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Light African Dessert Walnuts Honey and Figs

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Light African Dessert Walnuts Honey and Figs
North African Dessert Walnuts Honey and Figs 

Light sweet African dessert of walnuts, honey and figs are a delightful way to amaze your guests and are so delicious you will serve this easy fig walnut recipe at every party.


Light African Dessert Walnuts Honey and Figs
Ingredients

5 large dried figs

5 whole walnuts 
3 tablespoon honey
Directions Cut open fig lengthwise and place the whole walnut inside. Close the fig and drizzle honey on top. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts and enjoy!



Tippu Tip Notorious African Slave Trader

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Tippu Tip Notorious African Slave Trader

Topics: Arab Slave Traders, African Slaves, African Coasts, Berlin Conference

Arab slave trader Tippu Tip made himself very wealthy in the internal slave trade and ivory trading business by specializing in traveling to the interior of Africa buying and capturing slaves.



Arab Tippu Tip Notorious African Slave Trader
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Rev. Dr. David Livingstone was a reverend, doctor, Scottish explorer and Victorian missionary for Britain who was the first European to cross the width of southern Africa. Livingstone opposed the slave trade after witnessing its horrors firsthand in Africa. Tippu Tip and Livingstone paths crossed while Livingstone was searching for the source of the Nile River.

Arab slave trade is a fact of history Hamid bin Mahamed bin Juma Borajib best known as Tippu Tip was the most notorious Arab slave trader. In the 1840 Tippu Tip was born in Zanzibar and at a very young age, he became …

Stewing and Baking African Food Recipes

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Stewing and Baking African FoodStewing: Food is cooked by simmering or boiling very slowly. Different kinds of vegetables and meats are added to a pot.
Cooking methods such as stewing may stem from African cooking traditions. Stewing involves making food that requires long-simmering periods of vegetables and sometimes meat.Africans stewed vegetables by laying thick slices of salty meat on top. Stewing is suitable for the least tender cuts of meat that become tender and juicy with the slow moist heat method. Frying is not ingenious to African cooking, Native Americans taught frying techniques to the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.
Spicy Ostrich Stew South Africa 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
DirectionsIn a large pot…

An Itchy Proverb

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African Proverb lesson on no man is an Island.

African proverb meaning is no one is self-sufficient; everyone relies on others.
More African proverb lessons from the ancestors on no man is an island. 

A climbing plant with tendrils cannot grow on its own without the support of a tree.

One hand alone cannot wash the body.

A man with a cough cannot conceal himself.

Ashes always fly back in the face of him who throws them.

One should either become a pillar or lean against one.

If generously shared, a flea can be bitten twice.

The head that touches the ground a birth, will not fail to touch the ground at death.

One cannot see oneself, a stone cannot push itself.

The neck does not recognize that the head is heavy.

Men’s ideas helped to locate the snake.


Water, Elephant and Turtle Short African Fable Story

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Water, Elephant and Turtle Short African Fable Story
Why Turtles love rain and live in water is a truly captivating African folktale. African folktales are stories forming part of an oral storytelling tradition shaped by the tongues of African elders passed down from one generation to the next.




Water, Elephant and Turtle Short African Story
Two superpowers, Elephant and Rain had a dispute.
Elephant said, “If you say that you nourish me, in what way is it that you do so?”
Rain answered, "If you say that I do not nourish you when I go away, will you not die?” Hurt, Rain then left.
Elephant said, "Vulture! Go tell Rain to make rain for me."
Vulture said, “I will not."
Then Elephant said to Crow, “Go tell Rain to make rain for me!” who answered, “Give the things and I will ask."
Crow summoned Rain and rain fell. It rained at the lagoons, but they dried up, and only one lagoon remained.
Elephant needed to find food; he summoned Turtle to watch over the only remaining…

Gift of a Cow Tail Switch African Folktale

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Gift of a Cow Tail Switch is a true fascinating African folktale. 


Gift of a Cow Tail Switch African Folktale

A great warrior did not return from the hunt. His family gave him up for dead, all except his youngest child who each day would ask, "Where is my father? Where is my father?"

The child's older brothers, who were magicians, finally went forth to find him. They came upon his broken spear and a pile of bones


The first son assembled the bones into a skeleton; the second son put flesh upon the bones; the third son breathed life into the flesh.

The warrior arose and walked into the village where there was great celebration. He said, "I will give a fine gift to the one who has brought me back to life."

Each one of his sons cried out, "Give it to me, for I have done the most."

"I will give the gift to my youngest child," said the warrior. "For it is this child who saved my life. A man is never truly dead until he is forgotten!"




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Mungongo Fruit Sweet Porridge Cereal

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Mungongo Fruit Sweet Porridge Cereal Recipe
It would be hard to find a simpler recipe tocreate than Africa Mungongo fruit sweet porridge cereal to satisfy your hunger. The African native Mundalama or Mungongo tree produces an egg-shaped fuzzy fruit in parts of Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe between March and May. The Schinziophyton rautanenii or Mungongo tree is important to sub-Saharan Africa due to its extreme drought tolerance once established.
Some believe it is not the fruit, but the Mungongo tree’s seed that it is valued. Mungongo tree’s fruit seed does produce rich edible and therapeutic oil. 

However, the fruit is used in all manner of African cooking from soup and stews, sweet porridge, dips, and relishes. The fruit tastes like plum and can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked. Mungongo fruit sweet porridge cereal is an inexpensive and delicious African breakfast meal to make. 

Mungongo Fruit S…

Stigmatized mental illness and mental health problems in Africa

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Stigmatized mental illness and mental health problems in Africa
What is Africa's mental health impact of displacement, war, sexual violence and rape, famine, and disaster in Africa? Mental illness and mental health problems are taboo subjects that leaves people stigmatized in much of Africa. Mental health issues often come last on the list of priorities.
Most developing countries dedicate less than 2 percent of governmental healthcare budgets to mental health care. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 56 percent of African countries have community-based mental health facilities, 37 percent have mental health facilities for children and 15 percent for the elderly.
Mental illness is a taboo subject that is stigmatized in much of Africa but people in Africa don’t suffer any less because they are African and believe mental illness is caused by the wrath of God, witchcraft, or possessed by spirits. We don’t often think about the long-term mental health impact of the issues tha…

Roosterkoek Yeast Rolls Made On the Grill

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What is the African bread with the funny name?

Roosterkoek is a traditional bread to accompany a braai.
Roosterkoek is a bread recipe made to grill on a fire in the great outdoors.
Roosterkoek are best eaten piping hot and straight off the braai.

Now let's make a simple Roosterkoek Yeast Roll Recipe Roosterkoek means as much to Southern Africa as biscuits mean to the Southern USA. An excellent homemade roosterkoek is essential to life itself. Once you have become skilled at making roosterkoek, you will serve it at every braai (BBQ).


Easy bread African Recipe

Roosterkoek also known as grill cakes is a traditional South African recipe for yeast bread made on the braai or barbeque grill.

Ingredients
Cake Flour 2 1/4 cups
Olive Oil 2 tablespoons
White Sugar 1/4 cup
Warm Water 1 cup
Active Dry Yeast 1 package
Beaten Egg 1 large
Salt 1/2 teaspoon

Directions
In a large bowl, mix oil, sugar, and warm water then mix in the yeast until dissolved. Mix egg, salt, and f…

Zambia Wildcat Whiskers Savory Peanut Butter Dip

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Zambia Wildcat Whiskers Savory Peanut Butter Dip
Savory Peanut Butter Dip
Zambia Savory Peanut Butter Dip is a unique recipe for the peanut butter lover.


Wildcat whiskers are an important plant in Zambia culture. Wildcat whiskers and peanuts are a major crop in the everyday food lives of the Zambia people.
Zambia Wildcat Whiskers Savory Peanut Butter Dip Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 3-7-2011 Savory Peanut Butter Dip
By Chic African Culture African food recipe
Culture and food of Zambia would not be complete without including the African food recipe Zambia wildcat whiskers. This easy peanut butter recipe is a dip for breads and chips and a sauce for poultry it’s a tasty homemade peanut butter recipe when paired with healthy Zambia wildcat whiskers.
Zambia Wildcat Whiskers Savory Peanut Butter DipServes 6 Zambia food  Total time from start to finish 30 minutes

Ingredients 2 cups wildcat whiskers leaves (substitute spinach) 1 medium tomato diced 1 medium chopped…

Zambian Impwa Eggplant Mushroom Soup

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Zambian Impwa Eggplant Mushroom Soup
Eggplants are known in Zambia as Impwa, garden eggs or simply eggplants. Garden eggs are a smaller variety of the eggplant that is grown and loved by most people of Zambia. The garden egg gets its name from the small size of the eggplant. Zambian impwa eggplant mushroom soup is a healthy African recipe. Garden eggs are low in calories with about 35 calories in a one-cup serving and mushrooms are typically 16-90 calories per one-cup serving.


Zambian Impwa Eggplant Mushroom SoupIngredients 1 cup diced eggplant
2 cups any type of mushroom
1 medium tomato diced
1 medium chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups vegetable broth
*Add 1 cup of cooked chicken if desired
Directions Add all ingredients into a large pot and simmer 20 minutes or until eggplant is soft. Serve warm with crusty bread.
Did you know?
Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia until independence from Britain in 1964.


How to Make a Simple Chad Pasta African Recipe

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Chad Pasta African Recipe


Chad Recipe
With a size slightly more than three times the size of California but only 3.9 percent of the land is used to grow crops, tomatoes and onions are the most common vegetables grown in the Central African country of Chad and our Chad pasta recipe is popular throughout the country. With 40 percent of Chad’s population lives below the poverty line, Chad pasta recipe are filling and economical.

Pasta Meal from Chad Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 1-21-2011
Simple Chadian Pasta Dish
Ingredients: 4 cups cooked penne pasta 2 cans chunky tuna in oil One can whole kernel sweet corn 2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped Three hard boiled eggs
Directions: Except eggs, add ingredients into a large pot heat mixture until warm. Transfer to a large serving dish garnish with eggs and serve with bread. 

Video on how to make Chadian pasta
Chad in Africa Interesting Facts The Central African country Chad is surrounded by Niger to its west Sudan to its east L…