Blending the different cultures, traditions and ethnic groupings of Africa into one AFRI CHEF AFRICAN RECIPES COOK BOOK,
which contains recipes from almost every African country, has produced a unique African Recipe book that reveals the story of Africa through its cooking and ethnic recipes.
Some of the recipes
contained in the Afri Chef African Recipes cookbook are the same as those eaten and enjoyed by Africans many years ago.
Except in limited instances,
where fresh vegetables have been substituted by canned, these African recipes stay true to the originals,
We can imagine the significance a last meal as a free person could have had to someone, before his world was destroyed, before the slave chains were locked on his, or her, wrists and ankles.
The new slaves faced unimaginable horrors;
deprived of their freedom, displaced and despairing, transported between decks under appalling conditions, to face forced labour on the plantations of the new World and Caribbean. Everything was unfamiliar and threatening. They had nothing to fall back on.
In this strange new world, the slaves sought solace by remembering home.
They were aided in this by cooking their traditional foods, sometimes adapting their ethnic African recipes to include new ingredients found in their new surroundings.
This saw the start of Soul Food
and Caribbean cooking
; cuisine now recognised for its own uniqueness and flavor - and copied in many countries of the world.
Know also that Gumbo is the word for Okra in a great many of the African dialects.
Remembering the above, the recipes of ethnic foods contained in the African Recipes
cookbook may indeed serve to soothe your soul.
The history of slavery is in a large part the story of Africa,
but this story is not confined to the slavery in the new world.
There were African slaves at the building of the pyramids, and Africans fought as gladiators in the Coliseum of imperial Rome. These slaves took their foodstuffs with them and African recipes influenced the cuisine of those cultures as well.
Then there were the slaves and indentured labourers brought to Africa,
by the colonial powers. These included people from Malaysia, brought as slaves by the Dutch to South Africa in 1655, they became known as the Cape Malays. Also included were the Indians, arriving in the Natal province of South Africa in the 1860's to work in the sugar plantations as indentured labourers.
There were also Indians, who from early history traded and settled in the East African coastal areas and the spice island of Zanzibar. These peoples brought their own highly spiced, tasty ethnic recipes with them.
The recipes eventually blended into the fantastic diversity that is African cooking
as contained in the African Recipes cookbook.
When you add the various settler and colonialist influences, Africa becomes a cauldron of culinary influences. The Afrikaner, descendent of the Dutch who arrived at the Cape in 1652, and the French Huguenots, blended their individual cuisines into truly individualistic African recipes. The Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique, Germans in Namibia, Belgians in the Congo, British in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and elsewhere, the French in the East all played a part in the history of Africa and the blending of recipes that is uniquely African.
In compiling a cookbook of African Recipes
that exemplifies African cooking
, we cannot ignore the peoples of North Africa, the Arabs.
The Arabs raided and traded deep into sub-Saharan Africa, taking their foodstuffs with them and bringing back, in addition to gold and ivory, slaves who brought their African recipes with them.
Spanish and Portuguese cooking influenced the Arabs, Muslims who invaded and occupied large areas of Spain and Portugal, during the Middle Ages, whilst simultaneously exporting African recipes, to these countries.
If you cannot experience the sights and sounds of this continent the recipes contained in the African Recipes
cook book will allow you to enjoy it's tastes and smells.
Recipes, which are as varied as the African landscape, which changes from snow capped mountains to deep, below sea level valleys, from tropical rain-forests to arid deserts, so the African Recipes
cookbook reflects the different cultures that are Africa.
From Algeria in the far north to the Zimbabwe ruins on South Africa's borders.
From Arab and Afrikaner to Zairian and Zulu they are all Africa, their recipes blend into an unforgettable kaleidoscope of smells, textures and tastes contained in the ethnic recipes of the African Recipes
The Africhef African Recipes cookbook contains over 260 of my favourite African recipes.
Listed below are a few of these mouthwatering real food recipes, that, once experienced, will have you, your family and friends coming back for more, time and time again.
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AVOCADO WITH SMOKED FISH
BAKED RICE WITH MILK AND PEANUTS
BANANA AND COCONUT BEEF STEW
CAPE MALAY PICKLED FISH
CASHEW NUT AND POTATO CAKE
CHICKEN WITH COCONUT MILK
CURRIED SPINACH AND PEANUT BUTTER
DATE LOAF WITH CARAMEL SYRUP
FARMERS SAUSAGE (BOEREWORS)
GREEN BEAN BREDIE
LENTIL SOUP WITH BEANS AND RICE
OKRA AND PUMPKIN LEAVES
PALM OIL BEANS
PAPAYA AND EGG YOLK PUDDING
PEA SOUP 'N MEAT
SAMP AND BEANS
SENEGALESE RICE AND FISH STEW
SPICE ISLAND CAKE
SPICED RED BEANS IN COCONUT MILK
SQUASH WITH PEANUTS
SWEET LAMB FOR RAMADHAN
SWEET POTATO BISCUITS
YELLOW RICE WITH RAISINS.
These and over 230 more recipes, (over 260 Authentic African Recipes) contained in the Afri Chef African Recipes
cookbook, show the best of African real food cooking, which will tempt the most jaded appetite.
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