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How to make green banana sauce for seafood

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How to make a green banana sauce for seafood
How to make a green banana sauce for seafood served cold or room temperature recipe from the African Gourmet.


African Recipes by the African Gourmet

Although the green banana is simply an unripened yellow banana, it has different uses. Unripe green bananas are used a lot in African and Caribbean cooking. Green bananas are grown and used all over the African continent; seafood green banana sauce is a popular recipe.


 Prep time: 15 min Cook time: 15 min Total time: 30 min

Seafood Green Banana Chutney
Ingredients 2 large green bananas ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 cup sugar ½ cup grated coconut 6 dates, chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 large tomato, chopped 2 scallions, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 cup water

Directions Chop green bananas, add all ingredients together, stir well and simmer 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly pour chutney into canning jars, cool on the counter top. Perfect on seafood.


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Can Grapes Grow In Africa

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Can Grapes Grow In Africa
The origin of planting and growing grapes in North and South Africa is unknown. Grape vines were planted in Mediterranean climates of South Africa around 1650's and North African countries of Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria produced 60% of the worlds wine until the late 1950's.







In North Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria played an important role in the history of wine. Algeria's vinicultural history dates back to its settlement by the Phoenicians and continued under Algeria's rule by the Roman Empire.Winemaking continued in Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria until the Muslim conquests of North Africa in the 7th and 8th centuries.



The main wine-producing areas in Morocco are located in the Atlas Mountains region, Benslimane and Meknès.  The main wine-producing areas in Algeria is located in the provinces of Aïn Témouchent, Mascara, Mostaganem, Sidi Bel Abbès, and Tlemcen. The main wine-producing areas in Tunisia are located in Arianah, Nabul and Sous…

Sweet Potato Queen in Africa

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How to Cook Sweet Potatoes | Vegetarian Sweet Potato Curry Soup
Easy Vegetarian Sweet Potato Curry Soup is just one of hundreds of ways to enjoy the sweet potato.
The sweet potato is queen and is not traditionally eaten in Africa, yam is king of crops in West Africa. However, in recent years sweet potatoes and sweet potato recipes are being grown and marketed for their tolerance to drought and easy cooking recipes.

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Curry Soup
Ingredients 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 cups of coconut milk 1 cup of water 1/2 cup frozen peas 1 medium diced ripe tomato 2 tablespoons palm oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger 1 hot pepper finely chopped 2 tablespoons sweet curry powder Salt and ground pepper, to taste


Directions In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add curry, onion, garlic, ginger, peppers, salt and sauté until the onion is translucent…

Picking Genetically Modified Cotton by Hand in Africa

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Cotton production and therefore picking in Africa has fallen in recent years.
African farmer’s production of cotton in Burkina Faso Africa lost $89.5 million in revenue in five cotton growing seasons using Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton seeds. The cotton shirt you are wearing may be made from GMO African cotton fibers.


What is it like picking Cotton by hand in Africa
In Africa, large cotton plantations or farms are dedicated to growing cotton. Picking cotton in Africa without machinery is very hot, hard, physical work where women and often time’s children work the same hours as men. At harvest time, pickers are expected to pick a certain amount of cotton each day or they do not earn enough money to support their families.

Most work as field hands-on cotton plantations. Today raw cotton is processed in the state's grain mills which the picker must pay for the use of the mill. Cotton pickers can work in the fields from sunrise to sunset and at harvest time; they might wor…

Turtle Soup Recipe From Our Kitchen

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Turtle Soup Recipe From African Kitchens You will love the taste of turtle soup and making our grandmothers turtle soup recipe is healthy and easy.

Turtle soup is soup made from the meat of turtles with spices and fresh vegetables. Our classic turtle soup recipe stewed Tanzania style, like they serve off the river and lakes throughout Africa. 

In the kitchen, we are the followers of the wisdom of our ancestors. Cooking is highly socialized and practical art. Each day, while it adds to our food experience it should also increase African ancestor food knowledge.
Now that intercommunication between distant nations has become easier and frequent, the rural and city-dweller of Africa commands greater attention to culinary art.One art of cooking Africa offers is how to cook turtle soup. 

How the catch and clean snapping turtles for eating
Catching and cleaning snapping turtles is easy. In Africa they live in a wide variety of marine habitats: large creeks, rivers, swamps, marshes, and lagoons. F…

Popular Zulu African Proverbs Explained

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Popular Zulu African Proverbs Explained

Zulu African proverbs explains circumstance in Zulu everyday living, or of an event in traditional Zulu history that makes the proverb expression meaning clear.

15 Popular Zulu African proverbs and  expressions with detailed meanings





Yimbabala yolwantunge He is a buck of an endless forest.
A saying applied to a shiftless person, one who never continues long in any occupation.
Isikuni sinyuka nomkwezeli A brand burns him who stirs it up. This proverb is an exact equivalent to the English one, Let sleeping dogs lie.
Njengo mdudo ka Mapassa Like the marriage feast of Mapassa This saying is used to denote anything unusually grand. The marriage festivities of one of the ancestors, Mapassa, said to have been carried on for a whole year.
Ishwa lomhluzi wamanqina Misfortune of soup made of shanks and feet. Applied to any person who never does well, but is always getting into scrapes.
Akuko mpukane inqakulela enye One fly does not provide for another. A saying of the i…

Seafood Stew Recipe | The African Gourmet

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Seafood Stew Recipe | The African Gourmet
Looking for seafood stew recipes from Africa, make Fanti Fanti African seafood stew. The African Gourmet seafood stew is a unique spicy African seafood recipe where octopus is simmered until tender adding fantastic flavor to the tomato and seawater rich stew.
Our African Gourmet family has made this delicious seafood recipe made with seawater for over 10 years.

Fanti Fanti African Seafood Stew Recipe
Ingredients ½ pound cleaned diced octopus ½ pound shelled and deveined shrimp 3 fish fillets (any kind) 4 large ripe tomatoes diced 1 hot pepper, chopped 1/2 cup seawater or 1 teaspoon salt dissolved into 1 cup water 3 cups tap water

Directions In a large stew pot over medium heat add octopus, tomatoes, pepper, sea and tap water simmer 45 minutes until octopus is tender. Add remaining seafood and simmer 10 minutes longer. Serve with Ghana kenkey or over rice and enjoy your chop (food). 



Akan Calendar Sacred Days

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Four Akan Dabɔne Sacred Days Akan Calendar
Akan Calendar are found four special days, collectively called dabɔne, bone evil, sacred days; Fɔdwo, Awukudae, Fofie and Akwasidae.


Four Akan Dabɔne Sacred Days Fodwo Awukudae Fofie Akwasidae
The composition of the Akan adaduanan calendar cycle is based on an older six-day week. 
The days of the six-day week are:
1. Fo - Council day
2. Nwuna- Sleep or death day
3. Nkyi - Taboo day
4. Kuru -Political day
5. Kwa –Rest day
6. Mono - Fresh start day

The Akan calendar is based on what the Akan call forty days, adaduanan; da - day, aduanan - forty. Within the Adaduanan 42-day cycle of the Akan Calendar are found four special days, collectively called dabɔne (bone evil) sacred days; Fɔdwo, Awukudae, Fofie and Akwasidae.
Two of these evil days are collectively called adae. The other two of those evil days are Fodwo and Fofi. The 42-day cycle begin on Fɔdwo and the other three dabɔne follow in nine-day intervals; Awukudae on the tenth day, F…

Sawdust toilets could save lives in Africa

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Slums in Africa Sawdust Toilets

Sawdust toilets can solve the lack of adequate good sanitation in African slums.

The severe lack of water and toilets is a major concern for slums throughout Africa especially in the large slums of Khayelitsha in Cape Town South Africa and Kibera in Kenya.
Densely populated slums are installing sustainable sawdust toilets using a container with a lid, a toilet seat, and a regular supply of sawdust.

In Africa’s largest slums housing conditions and toilets are unsanitary and sawdust toilets are an innovative environmental idea.

In the slum of Khayelitsha in Cape Town South Africa the lack of adequate sanitation, potable water and electricity, in addition to substandard housing and overcrowding, aggravates the spread of diseases and avoidable deaths.

About half of Africa’s 470 million city residents live in slums or informal settlements a number that will only increase as Africa's urban population will double to 1 billion people by 2040.

The severe lac…