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Angola

angola-flagRed palm oil is not very prevalent in U.S. cooking, but it is probably second to soybean oil worldwide. It is not harvested from the coconut palm, but from the palm (Elaeis guineensis), endemic to the tropical areas of Africa.

Red Palm oil is very good for you because of its natural nutrients, carotenes (vitamin A precursors) and the super antioxidant tocotrienols (vitamin E isomers). The high concentration of these antioxidants also produce its red coloration. It has no trans fatty acids and has a stable shelf life.   The only contraindications are when using medications that slow blood-clotting such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Coumadin.   I have only used red palm oil twice during this adventure, but I will certainly consider its addition in my meals in the future.

Additions/Omissions: None

Taste Test: With the squash and the potatoes, the apple flavor (“for an apple soup”) does become overpowered. If you are really hankering for an “apple soup”. adjust the amounts of these three ingredients to taste.

Zip Facts about Angola:

  • While there is no single national identity, Angola has ties to Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries
  • Most Angolans drink affordable local beverages, such as palm wine and maize beer, although traditional celebrations, much fewer than in the past, call for soft drinks and bottled beer
  • Discovered a few years ago, the giant sable antelope, thought to be extinct, makes its home only in Angola
  • Its long civil war, from 1975 to 2002, affected all aspects of everyday life in Angola, from increasing the number of widows and incidences of polygamy to widening the age and gender gaps
  • Luanda, Angola’s capital city, is one of the world’s most expensive cities to live in with a meal or two that could cost $300US

Angola rtygP1015227Paulo Kussy

“What’s Angolan about my work is that I’m Angolan. I’m contributing to the development of my country. 
There should not be a preconceived idea of what is Angolan or African or black or white art. Art is all about the individual.”
http://paulokussypintura.blogspot.com/2009_11_23_archive.html

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/angola/

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recipemap-africa.pdf

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France

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Taste Test:                                                                                                  

Zip Facts about France:

  • France is obviously known for its wines, since it is one of the largest wine producers with 17 distinct regions including Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, and Provence. In France, beer is a luxury beverage consumed at special occasions, while wine is usually served free with meals
  • Wine goes hand in hand with cheese, and the French appreciate the pairing with over 300 varieties of French cheese
  • In 1564, France switched to the Gregorian calendar. For those that were still unaware and continued to celebrate April 1 as the beginning of the French New Year, they were mercilessly mocked, hence the probable origination of April Fool’s Day
  • Paris, the capital of France, is referred to as “the City of Lights”, not for the number of lights which are obviously beautiful, but for the number of intellectuals who live there
  • Over twice as many tourists visit Disneyland Paris as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre

France Monet Water LiliesClaude Monet, “Water Lilies” (1906)

http://paradise7.hubpages.com/hub/Famous-Monet-Oil-Paintings

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/france

Link to Map:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-europe.pdf

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Liberia

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Zip Facts about Liberia:

  • Despite the majority population from the original sixteen groups of the Niger-Congo family that constitute Liberia’s oldest inhabitants, the name (from the English “liberty”), the official language, the economy, the government and its borders, originated with a colony of repatriated free black Americans in the early nineteenth century
  • The pygmy hippopotamus makes its home in Liberia’s Sapo National Park
  • Rice is the main staple in the entrée dish, meat or fish is considered an ingredient or garnish in the rice bowl in everyday meals
  • The Melegueta Coast of Liberia is named for its melegueta pepper (substitutes for black pepper but comes from the ginger family), not to be confused for the malagueta pepper, a chili pepper in South and Central American cuisine
  • Marriage in Liberia is usually through the process of bridewealth, with payments made over years and solidified through the birth of children. Marriage can be polygynous and patrilocal, men could have more than one “country wife” through bridewealth and a “ring wife” who lives with him in their residence. Women could opt out of unwanted marriages by paying back the bridewealth

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Leslie Lumeh

http://www.missioni-africane.org/456__Arte_del_cuore_Mostra_per_la_pace_in_Liberia

Link to Recipe:   https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/liberia/

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Latvia

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Zip Facts about Latvia:

  • Before the Soviet occupation, Latvia was predominantly a rural society, which has been captured both in its folk songs (dainas) and in its landscape art movement
  • Riga, the largest city of the three Baltic States (Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania) and the capital of Latvia, is known for some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe
  • Wheat, rye, and potatoes are the mainstays of the Latvian diet, along with dairy products, such as curd cheese, sour cream, butter, and milk. Pork and smoked fish are commonly eaten and celebrated meals may contain yeast breads, such as klingeris, or piragi bread stuffed with onions and bacon
  • While men and women share equal employment levels, and more women graduate from university than men, Latvian males are four times more likely to become employers. Women are still underrepresented in the political arena, and may be primarily employed as teachers or nurses, or other lower paying occupations
  • The Latvia, Jacob Davis, invented and brought the rivets to Levi Strauss to make their very famous jeans

Latvia Alvis Zemzaris 1961 - Latvian painter - Tutt'Art@Alvis Zemzaris

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/search/label/Latvian%20Artist

Link to Recipe: https://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/latvia

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/recipemap-europe.pdf

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Paraguay

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Taste Test:                                                                                                    

 Zip Facts about Paraguay:

  • The name Paraguay comes from Guaraní, derived from para, “of many varieties”, andgua, “riverine”, the river Rio Paraguay which splits the country into an east and west side.
  • Paraguay joins Bolivia as the only two landlocked countries in South America. Despite this condition, Paraguay has a relatively large navy
  • Paraguayans greet each other with adios instead of hello as a way to indicate their “busy” lives
  • Paraguayans really know how to throw a barbeque, with over 30,000 hungry eaters, they wound up in the Guinness Book of Records
  • “En Seguida” is a very handy phrase, especially when you are running late.  While it literally means “in a minute”, it is assumed to mean anything from a minute to never

Paraguay blindermaternidad1Olga Blinder (1921-2008)

http://gaelart.blogspot.com/2010/08/social-realism-paraguay-art.html

Link to Recipe:  http://theworldfrommykitchen.wordpress.com/paraguay

Link to Map:  https://theworldfrommykitchen.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/recipemap-southamerica.pdf

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