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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.

Garden Vegetable Soup with Plantain Foufou


Garden Vegetable Soup with Plantain Foufou

Turn leftover vegetables and herbs into this easy, quick African garden vegetable soup with plantain foufou on the side.




Garden Vegetable Soup with Plantain Foufou is an essential African food recipe to add to any cooks go to recipe file. Use foufou to scoop up every delicious bit of flavor of the vegetable soup. 


Ladle up a bowl of The African Gourmet's Garden Vegetable Soup with a good pinch of plantain foufou.



Turn leftover vegetables and herbs into this easy, quick African garden vegetable soup with plantain foufou on the side.
Garden vegetables
Garden Vegetable Soup
Ingredients
1 large onion, sliced
1 large yam or sweet potato, diced
2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 cup chopped fresh green beans
2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup fresh corn kernels
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 cans (14-ounce size) low sodium chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 pinch dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a large stockpot, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 25-35 minutes or until yams or sweet potatoes are tender.


How do you eat Foufou? Simply tear off a small piece of Foufou hold it with your fingers making a slight indentation to hold the food and scoop up a small portion bringing the food and tasty Foufou into your mouth and savoring the homemade taste.
Easy Plantain Foufou
Easy Plantain Foufou
Ingredients:
3 green or yellow plantains
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Water for boiling

Directions:
In a large pot place the peeled and evenly cut plantains and cassava and cover with water.  Boil until soft about 20 minutes. Place the salt, flour, plantains, and cassava in a mixer and knead until the consistency of soft dough is achieved. Foufou should be much stiffer than mashed potatoes in texture.


Did you know?


How do you eat Foufou? Simply tear off a small piece of Foufou hold it with your fingers making a slight indentation to hold the food and scoop up a small portion bringing the food and tasty Foufou into your mouth and savoring the homemade taste.

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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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