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All about palm oil and how to make palm oil vegetarian stew

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All about palm oil and how to make palm oil vegetarian stewThe palm oil tree is also known as Elaeis Guineensis and is native to West and Southwest Africa. Nearly 85 percent of the world’s palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia; the other major growing countries are Thailand, Colombia, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea.


All About Palm Oil


African palm oil aka macaw-fat is the world’s most popular and most purchased vegetable oil making up about 35 percent of the total international trade in cooking oils.

The Palm oil tree has many uses and no part of the tree goes to waste. The tree is used to make world-famous palm wine and local medicines. The leaves may also be used to make thatches, which are often used as roofing material in certain areas.
In West Africa, palm oil is a major food item and it is typically used for making goods with its natural flavor and red color having a unique effect on a dish. Palm oil can be harvested 12 months of the year accounting for 35 percent of the …

Sierra Leone Fried Soup Recipe

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Sierra Leone Fried Soup Recipe
Easy Sierra Leone Fried Soup Recipe

Sierra Leone Fried Soup Recipe is fast and easy to prepare, especially useful for families with busy schedules. Boiled yams, cassava tubers, bananas, rice and other starches can be eaten with the soup.
Ingredients 1 teaspoon palm oil 2 chicken breasts cut into strips 2 large onions sliced 3 garden eggs diced 1 tablespoon chili pepper 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups of water
Directions Heat oil in a pot and fry the chicken. Add sliced onions, garden eggs, and ground chili pepper. Cover the ingredients with water and add salt. Cook for 20-25 minutes, with a lid on the pot.

About Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone History Following the American Revolution, a colony was established in 1787 and Sierra Leone became a destination for resettling black loyalists who had originally been resettled in Nova Scotia. After the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, British crews delivered thousands of Africans liberated from illegal slave ships to Sie…

Simple Pumpkin and Vegetable Stew

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Simple Pumpkin and Vegetable Stew in 30-minutes


Ingredients 1 cup of your favorite canned beans 1 cup mashed pumpkin 1 cup whole corn 1 large red tomato, chopped
1 large yam, diced 2 cups vegetable broth
1 diced hot pepper White pepper to taste Garnish with sour cream (optional)

Directions Add all ingredients to a large bowl mix well and then add to a casserole dish, heat for 30 minutes. Serve from the casserole dish. Garnish with sour cream. Great with fish and rice.


Did you know?

Egusi seeds are the seeds of plants of squash, melon, gourd, pumpkin, etc which after being dried and ground is used as an ingredient in East and West African recipes.


Off-Grid Challenge how to build a fire

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Off-Grid Challenge how to build a fire

Sub-Saharan Africa's lack of electrical power, Off-Grid Challenge how to build a fire One of the most persistent problems to creating maintainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa is the lack of electrical power.
Sub-Saharan Africa is considered the portion of Africa that lies south of the Sahara Desert: this portion includes all of Central, West, East and South Africa. More than 69% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa has no access to electricity. 

In the rural areas of Africa, the number of people without access to electricity rises to more than 85%. In other words, that is over 600 million people in the 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa lacking access to electricity.
Twelve U.S. government agencies, whose combined capabilities form the backbone of Power Africa, are working closely with African governments to prioritize and address key legal, regulatory and policy constraints to investment, and to …

Cooking in Mali How to use a pestle and mortar

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Cooking in Mali How to use a pestle and mortar
The mortar and pestle are one of the oldest most recognizedpharmacy and kitchen tool used throughout the world. Use a mortar and pestle to grind and mix spices, crush herbs and nuts or pound starches. 

The mortar and pestle is a kitchen gadget that was found in every urban and rural African kitchen. However, emerging technology in the African food culture is threatening the once commonplace mortars and pestles of old. Mortars and pestles were once used to husk and dehull grain but village electric grain mills are slowly replacing the hand labor intensive mortars and pestles. 

There are many recipes where hand mixing and grinding with a mortar and pestle put the consistency of the mixing and grinding in your hands. Place ingredients in the mortar or bowl portion, using the pestle end slowly move the rounded pestle end against the mortar to grind. In order to pound, move the pestle up and down rhythmically to the desired consistency.  

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Africanized Honey bees

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What Are Africanized Bees What Are Africanized Bees
Africanized Honey bees




October 19, 1990, a honeybee swarm unlike never before took over a small south Texas town in the United States. Africanized honeybees dramatically labeled as "killer bees" are the result of honeybees brought from Africa to Brazil in the 1950s in hopes of breeding a bee better adapted to the South American tropical climate. 
These honey bees reached the Brazilian wild in 1957 and then spread south and north until they officially reached the United States on October 19, 1990.
Actually all honeybees are imports to the New World and are not native. Those that flourished here before the arrival of Africanized honeybees are considered European honeybees, because European colonists introduced them in the 1600s and 1700s.

Africanized honeybees are so called because it was assumed that the African honey bees spreading out from Brazil would interbreed with existing feral European honeybees and create a hybridized, …

Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew Recipe

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Learn How to Make Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew Recipe

African Seafood Recipe Learn How to Make Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew Recipe

Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew Recipe
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture
10-20-2013


Fresh bonga fish (Ethmalosa fimbriata) is used in cooking stews and fried fish recipes. Some boil the fresh bonga fish and use it as a side dish for local recipes. Other African home chefs buy bonga fish roasted, salted and dried, or smoked bonga fish.


It is estimated that nearly 70 percent of the total fish supply in West Africa is marketed in the smoked or dried forms. Bonga fish is caught in the coastal and estuarine waters, and lagoons along West Africa from Senegal to Cameroon. During the dry season it is caught far inland when salt water penetrates the rivers.

Cameroon Smoked Bonga Fish Stew
 African Recipes by African Gourmet

Cameroon in West Africa, bonga fish is a popular fish to use in recipes, bonga is usually smoked with lots of fr…

How not to overeat 10 rules to follow

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How not to overeat 10 rules to follow How not to overeat 10 rules to follow, give definition to your mealtime, give yourself positive statements, do not immediately turn to food, the next time you feel a food urge, take a deep breath and relax, break your old dietary rules slowly, eat smaller portions and moderate portions, and seek counseling if needed.Consider the following ideas to help you handle the strong urge to overeat.


How not to overeat 10 rules to follow 

1.Give definition to your mealtime. Have regularly scheduled meals with a healthy variety. Set an eating schedule that suits your needs.


2.Give yourself positive statements while you examine your struggle to overeat such as: What am I thinking and feeling? What do I need to do with these emotions now, other than overeat?


3.Do not immediately turn to food. Keep to your regularly scheduled meal plan.


4.The next time you feel a food urge, take a deep breath and relax. Take a moment and jot down any thoughts or feelings you are h…

Fried Black Eyed Beans Cake Recipe

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Fried Black Eyed Beans Cake Recipe




Fried Black Eyed Beans Cakes are known by many different names in Western Africa.
Below is a photo of Fried Black Eyed Beans Cakes For Sale In Nigeria in 1998


Here is the recipe for our Fried Black Eyed Beans Cakes
Ingredients
1 can of black-eyed peas (liquid drained)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon red pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying

Directions
Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add all ingredients into a large bowl. Form the bean mixture into quarter-sized ball, flatten and fry until are a golden-brown in color.





Make in a hour Tea Biscuits Recipe

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Make in a hour Tea Biscuits Recipe

Tea Biscuits, known as cookies in The United States are eaten throughout the world and African food is a unique fusion of many different cultures.
One influence over the centuries is that of European colonialists who colonized Africa from around the 1600’s to the 20th century. Anna Maria Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, is said to have made afternoon teatime a fashionable trend when she complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon.

Hereafter, a pot of tea and a light snack in the middle of the afternoon became a part of European culture. One very popular light snack is that of the tea biscuit.
Make in a hour Tea Biscuits Recipe
Ingredients
2 cups bread flour 4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
¾ cup milk


Directions
Sift the dry ingredients together, mix in fat with the tips of fingers, then add the milk a little at a time or cut it in with a knife. The dough should be as…

The Missing Education on African Hair

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The Missing Education on African Hair

When kinky or Afro-textured hair is washed and not styled, it naturally forms into the coiffeur that is known as the Afro, and it is beautiful.


African Hair ArtJust as the human body is outfitted and decorated to look sexy, professional or devout, the human hair is a reflection of a person’s outward identity. Hair is looked at as an accompaniment to an outfit; an essential accessory that glams up the whole look.

African Hair identity Why Hair Is ImportantPay attention to your hair because everyone else does. Hair is considered a person’s crowning glory and when a bad hair day happens upon them, some believe they are unattractive and ugly. For centuries, African hair was treated as an artist’s canvas. 

Unique African hairstyles were a fashion and status statement for women and men. Hair's the thing that makes a person unique.
Ancient African Hairstyle Art
One of the most famous and talented photographers of Nigerian Hairstyles, Johnson Donatus Aihume…

Traditional Recipe for Eggplant Fritters

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Traditional Recipe for Eggplant Fritters
Solanum melongena or eggplant better known as garden eggs in some regions of Africa is a vegetable grown in the subtropics and tropics. The name eggplant originates from the shape of the fruit. Eggplant has chemicals that can cause digestive upset if eaten raw, so is frequently cooked. Eggplant can be fried, grilled, stuffed, roasted, and cooked in soups and stews.
Traditional Recipe for Eggplant FrittersIngredients and Directions1.   Boil your desired amount of eggplants in salted water mixed with a little lemon juice.
2.   When tender, skin, drain and mash the eggplant.
3.   For every cup of pulp, add one-half cup full of flour, two well-beaten eggs, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
4.   Shape into fritters and fry in vegetable oil until golden brown.

5.   Sprinkle with salt, curry powder or your desired spice while still warm.