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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut Pomegranate Sauce Recipe

Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut Pomegranate Sauce Recipe

How to eat a pomegranate
Pomegranate sauce is delicious as a gravy for grilled lamb, pork or chicken.
Pomegranate seeds

Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut Pomegranate Sauce Recipe


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From September to December, Egypt grows and harvests the ancient Pomegranate crop. The two most cultivated pomegranate varieties exporting from Egypt are Baladi and Wonderful Pomegranates. Pomegranates are a good source of two essential vitamins, C and K.

How to eat a pomegranate


The pomegranate is widely cultivated in Northern and tropical areas of Africa. A pomegranate was found in the tomb of a servant of Queen Hatshepsut in Egypt. Queen Hatshepsut was Egypt's first female pharaoh.

Wonderful Pomegranates

Wonderful Pomegranates


When selecting a pomegranate choose one heavy for its size. The fruit has a thick leathery skin and ranges in size from an orange to a grapefruit.

The color and external blemishes of the pomegranate are no indication of the quality of the fruit. 

The red arils (seed) is the edible part of the pomegranate, the entire seed is consumed raw by chewing the juice from the seeds. Pomegranate seeds are a good source of two essential vitamins, C and K.

Pomegranate Sauce Recipe


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Pomegranate sauce is delicious as a gravy for grilled lamb, pork or chicken. 

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice 
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon onion salt 
1 teaspoon onion powder 
1 teaspoon garlic powder 
2 tablespoons salted butter

Directions:
In a mixing bowl add flour and pomegranate juice, mix well. Add all ingredients into a large pot and simmer 10 minutes serve over grilled lamb, pork or chicken.


Did you know?
The word pomegranate means apple with many seeds.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Three Facts About The Endangered African Penguin

Three Facts About African Penguins

African Penguins
Growing to be about 26.5 to 27.5 inches tall and weighing between 4.4 and 11 pounds the endangered African Penguin lives on the Southern coast of Africa.

Three Facts About African Penguins


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African penguins breed from Hollams Bird Island Namibia to Bird Island Algoa Bay in South Africa.



Three Facts About African Penguins

Gansbaai South Africa Dyer Island is a protected bird sanctuary home to large colonies of threatened African Penguins.


African Penguin Fact 1

The African penguin, or black-footed penguin, is also nicknamed the jackass penguin because it’s mating call sounds like a whinnying donkey. They spend their days at sea feeding and their nights gathered together on shore. Like all penguins, African penguins are much more agile in water than on land swimming up to 12 miles per hour. Each penguin eats about one pound of fish per day feeding on small fish such as sardines and anchovies, crustaceans and squid. Each penguin eats about one pound of fish per day.


African Penguin Fact 2

African Penguins are the only penguin species that breed in Africa and it is found nowhere else in the world. African Penguins are monogamous and the same pair will normally return to the same colony and often the same nest site each year on Dyer Island to be together.


African Penguin Fact 3

African penguins are currently classified as vulnerable or threatened under the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN red data list criteria. Unfortunately if the current trends continue it is only a matter of time before the African Penguin becomes endangered. The African penguin is an endangered species whose population has declined by 90 percent since the turn of the 20th century.



Did you know?

The population of African Penguins was estimated at 179,000 in 1998 and is still declining despite conservation efforts. African Penguins are the only penguin species that breed in Africa.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

How to Make Malawi Parsnip Soup and Baked French Fries Recipes

How to Make Malawi Parsnip Soup and Baked French Fries Recipes

Parsnips are cultivated mainly in regions that have moderate temperatures, rather than extreme hot or cold temperatures. Parsnips are only occasionally cultivated in the cooler parts of the tropics. The Hollow Crown is a very old heirloom variety of parsnips mostly cultivated in the Eastern African country of Malawi on the Shire plateau. 



When cooking with parsnips choose small to medium parsnips, as larger ones can be fibrous and tough with little flavor. Choose firm rather than limp or wrinkled fresh parsnips. Avoid those with a lot of whisker roots or brown patches as this indicates that they may not be the freshest parsnip in the vegetable department.

Parsnips are related to carrots and parsley but with cream-colored skin and flesh, the root vegetable is harvested in a similar way as carrots. Parsnips are rich in potassium, antioxidants, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. 

The parsnip is considered a winter vegetable for two reasons. Firstly, it’s often used as a component in soup packs; secondly, the taste greatly improves when subjected to frosty conditions. Cold causes the starches to convert to sugars.


Freshly grown organic parsnips from Malawi
Freshly grown organic parsnips from Malawi

How to Make Malawi Parsnip Soup Recipe


Ingredients
4 parsnips washed, slice thin
1 medium finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 cups vegetable broth


Directions
In a large pot over medium heat add all ingredients and simmer until parsnips are very soft about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and blend for a creamy soup or use a potato masher for a chunkier texture.

Parsnips Education


Parsnips are native to Europe and Asia and were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for medicinal and food purposes. Parsnips were introduced into North America in the early 1600s and were grown by the Indians.

Parsnips are biennial, but are grown commercially as an annual. It is cultivated mainly in temperate regions worldwide and only occasionally in the cooler parts of the tropics, including East and Southern Africa.

Parsnips have shallow roots and the crop has higher moisture requirements than other vegetables. The old cultivar Hollow Crown is mostly cultivated in East Africa; other well-known cultivars are Guernsey and Offenham.

Parsnips are a long-season crop typically needing 110 to 130 days for maturity. However, in certain areas, roots are lifted and sold after only 95 days. Parsnips are harvested in a similar way as carrots. Wear protective clothing for harvesting parsnips. Parsnip roots and leaves contain compounds, furano coumarins which may cause inflammation of the skin.

The crop is a member of the Umbelliferae family of vegetables, related to carrots, fennel, celeriac and parsley root. This creamy-white root vegetable is low in calories, fat and sodium, naturally cholesterol-free, and high in fiber and several vitamins and minerals.


Baked Spicy Parsnip French Fries
Baked Spicy Parsnip French Fries


Baked Spicy Parsnip French Fries


This is an easy way to make a great side dish for chicken and beef.

Ingredients
4 Parsnips
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).Cut parsnips into strips. Mix olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, and onion powder together. Coat parsnips with oil/spice mixture and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes and serve. 



More Parsnips Education

Parsnips should be left unpeeled and steamed or boiled to bring out their maximum flavor potential. Save the nutrients and do not peel young, small parsnips. Just gently scrub them to remove any dirt and serve them whole. 

If there is no other choice, when cooking with older parsnips, peel very thinly to avoid waste. Because the parsnip ranks third behind the potato and manioc, with about 75% the quantity of starch found in the potatoes ranks it as an important food source in East and Southern Africa.

The parsnip offers a wide complementarity with other tasty foods. Compared to carrots, the parsnip is a minor crop in most grown countries. The fleshy, aromatic and slightly mucilaginous root is eaten as a cooked or fried vegetable. It is also used in soups and to add flavor to stews.

The seed, which tastes similar to dill is occasionally used as a condiment. The leaves have diuretic properties. A poultice from the roots is applied to sores and inflammations and to treat skin diseases.


Did you know
When picking parsnips wear protective gloves since the shoots and leaves contain a sap when exposed to the sun causes a reaction to the skin like poison oak and ivy.


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Olam Cocoa Production and Cocoa Supply Chain

Olam Cocoa Production and Cocoa Supply Chain

Farmers in Africa grow over 70 percent of the world’s cocoa and Olam International Limited is a major player in the global cocoa business. OLM cocoa footprint is crucial to ending the deforestation of Africa's cocoa grown countries.



Drying cocoa beans in the sun in Ghana
Drying cocoa beans in the sun in Ghana Olam processing

About Olam Cocoa Farming and Cocoa Supply Chain



Cocoa farming is an industry that is largely invisible to shoppers, yet essential to feeding the world’s sweet tooth. Cocoa processing, the process of turning raw cocoa beans into powder, liquor, and butter is a major step in creating the candy bars that line store shelves and Olam International Limited is a major player.

In December 2014, Archer Daniels Midland Company today announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International Limited for $1.3 billion. Olam was established in 1989 in Nigeria by Indian conglomerate Kewalram Chanrai Group. Olam International Limited operates in part by growing and selling cocoa beans. The Company has operations across approximately 20 platforms in over 70 countries.

Olam is one of the world’s largest suppliers of cocoa beans and a globally leading processor of cocoa powders, cocoa masses, and cocoa butters. Olam has been accused in the past of deforestation by purchasing cocoa grown illegally in national parks and other protected forests in the Côte d’Ivoire.


From seed to pod cocoa tree processing
Cocoa seedlings and shade tree seedlings grown in a nursery.
Cocoa seedlings planted, shade trees planted.
Ripe cocoa pods harvested from trees.
Pods broken, cocoa beans and pulp removed.
Cocoa beans fermented under banana leaves.
Well fermented cocoa beans dried, either in the sun on raised mats or in solar dryers.
Cocoa beans put into sacks for transport.
Weighing and checking at buying the station.
Farmers compensated individually or through co-operatives, premiums paid.


The report accused Olam of endangering wildlife by purchasing cocoa beans linked to deforestation; these types of illegally grown cocoa beans are called dirty beans. However, on Olam website, it states, “Our goal is to achieve 100% traceable and sustainable cocoa volumes from our direct origination supply chain by 2020.” 

Olam also states, “We work hand-in-hand with partners, customers, governments, NGOs and through joint initiatives to create the necessary conditions for every person whose life revolves around cocoa production to prosper.”

Africa produces around 70 percent of the world cocoa crop, it is the heart of Olam cocoa bean sourcing operations and they are the leading exporter of cocoa beans from the African continent. Olam chocolate bean footprint covers Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. In Ghana in 2016, Olam provided shade trees to increase ground cover and support forest conservation.


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Thursday, November 7, 2013

About Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service

About Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service

Fire can take away everything


Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service is the same as your local fire department.


Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service
Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service  

The headquarters of the Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service is in Accra, Ghana. Accra is the capital and largest city in Ghana, and is the second most populated region, after the Ashanti Region with about 16% of Ghana’s population.


The Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) changed its name to Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service in March of 2010. The Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service (GNFRS) is an agency under the Ghanaian Ministry of the Interior established in 1997. Ghana’s Ministry of the Interior is entrusted by its citizens to protect and uphold Ghana’s safety regulations and laws. The President of Ghana appoints the Chief Fire Officer.


The Ghana National Fire Service is the same as your local fire department by organizing public fire education programs, creating awareness of the hazards of fire, prevention of fire, provide technical advice for building layouts to facilitate escape from fire, rescue operations and of course fire management. 

Ghanaian firefighters also spend much of their time maintaining equipment, doing routine public safety inspections for businesses and housing, training for all types of emergency responses and filling out the reports and paperwork.




Did you Know

The earliest known fire department was formed in Ancient Rome staffed by slaves. Fire departments were also formed after the Great Fire of London in 1666.



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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Mosquito netting has a long history in Africa

Mosquito netting has a long history in Africa

Mosquito netting has a long history in Africa





The mosquito netting has a long history of offering protection against mosquitoes and other insects that spread disease.

A mosquito net gives the sleeper shelter against mosquitoes and other insects that spread disease such as Malaria. Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite, 90 percent of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and 77 percent occur in children under five.


Mosquito Netting For Malaria Prevention

About 40 percent of malaria deaths occur in just two countries: Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Mosquito Netting For Malaria Prevention

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2010 an estimated 219 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 660,000 people died, 91% lived in the African Region. 

In 2012 malaria conditions slightly improved, there were an estimated 207 million cases of malaria in 2012 and an estimated 627 000 deaths. Unfortunately, 90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and 77% occur in children under five.

Malaria has been the number one reason for health center visits in Benin for the last decade. Severe malaria kills 1,500-2,000 Beninese children every year and causes anemia in most children. Since 2008, through the President’s Malaria Initiative, the US distributes over 3 million bed nets. There are 52 countries are on track to reduce their malaria case incidence rates by 75% by 2015. However, these 52 countries only account for 8 million of the total estimated malaria cases. 

In order for progress to be made against Malaria in the 18 most affected countries, which account for an estimated 80% of malaria cases national government funding for malaria programs needs to increase. About 40% of malaria deaths occur in just two countries: Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  


From 1990-2015, the Millennium Development Goals 25-year project provides a framework for the entire UN system to work together towards a common purpose. The UN Development Group (UNDG) ensures that the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) remain at the center of those efforts. Malaria and other disease prevention is goal #6 under the UN MGD’s.


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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Toasted Curry Cauliflower Recipe

Toasted Curry Cauliflower Recipe

Toasted Curry Cauliflower Recipe




Easy recipe of curry cauliflower is tossed in olive oil and curry powder sprinkled with red pepper flakes and sauteed until golden brown.

Healthy Cauliflower Recipe

Africa is all a buzz about cauliflower recipes these days.

Toasted Curry Cauliflower Recipe

Ingredients
Two cups of cauliflower
Sprinkle with whatever amount you prefer of curry powder, red pepper flakes, and salt
½ cup vegetable broth
3 garden eggs diced
1 tablespoon olive

Directions
Place cauliflower into a frying pan with hot oil and curry powder, toss well on medium heat about 2 minutes, add vegetable broth to the pan and remaining seasonings, cover and let simmer until cauliflower is slightly soft, about 2 minutes. Serve warm.






Growing cauliflower in South Africa

Cauliflowers are produced in numerous areas in South Africa due to its ability to adapt to cold weather growing. Cauliflower grows well in most parts of South Africa including Brits and Marble Hall, the central Free State, cool Lowveld areas, Eastern Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga Highveld, KwaZulu-Natal coastal area, KwaZulu-Natal interior, Eastern Cape, Limpopo (Marble Hall and Groblersdal), North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape, warm Lowveld areas, Southern Cape, Polokwane and Dendron.

Cauliflower Origins

Cauliflower name originates from Latin caulis, cabbage and traces its ancestry back to the wild cabbage. Ancient cauliflower resembled kale or collards and unlike the vegetable, we see today.

Preparation tips for cooking cauliflower

As with all vegetables, be sure not to overcook cauliflower. Considered a bland vegetable, cauliflower, when prepared properly, can be flavorful as well as healthful. Boiling cauliflower is not the best cooking practice if you want to preserve key phytonutrients in this cruciferous vegetable.

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