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Tzaneen Pawpaw Coconut Chiller

Papaya is also called the fruit of the spirits and Coconuts are called the Tree of Life. Papaya and coconut together create a smooth sweet tropical drink recipe made for an African queen. Papaya, papaw or pawpaw has sweet flesh with pungent undertones. The flesh is also soft when ripe with a buttery texture.  Papayas grow in all tropical and subtropical countries throughout the world including Africa.   Coconuts are called the Tree of Life throughout the world because every part of the coconut is used for drinks, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, and much more.  Perhaps the oldest reference of coconuts is from Cosmas, a 5th century AD Egyptian traveler. He wrote about the “Indian nut” after visiting India and Sri Lanka formally known as Ceylon. Coconuts grow in regions are as far north as Hawaii and as far south as Africa's largest island of Madagascar. Tzaneen Pawpaw Coconut Chiller Ingredients and Directions African Recipes by The African Gourmet   Tzaneen Sou

Good Morning Strawberry Barley Porridge

Good Morning Strawberry Barley Porridge Recipe Perfect Breakfast Meal Start your morning off right with Good Morning Strawberry Barley Porridge Recipe. Good Morning Strawberry Barley Porridge African Recipes by Chic African Culture   Strawberry Barley Porridge is a delicious substitute to oatmeal in the morning and a fantastic way to add whole grains to your diet.  Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 1 hour 30 min Total time: 2 hours Ingredients 1/2 cup whole barley 4 1/2 cups water, divided Strawberry jam and milk to taste  Directions Soak the barley in 3/4 cup water for 1 hour. At the end of the hour, add the remaining 3 1/2 cups of water to a saucepan cover pot and bring to a boil. Add the soaked barley as well as the soaking liquid to the boiling water and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes or until the barley is soft. Remove the pot from the heat and sweeten with your choice of jam and milk to taste, stirring until fully incorporated.

Chicken Tagine with Potatoes and Carrots North African Recipe

Ceramic tagines are exquisite examples of Moroccan artisan ship, and many are show pieces as well as functional cooking vessels.  Moroccan tagines make delicious family meals, and the presentation in a clay or glazed tagine is impressive enough for company. Try this basic Chicken Tagine with Potatoes and Carrots recipe. Moroccan Tagines or Stews Tagines are primarily used to slow-cook savory stews and vegetable dishes.  Because the domed or cone-shaped lid of the tagine traps steam and returns the condensed liquid to the pot, a minimal amount of water is needed to cook meats and vegetables to buttery-tenderness.  This method of cooking is very practical in areas where water supplies are limited or where public water is not yet available. The traditional method of cooking with a tagine is to place the tagine over coals. Large bricks of charcoal are purchased specifically for their ability to stay hot for hours.  Smaller pieces of charcoal are reserved for cooking brochettes an

Three Super Easy African Homemade Spice Recipes

The art of African cooking lies in the blending of herbs and spices to flavor food. Recipes for the heart, mind, and soul. Make over 300 African Food Recipes Try new spice recipes to make every night for dinner, it’s time to upgrade your recipe skills to the next level.  There is no better way to understand a culture than through its food. Food bonds families, friends, and communities as well as giving everyday nourishment.  Add a new aroma to your food life. Ja means eat in the African language Southern Sotho (soh-toh) or Sesotho (se-soh-toh.) Here are three super easy homemade spice recipes from our book A Field of Greens. Three Super Easy African Homemade Spice Recipes Simple Ground Curry Ghana Yield about 1/4 cup Ingredients 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon coriander 2 teaspoons cumin ½ teaspoon nutmeg 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons mustard seeds Directions Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container away from light and heat. C

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