Showing posts from July 16, 2017

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.

Fried Obuunu Plantains Recipe

Fried Obuunu Plantains Recipe African Recipes by Chic African Culture Have you ever tried frying plantains at home? Fried Nigerian Obuunu plantains are served as a snack or side dish recipe and is a favorite street food of Nigeria. Prep time: 5 Cook time: 15  min Total time: 2 0 min Ingredients      2 ripe yellow plantains     1 teaspoon  ground  garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground red pepper ¼ teaspoon salt Oil for frying Directions  In a large deep frying pan, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil on medium heat. Peel and slice the plantains and fry until golden brown. Fry about 1 ½ -2 minutes on each side. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel, sprinkle with garlic, salt and red pepper and serve. Chic African Culture African food did you know? Plantains are a major staple food in Africa, and are more important in the humid lowlands of West and Central Africa. One hundred or more different varieties of plantain grow deep

How Rice is Made in Madagascar

Rice is a major source of calories for half of the world's population. In Madagascar, rice markets have always been important, since rice is the most important staple in the country. Many families eat rice three times a day, and most of it is homegrown. Grounding rice in Madagascar In the 1970s, Madagascar was a rice exporter but has since become a rice importer making Madagascar’s economy very fragile; the country imports significant amounts of rice from international markets for everyday consumption, around 51%.  The average household income in Madagascar is less than $1.25 making Madagascar an extreme low-income African country according the World Bank Standards. Rice production is a major source of income and employment for many households in Madagascar. But, as prices increase for rice as well as other major staples of cassava and maize, most small farmers benefit little or not at all from price increases. The rice

Pickled Lemon Seasoning

Pickled Lemon Seasoning Fresh lemons are washed, sliced covered in salt for at least 24 hours, then drained and mixed with spices to cook in Tagines. Making Msir is easy and adds a unique flavor to meals but careful, just a small amount of the pickled lemon seasoning goes a long way. Msir North African Pickled Lemon Seasoning Ingredients 1/2 cup sea salt 4 large lemons Water Directions Cut four slits on equal sides into the lemons, but do not slice all the way through. Pack the sea salt into the lemon segments and pack the lemons as tightly as possible into a quart size mason jar. Fill with water and seal jar properly.   The cone-shaped lid of the tagine traps steam and returns the condensed liquid to the pot. Preserved lemons are not only pretty to look at but also make an awesome food dish.  To use your preserved lemon rinse them under cold water to remove the excess salt then chop them up in your favorite recipes such as

Life lessons Cameroonian Proverbs

Life lessons Cameroonian Proverbs Life lessons Cameroonian proverbs. Cameroon is slightly larger than the US state of California with a large youth population, more than 60% under the age of 25. Despite its youth, Cameroonians believe ancestral proverbs are the expression of ancestors that contain time-tested wisdom, truth, lessons, and advice.   Going for a walk in Cameroon  Life lessons Cameroonian proverbs The one who travels knows more than the one who studies.   The weight of something is felt by the one carrying it.   A chicken is heavy when the journey is long.   A person that does not listen to advice will be left alone to find their own solution to where they are going.   A child who is destined to lead will walk with his ancestors .   Never spoil the air where you sleep.   A village is good when one is passing by. A flexible hand cannot easily break.   A lion that wants to eat you does not lo

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

More LOVE from Africa to Read About