My Global Food Challenge

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Zip Facts about Mozambique:
  • The emblem on the flag and coat of arms of Mozambique contains an AK-47 rifle and bayonet which represents vigilance and defense
  • Natural disasters, such as flooding and drought, combined with civil war, have made humans the most endangered species in Mozambique, according to the UN in 1992
  • Mozambique is a secular state, no religious holidays are officially observed, but each citizen is afforded the right to their own observances
  • Both the veneration of ancestors and the curandeiros (healers or spiritualists) play a role in traditional customs in Mozambique and make take the place of religious beliefs for more than half of the population
  • Over 1200 fish species can be identified at some of the richest coral reefs in Mozambique

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Women in Motion (2003) – Malangatana Valente Ngwenya (1936–2011)

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Zip Facts about Sudan:

  • Sudan was the largest country in Africa, the 10th largest in the world, before its split in 2011 into North (primarily Islamic Sharia) and South (largely Christian) Sudan and is bordered by nine other countries
  • There is a water wheel in Sudan that is ox-driven and has been operational since 400 B. C.
  • The capital city of Khartoum, which means “elephant trunk”, refers to the bend in the Nile River after the White and Blue Nile Rivers merge together
  • Tea is usually the first drink of the day.  The Sudanese serve their coffee in tiny cups.  They often fry their coffee beans, grind them with cloves and spices, and strain the liquid coffee through a grass sieve
  • During the Feast of the Great Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), it is traditional to kill a sheep and give part of the meat to the less fortunate

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Ibrahim El-Salahi, “The Last Sound” (1964)

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Peeling tomatoes?

If there is more than one way to skin a cat, then there must be many ways to peel a tomato.  I never peeled a tomato before this, so my first instinct was to “google” it. 

Pick firm, medium tomatoes.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds (a little more for larger ones) .  Having a good vegetable peeler helps and I found that if I peeled in continuous motion around the tomato from bottom, it was better than individual peels along the vertical paths.  I didn’t try to peel over any soft spots, but used a paring knife there instead.  

Another way:

Slightly score across the base of the tomato in a cross fashion. Then drop one tomato at a time in the boiling water. Leave for about 20 seconds.

Cool each tomato in a bowl of ice water.

Use a knife to make a cut around the “equator” of the tomato. The “northern hemisphere” and “southern hemisphere” of the tomato will now slide off intact.