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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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How To Make Preserved Lemons

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Make preserved lemons to eat with meat pastries How To Make Preserved Lemons Preserved lemons are a staple in Moroccan cuisine. Typically, the rinds, which become soft in texture and mellow in flavor once preserved are sliced thin or minced before added to a recipe. How To Make Preserved Lemons Preserved lemons are used in sauces, combined with yogurt for serving spooned over grilled meats or fish, incorporated into salad dressing or used as a spice in soups and stews. How To Make Preserved Lemons Ingredients 4 whole lemons ½ cup kosher salt 1½ cups lemon juice Directions Cut 4 lemons lengthwise into quarters, stopping 1-inch from the bottom so lemons stay intact at the base. Working with 1 lemon at a time, hold lemon over a medium bowl and pour 2 tablespoons salt into the cavity of lemon. Gently rub cut surfaces of lemon together, then place in a clean 1-quart jar. Repeat with remaining lemons and salt. Add any accumulated salt and juice

African Buddhist Monk in Uganda

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Buddhist temples are found throughout Africa. South Africa has the largest Buddhist population on the African continent. African Buddhist Monk Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda and plants Dharma seeds throughout Africa. Uganda Buddhist Center was established on April 10, 2005, in Kawempe Uganda. Uganda Buddhist Center states "We consider the Buddha's Teachings to be a form of medicine that can end suffering and transform ordinary human beings into perfectly compassionate and perfectly wise beings." The center was founded by Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita. Abbott and founder president Bhante Buddharakkhita was born and raised in Uganda, he first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while in India. In June 2001, he began monastic training and in November 2002, he received higher ordination by his Preceptor the late Venerable U Sayadaw Silananda at Tathagata Meditation Center, California. He continued his meditation practice under the guidance of B

Ethiopian Coffee With Anise Biscotti Cookie Recipe

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Biscotti Cookie Recipe There is no better way to enjoy double-baked Anise Biscotti Cookie than with a cup of Ethiopian Coffee. In Ethiopia, coffee can still be found growing wild in the forests. Ethiopian Coffee With Anise Biscotti Cookie Recipe Ethiopian Coffee With Anise Biscotti Cookies Recipe Ethiopia is the world’s fifth largest coffee producer and Africa’s top producer. Coffee is Ethiopia's principal source of income and the world's demand for quality coffee is increasing steadily.  More than 15 million people grow the crop for a living, hundreds of thousands of middlemen are involved in the collection of the crop from farmers and supply to the export and domestic market. A sizable amount of foreign exchange , accounting up to 30% of the total yearly export income, is derived from coffee. Ethiopia is where the coffee plants Coffea Arabica, Canephora and Liberica originates. Three foremost regions where Ethiopia

Homemade Authentic West African Ginger Beer Recipe

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Homemade ginger beer can be hard to find but West African Ginger beer is easy to make at home. Key to making great ginger beer is using lots of ginger Our Ginger Beer recipe yields six 12-ounce bottles. Homemade Authentic West African Ginger Beer Recipe Homemade Authentic West African Ginger Beer Recipe Ingredients 12 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped 8½ cups of filtered water ¾ cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice ⅛ teaspoon champagne yeast Directions Process ginger in a food processor until finely minced, about 30 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Stir in 4 cups filtered water and sugar and heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves completely, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep uncovered, for 1 hour. Pour infused ginger syrup through a strainer. Press ginger over a cup with a metal spoon to extract any remaining liquid; discard pulp. Whisk in lemon juice and yeast until yeast is dissolved. Usi

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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