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Courage Proverb From Southern Africa

Courage Proverb From Southern Africa
With Love From Your Ancestors

Do not find fault with what you do not understand.

Eco-friendly kitchen begins with organization

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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. Growing breadfruit 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. Consider t

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 instituti

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. Women stopping to chat in Velingara Senegal 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

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. West African Fried Peanut Onion Fritters

Spicy Ostrich Stew

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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

Papaya Seed Tea Recipe

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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 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 cavity of the papaya.  Prep time: 3 days   Cook time: 10 min   Total time: 3 day

Popular Anansi West African Folktale

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Popular Anansi West African Folktale Anansi is a popular spider character in West African Akan folktales. Read with your child and share wonderful popular African folktales. Popular Anansi Folktale One Good Meal Deserves Another Anansi 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 said. Anansi filled his jacket pockets with stones so that he would be weighted down enough to stay at the river's bottom and eat.  "It's impolite to wear a jacket to dinner!&

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 Mill

Dinka and Nuer Tribes of South Sudan

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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 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 Sudan Sudan 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 central belt contains

Pop Culture and Swahili words used by Disney, Lionel Richie, and Star Trek

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Pop Culture and Swahili words used by Disney, Lionel Richie, and Star Trek Swahili is spoken in the African countries of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Swahili is also one of the official languages of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. About 35 percent of the Swahili vocabulary derives from the Arabic language. Lionel Richie Pop Culture Quiz Swahili words used by Disney, Lionel Richie, and Star Trek Disney's animated film The Lion King contains several Swahili references. Simba, the main character's name, means lion, Rafiki means friend, Sarabi means mirage and Pumbaa means foolish. Gene Roddenberry took the name of Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek from the Swahili word uhuru meaning freedom. Do you remember Lionel Richie’s 1983 hit song All Night Long? The line “We're going to, party Karamu, fiesta, forever, come on and sing along; Karamu means party in Swahili.  The game Jenga is derived from the Sw

Ngai Supreme God of the Gikuyu of Kenya

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Origin  of Kenyan Gikuyu Tribe Key Kikuyu also known as Gikuyu Facts ·         Kere-Nyaga also known as Mount Kenya is a place for prayers and sacrifices.  ·         The common name used when addressing “the possessor of all” is Ngai.  ·         Numbering about 6 million Gikuyu people are the largest ethnic group in Kenya . ·         While praying the Gikuya people address Ngai as Mwene-nyaga.  ·         The Gikuyu name for Mount Kenya is also Mwene-nyaga.  ·         The Gikuyu God and possessor of all is Mwene-nyaga meaning owner of the snow, possessor of brightness or possessor of the white patch.  ·         Mwene-nyaga, lives on Mount Kenya, is also known as Kere-Nyaga.  ·         The Gikuyu pray under large sacred trees such as fig trees and this is where Mwene-nyaga is praised and prayers and sacrifices are offered. Origin  of the Gikuyu tribe Kere-Nyaga also known as Mount Kenya is a place for prayers and sacrifices. Mogai

North African and Indian South African Ghee Recipe

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North African and Indian South African Ghee Recipe Clarified Butter, Ghee Recipe Ghee is a clarified butter without any solid milk particles or water. Ghee is used in daily cooking throughout South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya), Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia. Our Ghee recipe enriches the flavors of both sweet and savory North African and Indian South African foods. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 4-18-2009 Ghee can be used in place of butter and is perfect for use as a cooking oil. North and South African Ghee African recipes by African Gourmet Ghee is a traditional North African and Southern African preparation of clarified butter Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 10 min Total time: 15 min   Yield about 1 ½ cups Ingredients 2 cups unsalted butter Directions Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to boil, stirring constantly.

Egypt Red Land Deserts, Green Delta Valleys Black Nile Soils

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Egypt rests on the African continent in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula. Its capital is Cairo the time difference is 7 hours ahead of Washington, DC. Egypt Red Land Deserts, Green Delta Valleys Black Nile Soils Tuareg largely reside in the Sahara in a huge region extending from southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Egypt is the third most populous on the African continent. Egypt was an independent strong kingdom up until 3200 B.C. Rule of the country was taken over by the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn was replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. The Arabs in the 7th century ruled for the next six centuries. In 1250 the Mamluks took control of Egypt and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882 but continued to work with th

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