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Eco-friendly kitchen begins with organization

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Eco-friendly kitchen begins with organization
Don't feel overwhelmed making your eco-friendly kitchen, feel happy. Eco-friendly kitchens make the earth happy too.

Eco-friendly equals earth-friendly not injuring the worlds environment, recipes for a natural eco friendly kitchen are simple.

Go green and become an environmentally responsible household. Eco-friendly kitchens begin with eating organically homegrown produce. Create a culture of environmental responsibility beginning with your kitchen.
The food you carry into your home is just as important as the appliances you prepare your meals with, so whenever possible grow your own food.
Eco-friendly kitchens begin with eating organically homegrown produce. Create a culture of environmental responsibility beginning with your kitchen. Organic vegetables are not hard to grow. Hearty plants such as okra, sweet potatoes, and pole beans grow rapidly.
Lettuce is also simple to plant and goes from seed to plate within a few short weeks. Con…

You and Africa Have More in Common Than You Think

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Africa's Influence On Southern USA Cooking

African Food, Culture and History African and Southern American cooking are uniquely tied by food, culture and history. The culture of African and Southern American cooking are also similar in the manner in which recipes are passed down from generation to generation.
Africa's Influence On Southern USA Cooking Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
4-29-2009

Slaves from Africa in the South represented about 33 percent of the total southern population.

The population of the Southern United States is made up of many different people from the African continent. In 1619, the Dutch introduced the first 20 captured Africans to America by way of Jamestown Virginia. In the 17th and 18th centuries, black slaves worked mainly on the tobacco, rice and indigo plantations of the Southern coast. Between 1774 and 1804, the northern states abolished slavery, but the so-called “peculiar institution” remained vital to the South. Slav…

Interesting facts about Senegal

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Interesting facts about Senegal

Senegal in Africa Interesting fact number one about Senegal, it has a population of over 13 million ranking 69th on the world’s most populous countries. Interesting facts about Senegal
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
4-28-2009


The population of Senegal is 14,668,522 by July 2017 estimates
1.Senegal is located in Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania.
2.It is slightly smaller than South Dakota.
3.Senegal has a population of over 13 million ranking 69th on the world’s most populous countries.
4.Senegal's nationality is Senegalese using both the singular and plural form.
5.Senegal's capital is Dakar which was home to the Dakar Off-Road Rally until 2009 when the race moved to South Africa.
6.There are 11 regions in Senegal comparable in function to county seats, Dakar, Diourbel, Fatick, Kaolack, Kolda, Louga, Matam, Saint-Louis, Tambacounda, Thies, and Ziguinchor.
7.The Dutc…

West African Fried Peanut Onion Fritters

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West African Fried Peanut Onion Fritters

African recipes by African Gourmet

Discover our delicious warm and crisp West African Fried Peanut Onion Fritter recipe to serve as a snack or appetizer at your next party.

Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 50 min
Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup chopped shelled peanuts
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup water
Oil for frying

Directions:
Mix all ingredients well, drop 1 tablespoon at a time of the mixture into hot oil and fry until golden brown 2-3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve as a snack or appetizer.

Spicy Ostrich Stew

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Spicy Ostrich Stew

What does Ostrich meat taste like? Ostrich meat tastes like a lean cut of beef.
Ostrich Meat is a red meat low in fat and is used in any recipe using red meat. Ostrich meat is used for frying, stewing, sautéing or in any of dish as a substitute for beef. Ostrich meat is very lean with very low-fat content and is a healthier red meat.

Spicy Ostrich Stew Recipe 
South African Food
Yield 6-8 servings
Ingredients:
4 cloves garlic crushed
2 cups peeled yam cut into 1 ″ cubes
3 cups fresh green beans
1 ½ pounds cleaned ostrich
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 medium onion, sliced
2 teaspoons coriander
2 tablespoons red pepper flake
2 cups beef stock
1 cup whole stewed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste


Directions In a large pot on medium heat, add oil then sauté garlic one minute. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Serve warm.

[Read: All About Food of North Africa]


About the African Ostrich
The ostrich eats the food of both plant and animal origin, is native to Africa and are th…

Wedza Papaya Seed Tea Recipe

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Papaya Seed Tea Recipe

Papaya Seed, Papaya Tea The black seeds in the center of papayas are edible and have a peppery taste making a unique African Wedza Papaya Seed Tea recipe.

Papaya Seed Tea Recipe
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
4-24-2009


Papaya Seeds are usually thrown away but these little black seeds make the best teas.
Papaya is a tropical fruit crop in Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. It is grown widely both as a commercial crop and in small gardens where it is an important source of nutrition and income. 


Papayas are large oblong shaped tropical fruits with thin skin that are golden yellow when they are ripe and ready to eat. 


The fruit will be slightly soft to the touch and ripe papayas can be yellow, orange, pink or red, depending on the variety. 
Wedza Papaya Seed Tea Recipe
African Recipes by African Gourmet

Most people only eat the flesh of the papaya, but you can also create tasty teas from the small, black seeds in the …

Popular Anansi West African Folktale

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Popular Anansi West African Folktale

Article Topics
Anansi, African Folktale, Table Manners, Tricky Animals
Popular Anansi West African Folktale
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
4-23-2009


Anansi is a popular spider character in West African Akan folktales. Read with your child and share wonderful popular African folktales.



Printed Version of the Popular Anansi Folktale One Good Meal Deserves AnotherAnansi the Spider hated to share! When Turtle came to his house at mealtime, he said, "I can't give you food until you've washed your dusty feet!"
Turtle licked his lips when he saw the big plate of steaming food but politely walked to the stream to wash. When he returned, the plate was empty. "Good meal," Anansi said, patting his full stomach.
"One good meal deserves another!" said Turtle. 
"Come to my house for dinner tomorrow." 
Turtle fixed a fine dinner at the bottom of the river. "Come on down and eat!" he s…

How to Eat Fufu

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How to Eat Fufu



African Food For many Africans, stew and fufu is a classic meal similar to soup and crackers in the US. How to Eat Fufu
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
4-22-2009
FuFu is a staple food of Africa




Conventional West African fufu is made by boiling starchy foods as cassava, yam, plantain or rice then pounding them into a gummy mass. 

Fufu is a staple food to Western and Central Africa and is what mashed potatoes are to traditional American cooking.

For many Africans, stew and fufu is a classic meal similar to soup and crackers in the US. Cocoyam fufu flour is specialty flour specifically formulated to produce instant fufu.

Fufu can be prepared using different basic food materials. Fufu is a staple food to Western and Central Africa and is what mashed potatoes are to traditional American cooking. It can be made using cassava, African yams, potatoes, corn meal, plantains, Rice, and Millet. It reminds me of an unfilled dumpling, almost tasteless but ta…

Dinka and Nuer Tribes of South Sudan

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Dinka and Nuer Tribes of Sudan

Nuer, Dinka Sudan was the largest country in Africa until 2011 when Sudan and South Sudan became two separate countries. The Dinka are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Republic of Sudan.

Dinka and Nuer Tribes of Sudan
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
4-21-2009


Whether Nuer or Dinka, traditionally the focus for Sudanese people has been a nomadic community, the small communities are made up of extended families based on lineage of male relatives and ancestors. The members of a lineage act in the group's interest, safeguarding territory or forming important ties with other families by marriage. Usually, a family leader is a respected elder.
Overview of South SudanSudan lies wholly within the tropics, and with the exception of the Sudd region in the south, and some hilly districts towards its western and eastern extremities, constitute one vast plain. The extreme north is Saharan in its heat and aridity, but below this, a…