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.

Examples of Cooking in Africa

Photos from recent cooking escapades in Africa making homemade African food recipes for family and friends.
 
African cooking in Rwanda camp for internally displaced people

Examples of cooking good food in Africa

You do not have to be a classically trained chef to make delicious food.


Banku or Akple is fermented corn or cassava dough mixed proportionally and cooked in hot water into a smooth whitish consistent paste. Served with soup, stew or a pepper sauce with fish.

Making Banku in Ghana

Making Banku in Ghana

Beatrice Ananga cooking a mix of Gnetum (okok) and Peanuts in the village of Minwoho, Lekié, Center Region, Cameroon.

Cooking Gnetum in Cameroon

Cooking Gnetum in Cameroon

Women cooking vegetable porridge in the village of Maderia, in Gemechis, a district of Oromia Region in Ethiopia.

Making lunch for the family in Ethiopia

Making lunch for the family in Ethiopia

Carrying shea to the cooking area. The nuts are crushed, roasted then pounded and ground into a fine paste. The paste is mixed with water to separate the fat, which is then manually churned into creamy butter, Burkina Faso.

Shea nut processing

Carrying shea to the cooking area in Burkina Faso.

Jeanne Mwakembe and Bernardette Maselé at the Moutuka Nunene market in Lukolela, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Women at the market in DRC

Women at the market in DRC

Kids collecting vegetables, Yangambi, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Armful of greens

Kids collecting vegetables, Yangambi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Cooking a meal of vegetable soup made from locally available products in the village of Maderia, in Gemechis, a woreda district of Oromia Region Ethiopia.

Prep for vegetable soup

Cooking a meal of vegetable soup in Ethiopia

Using a pestle and mortar to prepare a rice meal in Atsimo-Atsinanana the Republic of Madagascar.  

Using a pestle and mortar to prepare a rice meal in Atsimo-Atsinanana the Republic of Madagascar.

Throughout the island of Madagascar, recipes typically consists of rice and vegetables


An African bird called the greater honeyguide is famous for leading honey hunters to Mozambique precious honey.

Part of the honey harvest from a wild bees' nest in the Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique.


An African bird called the greater honeyguide is famous for leading honey hunters to Mozambique precious honey.

Ghana Fish Stew

Woman cooking fish in Ghana.

Woman cooking fish in Ghana

Recipe for Fresh Ghanaian Fish Stew

Ingredients
2 mackerel fillets
2 tsp tomato purée
3 small pieces young fresh root ginger finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
1 scotch bonnet, finely chopped
2 whole cloves
1 tsp smoked paprika 
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
3 medium diced tomatoes
1 sprig thyme
1 Irish potato, diced
2 cups frozen okra
1 tsp oil

Directions
Heat the oil in a large pot, fry ginger, garlic, onion and scotch bonnet until light golden-brown and softened. Add cloves, paprika, fennel and coriander. Stir in the remaining tomato puree; add tomatoes, thyme and potatoes. Simmer 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
Gnetum (Gnetum africanum and G. buchholzianum), is a climbing vine in the tropical rainforest of West and Central Africa. The leaves are highly valued as a nutritious green vegetable.

Cooking in small village Cameroon Africa

Preparing the Gnetum for making okok in the village of Minwoho, Lekié, Center Region, Cameroon.

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.

This Week’s Best Posts and Pages

Top ten African countries with the most Gold Olympic medals

Breadfruit Fries

What is the difference between ugali and fufu

South African Beef Curry Recipe

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