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Pumpkin Sweetbreads South African Bredie Stew

Despite the name Sweetbreads are not sweet. Sweetbreads are offal meats or organ meats the thymus and pancreas from veal and lamb, beef and pork. Sweetbreads refer to a type of offal meat, which includes organ meats from animals such as veal, lamb, beef, and pork. Specifically, sweetbreads are derived from the thymus gland and pancreas of these animals. The term sweetbread can be attributed to the historical use of the word sweet as a way to describe the tender and delicate nature of these organ meats.  Sweetbreads are highly regarded in culinary traditions around the world for their unique texture and flavor. When properly prepared, they have a creamy and smooth consistency with a slightly nutty and earthy taste. Due to their rich flavor profile, sweetbreads are often featured in gourmet dishes and can be prepared in various ways, including sautéing, braising, or even deep-frying. Pumpkin Sweetbreads Bredie Stew Recipe Total time from start to finish 50 minutes Sweetbreads are av

Bokmakiri Goat Cheese Broccoli Soup

Bokmakiri is a type of soft goat's milk cheese made in South Africa This broccoli soup with Bokmakiri goat cheese is easy to make soup that uses just a few ingredients and is full of tasty flavor. Bokmakiri Goat Cheese Broccoli Soup Ingredients 1 cup of goat cheese 2 cups broccoli florets 2 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons of a solid fat like bacon grease, butter or lard ¼ teaspoons sea salt ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour Directions Melt fat; add dry ingredients gradually the liquid then add broccoli. When at boiling point and just ready to serve add cheese. Any kind of cheese may be used for this purpose.

Our favorite African fashion magazines

Our favorite online and print edition African fashion magazines highlighting modern African perspectives of African fashion and everything in between. Haute African Fashion African fashion industry leaders highlighting modern African fashion . Each magazine has its own uniqueness however; each magazine provides a positive portrayal of Africa and her continuing inspiration on culture throughout the world. Listed are a few of our favorite African fashion magazines. Many more print and digital African publications are media standouts reflecting Africa’s gorgeous diverse culture discover your favorite. Zen Magazine Africa is a vibrant African based global online magazine that promotes fashion, travel, models, African Heritage and cultural arts from Africans. ARISE is Africa’s first and foremost international style magazine. Highlighting African achievement in fashion, music, culture and politics, it provides a positive portrayal of the continent and its contribution to contempor

Republic of Benin achieved independence in 1960

Republic of Benin achieved independence in 1960 The West African Country French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. Explanation of the Republic of Benin Crest Crest Two horns (cornucopias) with corn in the ear and filled with sand The shield is broken into four quadrants: (1) Somba Castle (2) Star of Benin (3) Palm Tree (4) Ship The shield is supported by two leopards which are the national animal of Benin, the motto below the shields states Fraternité, Justice, Travail meaning Brotherhood, Justice, Work and the anthem of Benin: L'Aube Nouvelle (French) meaning The Dawn of a New Day. More About the people of Benin The population is primarily located in the south, with the highest concentration of people residing in and around the cities on the Atlantic coast; most of the north remains sparsely populated with higher concentrations of residents in the west. Benin has a youthful age structure with almo

Sports Illustrated 1987 Sportsman of The Year in Track and Field

Kipchoge Kip Keino played rugby before taking up athletics and ran in the 1968 Olympics. Keino’s was Sports Illustrated 1987 Sportsman of The Year. Kipchoge Kip Keino running in the 1968 Olympic Games. Sports Illustrated 1987 Sportsman of The Year in Track and Field Kipchoge Kip Keino was Sports Illustrated 1987 Sportsman of The Year in Track and Field. Kipchoge Kip Keino the first chapter in Kenya’s success story in distance running. Kip Keino born January 17, 1940 in Nandi Hills, Kenya .  Keino, played rugby before taking up athletics. Keino’s father, a long-distance runner himself, encouraged his son in the sport. Keino is a four time Olympic winner in 1,500, 5k and steeplechase fields. Keino won a bronze, two silver and gold in 1968.  At the 1968 Olympics, he competed in six distance races in eight days. Kip Keino beat the favored Jim Ryun in the Olympic in Mexico City by 1,500 meters in 1968 the widest margin of victory in that e

Tribes of Kenya Facts

Tribes of Kenya Facts Facts About Kenya Kenya has one of the most culturally diverse populations in Africa. Kenyan tribes include, the Kikuyus, also known as Gikuyu, Luhya, Luo tribe, Kalenjin, the Kamba tribe, also called the Akamba, Kisii, Maasai, and the Meru. Kenyan Culture Tribes of Kenya Eight Interesting Facts Kenyan Tribes Facts Capital: Nairobi Area: 580,367 sq. km (slightly more than twice the size of Nevada) Population: 45 million. There are over 40 Kenya tribes; indigenous tribes of Kenya fall into three ethnic groups, namely: the Bantus, the Cushites and the Nilotes. Largest tribes in Kenya Kikuyu The Kikuyus, also known as Gikuyu or Agikuyu, make up Kenya’s largest ethnic group around 22%.The Kikuyu tribe is a Bantu tribe that neighbors the Embu, Mbeere and Meru tribes around Mount Kenya. Kikuyus speak the Kikuyu language, and most of them live around the fertile central highlands and Mount Kenya where they mainly grow tea and coffee. The

Farming African Proverbs

Farming African proverbs and the difference between agriculture and farming. If the day of harvesting or eating yams is the same as the day of planting yams, even goats will not be allowed to eat the yam peels. English language  Nenye etedugbe enyetefagbe la anye gbowoha madu tetsro o. - Ewe language Ikiwa siku yakuvuna magimbi ingekua kama siku ya ku panda, basi hata mbuzi wasinge ruhusiwakula maganda. - Swahili language  Si le jour de récolte d’ignames serait comme le jour de sasemence, même les chèvres ne séraient pasautorisées à manger ses pelures. - French language  Farming African proverb explained Due to changing conditions in many African societies from rural agrarian populations into blue-collar urbanites, this kind of proverb is well placed to educate people to be humble and not forget their humble backgrounds even when they become very successful people later on in life. They should be kind to others who may not be fortunate enough to benefit from t

Ethiopia has Africa’s largest livestock population

Most of Ethiopia's estimated 71 million sheep and goats are raised by small farmers who used them as a major source of meat and household income. When food prices rise, as seen during the 2011 drought, poor households are forced to choose between selling livestock to maintain current consumption levels or risk malnutrition to protect future income sources. Ethiopia has Africa’s largest livestock population Ethiopia has Africa’s largest livestock population With an estimated 52 million cattle, 36 million sheep, 35 million goats and 5 million camels in 2009, Ethiopia has Africa’s largest livestock population. Pastoralist communities are highly dependent on income from livestock to pay for food, health services, and school fees.  When food prices rise, as seen during the 2011 drought, poor households are forced to choose between selling livestock to maintain current consumption levels or risk malnutrition to protect future income sources. Almost the entire rural p

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