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Mustafa Salemwalla

Mustafa hails from Tanzania and spent 30 years getting to know the magnificent continent of Africa. Hence his passion for African art, sculpture, fashion and empowerment of artisans.

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Ceramics with an African Flair - The Ardmore Collection

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

From Capodimonte to Hummel to Lladro to Wedgwood, the world does not suffer from a lack of fine pottery. These venerable manufacturers produce modern collectibles in signature styles. Is there room for yet another manufacturer, another source, a new style? Zawadee believes that the verve and whimsy of its Ardmore Collection ranks with the settled elegance and the studied cuteness of other famous manufacturers.

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A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place - Fashionably

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Jul 04, 2018 @ 09:08 AM

Reticule. Purse. Handbag. The terms basically mean the same thing and each serves the same basic purpose: to hold stuff. However, these practical accessories also fulfill other purposes as accompaniments to fashion, status symbols, and organizational aids. Zawadee offers the Oryx Collection of fine leather handbags that hits the multiple purposes today’s women expect from their practical accessories.

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A Taste of Africa: Gages - Eggplant, Tomato and Onions - Oh My!

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 02:46 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Gages is a deceptively simple vegetable dish that originates in Sierra Leone. We say "deceptively simple" because the taste is extraordinary!

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Make the Best of What’s Underfoot - Criteria and Caring for Area Rugs

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

Area rugs offer many practical benefits, from providing cushion underfoot to warmth to protecting floors from scuffs and scratches to separating cold, hard surfaces from tender bare feet. Area rugs also offer aesthetic value by framing a space and adding color and interest. Of the considerations when purchasing an area rug, two in particular stand out: criteria for selection and caring for the carpet.

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Black History Month: Viola Desmond - Canada's Rosa Parks?

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, May 01, 2017 @ 06:12 PM

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Attention All Retailers! Come meet us at the 2017 Toronto Gift Fair

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

We travel the world, searching for beautiful fashion, jewelry, home décor and beverages of African origin or influence to delight your customers!

We are inspired by the rich artistic and cultural heritage that exists in Africa and other parts of the world, represented by a vast array of artisanal groups creating remarkable works of art, jewelry, food and beverage and home décor items.

If you are going to Canada's largest gift fair - please stop by and see us. We're located in fabulous "Artisan's Row", Booth #10828.

And if you're not going, you can still register in our contest and preview our gorgeous products in our online Wholesale Catalog.

Retailers can register for a chance to win one of our 6 exciting prizes
by previewing our Wholesale Catalog

$100 Restaurant Gift Card
$50 Chapters/Indigo Gift Card
$25 iTunes Music Card

$30 Moroccan Lantern
$25 Pashmina-Style Shawl
$130 Masaai Hand Beaded Table Décor

Register for Your Chance to Win

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A Taste of Africa: Chickpea, Red Pepper & Spinach Curry

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 01:41 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

this curry is just the best for hot summer weather!

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Yum! Yum! Yum! This amazing curry dish is just the very best for hot summer weather.  Technically both vegan and gluten free, this fresh tasting curry is a snap to make.

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Talkin' About A Revolution? Power To The Coffee Cup!

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 10:26 AM


What an incredible idea! 

Every once in a while, someone crops up and sends us something that makes us go, "Yeah, right on!". (You can tell what generation we're from!)

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Are you really drinking coffee?

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 01:01 PM


Or just a warm, brown beverage?

All kidding aside, we actually have a friend who says just that. Her theory is that if you are only going to have a couple of cups a day, you should truly have the best coffee experience possible.

A self-admitted "coffee snob", she boycotts many of the more popular national coffee chains, claiming that what they sell is "just a warm, brown beverage" but not coffee.

She finds it hard to believe that people who will go to great lengths to buy the best wine for their dollar, don't apply the same logic to the coffee they consume on a daily basis.

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A Taste of Africa: Bran Rusks

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Jun 07, 2016 @ 01:52 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

We grew up eating these bran rusks!

They are delicious no matter what age you are. A lovely crunchy treat to enjoy with a good cup of coffee or tea. We call them our version of biscotti.


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Every one of us makes them slightly differently. We have experimented with the dried fruit ingredients. We've tried dried cranberries, blueberries, dried mixed fruit (chopped up), a variety of different types of raisins, dried dates . . . just use your creative culinary imagination! You can omit the dried fruit entirely, but we think they are better with the addition of fruit.

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What (Really) is a Pashmina?

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jun 06, 2016 @ 04:10 PM

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A Taste of Africa: Veggie Cakes

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 05:16 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

We don't know what others call these delicious little patties, but in our house, they're called "veggie cakes". They are vegetarian (maybe even vegan), so make a terrific meal if you're trying to eat less meat. About the consistency of a crab cake, they are very flavourful and relatively easy to make.

We try to have several "meatless" meals per week so this really fits the bill! You have to make sort of a paste with the chickpea flour but it isn't at all difficult.

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A Taste of Africa: South African Chutney Chicken

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Three ingredients? Under an hour? This recipe is just not to be believed! So simple. So delicious.

You can use any chutney you like, but we prefer to get Mrs. Ball's Chutney when we can. Any store that sells African (or South African) groceries should have it. For those of you in the Toronto area (like we are) - we suggest a trip to The South African Store in downtown Toronto.  You can also order online from them. They have quite a variety of Mrs. Ball's Chutney for sale.

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You can, of course, make your own chutney! Here's a link to a recipe we found at Foodgeeks for a chutney they claim is very similar to Mrs. Ball's. We haven't tried it yet. If you do, please let us know how you like it.

We try to keep these three ingredients on hand pretty much all the time. Because this recipe is so easy and so quick, it makes for a great meal when you're all busy. It's also saved us when people have dropped in and we're "casting about" for something tasty to serve.

Buy chicken thighs or boneless breasts ahead when they are on sale.  Keep at least a couple of jars of chutney and packets of onion soup mix on hand and "Bob's Your Uncle", you've got the making of a great meal.  Add some rice on the side and a little salad and you're good to go.

There is a wide variety of chutney chicken recipes around - just do an internet search and you'll see! We have made this one for years, though and keep returning to it because it's both easy to make and easy to keep ingredients on hand for. Don't mess with perfection, right?

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A Taste of Africa: Matoke - Plantain Stew

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, May 02, 2016 @ 09:45 AM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

While this recipe is often quoted as originating in Uganda, we've encountered all sorts of variations, all over the place! No matter where it comes from, it is a simple, delicious and very appetite-satisfying dish. 

Matoke is a reference to plantain (sometimes known as plantain bananas). This dish can be prepared with or without the meat and beef broth.  It's equally tasty as a vegetarian dish.

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As with all our recipes, we often vary this dish. We've added carrots or sweet potatoes or yams, different types of peppers. Used vegetable broth instead of beef broth. Sometimes putting together a stew at our house involves tidying up the fridge. You know - "let's use this up" or "a bit of this and a bit of that". Experimentation with recipes is fun, in our opinion, and often creates a tasty result!

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A Taste of Africa: Thieboudienne - Senegalese Fish and Rice

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @ 02:13 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Often considered to be the national dish of Senegal - Thieboudienne - basically means fish and rice. Some other African countries refer to this dish as "riz au gras" or "Jollof Rice".

You will see a wide variety of spellings of the name.  Cee bu jen, theibou dienn, tie biou dian, etc. 

Classic recipes for Thieboudienne contain netetou (also sometimes called soumbala or sumbala). Many cooks substitute the more readily available South Asian Fish Sauce.  How much to substitute is really a matter of taste. We use about a tablespoon but you may want to experiment to suit your own taste.

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A Taste of Africa: Ugali - The Polenta of Africa

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 01:41 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

If you like Polenta, you're going to just love Ugali! They are both made from cornmeal. Whether an accompaniment to a soup or stew or alongside meat, chicken or fish dishes, Ugali is a delight.

And, it's remarkably simple to make.  Basically just a combination of cornmeal and water, stirred until well thickened.

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A Taste of Africa: Liberian Black-Eyed Pea Soup

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Sun, Mar 20, 2016 @ 03:07 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Black-eyed Peas are a big deal in West Africa! They show up in a wide variety of soups and stews.  This particular recipe is very tasty and you can vary the vegetables to change it up a bit.  You can make this recipe "thick or thin"! Add more vegetables and less liquid and it becomes more stew-like.

This recipe is technically vegetarian, although we admit we often substitute chicken broth for the water.  Which makes it decidedly NOT vegetarian. Up to you!

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A Taste of Africa: Chakalaka (South African Vegetable Stir Fry)

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 02:10 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

We love the name of this simple vegetable stir fry! Sounds like the lead in for a disco song - Chakalaka - Chakalaka! Can't you just hear it?

You can pair this recipe up with almost anything! It can be a side dish or, as we mostly enjoy it, all on it's own!

Super simple to make and just plain delicious. The trick is to not over-cook the vegetables. We like ours still a bit "crunchy".

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Aquamarine Gemstones: Water of the Sea

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Thu, Mar 03, 2016 @ 12:43 PM

The name "Aquamarine" is drived from the Latin word for seawater. While aquamarines range in colour, value has always been placed on the more blue varieties of this gorgeous gemstone. The birthstone for the month of March, Aquamarine is on our list of favourite stones - not only for it's beauty, but also for it's affordability!

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A Taste of Africa: Jollof Chicken & Rice

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 12:51 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

We love to read Jamie Oliver's recipes because we always learn something from them other than just the ingredients and instructions. Jamie uses food to tell a story - about where the recipe came from, the diaspora of people and the spread of cultures (and therefore their cuisine). He makes food interesting and we follow him closely.

So, although we'd been making this recipe for years and years, we suddenly thought "why is it called Jollof Chicken & Rice". So we turned to Jamie Oliver to find out why! His explanation follows:

"Jollof rice is more of a concept than a recipe, because it’s found in various guises all over West Africa. Its other name is Benachin, which means “one pot” in the language of the Wolof people who invented it – evidently throwing lots of lovely food in a pan and letting the heat do its thing has always been a popular cheat."

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The Wolof people ruled in what is now known as Senegal (1360 to 1549). They were quite powerful and wealthy and before their empire disintegrated, The Wolof traded with Europe. Before their kingdom disappeared, The Wolof spread through travel, trading with others and conquests.

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As a result, Jollof Rice is a popular dish in Ghana - over 2,000 km from The Wolof homeland in Senegal. It is also found in Nigeria and Cameroon. This "spread" of the recipe has resulted in varying ingredients but the basic recipe has stayed pretty much the same.

Jamie Oliver often says that "the devil is in the detail" and recommends using the best ingredients you can find and ensuring you use long grain rice. Jamie's recipe is amazing - we highly recommend checking it out!

Here's an interesting fact! The word Ghana means “warrior king”, so they can probably stand the heat of the Scotch Bonnet Pepper often used in this delicious dish.

Our family recipe doesn't include a Scotch Bonnet Pepper, although we have prepared this dish with one in the past. We warn you, it does add quite a bit of heat!

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Black History Month: Josiah Henson - Author, Abolitionist, Minister

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 @ 02:02 PM

Josiah Henson was born into slavery in Maryland. He escaped to what was then known as Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1830 and founded the Dawn Settlement (near Dresden, Ontario).

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Getting to Know Africa: The Niger River

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Feb 08, 2016 @ 01:29 PM

Running for an astounding 2,600 miles through a massive delta, The Niger River is the principal river of West Africa.

The river source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea and the river discharges into the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean.

The Niger is the third longest river in Africa. Only the Nile and the Congo rivers are longer. 

Mud houses on the center island at Lake Debo, a wide section of the Niger River
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A Taste of Africa: Shuku Shuku (Nigerian Coconut Balls)

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 10:35 AM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Make these for your sweetie pie!  Now, we have to confess, we've never made these ourselves. Although, we can say with certainty that they are truly delicious. 

This recipe comes to us from a favourite "Auntie". We've enjoyed these special treats since we were quite little!

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Black History Month: Viola Desmond - Canada's Rosa Parks?

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 04:23 PM

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12 Days of Christmas Contest Winners

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 @ 01:38 PM

We are ever so pleased to announce the winners of our recent 12 Days of Christmas Contest.

We had a terrific response to this contest from our loyal fans and followers. Please make sure to watch for our upcoming events.  If you haven't already, please sign up for our updates to make sure you don't miss out!

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Dominic Mancuso Group - A Musical Delight

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @ 02:04 PM

If you're looking for something to spice up the post-holiday doldrums, look no further. Just a short trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake on January 16th is the perfect choice!

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The Mandingo of Sub-Saharan Africa

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jan 04, 2016 @ 11:31 AM

Referred to as Mandingo, Mandinka or Malinke, the Mandingo represent one of the largest ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Based primarily in West Africa, the population of Mandingo peoples is about 11 million.

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A Taste of Africa: Moroccan Meat Cigars

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Sun, Jan 03, 2016 @ 12:16 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Sometimes a cigar isn't just a cigar! These little "wrap-ups" are cigar shaped morsels of goodness and (as we thought everyone would be a bit sick of both turkey and holiday cooking by now) a terrific quick recipe that's sure to please.

The truly ambitious cooks can make their own phyllo dough but, we can assure you, we buy the frozen dough when we make this recipe!  New York Times - Cooking has a great recipe for making your own dough, including a handy video on rolling out the phyllo - something we find rather challenging!

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Celebrate the New Year with The Strength and Beauty of Garnet Gemstones

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

Garnet – January’s birthstone signifies health, prosperity, perseverance and strength. Derived from the Latin word granatum, which means seed, the stone is known for its resemblance to the pomegranate seed and represents trust and eternal friendship, making it the perfect gift for a cherished friend.

 

 

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12 Days of Christmas Contest

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

Enter for a chance to win in our exciting new 12 Days of Christmas Contest

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet:  Purchasing African Sculptures

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 11:53 AM


The Popularity of African Sculptures

The way we choose to decorate our homes today is very different than how our parents’ homes were decorated. While art has always been an important part of décor, it is more common today for homeowners to take more leeway, often incorporating unique and eye catching pieces of art. As a result, African sculpture is more frequently encountered in home decor.

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A Taste of Africa: Leftover Turkey and Peanut Soup

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Sat, Nov 28, 2015 @ 04:02 PM

Running out of ideas for using up all that leftover Turkey?

We make this fantastic Turkey & Peanut Soup, which we began making from an Emeril Lagasse recipe that is just incredibly good.  Emeril uses ground turkey and, yes, at first we did too.

Then, we realized that this soup would be a great way to use up leftover turkey and - VOILA! - our version came to fruition.

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Wahoo! Thank You to Our 10,000 Facebook Fans

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Thu, Nov 26, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Without taking up too much of your time, we just couldn't stop ourselves from sharing achieving the major milestone of 10,000 Facebook Fans.

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A Taste of Africa: African (Leftover) Turkey Stew

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 11:20 AM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

While Canadian Thanksgiving is past, American Thanksgiving is coming up soon! There are still lots of good buys on turkey at local supermarkets.

Whether made with inexpensive turkey legs or (as we usually do) with leftover turkey, this stew is a great "warmer upper" for those nippy fall days.

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The Yoruba of Sub-Saharan Africa

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

The Yoruba are excellent craftsmen and are held to be among the most skilled and productive of all of Africa.

They produce remarkable leatherwork, glass, weaving, wood carving and black smithing. As the Yoruba tend to gather to live in densely opulated urban areas, this allows for a centralization of wealth and for a market economy that supports patronage of the arts produced by this prolific group of craftspeople.

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The Tigray of Ethiopia & Eritrea

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

Keepers of the Ark of the Convenant?

The Ark of the Convenant was venerated in the First Temple of Jerusalem during the reign of Solomon (circa 970-930). Then, it vanished!

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A Taste of Africa: Harissa Roasted Turkey

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 02:36 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

After Thanksgiving, each year, you can often take advantage of post-holiday turkey sales at your local grocers.

Try this North African inspired recipe. Harissa is a spice often used in Moroccan foods. Basically, a hot chili sauce comprised of several varieties of peppers, spices and herbs.  This kicks up the flavour immensely! You can keep any leftover rub in the fridge for a couple of weeks and enjoy it on all sorts of things.  We use it on both chicken and steak.  Delicious!

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A Taste of Africa: Spicy African Chicken Stew

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

There's just nothing like a hot, satisfying bowl of stew to cheer everyone up as the weather turns cold. This is our "go to" recipe for the fall season.

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Food for the Soul!

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 12:59 PM

If you're looking for something fun and fantastic to do, please join us at Food for the Soul.  Great food, great music, great products.  All round fun for the entire family.  See you there!

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Celebrate the Sounds of Africa: Mother of Soul

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Sep 04, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

Join Dominic Mancuso & Chendy Leon to explore the rich musical influences of Africa. The soulful sounds of these extraordinary musical explorers - unplugged - is delightfully entertaining.

Zawadee - Bring Africa Home is pleased to present Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award Winner Dominic Mancuso and his good friend and collaborator Chendy Leon - an extraordinary percussionist who has worked with a long list of internationally acclaimed artists, including Jesse Cook, The Parachute Club and Sultans of String.

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A Taste of Africa: Moroccan Chickpea Stew

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Sep 02, 2015 @ 03:32 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

This super simple stew is so tasty you will make it over and over again.  We often do a double batch and enjoy it for several meals.

The recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of garam masala which is a mixture of a variety of spices.  AllRecipes has a failsafe garam masala recipe.  You can buy it pre-mixed, but it is so easy and economical to make it yourself.

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A Taste of Africa: Easy Peasy - Chicken Marrakesh in the Slow Cooker!

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Although the temperature is an astounding 87 degrees Fahrenheit today, we looked at the calendar and realized that September - and back to school time - is just around the corner.  In our house, we get much busier between work and school and everything else, so the slow cooker is our good friend!

Chicken Marrakesh hails from (obviously) Morocco.  It is a hearty, filling dish and super easy when prepared in the slow cooker. There are a number of online recipes for the slow cooker but don't hesitate to experiment.  For example, AllRecipes and food.com both have a terrific recipe which calls for garbanzo beans.  We use red kidney beans, or, frankly, whatever we have in the cupboard.  Quite by accident, we ended up using black beans, and the results were quite delicious!

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We're So Excited and We Just Can't Hide It! Bravo Niagara:The North Star Festival

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 02:26 PM

Zawadee - Bring Africa Home is pleased to announce we're going to be part of Bravo Niagara! - The North Star Festival: Voices of Freedom. Niagara-On-The-Lake - October 2-4, 2015.

Celebrating and honouring the courageous freedom-seekers who followed the North Star to Niagara - a terminus of the Underground Railroad, this inaugural festival showcases the sights, sounds, history and tastes of the Niagara Region's rich black history and African origins.

Great music, fascinating history, mouth-watering food and a boat cruise down the Niagara River. Entertaining, fun and educational, this festival is a terrific experience for the entire family!

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A Taste of Africa: Sambal - A Fresh Tasting Side Dish

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 01:31 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Sambal is the perfect summer side to accompany almost any dish. Fresh and flavourful, this lovely combination is easy to prepare. Grated carrots and apples pair up with garlic, ginger and rice wine vinegar to produce a tasty slaw.

There are many varieties of Sambal, showing up from Sri Lanka to South Africa, incorporating different ingredients - cucumber, tomato, onion and even pineapple!  Most Sambals have a common trait - they are crisp and fresh versions of a slaw salad.

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A Taste of Africa: Chicken in Spicy Red Sauce

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Sun, Aug 02, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Spicy Ethiopian Red Sauce has long been a favourite in our family.  You can prepare the spice blend ahead and use it on all sorts of things.  We use it to flavour salmon, chicken breasts or thighs, steaks or even on shrimp.

We guarantee you'll love this dish.  Some recipes we've seen suggest a dollop of yogurt on top just before serving.  It is delicious!

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A Taste of Africa: Peri Peri African Chicken - A Perfect Summer Dish

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Spelled "peri peri" in Africa, Piri piri sauce (used as a seasoning or marinade) is Portuguese in origin.  Peri Peri African Chicken is popular in Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.  We say you can't go wrong with this combination of ingredients!  Yum Yum, indeed.

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Spokes and Folks Ride to End Multiple Sclerosis

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 02:19 PM

Zawadee - Bring Africa Home is pleased as punch to sponsor The Spokes and Folks Bike Team in this admirable pursuit.

And we also want to do a little bragging while we're at it.

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A Taste of Africa: No We're Not Ftat. We just like to eat 'em!

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Actually, this summer our bike riding has pretty much eliminated the winter love handles!  That said, we simply love "ftat", which is a simple flat bread.  Easy to make, can be stored for up to a week and pairs well with lots of different meals.

Ftat is a tasty addition to pretty much any summer meal and is often served with salad. Usually this "cooked on the stove top" flatbread is just roughly torn up and either covered with soups, stews or salad, or is used as a "dipper" for a variety of foods. Many cultures have similar recipes.

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Getting to Know Africa: The Okavango Delta

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

The Okavango Delta:  Gorgeous Lushness in the Desert

 In southern Africa, the Kalahari desert—a large, semi-arid, sandy savanna—stretches through much of the country of Botswana.  There is only one river in this area—the Okavango. 

River deltas typically lead to the sea, but the Okavango never quite makes it there.  Instead, it dumps its water onto open land, flooding the savanna with much-needed water for the surrounding plants and wildlife.

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A Taste of Africa: We're Coocoo for Kuku Paka

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

We're (as the headline suggests) absolutely coocoo for Kuku Paka.  What's that you say?  Simple - Coconut Chicken Curry.

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Getting To Know Africa: Victoria Falls - Mosi-oa-Tunya

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 01:33 PM

It's breath-taking! No wonder this majestic site is also known as "Smoke That Thunders".

The spray shoots over 400 meters in the air and can be seen from 30 kilometers away. It is twice the height of Niagara Falls.

There’s no doubt about it.  Victoria Falls is massive and awe-inspiring. 

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A Taste of Africa: Ngege (Tilapia) in Groundnut Sauce

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @ 02:13 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

We love Tilapia and this simple, straightforward version is easy to make. African cuisine uses peanuts in a variety of different ways to create tasty culinary treats.  This one will become a favourite, we're sure!

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Getting to Know Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 01:37 PM

When you think of the unparalleled natural beauty of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro no doubt springs to mind. 

Located in northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi, Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak juts up dramatically from the midst of a vast savanna.  It’s made up of three volcanic cones—Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira.

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The Himba of Namibia

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jun 08, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

In the harsh desert environment of the Kunene region in Namibia, live the Himba People. 

Despite the modern world creeping ever closer, the Himba have resisted change and preserved their own identity and rich culture. 

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The Maasai Olympics: Replacing Hunting for Lions with Hunting for Medals

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 03:43 PM

 "This Maasai Olympics has been the greatest celebration of Maasai culture I have ever attended,” - Katoo Ole Metito (Maasai), Minister of Internal Security, Government of Kenya.

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Benefits of Bamboo Fabrics: How Bamboo Becomes a Scarf, Shawl or Cowl

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Sun, Feb 08, 2015 @ 07:05 PM

While many people commonly associate bamboo with home décor items, mats, furniture and different types of art, there is a growing trend in the fashion industry as more and more clothing designers are using bamboo fabric rather than cotton. Our bamboo scarves and cowls are a great example!

Topics: Textiles Fashion
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Egyptian Papyrus: Fascinating Stories for Your Walls!

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

The art of Egyptian Papyrus paintings brings the past alive - depiciting daily life, mythology, gods and goddesses and momentous historical events.  But, it was almost lost forever!

 

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King Ramses at The Battle of Kadesh

Topics: Egyptian Art
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ENTER THE WORLD OF THE MAKONDE SHETANI

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

There has been resurgence in the popularity of African art, especially when it comes to wood carvings and traditional African works of art. When most people envision African art, they are quite often thinking about the beautiful hand carvings created by the Makonde of Tanzania and Mozambique.

Topics: Makonde
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