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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.

Cooking the Best Pot of Dry Beans

Cooking the Best Pot of Dry BeansIf you think, cooking dry beans is an all-day process here is a fast way to make them.

Beans and rice

This best ever pot of dry beans recipe shows that you can play with seasonings and ingredients and make plain old dry beans delicious beans.


Cooking dry beans is no more trouble than filling a pot of water, adding a pinch of baking soda and letting your pot of best ever African beans simmer blissfully on the back of the stove for 90 minutes.

Serves 5
Total time from start to finish 90 minutes

Cooking the Best Pot of Dry Beans
Best Pot of African Beans Ever

Ingredients
½ cup dry black-eyed peas
2 large tomatoes, diced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 hot pepper, diced
¼ cup coconut cream
½ cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt, more as needed
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 cups vegetable broth


Directions 
Add all ingredients into a lidded large stew pot, mix well. Simmer covered on medium low for 90 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings, if desired. Remove cinnamon stick. Serve over rice. 

Happy cooking is easy tasty cooking, and in the case of dry beans, taking the easy route makes the best pot of African beans ever made.


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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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