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How to make aloco – West African food

By |2018-04-12T08:53:02+00:00June 21st, 2017|Africa, Food|

Aloco Heat a cup of red palm oil (or peanut oil if you can't get palm oil) in a frying pan. Peel and slice raw plantains (they're like bananas) into discs or chunks and sprinkle them with salt. Fry the plantains until they are golden brown. Take the plantains out of the frying [...]

Ancient Egyptian Food – Eating and drinking in ancient Egypt

By |2018-09-17T06:30:01+00:00June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Food|

Ancient Egyptian food: Actual bread from Egypt's New Kingdom (Vatican Museum, Rome) Ancient Egyptian food: from both Africa and West Asia Because Egypt is in Africa, but very close to West Asia, what people ate in ancient Egypt was midway between African and West Asian food. Wheat, barley, and olive oil all originally came [...]

Ancient Egyptian plants – papyrus and palm trees

By |2017-06-13T12:32:17+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Environment|

Date palms The plants that grew in ancient Egypt were very different from plants that grow in America or Britain. The lotus and the papyrus plants, for instance, were (and are) very common in Egypt. Papyrus is a kind of reed which grows in wetlands along the banks of the Nile River. Date [...]

Eto – African food

By |2018-04-09T16:59:41+00:00May 18th, 2017|History|

Eto: yams before they are cooked Eto is a kind of food that people ate in West Africa. You cooked yams until they were soft, and then mashed them. Then you added eggs and palm oil. This made a rich, satisfying food that people loved to eat. People ate it when they were [...]

African Food – History – Cooking and eating in early Africa

By |2018-04-22T09:43:45+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, Food|

Early African food: Wheat bread African food before farming Before people started farming, African hunters and gatherers ate mainly fruit (especially figs), with some meat and fish and seafood and eggs. They also harvested wild grain and nuts to eat. They got a lot of their fat from nuts and palm oil. By [...]