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The person who is not patient cannot eat well-cooked dishes. -African Proverb

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Good Communication African Proverbs

Good Communication African Proverbs

Good communication sounds like it should be instinctive but it is not. African proverb quotes about establishing and maintaining good communication.


It is no secret that people who maintain good relationships are also good communicators. Good communication is an essential skill in community relationships, but it takes practice.




Communication does not work when two people speak at the same time

Communication does not work when two people speak at the same time ~ African Proverb


A hand, which gives also, receives in return


A hand, which gives also, receives in return - with love from your ancestors





Wisdom can be gotten from anyone, it is shared not a monopoly of one person


Wisdom can be gotten from anyone, it is shared not a monopoly of one person - with love from your ancestors





Left Right Wing Politics Quotes


Words are responsible for cutting down a big tree; the ax is only an instrument - with love from your ancestors



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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Easy Sweet Fig Baklava Recipe

Sweet fig baklava is phyllo dough stacked with figs, honey and nuts to make a sweet traditional African dessert. Learn how to make this easy sweet fig baklava recipe.




North African Sweet Fig Baklava Recipe


Ingredients:
Easy Sweet Fig Baklava Recipe

One 16 ounce package phyllo dough
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups chopped walnuts
4 dried figs, diced
1 cup melted butter

Baklava Syrup:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
½ cup orange blossom honey
¼ teaspoon orange blossom water

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Mix cinnamon and walnuts in a medium bowl, set aside.

Unroll phyllo cut into two equal halves. Cover phyllo with a slightly moist cloth while assembling to keep from drying out. Place 2 sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the prepared dish, brush generously with butter, and sprinkle fig, cinnamon and walnut mixture on top.

Repeat layers.

Cut baklava into desired serving sizes bake 45-50 minutes.

Combine remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low.


When the baklava is removed from the oven immediately evenly pour syrup over the finished pastry. Allow cooling before serving. 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

How Moroccan Argan Oil Is Made

How Moroccan Argan Oil Is Made

Hand processed Moroccan argan oil is used for making beauty products, cooking and medicines throughout Morocco and sold all around the world.


Argan oil is used for cooking, making beauty products, and medicines throughout Morocco and the world.

Argan trees grow only in the southwestern region of Morocco. The multipurpose argan tree is a very common tree native to southwestern Morocco. The trunk and branches of the tree is used for firewood, the leaves used to create medicine but the almond-sized fruits are the star of the show.


Known as Moroccan liquid gold, argan oil is a prized commodity for the Berber tribes in the south. The people in Morocco and surrounding villages and region live off the sale of argan oil, which is harvested by Berber women and is used as both a culinary and beauty aid.


The tree is prized for its fruits that contain kernels which are processed for their much beloved oil. Argan oil is used much like olive oil, for cooking, beauty products, and medicines. Argan oil extraction is a difficult, time-consuming, and labor-intensive process.

How Moroccan Argan oil is made by hand



To make argan oil Berber women manually harvest the fruit between June and August, which are the hottest season in Morocco. Once the fruit is gathered it is left in the sun to dry for a few weeks. The Argan fruit covering dries out turning a brownish coffee color and the covering is now easy to remove extracting the prized oval shape seed.

Argania spinosa is the scientific name for the evergreen argan tree grown for its almond shaped fruits that contain the highly esteemed seeds which contain the valued argan oil.

In the past argan fruits were fed to goats, the nut recovered from the animal dung and the oil extracted from the seeds. However, presently in many areas the argan fruit is gathered manually and the oil from the nut extracted by hand machines.


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Sunday, August 12, 2018

African Tall Tale Folklore Why Cats Hate Rats


African Tall Tale Folklore Why Cats Hate Rats

Cats are famous for killing rats but why? The African folklore Why Cats Hate Rate explains the reason cats and rats have an unspoken oath of being sworn enemies.




African Tall Tale Folklore Why Cats Hate Rats
Estimated read time 2 minutes

Ansa was King of Calabar for fifty years. He had a very faithful cat as a housekeeper, and a rat was his houseboy. The king was an obstinate, headstrong man, but was very fond of the cat, which had been in his store for many years.

The rat, which was very poor, fell in love with one of the king's servant girls, but was unable to give her any presents, as he had no money.

At last, he thought of the king's store, so in the nighttime, being quite small, he had little difficulty, having made a hole in the roof, in getting into the store. He then stole corn and pears, and presented them to his sweetheart.

At the end of the month, when the cat had to render her account of the things in the store to the king, it was found that a lot of corn and pears were missing.

The king was very angry at this, and asked the cat for an explanation. However, the cat could not account for the loss, until one of her friends told her that the rat had been stealing the corn and giving it to the girl.

When the cat told the king, he called the girl before him and punished her on the spot. The rat, he handed over to the cat to deal with, and dismissed them both from his service.

The cat was so angry at this that she killed and ate the rat, and ever since that time whenever a cat sees a rat she kills and eats it.


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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Vultures haunt the yard of a wealthy man

Everybody Wants What Africa Has

Vultures haunt the yard of a wealthy man




African Proverb

Everybody Wants What Africa Has

Vultures haunt the yard of a wealthy man is an African Proverb teaching us that money and wealth are always on the hunt by people looking to take advantage.


Everybody Wants What Africa Has


It is time to change the way we talk and think about Africa. Africa is poor, it is a simple statement, repeated through millions of images, t.v., internet and newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. 

We reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we have heard throughout our lives. We re-confirm our image of Africa. However, the truth is there is over $205 billion a US dollars leaving the continent of Africa yearly and the world is getting rich from Africa. 


Despite media images food is not the main imported item into Africa however, machinery and equipment tops the list. The main imported commodities of Africa are machinery and equipment, chemicals, petroleum products, scientific instruments and foodstuffs. 

Recent growth in economy of Africa is due to growth in soft commodities, services, and manufacturing. Africa is the worlds fastest-growing continent by population and economy and is expected to rise by an average of over 6 percent a year.



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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Effort Will Not Counter Faith African Proverbs

African Proverbs About Effort and Faith

Effort and Faith African Proverbs shows us spirituality and working hard at your dreams are inseparable. Effort alone without the faith in a higher power cannot bring success.


These proverbs reminds us to have faith because physical effort by itself is not enough.

Effort will not counter faith popular African proverb quotes from the Yoruba people of Benin Africa.



Those who rush toward a fight do not know that fighting means death.



Those who rush toward a fight do not know that fighting means death.




Hurry and haste have no blessing.




Having a short arm prevents the tortoise from catching the rabbit.



One does not enter into the water and then run from the cold.



One does not enter into the water and then run from the cold.




Lying down in exhaustion is not difficult but rather getting up early in the morning.




If the river is too large, one uses a boat to travel on it.

Lying down in exhaustion is not difficult but rather getting up early in the morning.


Trust African Proverbs


Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks.



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