Posts

Showing posts from September 25, 2016



Chic African Culture Blog

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 Culture is World Heritage

Appreciate Africa through African art, food, proverb sayings, folklore, biographies, spirituality and African living history.

Cocoyams in Africa plus an easy recipe

Image
Quiz on cocoyams in Africa plus an easy recipe Making a pounded cocoyam fufu recipe in Central Africa Where yam is King of crops, African cocoyams are often associated with peasant crops; cocoyam is considered a poor man’s crop or a woman’s crop. Women cocoyam farmers play an important role in farming for daily food and income for their families, especially in Nigeria which is one of the largest producers of cocoyam in the world contributing about 40 percent of total annual production. Cocoyam have several plant varieties, some with edible tubers and others with edible stems. Cocoyam or Taro plants are a traditional woman's staple root crop in many countries in Africa. All plant parts may cause stomach upset if eaten raw, and the sap may irritate skin. Cocoyam, if eaten raw, the calcium oxalate crystals causes a stinging feeling to the mouth and throat; cocoyam must be cooked before being eaten. Foods also high in calcium oxalate crystals are spinach, beets, coc

Schadenfreude African Proverbs

Image
Schadenfreude, why are some people happy when someone’s life is going downhill? The African proverb Do not laugh at a person’s problems because tomorrow it may be you teaches but for the grace of God goes I also known as schadenfreude. “Do not laugh at a person’s problems because tomorrow it may be you” ~ African Proverb Schadenfreude is a complex emotion, where rather than feeling sympathy towards someone's misfortune, schadenfreude evokes joyful feelings that take pleasure from watching someone fail. The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things. ~Ernest Dimnet When we consider pleasure-in-others'-misfortune as pertaining to minor misfortunes and involving our belief that justice has been done and that we are not responsible for eliciting the misfortune, then this emotion is not so reprehensible from a moral point of view. Beyond that basic human social-comparison instinct, cer

Fermented Bread Making in Northern Africa

Image
Fermented bread is a staple food made throughout Sudan, South Sudan and Northern Africa. Slow fermented bread has more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals than regular bread because of the process of fermentation process easier to digest. Easy fermented bread recipe and directions Ingredients 1 cup wheat flour 2-3 cups water 1/4 cup plain yogurt Sesame oil for greasing the crepe pan Directions Mix flour with 2-3 cups water into a thin consistency, similar to pancake mixture but slightly thinner. Add yogurt and mix well. Leave covered for 3 days to ferment in the fridge. Heat the pan and grease lightly with oil. Pour ¼ cup of the dough mixture onto the crepe pan and spread evenly using a crepe maker utensil into a thin sheet. Allow 1-2mins to cook one side then flip and cook another 1 minute. Eat with your favorite soups and stews; make into a decadent dessert or as a wrap for your lunch sandwich. More economical easy breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes to make right now so

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.

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

Support African History and Culture

Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet are dedicated to discovering, collecting and sharing African history and heritage celebrating 14 years of service in 2021. Share and support in the pride of being part of an important cultural and educational resource.



Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

Chic African Culture


Be better than average and support African history and culture. Since 2008 Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet highlight Africa through her food and culture. Contact us culture1africangourmet@gmail.com

More LOVE from Africa to Read About