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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

African Culture is World Heritage

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When Does African Tourism Become Unethical

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When does African tourism become unethical, there can be a fine line between cultural tourism and human safaris. When Does Tourism in Africa Become Unethical. Cultural tourism is an organized tour that takes visitors to a place where they can observe "locals" in their indigenous settings. You can also visit cultural villages to learn more about how indigenous and inhabitants lived, and how the various languages, customs, and traditions are celebrated. Enjoy dust dancing and singing by the locals; enjoy long tables groaning with food dishes. There can be a fine line between cultural tourism and human safaris. True cultural tourism offers an opportunity for interaction, perhaps alongside shopping opportunities , food demonstrations or craft lessons. Human safaris focus on the opportunity to see, photograph and video local people in an exploitative manner; for example, a tour that takes vacationers to a tribal village, encourages vacationers to bribe locals with food

Spiced Curry Mixed Nuts and Paneer Cheese

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Five spice curry powder adds a unique flavor to any nut mixture. Nuts and fresh curry powder are a natural pairing with South African wine and Paneer cheese. Paneer cheese is the most common cheese used in Indian food in South Africa because it tastes good, does not need aging and does not melt. This cheese handles being paired with the strong taste of curry. Five Spiced Curry Mixed Nuts. African food recipes are easy to make at home. Five spiced curry mixed nuts to serve with paneer cheese. Ingredients. 2 tablespoons butter. 2 cups walnuts halves. 1 cup whole almonds. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. 1 teaspoon chili powder. 1 teaspoon dried curry powder. 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Directions. Preheat the oven to 300°. Add butter to a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan; set the pan in the oven to melt the butter. Remove the pan from the oven; add nuts and Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter. Gently stir until well mixe

Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew

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Chad has numerous languages with over 120 in fact, the official languages in Chad are Arabic and French. باذنجان (eggplant in Arabic and aubergine in French) Ragoût de Aubergine  is a time-honored Chadian recipe using eggplants cooked with okra and peanut butter. Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew Ingredients 1 eggplant cubed 2 cups fresh okra, chopped 10 plum tomatoes, chopped 1 large green pepper chopped 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter Salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste Water to cover Ragoût de Aubergine Eggplant Stew  Directions Add all ingredients to a large pot except peanut butter and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for half an hour, or until the vegetables are tender. Mix peanut butter until a smooth sauce forms. Add tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Serve with white or brown rice or with boiled green plantains.

Vegetarian Spicy Ground Nut Stew

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Spicy Vegetarian Ground Nut Stew   Ingredients 1 cup peanut butter  2 medium onions, sliced Photo by TinyTall 2 medium red pepper, chopped 2 medium green pepper, chopped 2 large tomatoes, chopped  1 cup peanut butter 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch circles 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon red pepper flake 1 chopped scotch bonnet Water to cover Directions Add all ingredients into a large pot with a lid. Cook on medium for 30 minutes. Add small amount of water to peanut butter to make a smooth paste. Add peanut butter to vegetable mixture and boil for 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

Egyptian Ruzz bi-l-khudar Vegetarian Meal of Vegetables and Rice

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Egyptian Vegetarian Meal of Vegetables and Rice Whether you are a full pledge vegetarian or just taking baby steps Ruzz bi-l-khudar is the meal for you.  This Egyptian vegetable and rice meal makes good use of its ingredients since Egypt’s fertile Nile Valley and surrounding areas farmers produce the crops. Egyptian Vegetarian Meal of Vegetables and Rice Ingredients 1 chopped onion 3 ripe medium-sized tomatoes chopped 2 green peppers chopped 2 carrots shredded 2 cups cooked brown rice 3 cups vegetable broth Olive oil for sautéing, about 2 tablespoons Directions Sauté vegetables 3 minutes over medium heat then remove from pan. Fry the rice in the same pan, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add broth slowly then bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add vegetables and stir well. Serve warm.

Almond Orange Blossom Water Ilma Zhar Recipe

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Almond Orange Blossom Water Ilma Zhar Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet   In Morocco, orange blossom water is called Ilma Zhar, a phrase in Arabic meaning flower water. Cooking with orange flower water is easy; replace vanilla extract in your recipe with orange flower water. Also, most fruits and nuts, especially almonds pair well with Ilma Zhar orange flower water. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 5 min Total time: 15 min Ilma Zhar  or orange blossom water, is a clear, perfumed distillation of fresh bitter-orange blossoms. Orange flower water is an essential ingredient in Middle Eastern and Moroccan cooking. It's produced by distilling an infusion of crushed orange blossoms and water. The resulting perfumed water is sweetly fragrant of orange blossoms but not of citrus.  Orange blossom water serves two purposes in Morocco. One usage is a perfume or freshener, usually given to guests to wash their hands upon entering the host house or befor

Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

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