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Teff Banana Nut Bread Recipe

Teff Banana Nut Bread Recipe
Teff Banana Nut Bread Recipe
African recipes by African Gourmet

Teff flour is a finely ground whole grain flour popular in Ethiopian cooking. Our moist and delicious classic banana bread recipe made with teff is a unique tasting easy to make African recipe.

Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 45 Total time: 1 hour


Ingredients
2 cups teff flour
2 very ripe bananas
½ cup unsalted walnuts
½ cup of chopped dates
2 large eggs
1 cup of white sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter and sugar, mix in eggs and bananas and add all dry ingredients to wet, including nuts and fruits, and mix well. Pour into 2 buttered and floured bread loaf pans and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Did you know
Teff grows mainly in the African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea and is slow…

Ghost towns and wild horses of the African Namib Desert

Wild horses of the African Namib Desert Wild horses in the Southern African country of Namibia there have been a number of theories proposed over the years as to the origin of the wild horses.


Namib Desert Origins of Wild Horses

The Namib desert of Southern Africa is one of the worlds oldest and largest deserts. The origin of wild horses of the Namib desert is a secret the desert ghost towns keeps to herself.


Kolmanskop was a rich German diamond mining town but presently is a ghost town in the Namib Desert visited only by Namib wild horses and the occasional tourist. Origins of the wild horses of the Namib Desert remains a mystery fueled by theories and urban legends because originally there were no horses in southern Africa. 

There have been a number of theories proposed over the years as to the origin of the wild horses in the Southern African country of Namibia. One theory is around 1914 during WWI the Union of South Africa troops were stationed at the small town of Garub. 

The German …

Celebrating Easter in Africa the 1994 Public Holidays Act

Celebrating Easter in Africa the 1994 Public Holidays Act
South Africa has an almost 80% Black-African ethnic group and the majority of South Africans practice the Christian faith.

Many Christians in South Africa celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The Easter weekend in South Africa begins with Good Friday and closes with Family Day, more commonly known as Easter Monday, on Monday, April 6, 2015, this year. 

On December 7, 1994, Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress worked together to create The Public Holidays Act. In 1994, the South African Government renamed Easter Monday to Family Day to include all religions and the non-religious in the Rainbow Nation of South Africa. 
South Africa's homeland policy was dissolved in 1994 and all the homelands in the country were absorbed into South Africa.
The former Republics of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, and Ciskei were also known as homelands or Bantustans that were supposedly created to allow Black So…

Stewed African Peanut Butter Okra Soup

Okra is a popular vegetable which originated from present-day Ethiopia in Africa. Stewed African Okra Soup is made with peanut butter, tomatoes, corn and spices to create a flavorful filling soup the entire family will love. Stewed African Peanut Butter Okra Stew


African recipes by African Gourmet

Get this easy-to-follow Stewed African Peanut Butter Okra side-dish from the African Gourmet. Okra is a popular vegetable which originated from present-day Ethiopia in Africa.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20
Total time: 40 min

Ingredients 2 cups of fresh or frozen okra 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 cup canned whole kernel corn 1 medium onion, chopped 1 bunch green onions, chopped 2 tablespoons palm oil ½ teaspoon red pepper flake 1 tablespoon peanut butter ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 2 cups vegetable broth or water

Directions In a large pot over medium heat, sauté palm oil and onions until the onions become translucent, about 2 minutes. Add green onions and mix well. Add tomatoes and dry seasonings. Cook …

The The officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964

The The officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964
About The Gambia Name and Unique Facts
Yes it is officially true, the The officially belongs in front of Gambia since 1964. The Permanent Committee on Geographical Names says "A letter dated May 1964 from the Gambian prime minister's office instructed that The Gambia should be used with a capital T. One of the reasons they gave was that The Gambia could be confused with Zambia, which was a new name to the international community at the time."



Interesting facts about The Gambia

1. The official name is Republic of The Gambia.


2. The Gambia gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.


3. The Gambia is Africa's smallest mainland country at 11,295 sq km or 4,361 sq miles.


4. The Gambia is geographically surrounded by Senegal.


5. From 1982-1989 The Gambia and Senegal formed Senegambia.


6. The 1,130km or 700 mile long Gambia River runs through the middle of the country and using the ferry or small privately owned…

African Witchdoctors, Sangoma, Nyanga and Traditional Healers

African Witchdoctors, Sangoma, Nyanga and Traditional Healers
In Southern African society, the Sangoma acts as a therapist for issues of health, luck, love, dream interpretation, sexual problems, or business ventures. 
African Witchdoctors, Sangoma, Nyanga and Traditional Healers
Nyanga’s seek the nature of the illness and its cure by meditating or going into a trance in order to get advice from a God or spirit. Sangoma's and Nyanga's are not witch-doctors however the term is unofficially used interchangeably by the general population, the official term is traditional healer used by governments and organizations. Traditional healing is linked to wider belief systems and remains integral to the lives of most Africans.
Health is defined in The World Health Organization’s Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. WHO states this definition extends beyond the traditional 

Western biomedical standard w…

Kenyan Amaranth Ukwaju Fish Soup

The amaranth plant is an ancient food crop, with cultivation dating back as far as 6700 BC.
Cooked Amaranth leaves are eaten as vegetables, soups, stews and relishes. Leaves and young plant stems are cooked in Kenya and throughout Eastern and Southern Africa as spinach. Kenyan Ukwaju or Kenya tamarind is a sour tasting paste used as a spice. 

Amaranth leaves have a mild flavor and when paired with another local favorite, Ukwaju Kenyan Amaranth Ukwaju Fish Soup makes delicious satisfying African meal. 

Kenyan Amaranth Ukwaju Fish Soup
African Recipes by The African Gourmet

Kenyan Ukwaju or Kenya tamarind is a sour tasting paste used as a spice. Amaranth leaves have a mild flavor and when paired with Ukwaju, Kenyan Amaranth Ukwaju Fish Soup makes delicious satisfying African recipe. 

Ingredients
1 pound red snapper fillets
2 large handfuls amaranth or spinach leaves
1/2 cup tamarind juice
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
1 large red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon shallots, …

Ostrich Frikkadels Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Ostrich recipes

Ostrich Frikkadels spaghetti and meatballs recipe
Frikkadel is the Afrikaans word for a meatball and ostrich is very popular meat eaten in Southern Africa. Ostrich meat is very lean with very low-fat content and is healthier red meat. Frikkadel ostrich meatballs is a very versatile recipe used for spaghetti and meatballs, stews, sandwiches and in any of dish as a substitute for beef.
Ostrich Frikkadels Spaghetti and Meatballs
Ingredients:      1 pound ground ostrich meat      1 onion finely chopped 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon minced fresh mint 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ginger 1/2 cup fine breadcrumbs
Directions: In a large bowl mix all ingredients well and form into equal size balls. In a large frying pan set to medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil cook covered 5 minutes and uncovered 10 minutes until cooked through. Serve as an appetizer, a meatball sandwich with homemade barbeque sauce or as spaghetti and me…

Fire Bread Recipe Garlic Butter Pot Bread

Fire Bread Recipe/title> <br /> </head> <h1> South Africa’s favorite fire bread recipe is Pot Bread or Potbrood bread recipe.</h1>
Fire bread recipes in Africa are endless. Pot Bread rustic outdoor cooking on an open fire is delicious African food made in a cast iron pot traditionally cooked over barbecue coals or braai in South Africa. Classic fire pot bread recipe can be made at home add cheese, rosemary, onions, beer, raisins, apricots, chocolate, Billabong or any of your favorite ingredients.

Fire Bread Recipe Garlic Butter Pot Bread

Fire bread recipes in Africa are traditional bread recipes made for down-home food recipes. Pot Bread or Potbrood fire bread recipe is quickly prepared and cooked over an open fire.
Ingredients2 cups self-rising flour
2 medium eggs
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/3 cup unsalted softened butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder



Directions
In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar, then mix in eggs and spices. Mix flour into the moi…

Anopheles mosquitoes the deadliest insect in Africa

Anopheles mosquitoes the deadliest insect in Africa
There are about 430 Anopheles species of mosquitoes of which 30-40 transmit life-threatening malaria. Anopheles mosquitoes are the deadliest insects in sub-Saharan Africa where it causes nearly a million deaths a year. Malaria is caused by a one-celled parasite called Plasmodium and female Anopheles mosquitoes can only transmit malaria. The adult females can live up to 7-28 days in nature. Once a mosquito ingests the Plasmodium parasite it undergoes development and an incubation period from 10 to 21 days. The mosquito must have been infected through a previous blood meal from an infected person.

Anopheles mosquitoes the deadliest insect in Africa
Female mosquitoes take blood in order to carry out egg production. When a mosquito bites an infected person, a small amount of blood is taken in which may contain malaria parasites. About one week later, when the mosquito takes its next blood meal, these parasites mix with the mosquito's s…

At one time or another, your mental strength will be tested

At one time or another, your mental strength will be tested
Dua la kuku halimpati mwewe is Swahili proverb for ”A chicken's prayer doesn't affect a hawk” 

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Standing strong in the face of controversy remembering, adversity is another way to measure the greatness of a person.




At one time or another, your mental strength will be testedIf we believe in ourselves then we realize that promoting negative behavior would be harmful to our mental and physical selves. In addition, if we love ourselves, we certainly want what is best for the community.
Our society is not just trying to make meekly behavior acceptable. They are taking it one dangerous step further and trying to change the very definition of what is normal thereby changing the definition of self-preservation that has stood for millions of years.

They realize t…

Lake Naivasha Rose Water Honey Syrup

Kenya is world famous for its cut flower farms especially the roses. Main growing areas are around Lake Naivasha. Floriculture pioneer Oserian Farms was founded in 1982 and was the first flower farm on Lake Naivasha.


Honey is valued in Africa as food, medicine and as an important economic activity. Since honey is of different flavors and compositions, however, such replacements may result in changes of flavor, consistency, and the quantities of honey. The color and flavor of honey vary depending on the bees’ nectar source; lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.

Across the African continent, there are many ways of preparing African Rose Honey Syrup. Honey can replace sugar in almost any drink recipe but is most popular in flavoring teas.

Ingredients
¼ Cup Light Colored Honey
Petals from Two Sweet Smelling Roses
4 Cups Water

Directions
In a large pot simmer water and rose petals on medium-low 15 minutes, remove from h…



African proverb friendship quote to live by

<br><br>African proverb friendship quote to live by
Peace and love to your mind body and soul today