The black history month is celebrated every year in the month of February so as to commemorate the contributions made by the African personalities and to learn about the black history. Though this started in 1926 as a weeklong celebration called the "Negro History Week' in 1976, due to its significance the Black history month was introduced. The day is celebrated with a lot of tasty recipes from the African continent and also the hybrid African American recipes. The African recipes uses a wide range of spices and herbs which gives the food a well balanced and appetizing look.
The African cuisine is very colorful and uses a wide variety of vegetables, spices and herbs to give a right blend of flavor and aroma. Try out some of their recipes during the black history month. If you love good food you are going to be left finger licking after you taste some of their recipes. Some very simple and tasty recipes are here for you to try and share it with your friends or family. You bet, they are going to appreciate the chef in you. Try these out
Red bean n rice
This low fat recipe rich in sodium comes from the state of Louisiana. You are going to love this recipe if you are a rice freak.
On a skillet heat one table spoon of olive oil and sauté one chopped onion and a clove of garlic till the onion gets tender and colorless. Add half a cup of grated carrot and one cup of cooked kidney beans. To this add half a teaspoon of cumin seeds and salt and pepper to taste. You can also add red pepper flakes to the preparation. Stir cook till the flavors get blended and the carrot is soft. Serve it with cooked rice and enjoy the taste of Africa.
Chicken Okra Gumbo
This is easy recipe but has a lot of ingredient in it so you can get a bit confused for the first time but it is worth every effort.
In a skillet heat about a quarter cup of oil and cook 2qt of thinly sliced okra for about 30 or 40 minutes. Keep the skillet covered and on a low flame to get the okra correctly cooked and tender.
Season around 250 to 400 grams of boneless chicken pieces with salt and pepper and fry it in 2 tablespoon of oil for 10 minutes until it gets brown or you can cook it in oven. Remove it from oil.
Into the remaining oil add 3 table spoon of flour and stir constantly, add one cup of chopped onion, one bell pepper, half a cup of celery and one clove of garlic to this and cook till the onion gets soft and transparent. Now add one can of tomatoes to it or if you like using fresh veggies add two large ripe tomatoes and cook till it gets blended into the onion.
To this add one table spoon of file gumbo, two cups of chicken stock, one teaspoon of red pepper and one to two teaspoon of black pepper and boil for a few minutes. To this add cooked okra and chicken and cook over low flame for about an hour till the chicken is soft and tender. You serve it hot over cooked rice and enjoy the taste of Africa. To get the real flavor use ground nut oil instead of other normal vegetable oils.
This is a soul food from the heart of Africa and is a very simple recipe and tasty recipe. You just need to have a few bunch of collard and some leftover meat to start with this recipe.
Line a large stock pot with 4 to 5 pieces of bacon and cook over medium heat. To this pot add around d one liter of water and slowly bring to boil. By the time, cut four or six bunches of steamed and chopped collard leaves, one large chopped onion, pepper and salt to taste and boil for around fifteen minutes. Reduce the flame and simmer for around 2 hours to three and a half hours. Serve hot with chopped green onions. You can also use turkey, smoked ham or pork hocks.
Fried corn bread
This is a popular dish at Africa especially the south. Making it is very easy and you can do it any time you wish like having one.
In a mixing bowl add two cups of white corn meal, one and a half teaspoon of baking powder, 1/3 cups of self raising flour, half a cup of sugar and salt to taste. To it add warm water slowly until the dough gets a consistency of cake batter. You may need around two or three cups of water to reach the consistency. Make small patties with it and fry over skillet in a teaspoon of oil. Cook on both sides, till it is brown. Cut and serve it hot.
This dessert from Africa will leave you refreshed and wanting more. You child is going to love this fruity delight.
Whisk three egg yolk and a quarter cup of sugar in a metal bowl. Place the bowl on simmering water and continue whisking until the mixture gets yellow and thick.
Remove from water and add a cup of fresh orange juice to it slowly and blend it in. into it add one cup each of chopped pineapples, coconut flakes, orange and bananas. You can make variation to the fruits added. Add in more of the fruits you love and cut off the amount of those you don’t; but please don’t stick to one fruit or two as you won't get the real excitement of the tropical whip. Try adding finely chopped apples or kiwi fruits if you feel like.
In another bowl whisk the egg whites of the same three eggs and 1/4 cups of sugar. Whisk slowly until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the egg whites in to the fruit mix little by little.
Serve the dessert into a serving bowl and refrigerate at least for two hours. Serve it with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream and a small red cherry on top.