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African Culture is World Heritage

African Proverb

African Proverb
Distance diminishes the elephant

Shady Friend African Folklore

Nothing but sadness for Basi who unfortunately puts his trust and good reputation on the line for a shady friend.Putting yourself on the line African Folklore teaches us not to put our good reputation on the line for a shady friend.Aza the Shady Friend African Folklore
Aza received a prestigious invitation, to visit his old friend chief Basi in a faraway village to celebrate the birth of his first child.

Aza is well treated because he is a friend of the chief, and he is given one of the best rooms in the chief’s home to rest after his long journey. 

In his room, a hand woven golden blanket was stored. The blanket was to be presented to the chief during the feast at tomorrow’s festival celebrating the chiefs’ first-born son.

Aza discovers the blanket and decides such a fine blanket should belong to his son. 

He takes the golden blanket, stuffs it in his travel bag and leaves the village, telling the people that urgent business requires him to go home and he is unable to attend the festiva…

Vetkoek South African Fat Cake Recipe

Options are endless when it comes to vetkoek recipes. Vetkoek has been a staple on the South African kitchen table longer than anyone can remember.

Vetkoek South African Fat Cake Recipe
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture 2-27-2016 By Chic African Culture
African food recipe

Culture and food of Africa would not be complete without including the South African food recipe Vetkoek South African Fat Cake. South African Vetkoek is deep fried dough eaten as a sandwich with sausages, made into desserts and handheld snacks stuffed with meat, relish and cheese.

Vetkoek South African Fat CakeServes 10
South African food
Total time from start to finish 30 minutes

Vetkoek South African Fat Cake
Ingredients 2 cups self-rising flour 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup whole milk 2 large eggs Oil for deep-frying

Directions In a large pot heat oil. In a large bowl mix flour and salt together by hand or with a fork. In another bowl whisk egg, milk and sugar. 

Make a well in the dry …

How to Unlock the Flavor of Herbs and Spices

Many African spices and spice blends will taste fuller and more complex if they are bloomed, or briefly cooked in oil.

Blooming spices does not have to be complicated, it is as simple as heating the spices in oil a few seconds ahead of the other ingredients in your dish. Blooming spices is the secret to making African food recipes pop. If you're not taking this crucial step by blooming your spices, you are missing a mass amount of flavor.

How to Unlock the Flavor of Herbs and Spices in Chicken Groundnut Stew

Ingredients 2 large chicken breasts, chopped 1 medium sliced onion 1 medium chopped green pepper 1 cup smooth peanut butter 3 cups chicken broth 2 cups baby carrots 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon red pepper flake 2 tablespoons curry powder 1 tablespoon tomato paste Salt to taste

Directions Boil chopped chicken in 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth in a large pot for 10 minutes. Heat oil over medium heat; add curry powder and bloom (fry) for 1 minute. Add onion, chopped pepper, carrots, tomato paste, s…

What to Make with Cassava Flour and Curry Paste Recipe

What to Make with Cassava Flour and Curry Paste Recipe
You will find a variety of countries represented in the international aisle of your supermarket, for example, those bags of ground cassava flour and curry paste are international recipe powerhouses perfect for making Gari.

Just a cup of cassava flour and a tablespoon of curry paste, staples in the international aisle of any a supermarket can add a potent, exotic flavor to many dishes. Gari is a roasted grain of the cassava tuber and is a major product in rural and urban areas of Africa.

Cassava belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family, which is known for plants with milky sap and includes plants like poinsettias and cotton. Many species contain milky latex, and some are useful as a source of oil or wax. Cassava is mostly grown on three continents extensively, Africa below the Sahara desert, tropical South America and Southeast Asia.
About half of the world production of cassava is in Africa. Cassava is drought tolerant and cultivated …

Braai Isonka Samanzi Grilled Bread

Isonka samanzi is Xhosa for bread in water or steamed bread.
Braai Isonka samanzi or grilled bread is made by steaming dough in a cast iron pot on top of braai or BBQ coals until the bread is soft on the inside and brown on the outside. Isonka samanzi is Xhosa for bread in water or steamed bread.The uniqueness of this recipe is not the ingredients but the way the bread is baked in a cast iron pot. This local Southern African delicacy of homemade baked bread will leave you wanting more.

Braai Isonka Samanzi Grilled Bread

Ingredients  3 ¼ cups bread flour
1 package active dry yeast (.25 ounce)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 ¼ cups warm water
2 tablespoons soft butter
1 teaspoon salt

Directions In a large bowl, dissolvesugar and yeast in warm water. In a separate bowl, add butter and salt mix well. Lightly alternate stirring in flour and water. 

When the dough slightly sticky to the touch, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes or use the b…

Why Weasels Have a Bad Reputation African Folklore

African Folklore of a Weasel and his Wife explains why weasels have a bad reputation to this very day.

The wife of a weasel gave birth to a baby, and then called her husband and said, "Go out and find some clothes I would like for the baby and bring them to me." The husband listened to his wife's word, and said to her, "What kind of clothes do you like?" The wife replied to her husband, "I like the hide of an elephant."
The husband attended to his wife's wish, arose, and went to a fowl, saying, "Sister fowl, listen, and I will tell you something which my wife told me." The fowl replied to the weasel, "Tell me what you have to say!"
The weasel said to the fowl, "Sister fowl, yesterday, when my wife gave birth to our first child, she said to me that she does not like any kind of clothes, except an elephant's hide: now what shall I do to obtain an elephant's hide?"
The fowl said to the weasel, "Stop and I wil…

Intelligence Saved the Partridge Eggs African Folklore

How the Intelligent Ants Saved the Partridge's Eggs African Folklore

As the elders say, there once lived a Partridge having laid her eggs was driven from them by a Python, who took possession of them by coiling herself round and round the eggs.

The Partridge, seeing she had been deprived of her eggs, began to call for help. A Buffalo, hearing her, came and asked what the matter was. The Partridge said, "The Python has rolled herself round my eggs, and I want a wise body to save them for me."

"Don't worry," said the Buffalo, "I will go and stamp on her." "Not you," cried the Partridge; "while you are stamping on her you will smash my eggs. I am looking for a wise body to help me."

The Partridge continued to call, and the Elephant came asking what the matter was. "Oh!" sobbed the Partridge, "the Python has curled round my eggs, and I want a wise body to save them."

"Never mind," replied the Elephant, &quo…

Tortoise and Leopard Fighting for Love African Folklore

Tortoise and Leopard Fighting for Love African Folklore

Fighting for Love Would you rather have super physical strength or super intelligence? The African folklore story of Tortoise and Leopard examines the true meaning of strength. Tortoise and Leopard Fighting for Love African Folklore
Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture

Tortoise and Leopard Fighting for Love
As the elders say, in the time when Mankind and all other Animals lived together, to all the Beasts the news came that there was a Merchant in a far country, who had a daughter, for whom he was seeking a marriage. And he had said, "I do not want money to be the dowry that shall be paid by a suitor for my daughter. But, whosoever shall do some difficult works, which I shall assign him, to him I will give her."
All the Beasts were competing for the prize.
First, Elephant went on that errand. The merchant said to him, "Do five impossible tasks and you shall marry my daughter. More tha…

Mining Africa's Health | Child Labor, Lead Poisoning and Accidents

Artisanal and Small-scale mining (ASM) refers to unlawful mining in Africa and other countries by miners using low technology or minimal mining machinery usually under dangerous conditions.
Workers in artisanal and small-scale mines dig, crush, grind and wash gems, gold, silver, copper, and mine coal and uranium.  In Africa, Artisanal and Small-scale mining or ASM’s has been linked to a decline of agriculture, conflicts and civil war, natural disasters, and economic crisis. Individuals rarely carry out artisanal mining; it is often a family activity where children of all ages engage in various types of mining activities where their parents work.
Poverty is the most important reason for the age of 15-24 population to quit school and go to work. Children may enter mining work for lack of alternative options such as school or other employment opportunities.

Youth unemployment for ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment is a 2013 average of16.7 percent in Africa w…

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My mother is a historian of African culture and history and her 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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Elegant but earthy The African Gourmet and Chic African Culture highlights African culture, food recipes, modern and ancient history.

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