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Monday, October 20, 2014

Akotonshi Ghanaian Stuffed Crabs

You can also make your own little “imitation” crab shells by forgoing the crab shells using large hollowed out red tomato, a large red grilled bell pepper or use an attractive red baking dish. However if you happen to boil your own crabs for this recipe simply remove the large shell, clean and stuff.

Ghanaian cuisine has diverse traditional dishes one of which is Akotonshi or Ghanaian Stuffed Crabs.
 
 
Akotonshi Ghanaian Stuffed Crabs
Ingredients
Photo by ChodHound

2 cups crab meat or imitation crab meat

24 small fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined  

2 medium size ripe tomatoes, finely chopped

2 bunches of green onions, chopped 

3 cups tomato puree

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon onion power

1 teaspoon ginger powder

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions

Add all ingredients into a large pot just long enough to cook shrimp about 3-5 minutes. Spoon mixture into clean crab shells garnish with green onions, the top of the tomato or pepper.



Did you know…?

You can stuff a hot chili pepper with the crab mixture for your chilihead friend who loves ghost peppers.
 
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Musical Africa Umoja Zulu for “together” tale of Indigenous South Africa

Africa Umoja  the spirit of togetherness a 20 year celebration of freedom and democracy tour 


Over 30 countries across the globe have witnessed the magic of Africa Umoja a colorful and jubilant celebration of the history of indigenous South African music and dance, that audience whatever their cultural backgrounds have found infectiously delightful and uplifting.


With a cast of 32 of South Africa’s brightest and most versatile young performers, singers, drummers and dancers, Africa Umoja The Spirit of Togetherness, 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy Tour is a joyous celebration of dynamic talent, thrilling energy, great voices and sensual dances that sweep across the bright and vibrant South African traditional landscape.

Traveling on the beats of drums, from the dusty streets of Soweto to all the corners of the world’s best and biggest stages, Africa Umoja which in Zulu means “together” tells the moving tale of indigenous South African music and dance from the earliest rhythms to the current club sounds of kwaito.

Audiences all over the world have embraced the traditional love songs, lullabies and other musical expressions of rural life. They have also cried along in the city streets listening to music reflecting the pain of the migrant laborers and their families.


The tale dances through sheebeens and the cultural melting-pot of Sophiatown. The heart is saddened by cold stories of forced removals yet the feet continue to stomp along with the explosions of gumboot dancing.


There are also the reminiscent sounds of the vibrant jazz that forced its way free from the constraints of the times. The international audiences will relate to names such as Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa) and the late Dolly Radebe, while a thread of gospel music running through the tale recalls the huge helpings of faith and courage. This saw black South Africans through some of the countrys stormiest historical passages.

For Media Inquiries: Contact: Rafika Soaries 
Email: info@internationalartsfoundation.com

Background Info: www.umojausatour.com

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Isijingi Easy Pumpkin African Side Dish for Thanksgiving

Isijingi is Zulu for a dish of cornmeal and pumpkin this side dish will be the star of any Thanksgiving table.


Ingredients

3 cups of canned pumpkin

3/4 cup cornmeal

Photo by mealmakeovermoms
2 cups half and half  

½ stick unsalted butter

Salt to taste

Directions

Add all ingredients to a large pot and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Serve hot as you would sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes.


 


If you do not plan on gaining weight this holiday season then try our lighter recipe version of Isijingi that will greatly reduce the amount of calories in this dish.

Healthy Isijingi

Ingredients

Photo by 46137
3 cups of canned pumpkin

1/3 cup cornmeal

1 cup unsweet apple juice

1 cup applesauce or ½ cup Greek yogurt

Salt to taste

 Directions

Add all ingredients to a large pot and simmer for about 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly. Serve hot as you would sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Witblits White Dog-South African Moonshine

Witblits Moonshine from South Africa


Whatever you call it; firewater, n dop brandewyn, moonshine, witblits, donkey dop, white dog this powerful sundowner (alcoholic drink) made from grapes will surely cause anyone a babalas (that means hangover in Afrikaans).


Philippolis is the oldest settlement in the Free State province of South Africa and is quiet most of the year. However, in April it’s time to celebrate a local tradition of distilling Afrikaans "white lightning" at the Philippolis Witblits Festival. Witblits is made from grapes and is an undiluted homemade brew that does not involve any “calming down” therefore Witblits is not the smoothest brew and the alcohol content of the clear brandy can reach up to 70-80%.
Photo by trevorhpittman
Distinctive family recipes and small batch manufacturing of Witblits means there is great variety in the manufacturing of white dog. In most homemade brews, a “still” is used to create the product. Fire heats up the brew mixture in the tank, the steam rises through copper head before the liquid slowly flows down coiled tubes dripping out of the tap, into a bucket.

In 1924 there became a  monopoly on brandy production however small farmers were allowed to create their own home brew usually from the left over fruit on farms. Some museums in South Africa have special liquor licenses to distill Witblits as a working exhibit to collect money for the museum.






Did you know…?

A popular Witblits drink is the Prince Albert Cocktail made of a shot of Witblits and pomegranate juice over crushed ice.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ethiopian Alecha One of the Healthiest African Soups

Alecha is an Ethiopian stew that is not spicy. Unlike Ethiopian Doro Wat stew, Alecha is a mild soup packed with vegetables and seasonings.

If you cannot handle spice and need a gentle tasting African soup then make, Ethiopian Alecha one of the healthiest African Soup.


Alecha Ethiopian Soup

Ingredients

1 small head cabbage, shredded

2 onions, sliced

2 cups baby carrots

2 large tomatoes, diced

1 large white potato, finely diced

1 green pepper, finely chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons oil

8 cups water

Directions

In a large pot with a lid, lightly sauté onions with garlic add all ingredients to the pot cover and simmer for one hour. Serve with Ethiopian Injera bread.

Photo by pelican


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

West African Folktale One good meal deserves another

West African Folktale


Anansi the Spider hated to share!

When Turtle came to his house at mealtime, he said, "I can't give you food until you've washed your dusty feet!"

Turtle licked his lips when he saw the big plate of steaming food, but politely walked to the stream to wash.
When he returned, the plate was empty.
"Good meal," Anansi said, patting his full stomach.

"One good meal deserves another!" said Turtle.

"Come to my house for dinner tomorrow."

Turtle fixed a fine dinner at the bottom of the river. "Come on down and eat!" he said.

Anansi filled his jacket pockets with stones so that he would be weighted down enough to stay at the river's bottom and eat.


Photo by kenyai
"It's impolite to wear a jacket to dinner!" Turtle said, "Take it off!"

However, when greedy Anansi took off his jacket, he floated back up to the surface of the water and hungrily watched Turtle eat his fill!


Have you ever wondered...

How Tribal Marks Came To Be Used an African folktale

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tej is a uniquely tasting cocktail of Ethiopia and Eritrea

Tej Ethiopian Honey Wine



Ingredients
Photo by by QuinnDombrowski

3 cups good quality white wine

3 cups warm water

1/4 cup raw honey

Directions

Add honey to water and mix well until fully incorporated. Chill mixture until cold then add wine, mix well, chill and serve



Did you know…?

Traditional Tej wine is made by boiling the gesho plant’s stems with honey and fermented over a period of time.
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Gemma Kerrie a Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes

A Twist on the South African Stew Gemma Kerrie that is usually cooked with beef. Instead, we are using fish to makeover Gemma Kerrie stew into a Healthier African Dinner in 30-minutes

Fish Geema Kerrie
Ingredients
2 large filet of any fish
2 large tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
 Photo by Smabs Sputzer
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 hot chili pepper
2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 bay leaf
6 cups water
Directions
In a large pot with a lid add all ingredients, cover, simmer for about 30 minutes, or until well cooked. Remove from heat, and serve with rice or roti bread. Fish Geema Kerrie is even more delicious the next day.

Did you know...?
We all share the same oceans, keep our oceans healthy and choose sustainable seafood



 


 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Those who derive fun watching lunatics ought to have one as a child to know the pains of it

African Proverb



Those who derive fun watching lunatics ought to have one as a child or relation to know the pains of it.

-African Proverb





Thursday, October 2, 2014

The University of Ouagadougou and Tuskegee University


The University of Ouagadougou and Tuskegee University


The University of Ouagadougou founded in 1974, is located in Ouagadougou , Burkina Faso.  The historically black Tuskegee University is located in Tuskegee, Alabama USA. Tuskegee, founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881 partners with the University of Ouagadougou for goat nutrition and sustainable natural resource management.

The partnership establishes a collaborative Africa-U.S. network of centers of excellence in water and environmental science and technology. It is globally recognized that investments in quality higher education and research in science and technology leads to innovation, wealth creation, and sustainable economic growth. The partnership also prepares leaders to work globally and strengthen ties between Africa and the United States.