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Spotlight shines on African cuisine

first_imgAfrica’s food is as rich and diverse as its people, yet its culinary offerings are not that well known. Filmmaker and foodie Tuleka Prah wants to change that. She has started to chronicle traditional recipes made by ordinary people on her website, African Food Map. One day, she would like to create an African Food Dictionary. Jollof rice is one of the West African dishes Tuleka Prah features on her website chronicling African cuisine. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)• South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children• Suzelle’s DIY takes South Africa by storm• South African foodies cooking up a storm• Projects aim to empower women in agriculture• South African television Priya PitamberThe world over, people have heard of or eaten food such as pasta or stir fry. Yet as one of the largest continents, Africa’s cuisine tends to fly under the radar.Enter Tuleka Prah, filmmaker, traveller and foodie, who started to document the making of African dishes on her website, African Food Map.“African Food Map is literally a combination of the things I love because it includes food, travel and making films,” her website states. “It’s an authentic collection of the most popular recipes from around the African continent. It is the start of a growing record of African recipes just as they are made, by people who love to eat them, and who prepare them every day.”Born in England, Prah has lived in various countries in Africa – Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Lesotho, and Namibia. She now lives in Berlin and is studying towards her doctorate. According to the Design Indaba website, her online food offering helps her to “keep in touch with her gastronomic roots”.Speaking to fashion and lifestyle website Fashion Africa 254, Prah recalled how inspiration for her African Food Map started. “I was looking for a recipe for kontomire, a dish my Dad would make using spinach and either fish or beef,” she said. “I knew his recipe was – well, his recipe! And so I was looking for I guess a more ‘true’ version of it. I was looking at the pictures online, which weren’t so nicely done, and I thought ‘Wow, someone really needs to do this properly.’”Prah saw her chance, and took it.South AfricaPrah lived in South Africa for seven years, where she felt the country both nurtured the enjoyment she got from cooking as well as challenged her in other aspects.She could not understand the social expectations (and implications) of apartheid categorisations, and how she fitted into it all. Nevertheless, she writes on her website: “South Africa had the best range of food that I had, up until that point, experienced. I often loved what I ate and what foods were introduced to me there. I would even go so far as to say that this country nurtured the pleasure I now take from cooking and eating.”Prah describes South Africa’s bobotie as the ultimate “so-and-so-makes-it-best” dish. “The dish – a bold flavour-assembly of ingredients – has its roots in the Western Cape’s slave history, and is likely derived from a combination of ‘leftovers,’” she writes. “I ate mine with yellow rice and it was absolutely delicious.”Watch Chef Mako prepare his version of this popular dish – he adds coriander for flavour:She describes one of South Africa’s favourite dishes, samp and beans (in isiZulu, isitambu and in isiXhosa, mngqusho), as comfort food. She has only eaten versions without meat, Prah says, although meat is usually added, and the grains need to be cooked until they are really soft.“This popular dish is very easily tweaked and adjusted to suit personal tastes and is therefore a highly variable dish.”See the recipe:KenyaPrah and her family moved to Kenya in the early 1980s, and she returned for a visit in 2013. “My experience of Kenyan food at the time, largely consisted of ugali and a lot of leafy vegetables,” she writes.She got Diana Chipo Munanairi, a chef, entrepreneur and mother, to make sukuma wiki, a spinach dish that is a “common accompaniment to most meals”.Watch Munanairi whip up the dish:“Most people actually overcook sukuma wiki,” cautioned Munanairi. “So it turns the colour and it becomes something totally different because of over-cooking. We’ve tried to maintain the colour.”Ghana“For me, being in Ghana is synonymous with being around great food,” Prah writes on African Food Map. “With a coast, a tropical interior and a desert-like region to the north, the range of food in Ghana is very diverse and always exciting.”While in the country, she and her aunt, Cynthia Prah, made jollof rice, a one pot meal consisting of meat, vegetables, and well, rice of course.See the recipe:Optimistic feedbackThrough her website and videos, Prah has reached an audience that might not have otherwise known what African cuisine is all about.“What a great idea to give the world a glimpse of the rich African culinary traditions,” Constanze Klee writes on My African Food Map’s Facebook page.“What a discovery!” writes Giulia Aldrovandi‎. “I love your YouTube channel and I know absolutely nothing about African food despite having looked for some books in the past without much success… I am very determined to reproduce your recipes in my kitchen! Thank you for sharing them (beautiful photography as well I have to say).”What’s next?Prah would like to expand her work to create something to the effect of an African Food Dictionary.“I want it to be the go-to resource for African food,” she told Design Indaba. “I want to go to every country I can and collect and share as much as I can – everything from the recipes, to the ingredients, to the preparation, to the histories, to the quality of flavour.”If she has her way, food such as bobotie and jollof rice could become as globally popular as pizza, for instance.last_img read more

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Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We’re still hurting from that all-Filipino Finals,” Cone added. “We will come into that game with the positive energy (after beating the Elite handily), all I wished is that we had one more day to prepare for them.”In the first game, Alaska also tries to extend its own streak and get solidly in the fight for a playoff berth when the Aces battle sputtering KIA Picantos at 4:30 p.m. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESSTA. Rosa, Laguna – Allan Durham scored 29 points, had 27 rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists in leading Meralco to a 96-90 decision of Star in a Petron Saturday Special Game that sealed a playoff berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex here.The Bolts built big leads early and showed a lot of poise and composure in staving off rallies by the Hotshots all the way until the final buzzer, as they bounced back from a tough loss to sister team TNT KaTropa to formalize entry into the quarterfinals after rising to 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra shoots for an eighth straight win – and possibly top seeding – on Sunday when the streaking Gin Kings battle Grand Slam-seeking sister team San Miguel Beer at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Kings got the perfect workout they needed on Friday night in dispatching Blackwater, and extending the conference’s longest winning run would, in all likelihood, mean a top four berth and a twice-to-beat incentive in the first round of the playoffs.Game time is 6:45 p.m.With a 4-3 record, the Beermen are still out of the top four and a loss would greatly hamper their chancesof tabbing that win-once advantage in the quarterfinals.Despite the great form they are enjoying, Ginebra coach Tim Cone refuses to admit that they are the team to beat thus far in the conference.“San Miguel is the team to beat,” Cone said after a 98-81 win over the Elite two nights ago. “I read somewhere that coach Leo (Austria) was saying that. I just chuckled after reading it.”And Ginebra has the motivation to beat San Miguel and make life hard for the Beermen entering the homestretch of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lady Tamaraws stop Lady Eagles for 2-0 start in PVL Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Durham didn’t do it all, actually, as the entire Meralco starting unit finished in twin digits in scoring with Chris Newsome spiking a 17-point night with seven assists and Baser Amer making three triples in finishing with 13.The loss was the third straight after four consecutive wins for the Hotshots, who have now dropped out of the top four for the meantime and allowed the Texters to squeeze in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeralco will still face Alaska, GlobalPort and San Miguel Beer, in that order, in closing out its elimination round schedule and would need to go at least 2-1 to seal a top four berth, and a twice-to-beat privilege.Malcolm Hill had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Hotshots. View commentslast_img read more

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OH SO CLOSE FOR NSW 15’S

first_imgMAROONS GET UP IN A THRILLER The 15 Years Boys Grand Final ended up in a drop-off, with NSW producing a great tactical game to push pre-game favourites Qld all the way to the wire in the much anticipated clash of the school Touch titans on Field one at Owen Park yesterday. The motivating presence of former Qld State of Origin Rugby League and Penrith 2003 Grand Final hero Scott Sattler, who spoke with the Qld boys before the battle, was not enough to throw the NSW boys off their game. From the opening whistle, the NSW 15 Years Boys came out switched on with their `A’ game intact, much more intense than their subdued performance in their 8-4 round loss to the Maroons on Tuesday. The urgency in defence was obvious, the talk enthusiastic and positive, and, as Apollo Creed said to Rocky, “The Eye of the tiger man – you’ve got to have the Eye of the tiger”. The NSW boys had done their homework, stiffened up their middle defence, and decided to work as a unit to counter Qld’s short steppy game. Coach Mark Hildebrandt had also addressed the problems the boys had had earlier in the week with lack of cohesion, consistent commitment to driving and attacking flow. The game initially was an end-to-end arm wrestle with both sides more committed to doing the hard work and securing field position in traditional drive rucking mode than they have been all tournament. Driving, we though, was something these boys only did on the Dream World dodgems, not with the legs and arms, so expansive had their clash in the round game been. NSW’s aggressive approach to attack and defence seemed to surprise the Queenslanders, who were waiting for the NSW challenge to peter out, as it had in the round game, but NSW, playing with purpose and energy, out enthused the Maroons early. The playmakers in both sides were like snipers firing shots when the opportunity arose from their sonic fast feet to sniff out any momentary defensive laxity. After ten minutes of an absorbing ruck / defend battle, the zip zip man we told you about in the round game wrap-up on Tuesday, decided enough was enough, and weaved some magic that had the crowd gasping and left the Queenslanders grasping at thin air. Kialu Brown picked up the ball from half, feigned left, stepped right, and as the defence adjusted to the right, he then popped a magic ball left into the hole for the ever present Ezekiel Meares to snaffle the ball for a 1-0 lead to NSW. The Qld Boys were stung into action and replied immediately with a well worked tap play that saw Cameron Curtis throw the last pass for Luke Capewell to dot down and put the Queenslanders back on level terms at 1-1. Josh Costello, John Tyson, David Briggs, and Dwayne Conlon started to relax and find some rhythm for Qld after the early speed of the opening exchanges settled. Both teams conceded penalties in good field position, but the defence was up to the task and the stalemate continued for most of the remainder of the half. Kialu Brown and Heath Bassett were working hard with Kenneth Forrest for NSW and posing lots of questions for the Queensland defence. Looking at the watch, time was up for the first half, so if you left your seat to grab a drink, you would have missed a great piece of play – that’s the NSW defender’s justification anyway! The siren sounding in the background, David Briggs ran hard sideways, his defender hanging back ever so slightly, Briggs feigned to go at the line himself, then straightened and threw a magic one handed short, low ball in traffic for the opportunistic Josh Costello to pounce on and score and give the NSW boys’ first swig of water at the break a particularly bitter taste. At 2-1 it was game on and everyone knew we were in for some game! The money invested in half-time entertainment was not well spent, with Usher pulling the pin at the last moment – thankfully the boys from Victoria, after enjoying their Plate final victory in the 15 Years division, stepped in and entertained the crowd with an impromptu haka. On the resumption of play it wasn’t long before Qld pressed the NSW line with David Briggs and Dwayne Conlon prominent. NSW worked hard in this passage and contained Briggs particularly well, with his head snapping more effective than his feet – Kelly Woods has got some competition in that department at last! The Queenslanders appeared frustrated and a controversial forward pass ruling when a touchdown seemed in the offing did little to improve their composure as a series of promising attacking raids came to naught. Kialu Brown decided to impart himself on the game again, and in one of their first shots in the second half, the clever # 7 surprised the defence by stepping back to the short side out of half and throwing a beautiful cut-out to Paul Rath who speared over in the corner to square the ledger at 2-2. Qld persisted with a short steppy style, but it was not working, and if they were going to get back into the game, they needed to mix it up and stretch NSW in different ways. Five minutes later Qld, after some good drive and expansive passing, created an overlap. A quick pass was thrown in the name of a touchdown and it produced one – but not for the intended recipient. That man Kialu Brown produced another huge play by snaffling an intercept and showing the Queenslanders the colour of his cleats as he raced away to take his team out to an imposing 3-2 lead with not a lot of time remaining. Qld were not desperately seeking Susan, but the equaliser, to push the game into extra time, and after concerted pressure, the enigmatic Josh Costello was the man for the job for Qld. The Qld # 7 produced his own piece of magic, just as he had in the round game clash with NSW on Tuesday. He ran across field feigned a switch, straightened, accelerated ran hard at the corner, then when the defence committed, he served up a well timed switch pass for Cameron Curtis to race in and apply the defibrillator to Qld’s title aspirations, 3-3. Right on full time a Qld raid was denied by some fantastic NSW defence and we were going into over time. The home town crowd got right behind the Queenslanders, and as the team was cocooned in their huddle before the drop off, they couldn’t help but be energised by the “Queensland” chant that emanated from spectators who tried desperately to lift their team’s spirit for the do or die moments awaiting. Qld had the tap and their `A’ list of attacking players took the field, determined to end the contest quickly. Josh Costello, the man for a big attacking occasion, created a good phase and Cameron Curtis stepped up to the plate, taking on the defence out of half and giving the Player of the Series, Dwayne Conlon just enough room to slide over and give Qld the title 4 – 3. The Queenslanders were rightfully exuberant, hugging and hi-fiving like they’d just won Lotto, with Josh Costello even producing a few dance moves to celebrate the win. For NSW it was heartbreak after the magnificent effort they mustered. The large crowd acknowledged the Blues skill, guts, and tremendous performance with a prolonged ovation – we’d certainly been treated to a fantastic contest. Kialu Brown was the best player on the field and the NSW playmaker was rightly rewarded with the Player of the final Award, some solace for the defeat. Qld Coach Dan Parker was ecstatic to win the drop off but acknowledged NSW and the magnificent performance they mustered on the day, “A great way to win…we practiced the drop off scenario so we were ok with what we wanted to do, but in many facets of the game NSW were better than us – their team work was probably superior and they dug in and did the little things a bit better than us…they’ve got one or two guys who can hurt you one on one, where as we’ve probably got four or five individuals and in the end we came through.” The Qld Coach who now has 2 Titles from 3 attempts in this division heaped praise on all his players, but was particularly pleased with the contribution of Josh Costello, David Briggs, and Dwayne Conlon who produced the goods under extreme pressure in the final. NSW coach Mark Hildebrandt did a fantastic job in turning the NSW game around in a few short days and his players responded magnificently with a great all round team effort. Game Go to Guy – Kialu Brown NSW – a great all round talent – he can do it all and a big match temperament to match – watch him go. So to the victor the spoils, but rest assured NSW will be back next year better than ever and ready to battle it out with their Qld counterparts and all other States. Written by Karley Banks 30/10/2004last_img
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Check Out This Custom “Black Cherry” Chrome Louisville Helmet

first_imgLouisville's football team runs out onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 3: The Louisville Cardinals run onto the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA game on September 3, 2006 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville has released a number of interesting helmet designs over the last few years, but perhaps no lid was better received than the red-on-black chrome version that debuted in 2013. Since it’s the offseason (and we have to pass the time in some way), we figured we’d show you a custom helmet recently made by the guys over at JVince Custom Lids. It’s the same design, but it instead features a black cherry base. Needless to say, it’s clean. Check it out:Louisville fans – would you support the team wearing these at some point in 2015?last_img read more

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ENGLAND Rugby League have named a revised 28man E

first_imgENGLAND Rugby League have named a revised 28-man Elite Training Squad, which will form the nucleus of the side that will compete in this autumn’s Triangular tournament against France and Wales.England coach Steve McNamara has kept faith with the majority of players that were selected in his initial squad back in March – and that means call ups for James Roby, Jon Wilkin and Jonny Lomax.Warrington Wolves’ Ryan Atkins and Hull FC’s Danny Tickle are included after featuring in the International Origin series against the Exiles earlier this summer.“With the Rugby League World Cup just over 12 months away our planning and preparation will step up over the year ahead to make sure we are competitive and ready to make a huge impact on the tournament,” said McNamara. “Ultimately, my ambition is to have a squad capable of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1972 and we are heading in the right direction.“Every opportunity with the players’ I have is vital. We have some exciting plans that will make us the best prepared side to come from these shores in history.”From the squad selected in March, five players have missed out – Ryan Bailey (Leeds Rhinos), Warrington centre Chris Bridge, Ian Henderson (Catalan Dragons) and East Yorkshire pair Kris Welham (Hull KR) and Kirk Yeaman (Hull FC).Full details of where England will play in the Triangular tournament, including dates and kick off times, will be announced in due course.England Elite Training Squad:Carl Ablett, Ryan Atkins, Tom Briscoe, Danny Brough, Rob Burrow, Garreth Carvell, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Gareth Hock, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jonny Lomax, Danny McGuire, Michael McIlorum, Adrian Morley, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Danny Tickle, Sam Tomkins, Kallum Watkins, Ben Westwood, Jon Wilkin.last_img read more

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