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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


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

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
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

South African Pumpkin Roti Flatbread

Roti is a flatbread many South Africans consider a staple food

Roti is similar to a Spanish flour tortilla and eaten in a similar way. Recipes for appetizers, snacks, entrees, and even desserts all start with a roti. Making homemade roti is the perfect time to use your infused oils and add that extra African flair to your meal.

Photo by CIMMYT

1 cup canned mash pumpkin

2 ½ cups Durum wheat flour (you can use regular wheat flour or all-purpose the texture will be different)

Pinch of salt


Mix flour and salt then add pumpkin to make dough by hand. Add water or more flour depending on the dough’s consistency. The dough should feel slightly sticky to the touch but not stick to your hands. Knead the dough and roll it into small balls of equal sizes. On medium heat add one tablespoon of oil to a large frying pan or griddle. Roll out the dough into round shapes using rolling pin. Place rolled dough into the hot pan. Cook until light brown and flip to lightly brown the other side. Remove from heat and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Add more oil to the pan as needed.

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
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


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.

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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.


3 cups of canned pumpkin

3/4 cup cornmeal

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2 cups half and half  

½ stick unsalted butter

Salt to taste


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


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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


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%.
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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 Healthy-African Soup

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

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


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