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African Culture is World Heritage

African Proverb

African Proverb
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African Portuguese Cabbage Stew Recipe

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 states: 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…

African Veggie Bread Bowl Recipe

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 Veggie Bunny Chow Recipe
Ingredients 2 whole hollowed-out loaves of bread cut in half 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups vegetable stock 1 medium onion chopped 2 medium ripe tomatoe…

Banana vs. Plantain, what’s the difference?

There are major differences between 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.
Banana are grown in nearly 130 countries. Uganda is the largest pr…

Curried Cassava Fritters Recipe

Easy recipe from Africa of Curried Cassava Fritters

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.

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

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 eac…

North African Tunisia Harissa Recipe

Tunisian Harissa Chickpea Vegetarian 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.

Did you know?
Tunisia main agriculture products are olives, ol…

History of Earrings

Since around 3,000 B.C., earrings have been a status, cultural and religious symbol.
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. 

Earrings were symbols of adornment, wealth and social standing, cultural identification, and even currency throughout history.
Earrings are mentioned in the Bible in the Song of Solomon verses 9-11 written in the 3rd or 4th century:

 “To me, my darling, you are like my mare among the chariots of Pharaoh.

“Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of beads.”

“We will make for you ornaments of gold with beads of silver.”
In …

Flies in Africa

East African and West African African Sleeping Sickness
Flies in Africa, what is African sleeping sickness? What is the tsese 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 carried by the tsetse fly. East African sleeping sickness is found in parts of Eastern …

Five African Proverbs About Deceit and Lies

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 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 words of unknown African philosophers, the fragments of lost historic oral records that are now the attributed responses to ancient European academics.
There is no region of practical life that African Proverbs do not occupy, for which they do not supply some wis…

Make Ghana hot sauce bottles

Make Ghana hot sauce bottles Bottle and sell your own Shito Ghana hot sauce bottles.

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.
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 oil

Add all ingredients into a food …

Mozambique Fiery Piri Piri Sauce

Piri Piri, pepper pepper sauce is a scorching hot African hot sauce recipe.
Mozambique African Food
Fiery Piri Piri African Hot Sauce
African Recipes by African Gourmet

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

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 powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon ground paprika 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground cayenne 1 teaspoon ground habanero chili powder

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat and cook 5 minutes.…

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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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