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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fiery Healthy Carrot Sambal Condiment

Homemade Fiery Healthy Carrot Sambal Condiment

Sambal is used similar to salsa
 

Carrot Sambal

Ingredients:

4 cups finely grated carrots
Photo by jeffreyw

1 medium finely sliced onion

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon minced ginger

1 teaspoon brown sugar

3 chopped hot chilies

Directions:

Toss carrots and onions with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt, let sit 1/2 hour, then squeeze with hands and discard any excess liquid. Combine with remaining ingredients and mix well. Allow to sit refrigerated for several hours before serving. Serve with any meat or seafood dish. Sambal is used similar to salsa.


 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ethiopia and Eritrea Injera Bread

African Injera Bread


What is Injera bread? What is Teff?



Photo by jodigreen
Injera bread is a flatbread traditionally eaten in the African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Injera bread is thicker than a crepe but thinner than a pancake. In making Injera, teff flour is mixed with water and fermented over several days however, wheat flour or all-purpose flour can be used however, the taste and texture changes.

Eating with Injera bread is a stable in some African households in order to eat dishes of vegetables, meats and stews.  Injera bread is used in place of utensils using pieces of Injera to pick up bites of food. Injera bread is eaten daily in all most every Ethiopian and Eritrean household. The Ethiopian dish Spicy Red Lentils goes perfectly with injera.

Teff Grass by International Potash Institute
Teff is a grass, small sized fine grain that grows mainly in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The grain has a very mild, nutty flavor, cooks quickly and is naturally gluten-free. Ground into flour, teff is used to make the traditional bread, injera. The teff crop’s history traces back thousands of years as a reliable staple crop. 



Thursday, November 6, 2014

Uji Kenyan Cereal Porridge a non-GMO Food

Sorghum is a whole grain widely eaten throughout the world. In Africa sorghum is mainly a human food product, while in the United States sorghum is used mainly for livestock feed. Recently in the United States due partly to the gluten-free benefits of sorghum, many Americans are beginning to eat Sorghum. 

Sorghum, which has an eatable hull, is generally eaten with all its outer layers retaining the bulk of its nutrients.  Sorghum, grown from traditional hybrid seeds does not have the qualities of grain grown through biotechnology, making it a non-GMO food. GMO stands for genetically modified organisms and are plants or animals made from the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology.


Porridge photo by Mouse
Uji or Kenyan Cereal Porridge

Ingredients:

1 cup corn meal
1 cup sorghum
3 cups of water
2 tablespoons butter
Directions:
Add all ingredients to a medium pot stir well and simmer on low 30 minutes. Serve warm with a lot of butter. Add sugar as needed.



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fair-Minded Honest African Politicians

The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership


Fair-minded honest African politicians who serve as role models

Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim
Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim is a very successful Sudanese entrepreneur. He sold his company in 2005 with a profit of $640 million. 

Since 2006, Mo Ibrahim $100 million foundation funds an annual prize for the most honest African leader. Ibrahim believes that "nothing, absolutely nothing, is more important to African development than good governance."

"When I first started talking about the potential for investment and business opportunities in Africa some 20 years ago, I found myself an isolated voice. That turned out to be good for me – and the few others who saw, invested, and reaped wonderful rewards from that potential – but not so good for the continent."  -Mo Ibrahim

According to the foundations website “The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent. The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organization, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

  • Ibrahim Index of African Governance
  • Ibrahim Prize
  • Ibrahim Forum
  • Fellowships & Scholarships

About the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

One of the founding initiatives of the Foundation, the Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee composed of eminent figures, including two Nobel Laureates.

The Ibrahim Prize recognizes and celebrates African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity highlights exceptional role models for the continent ensures that Africa continues to benefit from the experience and expertise of exceptional leaders when they leave national office, by enabling them to continue in other public roles on the continent

Criteria:
  • Former African Executive Head of State or Government
  • Left office in the last three years
  • Democratically elected
  • Served his/her constitutionally mandated term
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership


Past Winners of the Ibrahim Prize:
  • Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 2007
  • Festus Mogae of Botswana in 2008
  • In 2009, 2010 and 2013 there was no winner
  • Pedro Verona Pires of Cape Verde in 2011
  • 2012 the foundation awarded Archbishop Desmond Tutu a one-off $1 million special prize for his lifelong commitment towards "speaking truth to power."

According to the foundation, the Ibrahim Prize winner gets $5 million spread over 10 years, then $200,000 per year after that for life, plus another $200,000 per year to direct to any cause he or she wants.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Moroccan Amalou Almond Butter Spread

Argan oil is used much like olive oil, for cooking, beauty products, and medicines. You can buy cooking argan oil from specially food stores to create Moroccan Amalou Almond Butter Spread.

Moroccan Amalou Almond Butter Spread with Argan oil
Ingredients
¼ cup crushed unsalted almonds
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoon argan oil
Directions
Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Use like peanut butter on bread, crackers, celery, apples etc...
 
Photo by julesstonesoup





 



 
 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

African Diaspora Marketplace Business Plan Competition 2014

The first African Diaspora Marketplace Business Plan Competition in 2009 received 733 business proposals. For information about previous African Diaspora Marketplace Competitions for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 visit the Diaspora Marketplace
 

Established in 2009 by The U.S. Agency for International Development and Western Union, African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM) aims to encourage sustainable economic growth and employment by supporting African diaspora entrepreneurs. ADM entrepreneurs are individuals with demonstrable connections to or experience in Africa, and who have innovative and high-impact start-ups or established businesses on the
continent.




Details on the African Diaspora Marketplace III Business Plan Competition Launch

USAID and Western Union Announce Official Launch of the African Diaspora Marketplace III Business Plan Competition | U.S. Agency for International Development

Good Luck!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Umfino Healthy African Dinner in 30-minutes

South African Umfino Healthy African-Food in 30-minutes

Umfino is a mixture of maize meal (corn meal) and vegetables cooked in one pot


Ingredients:

1 medium shredded red cabbage

4 handfuls of spinach

Photo by Rooey202
2 chopped spring onions
3 cups vegetable broth

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup brown rice

1 cup corn meal

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large saucepan add vegetables, butter and broth, cook for 10 minutes. Add corn meal and rice stir well cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, dish will be thick add broth if necessary. Serve warm.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

When a man is stung by a bee he does not destroy all beehives



The meaning of the proverb is just because one set of people may have caused harm or unhappiness in your life that does not mean everyone will hurt you. You have a choice every day to either focus on what separates or focus on what holds together. Everything and everyone you hate is written across your heart, in the end, you are causing more pain to yourself than the people you despise.
 


 
 
When a man is stung by a bee he does not destroy all beehives
- African-Proverb
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Southwestern Morocco Making Argan Oil

Argan oil for cooking, beauty products, and medicines
 
The multipurpose argan tree is a very common tree native to southwestern Morocco. The trunk and branches of the tree is used for firewood, the leaves used to create medicine but the almond-sized fruits are the star of the show. The tree is prized for its fruits that contain kernels which are processed for their much beloved oil.

Argan Fruits
Photo by Good Morning
 


Argan oil is used much like olive oil, for cooking, beauty products, and medicines. Argan oil extraction is a difficult, time-consuming, and labor-intensive process. Berber women manually harvest the fruit between June and August, which are the hottest season in Morocco. Once the fruit is gathered it is left in the sun to dry for a few weeks. The Argan fruit covering dries out turning a brownish coffee color and the covering is now easy to remove extracting the prized oval shape seed.



Grinding Argan Seeds
Photo by tomaszd






















Did you know...?
Goats love to climb the Argan tree

Goats are excellent climbers
Photo by Grand Parc - Bordeaux France.jpg