Saturday, May 25, 2019

Very Spicy Ewuro Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew Recipe

Learn about cowpeas and bitter leaf recipes

Learn about easy to make cowpeas and bitter leaf Ewuro recipes.

Spicy Vegetarian Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew
Spicy Vegetarian Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew

Cowpeas originated in Africa. The cowpea is also commonly referred to as black-eyed pea however; the bean is a variety of the cowpea. Cowpeas are an important staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa. Cowpeas are a valuable source of vegetable protein, vitamins as well as valuable income. 

Bitterleaf is a widely used cooking vegetable throughout Africa. Bitter leaf has a strong odor and a bitter taste. Yoruba people call bitter leaf Ewuro and the Igbo tribe Onugbu. The bitter leaf grows in a large range of biological zones in Africa, produces many leaves, and is drought tolerant. Here is an easy recipe for Spicy Vegetarian Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew.


Very Spicy Ewuro Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew Recipe



Ingredients

2 cups dry cowpeas or black-eyed peas
2 scallions, chopped
3 handfuls of chopped bitter leaf
1 potato, chopped into large chunks
3 cloves whole garlic
1 red chili pepper
5 cups water
Dash salt


Directions

Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with soft bread.


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Friday, February 8, 2019

Homemade Indian Spices

Homemade Indian Spices

Garam Masala is the Indian equivalent of French herbs de Provence or Chinese five-spice powder. Traditionally, South African Indian recipes call for garam masala, a blend of seven spices, cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. 



Spices give South African Indian cuisine its unique flavor and character. Most South African Indian recipes call for many different types of spices, many you may never have used. 


Do not assume that these Indian spices are hard to find, most are to be found in your local supermarkets, and if you cannot find them there, visit the local Indian grocery store.

Garam masala is a strong spice mixture and is the heart of most Indian dishes.


Traditionally, South African Indian recipes call for garam masala, a blend of seven spices, cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
South African Indian recipe for garam masala

Homemade Garam Masala


Ingredients
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg



Directions
Mix all spices in a bowl, place mix in an airtight container, and store in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months. Ground spices loss their favors faster than whole spices, the best way to use homemade garam masala is in small batches.



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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

South African Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe

South African Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe

South African soft fruit spread apricot raisin recipe is known as blatjang or chutney. Soft fruit spreads are a versatile staple to any kitchen and is an African pantry essential.


Apricot raisin soft fruit spread goes great with any pastry to barbeque meat recipe. African soft fruit spread is a versatile staple to any kitchen and is a thick sauce that contains fruits, vinegar, sugar, and spices and is used as a condiment. 

Pastry Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe
Pastry Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe


South African Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe




Ingredients


1/3 cup malt vinegar

1 cup dried chopped apricots

1 cup seedless golden raisins

¼ cup finely chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon allspice

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons dried onions

Salt and pepper to taste



Directions

Soak apricots and raisins in 3 cups of water inside a large bowl for 2 hours. Add all ingredients including soaking water in a large pot and simmer 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly pour into jars. Allow cooling on the counter.


South African Soft Fruit Spread Apricot Raisin Recipe

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

List of Helpful Herbal Medicines

List of Helpful Herbal Medicines

African herbal medicine list that may help with the symptoms of HIV AIDS.

African herbalist
African herbalist

Fresh organic herbs will help improve digestion, promote healthy appetite, and naturally preserve foods; African herbal medicines can support the treatment of many symptoms of opportunistic infections that are associated with HIV AIDS. A list of herbs and the beneficial effects by people living with HIV AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa are given in the table below.




List of herbal medicines and their uses


HIV AIDS is not a traditional African illness and so far, there is no hard evidence to believe that traditional African medicines can treat HIV and cure AIDS. The effects may not be the same for all people.

People can try these herbs and spices in moderation and decide for themselves whether they are helpful. In Africa, 25.6 million people were living with HIV in 2016 and Africa also accounted for almost two thirds of the global total of new HIV infections.

Remember that all herbs should be used in moderate amounts. Exceeding these amounts may cause problems and have a toxic effect; moreover, the function of the herbs and spices will not be increased if you take more than required.

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African herbs

Herb
Benefits found by some people living with HIV AIDS
How to use
Aloe
Helps to relieve constipation
Use as extract; boil and drink the concentrated water. To be used in limited amounts; stop immediately if it causes cramps or diarrhea
Basil
Helps to relieve nausea and aid digestion; has an antiseptic function for mouth sores
Add to food to treat nausea and digestive problems. Use as gargle for mouth sores
Calendula
Flower heads have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing function. Helps with infections of the upper digestive tract
Use as a compress to treat infected wounds. Prepare as tea to help digestion
Cardamom
Helps with digestive problems, pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite
Add to food during cooking or prepare as tea
Cayenne
Stimulates appetite, helps fight infection, heals ulcers and intestinal inflammation
Add a pinch to cooked or raw foods. For an energizing drink add to fruit juice or water
Chamomile
Helps digestion and provides relief for nausea
Prepare tea from the leaves and flowers and drink several cups throughout the day
Cinnamon
Good for colds and for weakness after colds or flu. Also used when feeling cold, for diarrhea and nausea. Stimulates appetite. Gently stimulates digestive juices, encouraging bowel movements
Either add to meals or in tea, particularly ginger cinnamon tea for chesty colds or tuberculosis
Cloves
Stimulate appetite, help weak digestion, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
Use in soups, stews, warmed fruit juice and tea
Coriander
Helps to increase appetite and reduce flatulence. Controls bacteria and fungi
Add herb to meals
Eucalyptus
Has an antibacterial function, particularly for lungs and during bronchitis. Eucalyptus oil from leaves increases the blood flow and reduces the symptoms of inflammation
Prepare tea from the leaves or extract
Fennel
Helps to increase appetite, combat flatulence and expel gas
Add as spice to foods or prepare tea from the seeds. Use in limited amounts
Garlic
Has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal function, particularly in the gut, intestines, lungs and vagina. Helps digestion and feeling of weakness. Also good for thrush, throat infections, herpes and diarrhea
Prepare tea or energy drink , or use in food
Ginger
Improves digestion, energizes, relieves diarrhea and stimulates appetite. Used for treating common colds, flu and nausea
Use either as a spice in meals or prepare a ginger tea
Lemon
Is antibacterial and helps digestion
Add lemon juice to food or drinks
Lemon grass
Has a calming effect as well as soothing digestion and alleviating stress
Use as tea
Mint
Has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps digestion
Use as tea or gargle for mouth sores. Chew mint leaves to aid digestion
Neem
Brings down fever
Cut a fresh twig, remove the leaves and boil the bark in water; drink as tea. The bark can also be chewed
Parsley
Reduces intestinal colic. Stimulates stomach secretions and activities and produces a feeling of hunger. The seed is used to remove excess water from the body
Add raw or cooked to food
Peppermint
May help nausea. Reduces colic (abdominal pain and cramps), helps to control diarrhea and stop vomiting. Used for relieving tension and sleeplessness
Prepare as tea, by boiling the leaves for about ten minutes. Add to food. (Peppermint can easily be grown in the garden and or in a pot near the house)
Thyme
Has antiseptic and antifungal function. Relaxes nervous coughing and increases mucosal secretions. (particularly effective in the gut) Stimulates digestion and the growth of the good intestinal flora in the gut
Use as gargle or mouthwash,  or as tea
Turmeric
Digestive aid, antiseptic and antioxidant
Use powdered in rice, cereals, etc.


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Honey Turmeric Tea Recipe

Honey Turmeric Tea Recipe

Making turmeric tea takes about 5 minutes using fresh whole foods turmeric. Using the root of turmeric brewed and sweetened with honey is an ancient remedy for mild gastric difficulties.


Turmeric is a golden yellow powder and the main spice in curry having a warm, bitter taste.




Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Tea


Ingredients

3 cups of water
1 medium piece fresh turmeric
Honey or sugar to taste


Directions

Add all ingredients to a small pot simmer 5 minutes. Strain and serve warm.



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Turmeric is a perennial herb of the ginger family cultivated in many African countries such as Uganda. Turmeric has a long history of medicinal use, dating back thousands of years. Turmeric is a golden yellow powder and the main spice in curry having a warm, bitter taste. Although typically used in its dried, powdered form, turmeric also is used fresh, like ginger. 


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How to Eat Chutney

How to Eat Chutney

Chutney Recipe
Durban in South Africa has one of the largest concentrations of Indian people outside of India and South African Indian food recipes are a source of pride.

How to eat chutney by making your best mango chutney recipe using fresh or frozen mangoes. Chutney is eaten with many meals in South African Indian homes, especially with curries and rice.

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Use mango chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa. Tropical mangoes are among the sweetest natural foods and contain more sugar than sweet carrots.

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What is chutney you ask, popular in South Africa; chutney is a sort of a combination pickle and preserve. It is usually made rather sweetly and very hot, and is eaten with curry and rice. 


Creamy Mango Chutney Recipe


Ingredients
2 cups frozen finely chopped mangoes
½ onion, finely chopped
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups water


Directions
Add all ingredients together, stir well and simmer 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly pour chutney into a 2-quart jar. Allow to cool on the counter.


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Did you know?
Chutneys are best left to mature for a couple of months before eating because the acids from the vinegar soften and the fruit flavors have time to meld and become more complex.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Infuse your life with food from Ghana

Infuse your life with food from Ghana.

Tankora is a classic dry peanut-spice rub made famous by street food vendors of Ghana. The distinctive flavor of Ghana street food comes from the dry peanut-spice rub used to coat the meat and veggies.



Ghana is famous for dry rub recipes. Spice blends using peanuts are a time tested street food recipe for classic grilled beef meats, pork, chicken, fish, and veggies.


Veggie kabobs
Veggie kabobs

Ghana Dry Rub Recipe for Veggie Kabobs


Ingredients

1 cup roasted peanuts
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 bouillon cube crushed
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves


Directions

Add all spices to a coffee grinder and grind carefully taking care not to over process the mixture or it will turn into peanut butter. The texture should resemble fine breadcrumbs. Rub spice mix on uncooked meat, rest for 15 minutes and grill kebabs as usual. Store unused portions in an airtight container or keep in the freezer in a sealable plastic bag.

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Very Spicy Ewuro Cowpeas and Bitter Leaf Stew Recipe

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Life African Proverbs

African Proverbs

Nothing falls into the mouth of a sleeping lion.
For the last-comer the bones.
Two crows on the same ear of corn are not long friends.
Bad watch often feeds the wolf.
If you are filled with pride then you will have no room for wisdom.
One, who always says I will go tomorrow, finished the food in the store.
The day you are unfortunate even cold food burns you.
We do not look at the mouth of the one crying.

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