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Chic African Culture Africa Factbook

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. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

African Portuguese Cabbage Stew Recipe

How to make African Portuguese food Portuguese food heavily influences African food; one popular recipe is Portuguese Cabbage Stew. African Portuguese food recipe cabbage stew is healthy and food budget friendly. African Portuguese Cabbage Stew Recipe Portuguese is spoken in a number of African countries and is the official language in six African countries: Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), São Tomé and Príncipe and Equatorial Guinea. Many Africans speak Portuguese as a second language. Access to goods such as fabrics, spices, and gold and ivory fueled the Portuguese down the coast of West Africa to Sierra Leone in 1460.  Portugal dominated the slave trade for nearly 200 years, from 1415 into the 1600s. Portuguese food heavily influences African food; one popular recipe is Portuguese Cabbage Stew. Portuguese Cabbage Stew Ingredients: ½ head green cabbage, chopped 2 onions, finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 white potat

African Veggie Bread Bowl Recipe

The Best South African Veggie Bunny Chow Recipe South African Bread Bowl. Bunny Chow is a classic Durban South African fast food similar to a bread bowl. Bunny Chow is usually called bunny and makes a glorious mess when eaten. Bunnies are generally ordered by sizes, such as a quarter loaf or half loaf. Just like Panera bread bowls, all parts of the Bunny Chow is eaten. The bread gets soggy and the curry soaks through the bread. Curry comes from the Tamil word kari, or spiced sauce, which was originally a thin, soup-like, spiced dressing served in South Africa where many Indians live and work.  Curry is the universal name of numerous types of rich and aromatic stewed Indian dishes. In Durban South Africa, the best bread bowl filling recipe is curry, the stewed dish type.   South African Fast Food South African Veggie Bunny Chow Recipe Ingredients 2 whole hollowed-out loaves of bread cut in half 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Banana vs. Plantain, what’s the difference?

There are major differences between bananas and plantains. Bananas and Plantains  Bananas and plantains are the "first fruit crop" as its cultivation originated during a time when hunting and gathering were still the principal means of acquiring food. Bananas and plantains may have originated in Southeast Asia but their introduction into Africa is unclear. Africans annually consume around 46 pounds or 21 kilograms of bananas and plantains per capita, but Ugandans consume 421 pounds or 191 kilograms per year, that is more than 1 pound .5 kilogram per day. Banana vs. Plantain, what’s the difference? Bananas Bananas are cultivated in nearly all tropical regions of the world. Of particular importance to Africa is the East African Highland Banana which is a staple starchy food for 80 million people and important source of income. There are 120 East African Highland Banana varieties in Uganda alone that are not found anywhere else in the world. B

Curried Cassava Fritters Recipe

Cassava Recipe. Golden brown Curried Cassava Fritters are a delicious inexpensive African recipe ready in just minutes. Cassava is very versatile root vegetable and is used the main ingredient in bread, fries, roasted veggie stews and soups, chin-chin, fritters, sweet cakes and fufu. Curried Cassava Fritters African Recipes by The African Gourmet Golden brown Curried Cassava Fritters are a delicious inexpensive African recipe ready in just minutes. Ingredients: 2 Cups finely grated cassava 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon curry powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1-2 cups Oil for frying   Directions: In a large frying pan heat vegetable oil. Wash, peel and finely grate the fresh cassava in a food processor. Add spices, mix well and form small flat fritters with the pulp mixture. Fry the fritters in hot oil until golden brown about 3 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with extra salt or

North African Tunisia Harissa Recipe

Tunisian Harissa Chickpea Vegetarian Recipe Tunisia is a North African country which harissa hot pepper paste is a national condiment used on hundreds of recipes. Harissa mixed with chickpeas, tomatoes and peppers makes an easy healthy African vegetarian meal. North African Tunisia Harissa Recipe Ingredients 2 cans chickpeas 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced into eight strips 1 yellow pepper, seeded and sliced into eight strips 10 cherry tomatoes, halved 2 tablespoons harissa paste ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 handful fresh basil leaves 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup water Directions Pour the olive oil into a large frying pan over medium heat. Add peppers to the pan for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes then mix in harissa. Add chickpeas and water and stir, heat 5 minutes. Remove from heat, season with salt and lemon juice. Add a handful of fresh basil. Serve with fresh bread or over rice. North African Tunisia Harissa Rec

History of Earrings

Since around 3,000 B.C., earrings have been a status, cultural and religious symbol. Earrings first made their debut in Northern Africa as early as 3,000 B.C. History of Earrings Earrings first made their debut in Northern Africa as early as 3,000 B.C. to identify the wearer’s cultural status.  The main materials used to create Egyptian pieces of jewelry were copper and gold worn by both men and women. Earrings have been found in graves in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey, ancient Assyria. The ancient Persian city of Persepolis, founded by Darius the Great around 518 B.C. shows elaborate wall carvings of men wearing hoop earrings.  Ancient Persian city of Persepolis, shows elaborate wall carvings of men wearing hoop earrings Earrings were symbols of adornment, wealth and social standing, cultural identification, and even currency throughout history. Earrings are menti

Flies in Africa

Flies in Africa, what is African sleeping sickness? What is the tsese fly? African sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease spread by the tsetse fly East African and West African African Sleeping Sickness African trypanosomiasis, also called African sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease spread by the tsetse fly. Symptoms include fatigue, high fever, headaches, and muscle aches. If the disease is not treated, it can cause death. African sleeping sickness is caused by microscopic parasites of the species Trypanosoma brucei, which is found only in rural Africa. Currently, many cases go undiagnosed and unreported. Sleeping sickness is curable with medication but is fatal if left untreated. There are two types of African sleeping sickness diseases each is named for the region of Africa in which they were found historically. East African sleeping sickness is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense , which is

Five African Proverbs About Deceit and Lies

African proverbs, quotes, and sayings about cunning, deceit, and lies.  Every day we face an epidemic of deception. Hardly anyone never lies but as the African ancestors say lying is the work of petty spirits leaving the truth behind in the dirt. Below are 5 famous African proverbs, quotes, and sayings about cunning, deceit, and lies. African proverbs have deepened the inner awareness of the fearful, strengthened the convictions of leaders, been received as warnings by the rebellious, furnished rules of conduct for the community, comforted the broken and depressed and inspired the young and old to act as one in society. African Proverbs are words of wisdom and warning against cunning, lies and deceit African proverbs predate written literature therefore, it is impossible to trace them to their beginnings. Many proverbs from Africa which we are familiar were, as far as we know, first used by Africans, Arabs, Asians, Greeks, and then Romans. Many African proverbs have been the word

Make Ghana hot sauce bottles

Make Ghana hot sauce bottles Bottle and sell your own Shito Ghana hot sauce bottles. Hot Peppers for Shito Shito red hot sauce in Ghana is often used on grilled meats to fried eggs, fish, and stews and soups. Bottled Shito hot sauce brings a lot of flavor to food and once you have drizzled homemade hot sauce on your breakfast burrito or pizza, you will be hooked. Make Shito hot sauce to your level of spiciness, put those beautiful red hot peppers from your garden or the local farmer’s market to skillful culinary use, and make extra bottles to give away as gifts.    African recipes by The African Gourmet  Shito Ghanaian pepper sauce is made with hot peppers, shrimp, fish, tomato paste and seasonings to create Ghana’s most beloved hot sauce.    Make Ghana hot sauce in bottles. Ingredients 3 medium tomatoes, chopped 10 hot peppers 1 tablespoon shrimp paste 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 medium onion, chopped 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 cup olive o

Mozambique Fiery Piri Piri Sauce

Piri Piri pepper pepper sauce is a scorching hot African hot sauce recipe from Mozambique. How to Make Mozambique African Food Fiery Piri Piri African Hot Sauce and learn about the beautiful people of Mozambique. Piri Piri, pepper pepper sauce is a scorching hot African hot sauce recipe Piri Piri, or pepper pepper sauce is a very hot sauce that is used on meats, seafood, vegetables, French fries and any other dish imaginable.  Portuguese colonists influence the history of Mozambique food and Piri Piri sauce is a typical dish in African households that come with practice to make perfect. Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 10 min Total time: 30 min Mozambique Fiery Piri Piri Sauce Ingredients   1 minced piri piri pepper or any type of hot pepper    3/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flake ¼ teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger pow

Braai-Broodjies Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

South Africa grilled cheese sandwich, Braai-broodjies or barbecued sandwiches are one of South Africa’s favorite grilled cheese African recipes. South African Braai-Broodjies Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe Cheese Tomato and Onion Braai-Broodjies are delicious African food traditionally cooked over barbeque coals or a braai in South Africa. Varieties of Braai-Broodjies are endless, the classic recipe can be easily made at home and you can add goat cheese, rosemary, peppers, billabong or any of your favorite ingredients. Try this delicious version of South African grilled cheese sandwich with your favorite cheese, tomatoes, onions and any type bread, try potato or naan bread for a modern twist. African Grilled Cheese Braai-Broodjies Sandwich Braai-Broodjies grilled cheese sandwiches are a delicious African food recipe traditionally cooked over barbeque coals or a braai in South Africa. Ingredients 4 slices naan bread 4 slices Swiss cheese 1 sliced red onion 1

What color do you choose

You can be any color, culture, race or ethnicity you choose.  Human eyes tell us that people look different colors our eyes lie to us placing humans into invented color, race and culture categories to suite our needs. Ubuntu African philosophy "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu" means that a person is a person through other people Differences between what is race, ethnicity, culture, genotype, phenotype and color explained. What is race? Race has no genetic basis. Race is considered by many to be a made up characteristic in order to objectify people who have the same physical characteristics or phenotype such as eye shape, hair texture or skin color. Race is not biological. What is ethnicity? An ethnic group is a category of people who belonging to or deriving from the cultural, religious, or linguistic traditions of a people or country. People who identify with each other based on similarities, such as common ancestral, language, social, and cultural experiences. Therefor

Top 20 Largest Countries in Africa

African Country by Size List. Africa Which are the top twenty largest, smallest, and territorial country in Africa by land area? 1. The continent of Africa is the world’s second largest based on land area and population just after Asia. 2. Top five largest countries of Africa are Algeria, Congo Democratic Republic of the, Sudan, Libya and Chad. 3. Top five smallest African countries and territories are Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Saint Helena and Mayotte. African Country from largest to smallest Area sq mile Area sq km Algeria 919,595 2,381,740 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 905,568 2,345,410 Sudan 718,723 1,861,484 Libya 679,362 1,759,540 Chad 495,755 1,284,000 Niger 489,191 1,267,000 Angola 481,354 1,246,700 Mali 478,767 1,240,000 South Africa 471,011 1,219,912 Ethiopia 435,186 1,127,127 Mauritania 397,95

Why Froggy Has Bulging Eyes African Folktale

African Folktale Why Froggy Has Bulging Eyes. Why Froggy Has Bulging Eyes African Folktale As the ancestors say, one day Leopard chased rabbit to the mouth of his hole, and then began to dig Rabbit out with his claws, but was not able to do so; and seeing a Frog, he said, "You are very strong, are you not?" "Oh yes," replied Frog; "I am a very strong." "Very well," said the Leopard; "just watch this hole, and, whatever you do, you must not let Rabbit get out while I go home for a hoe to dig him out of his hole." The Leopard went off, and the Frog sat down to watch the Rabbits hole. By and by the Rabbit came to the mouth of the hole eating some peanuts. "Uncle Rabbit," said the Frog, "give me some of what you are eating." "Open your eyes wide, and come close," replied Rabbit, and at once he changed the peanuts in his mouth for some red pepper, and when the Frog came near enough, he blew the peppe

These 31 Burkina Faso Facts Are Worth Remembering

Learn and remember 31 random history, land, people and more interesting facts about Africa’s 29th largest country Burkina Faso. French is the official language of Burkina Faso. These 31 Burkina Faso Facts Are Worth Remembering Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture If you want to become smarter about Burkina Faso in Africa, you have to create a healthy memory mindset. We tend to think that learning is a matter of putting new facts into our memory banks but really when we work hard to understand information, we recall it better; the extra effort signals the brain that this knowledge is worth keeping. Below are 31 facts about Burkina Faso worth keeping in your memory banks. 31 Burkina Faso Random Facts 31 Burkina Faso Random Facts Worth Remembering and Will Make You Smarter 1. In the year 896, Kingdoms now making up Burkina Faso becomes a French protectorate, later known as Upper Volta. 2. The name of Bur

No Sew African Print Dog Bed

Easy Decorating with African Printed Cloth No-Sew Doggy Bed. Love this simple DIY no-sew African print doggy bed, it's such a cute way to spruce up your home. In the designing world, you might feel an atmosphere of intimidation when trying to learn to make a project with a sewing machine with 1,000 different features. You may not even own a sewing machine because the prices are just ridiculous. Here are some creative ways to get around it.  Sewing is an amazing skill to have, but you do not need a needle and thread to actually “sew” together pieces of fabric. Well, at Chic African Culture today you are in luck because we have all of the non-sewers (like us) covered.  Do not spend big bucks on doggy beds or table linens, make your own and use the extra money on good wine. Not only were these no-sew doggy beds and double-sided place-mats and table runner inexpensive to make, but they were also super easy too. What is fusible webbing?  Fusible webbing is a sheet-type adhesive used to

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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