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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ugu Pumpkin Leaf Stew Dish



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The Best Pumpkin Leaf Stew Dish



Ugu Pumpkin Leaf Stew Dish

Cooking in Igboland means cooking with vegetable bulbs as well as the leaves of the pumpkin plant. Fluted pumpkins, ugu in the Igbo language are used in many traditional stew recipes across Igboland. 


Ingredients
1 medium pumpkin, peeled, cubed, deseeded
3 handfuls pumpkin leaves, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 white potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 medium onion, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 ripe large tomatoes, diced
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon palm oil or vegetable oil
3 cups vegetable broth or water


Directions

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; add all ingredients. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve over rice or as a stew.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Famous Greatest Food Quotes of All Time



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Famous Greatest Food Quotes of All Time

Famous Greatest Food Quotes of All Time

The greatest collection of the best five food quotes and sayings from of all time. Below is our collection of our favorite food quotes.


Famous Greatest Food Quotes of All Time
“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”  James Beard


Famous Greatest Food Quotes of All Time
“You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.” Paul Prudhomme


Famous Greatest Food Quotes of All Time
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw


Famous Greatest Food Quotes of All Time
“The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.” Cesar Chavez


Famous Greatest Food Quotes of All Time
“If you cant' feed a hundred people, then just feed one” Mother Teresa


More funny and thought provoking food quotes:


“It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician.”  Meryl Streep


“It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” -Lewis Grizzard


“The only thing I like better than talking about food is eating.” John Walters


“Of plants tomatoes seemed the most human, eager and fragile and prone to rot.” John Updike


“Strawberries are the angels of the earth — innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward.”  Terri Guillemets


“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.” Jonathan Safran Foer


“There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye.” Author Unknown


“Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.” Author Unknown


“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” Anna Thomas


“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity.” Louise Fresco


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Easy Vegetable African Food Recipes



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Easy Vegetable African Food Recipes

Two easy vegetable African food recipes to make today are Taro Root Tomato Stew and Cocoyam Vegetable Soup.



Have you ever stood and stared at a new vegetable produce from the international foods section of your local supermarket and how to cook it? In recent years, many exotic sounding products have been introduced on the shelves of supermarkets around the world. As a result, people have found out about food items like pumpkin leaf, taro, cocoyam, and many are curious to try the newly found items. Many foods are unknown outside places of origin and introducing new foods helps open up international fair trade markets.

Vegetable Taro Root Tomato Stew Recipe



Taro Root Tomato Stew Recipe


Taro Root is a staple crop used in many African, Asian, Caribbean, and Hawaiian recipes. Taro Root Tomato Stew is an easy one-dish recipe made throughout Africa. Pottage is a thick soup or stew and taro root is a starchy vegetable consisting of 2/3 water with a fibrous outer coating. Taro root is commonly used in place of a potato however, Taro root and leaves should not be eaten raw.

Ingredients
2 taro roots
2 handfuls cleaned taro leaves, chopped finely
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 medium ripe tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons palm oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups vegetable broth

Directions
Wash taro root boil with skin in salted water until soft. Drain, peel and cut into pieces. Wash chopped taro leaves and stems boil 5 minutes and drain. In a medium frying pan add palm oil and sauté onions with seasonings; add taro root, leaves, broth and tomatoes simmer 15 minutes. Serve over rice.



Cocoyam Vegetable Soup Recipe



Cocoyam Vegetable Soup Recipe

Where yam is King of crops, African cocoyams are often associated with peasant crops; cocoyam is considered a poor man’s crop or a woman’s crop. Women are the cultivators of cocoyam farming in most African countries, thus improving cocoyam production should have a direct impact on the most economically vulnerable groups. Cocoyam, if eaten raw, the calcium oxalate crystals causes a stinging feeling to the mouth and throat; cocoyam must be cooked before being eaten.


Ingredients
1 large cocoyam root peeled and diced
3 large tomatoes, diced
2 handfuls bitter leaf or kale
2 medium chopped onions
1 medium chopped red bell pepper
1 medium chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon tamarind paste
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups vegetable stock

Directions
Add all ingredients to a large pot, simmer until thick 25 minutes. Serve warm with rice.

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