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    African experts discuss food safety on the continent

    Speakers at a roundtable discussion stressed the need to build capacity, engage policymakers, and use technology to improve food safety in Africa. The session, organized by the Africa Union Commission (AUC), featured Simplice Nouala head of the agriculture and food security division at AUC; Ade Freeman, regional program leader for Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Hermogene Nsengimana, secretary general, African Organization for Standardization; Ernest Aubee, head of the agriculture division at the ECOWAS Commission; and Hakim Mufumbiro, Uganda regional coordinator, CCAFRICA. The African Continental Association for Food Protection (ACAFP) is an affiliate of the International Association of Food Protection   Read More

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    Melktart and bunny chow: Yotam Ottolenghi’s South African recipes | Food

    The best thing about working in food – equal to, not after the food itself – is the people. Anyone who works in restaurants knows that you have the whole world around the stove. The food brings the people, and the people, in turn, bring their food. One such person in the Ottolenghi world is our executive chef Calvin Von Niebel, whose talent has no bounds and who loves to share his knowledge and skills with anyone who asks. Today’s dishes were created by Calvin, inspired by the food he grew up eating in Durban, South Africa. Luckily   Read More

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    Finding Home Through West African Food and Cooking

    There was a time, just a couple of years ago, when I would invite two dozen strangers over to my apartment for dinner. Twice a month, I would cook and serve dishes like fish pepper soup, seasoned with up to 10 different spices; fork-tender goat, braised for hours in a fiery red obe ata; baobab granitas; and lemongrass coconut soup over springy tapioca pearls — all in an effort to connect with the food I grew up eating in Lagos, Nigeria. I have revisited those memories in the last few months, amused at what I once thought were   Read More

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    From soul food to West African stews – Isthmus

    Madison Black Restaurant Week was started by longtime activist and publisher of Umoja magazine Milele Chikasa Anana in 2016. Held this year from Aug. 8-15, the event in its sixth year is bigger than ever, shining a spotlight not just on the more visible restaurants and food carts but also specialty food producers and caterers.  Twelve restaurants, seven food carts, 11 caterers, five small producers and four bakers are participating in Black Restaurant Week this year. Cuisines represented include American soul food, barbecue, Jamaican, West African, East African, Togolese, Ethiopian and vegetarian, along with good old pizza. In addition to   Read More

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    This Chef is Spotlighting Veganism’s Roots in African Cuisine

    Chef Nicola Kagoro – also known as just Chef Cola – is preparing to launch a completely plant-based cookbook in an effort to boost plant-based food education. The vegan chef is the head chef for the Zimbabwe Akashinga ranger; An all-women anti-poaching unit that eats completely animal-free foods. Chef Cola makes sure that none of the Akashinga rangers eat meat on her watch, and she is planning to extend that hand of influence beyond her camp kitchen. Kagoro spent most of her life growing up in New York City but moved back to Zimbabwe where she was born. She began   Read More

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    The Cooking Pot in Charlotte Offers Traditional African food

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Esther Ikuru came to Charlotte with her family about 20 years ago from Nigeria and she brought all the rich flavors of her home country with her. What You Need To Know The Cooking Pot serves traditional African Food. Esther Ikuru uses recipes she learned from her mother in Nigeria. The flavors and textures are not changed for an American palette. Six years ago, she opened a tranditional African restaurant called the The Cooking Pot in Charlotte, where she serves up dishes her mother and friends taught her how to cook.  “So that even if you eat   Read More

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    Thanksgiving ‘soul food’ offers window to African American culture

    A traditional Thanksgiving Day in the African American community would not be complete without soul food.Soul food is comprised of various dishes prominent in Black culture such as collard greens, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes and cornbread. The list of tasty foods goes on and are crafted to do exactly what the name entails: feed the soul.But, it’s not just the cuisine’s seasonings that resonate with taste buds, its’ special connection to Black history, struggle, and the ability to overcome can allow one to have a newfound respect for the food.“At one time during slavery, we had no option to   Read More

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    Five west African recipes from Lopè Ariyo | Food

    When I went to university in Loughborough, my relationship with food changed slightly. I went from cooking for fun to cooking for comfort. I was studying mathematics, which was mentally taxing. I was in a completely new environment, and it was extremely different from what I had expected – that made me feel emotionally drained. Supper-club cook and food writer Lopè Ariyo. Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Observer Cooking was my only escape and I started cooking west African foods to feel more at home. The area my university was in didn’t have any Nigerian food shops and so I looked   Read More

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