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Culinary Travels Africa: Bring the Taste of African Cuisine To Your Kitchen

Africa is an incredibly large and diverse continent. Whether you are looking to explore the Egyptian Pyramids, climb Mount Kilimanjaro, or take a hike over Cape Town, there is something for history buffs, adventurers, and explorers.

Wherever you go, be it the lavish palaces of Morocco, the dune-filled deserts of Sudan, or the incredibly unique trees of Socotra Island, you are bound to experience unique and flavorful dishes. One taste of Ethiopian Injera or insanely sweet Moroccan Tea and you will be hooked for life.

Culinary Travels: Bringing the Taste of Africa to Your Kitchen

Bringing African food and culture into your home may not be as difficult as you think. If you are an African food enthusiast, then make sure your kitchen is stocked with these kitchen tools and serving dishes so that you can bring some of your favorite delicacies from your favorite nations home with you!

Culinary Travels Africa: Chefman Electric Griddle & Crepe Maker

Injera is large, flat, spongy bread made from a grain called teff that is indigenous to Ethiopia. Traditional Ethiopian dishes are often served right on top of the Injera. To Americans, Injera may seem more similar to a sour pancake than the bread, but unlike pancakes, it rises in the pan as it cooks, and you never flip it in the pan.

To cook it, pour the batter onto a hot surface and look for bubbles to appear on the surface. Once the surface of the bread is dry, remove it from the pan and let it cool. In order to make Injera that won’t fall apart on you, you will need a hot flat surface, just like the one on this griddle!

This electric griddle is portable and has an easy-to-use temperature control for all of your Injera making needs! It is convenient, easy to clean, and even comes with a money back guarantee.

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Culinary Travels Africa: Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Moroccan Tagine

Tagines are uniquely shaped, clay or ceramic Moroccan dishes that were traditionally used to make stews. Today, they are mostly used as serving dishes that keep food warm with their cone-shaped lids. This Le Creuset Tagine is made of cast-iron, which evenly distributes heat throughout your dish.

The tagine can be used reliably on any heat source – from your oven to an outdoor grill. The generous rim will keep your meal securely in the tagine. Of course, if you would like to just use it as a serving dish that would be understandable since this beautiful piece comes in seven bright and vibrant colors. So whether you are serving traditional stews, or some khubz, a traditional Moroccan bread, this dish will be a real eye-catcher.

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Culinary Travels Africa: Escosall Large Wooden Spoon – Heavy Duty Stir Paddle for Cooking in Big Pots

A Potjie is a large clay pot (not unlike a dutch oven) that is used throughout South Africa to make stews. In Nigeria, yam porridge is a popular dish that is also prepared in an oversized pot. Large batch cooking is common and popular across the African continent, so in order to properly prepare your favorite dishes, you will need an extra large wooden spoon.

This culinary travels essential is 18 inches long by 3 inches wide and is sanded to be completely smooth. The large, hefty spoon has a thin-edged bottom for easy scrapping and can be easily cleaned with warm, soapy water. This spoon will help you to cook large batch recipes. Plus, it’ll let everyone in the kitchen know that you are the chef!

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Culinary Travels Africa: Best Duty Cast Iron Potjie Pot Size – Includes Lid Lifter Knob

So you’ve got your large wooden spoon, now you need a traditional potjie pot to cook in! A potjie was initially intended for outdoor cooking, which is why it has three little legs to keep the stew raised above the flames. Today, they can be used indoors or outdoors, thought this ‘Best Duty’ version is intended for outdoor use.

The shape of the pot pools the liquids at the lowest point to prevent the food from burning. The domed lid allows for optimal internal heat circulation. The heavy, cast iron material keeps the heat evenly distributed, helping you to cook effectively above temperamental flames. This is a great tool that can help you to try traditional African cooking from the convenience of your own home – or your own backyard!

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Culinary Travels Africa: Moroccan Furniture Bazaar 6 Piece Set of Fold Accented Artisan Tea Glasses

Moroccan Mint Tea is delicious and extremely pervasive across this Northern African continent. It is green tea, steeped with lots of spearmint and lots of sugar. It is typically served in an engraved Moroccan teapot off of a tea tray with several small tea glasses. This set of six beautiful tea glasses can help you to recreate some of the magic at home.

They are smaller than most Americans are used to, measuring just 3.5” x 2” and holding just 4 oz of tea. But the heat and strength of the traditional beverage make the entire experience feel much more voluminous than it really is. Each glass is a different color, which makes it easy to identify and claim your beverage. Plus, the traditional design will transport you right back to a café in Morocco.

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Culinary Travels Africa: Acacia Wood Hand-Carved Set of 4 Calabash Bowls

The African Calabash is a gourd plant that is often hollowed out and placed in the sun to dry into a hard, beautiful bowl. Nowadays, people use mass-produced wooden bowls, but eating out of one of these beautiful vessels will make you feel like you are enjoying a warm meal out of a traditional Calabash.

They are petite but well made. These culinary travels beauties are perfect for enjoying the rich, hearty stews popular all over Africa.

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Final Thoughts

Take a trip to Africa without ever leaving your home by stocking your kitchen with these African cooking essentials. If you’d like to hop on over to South America, we’ve got a similar guide for you. Enjoy your culinary journey.

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