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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. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

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One-Pot Spiced Cabbage Leaves

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Kenya is home to numerous types of vegetables due to its rich soil. Leafy vegetables are most common in the traditional diet of Kenyans and cabbage has become a favorite food. It is usually served with Ugali . South Kenyan cabbage is a mixture of maize meal and vegetables cooked in one pot and inexpensive and easy to make. South Kenyan food market One-Pot Spiced Cabbage Leaves. The African Gourmet creative sautéed cabbage recipe is cooked until the green cabbage is tender along with fresh red cabbage and red bell pepper. Green cabbage and red cabbage can naturally be used interchangeably as cabbage gets sweeter as it cooks; however, red cabbage is certainly more attractive looking. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 50 min One-Pot Spiced Kenyan Cabbage Leaves Ingredients 1 head green cabbage 1 head red cabbage 1 chopped red bell pepper 1 bunch chives, chopped 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic salt Pepper to taste 1 ta

When a man is stung by a bee he does not destroy all beehives

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Ujima African Proverb The meaning of the proverb is just because one set of people may have caused harm or unhappiness in your life that does not mean everyone will hurt you. You have a choice every day to either focus on what separates or focus on what holds together. Everything and everyone you hate is written across your heart, in the end, you are causing more pain to yourself than the people you despise. A crab walks so walks his children. - African Proverb from Liberia Being a force for good, Ujima, in someone's life can help build a lasting community bond. When you help others, you give off positive vibes, which can rub off on your peers and improve your friendships, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. Both parties will contribute to maintaining a mutually beneficial dynamic. Whether with a large group of people in a volunteer organization, or just between two friends exchanging words of advice, helping people creates a feeling of communi

Southwestern Morocco Making Argan Oil

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Argan oil is used for cooking, making beauty products, and medicines throughout Africa's Morocco and the world.  The multipurpose argan tree is a very common tree native to southwestern Morocco. The trunk and branches of the tree are used for firewood, the leaves used to create medicine but the almond-sized fruits are the star of the show. The tree is prized for its fruits that contain kernels which are processed for their much-beloved oil. Argan oil is used much like olive oil, for cooking, beauty products, and medicines. Argan oil extraction is a difficult, time-consuming, and labor-intensive process. Berber women manually harvest the fruit between June and August, which are the hottest season in Morocco. Once the fruit is gathered it is left in the sun to dry for a few weeks. The Argan fruit covering dries out turning a brownish coffee color and the covering is now easy to remove extracting the prized oval shape seed. Argania spinosa is the scientific name for the evergreen

Pumpkin Roti Flatbread

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Pumpkin Roti Flatbread Roti is a flatbread many South African Indians consider a staple food. Roti is similar to a Spanish flour tortilla and eaten in a similar way. Recipes for appetizers, snacks, entrees, and even desserts all start with a roti. Making homemade roti is the perfect time to use your infused oils and add that extra extraness to your meal. Pumpkin Roti Flatbread Ingredients 1 cup canned mash pumpkin 2 ½ cups Durum wheat flour (you can use regular wheat flour or all-purpose the texture will be different) Pinch of salt Directions Mix flour and salt then add pumpkin to make dough by hand. Add water or more flour depending on the dough’s consistency.  The dough should feel slightly sticky to the touch but not stick to your hands.  Knead the dough and roll it into small balls of equal sizes. On medium heat add one tablespoon of oil to a large frying pan or griddle.  Roll out the dough into round shapes using rolling pin. Place rolled dough

Akotonshi Ghanaian Stuffed Crabs

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Stuffed Crabs recipe Stuffed Crabs recipe boil your own crabs for this recipe simply remove the large shell, clean and stuff. Ghanaian cuisine has diverse traditional dishes one of which is Akotonshi or Ghanaian Stuffed Crabs. Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 9-6-2017 You can make your own little “imitation” crab shells by forgoing the crab shells using large hollowed out red tomato, a large red grilled bell pepper or use an attractive red baking dish. Akotonshi Ghanaian Stuffed Crabs African recipes by African Gourmet Ghanaian cuisine has diverse traditional dishes one of which is Akotonshi or Ghanaian Stuffed Crabs.  Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 5 min Total time: 25 min   Ingredients 2 cups crab meat or imitation crab meat 24 small fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined   2 medium size ripe tomatoes, finely chopped 2 bunches of green onions, chopped   3 cups tomato puree ½ tea

Tropical PawPaw Papaya Relish Recipe

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Papaya relish Papaya recipe Making tropical pawpaw papaya relish unique recipe using a fruit with a sweet taste, vibrant color, and the wide variety of health benefits cannot help but make the best papaya relish ever. There are countless Papaya Recipes from sweet to savory, Tropical PawPaw Papaya Relish Recipe incorporates both flavors. Fun unique papaya recipe from the food and nutrition experts at Chic African Culture. This papaya recipe is different than the ones you usually make. Tropical PawPaw Papaya Relish Recipe African Recipes by African Gourmet Easy sweet and savory Tropical African PawPaw Papaya Relish recipe is made with ripe papaya, onions, ginger, cloves, and raisins. Serve Tropical African PawPaw Papaya Relish over grilled, baked or fried fish. Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 1 day to marinate Total time: 1 day 15 min Ingredients 1 large ripe papaya, seeded, peeled and sliced ½ cup raisins 1 cup diced red onions ¼ cup minced fresh ginger ½ cu

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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