African Sculptor Olówè of Isè


Olowe of Ise descendants claim he was self-taught, but it is likely that he learned the Yoruba canon and perfected his carving skills during an apprenticeship. 


Eventually he became a master artist at the King's palace, and as his fame grew, other Yoruba kings and wealthy families commissioned him to carve architectural sculptures, masks, drums and other objects for their palaces.


Among the Yoruba such elaborately carved and decorated bowls were prestige objects used to offer kola nuts to guests or to deities during religious worship. 


Olowe was an innovative and virtuosic, even daring, artist as demonstrated in this sculpture. The image of four dancing girls on the lid, for example, is the first such representation in Yoruba art. 


Olowe's choice of dancers raises questions about his inspiration. Olowe also depicted nude males, one of whom is kneeling, on this bowl. Such renderings are exceptional and challenge the Yoruba canon.

African Artist Olowe of Ise famous wooden bowl carving
African Artist Olowe of Ise
famous wooden bowl carving 


Did you know?
Olowe of Ise worked in the small town of Ise in southwestern Nigeria, Yorubaland. Olowe is considered as the most important Yoruba artist of the 20th century.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Palindrome city names on the continent of Africa


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A palindrome is a name that can be spelled either from left to right or right to left identically. In other words, palindromes are words, which read the same backwards. Mom and Dad are two simple palindromes. In Africa Nigeria has the most places on the African continent with seven cities whose names are palindromes. Madagascar holds the record for the longest city with a palindromic name, Anahanahana, Madagascar.


 
Anahanahana Madagascar
Anahanahana Madagascar

There are 20 palindrome city names on the continent of Africa located in 13 African countries of Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe.


Angola
City of Iai



Burkina Faso
City of Ibi


Chad
City of Madaradam


Madagascar
City of Anahanahana


Mali
City of Lellel


Morocco
City of Akka


Niger
City of Tassessat


Nigeria
Cities of:
Aba
Abiriba
Apapa
Elleyelle
Ibi
Oyo
Uburubu


Senegal
City of Matam


Sierra Leone
City of Dibid


Somalia
Cities of:
Daba Qabad
Aluula


Sudan
City of Illibilli


Zimbabwe
City of Madoko Dam


Senegal Fishing
Senegal Fishing


Did you know
IDI is the first name of a notorious Ugandan dictator whose first name is a palindrome.



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