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Amazing Continental Dishes You can Get in Ghana

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Continental and local dishes from Ghana are one of the best you can get around africa. Let’s look at some of them.

Originally from Senegal, Jollof is a pot dish of rice prepared with tomato sauce and served with meat or fish that stirs up plenty of interesting debate online. The rice soaks up the juicy flavours and turns orange when cooking, and is a national favourite that can be found in most restaurants or dished out by street vendors at affordable prices.

Amazing Continental Dishes You can Get in Ghana
A plate of Jollof Rice | © sharon mckellar / Flickr

Waakye

Waakye is another food that exhibits Ghanaians’ creative use of rice. The recipe is a medley of beans and rice and was originally a Northern dish, but it can now be found almost everywhere on the streets of Accra. Eating Waakye will open the door to a range of Ghanaian tastes and flavours as the main dish is served with other sides such as fried plantain, garri (grated cassava), spaghetti and avocado.

Banku and tilapia

When you see fish being grilled on the streets of Accra it is most likely to be tilapia, a delicacy among Ghanaians, who spice then grill the succulent freshwater fish. It complements banku, a Southern mix of fermented corn and cassava dough, and very hot pepper, diced tomatoes and onions. Banku is one of the main dishes of the people who live by the Ghanaian coast.

Amazing Continental Dishes You can Get in Ghana
Banku and tilapia | © sshreeves / Flickr

Red-red

Red-red is a filling traditional dish that consists of cowpea beans boiled to make a broth, served with palm oil and soft, fried plantains. It is one of the Ghanaian dishes that doesn’t use a lot of spice because the main taste comes from the ingredients it’s served with – it can also be dished up with garri to make it even more hearty. Red-red is also a perfect choice for vegetarians as no animal products are used.

Fufu and goat light soup

In the Eastern and Ashanti regions of Ghana, one meal guaranteed to work its wonder is fufu and goat light soup, the proud dish of the Akan. Fufu is a staple food across West Africa but in Ghana, it is made by pounding a mixture of boiled cassava and plantains into a soft sticky paste to go along with aromatic and spicy tomato soup. Fufu can also be found in Northern Ghana, although it is made with yam in this region. This weekend delight is relished across the country, albeit with slight differences made to the core recipe.

Amazing Continental Dishes You can Get in Ghana
A bowl of fufu | © sharon mckellar / Flickr

Tuo Zaafi

Northern Ghanaian food is dominated by the use of grains, herbs and meat as these are the main food products of the area. Tuo Zaafi is similar to banku, although it is quite soft and less sticky, and is made by cooking corn dough and adding a little cassava. What distinguishes Tuo Zaafi and makes it a popular meal nationwide is the nutritious and rare herbs used in making the accompanying soup, including dawadawa and ayoyo leaves.

Kenkey and fried fish

Kenkey is another corn-based staple similar to banku, that is made by moulding fermented corn dough into balls and wrapping them around drying corn leaves, which are then boiled. The meal is served with hot pepper sauce, fried crabs, octopus or fish and is a delicacy of the Accran people.

Kelewele

No list of traditional Ghanaian foods would be complete without this savoury side dish. Kelewele is an instant favourite among anyone who tries it, even those who aren’t big fans of peppery food. Usually sold as a snack or side dish all over Accra, it is made by frying soft plantains that have been soaked in a medley of peppers, ginger and garlic. The aroma is crisp and strong, while the pleasant plantain adds some sweetness to the sour.

Amazing Continental Dishes You can Get in Ghana
Waakye with kelewele | © Mac-Jordan Degadjor / Flickr

Omo tuo

Omo Tuo (or rice balls) are another traditional Ghanaian food that shows how the population often reinvents the myriad ways of eating rice. It comprises soft boiled grains that are moulded into balls and served with a variety of soups, and makes a great accompaniment to many dishes like fufu.

Here are a few others you may also love from a guest house in Accra

This guest house is called the Moon & Star Guest House and this is their addition to the list

  1. Mpoto poto– A stew of yam (our potato) and a spicy tomato sauce. We usually make this dish vegetarian and it is by far the number 1 according to many guests. Mpoto poto is a dish from the Volta region, Ashanti’s prepare it as well, but then from plantain and they use a lot of oil.
  2. Yam with a beef stew– Cooked yam served with a beef and vegetables stew, we serve a nice fresh salad at the side. This dish is a created by me. Tomato sauce is something that is widely used in Ghana. A different taste every once in a while is very nice.
  3. Yollof rice– A delicious spicy tomato rice, the rice is cooked in a tomato stew. We serve the yollof with chicken / fish and a fresh salad. Yollof rice is widely cooked in both Ghana and Nigeria, there is even a ‘battle’ where the tastiest yollof comes from. We know it! From the kitchen of Moon & Star, cooked by Justice or Bismark.
  4. Red red– A bean stew served with fried plantain. This Ghanaian dish is easy to find at the coastal areas. The name comes from the ripe / red plantain in combination with a bean stew prepared with red palm oil. In our kitchen we hardly use red palm oil.
  5. The Moon & Star version of light soup – A delicious soup filled with the vegetables that are available. Sometimes we add chicken or fish, but more often this soup is vegetarian. This soup can be served with many Ghanaian (side) dishes, such as fufu, banku, rice ball or gariba. We always choose a side dish from which we know that it will be appreciated by our guest.
  6. Homemade lasagna – mmmmmm, also a favorite, but definitely not Ghanaian recipe from us! Lots of work, but also very tasty. Vegetable lasagna with spinach and bechamel, sometimes with minced meat.gehakt.
  7. Gari foto– Gari is a very versatile ingredient, it is dried and ground cassava. In this case we make it into a kind of couscous, baked with an onion and tomato, we serve the gari with lots of veggies and a spicy tomato sauce.
  8. Omo tuo– A classic Ghanaian recipe. Rice balls with a delicious rich groundnut soup with or without fish / chicken.
  9. Noodles – Before I moved to Ghana I didn’t like noodles, I thought they were kind of boring. Until I tasted the noodles of one of my colleagues here. Wonderfully seasoned and filled with vegetables. Our guests agree with me, which is why the noodles have a place in their top 10.
  10. Yam balls– Last but certainly not least. We cook and mash the yam with nice spices, shape them into small balls which we fry with some batter. Amazing!! We serve the yam balls with veggies, a salad and some fish or chicken.

We hope the next time you are in Accra, you would try out one of the amazing meals on this list.

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List of Names for Groups of Animals

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List of Names for Groups of Animals are an interesting discovery for anyone looking to take their  grasp of English  a notch higher. Collective names for groups of animals are said to date back to medieval times, which may explain why some of these names can be strange, surprising or downright funny to us, such as an unkindness of ravens. In the spirit of the fanciful language used by our ancestors, more modern terms for animal groups can have a fun twist, like a crash of rhinoceroses.
List of Names for Groups of Animals

Whether it is a group of mammals, birds or even insects, there is a unique collective noun to identify the specific group, although some of these names are rarely used. Most people are likely to use the general term flock for a group of eagles, rather than the proper term convocation. Still, it’s good to know the correct collective noun, even if it’s just to wow your friends.

Collective Names for Animals

We’ve gathered together a list of 60 groups of animals and their collective nouns – some animal groups can have more than one collective noun – that you may or may not have heard of. Whenever animals gather in groups, they are formally called:

  • Apes: a shrewdness
  • Badgers: a cete
  • Bats: a colony, cloud or camp
  • Bears: a sloth or sleuth
  • Bees: a swarm
  • Buffalo: a gang or obstinacy
  • Camels: a caravan
  • Cats: a clowder or glaring; Kittens: a litter or kindle; Wild cats: a destruction
  • Cobras: a quiver
  • Crocodiles: a bask
  • Crows: a murder
  • Dogs: a pack; Puppies: a litter
  • Donkeys: a drove
  • Eagles: a convocation
  • Elephants: a parade
  • Elk: a gang or a herd
  • Falcons: a cast
  • Ferrets: a business
  • Fish: a school
  • Flamingos: a stand
  • Foxes: a skulk or leash
  • Frogs: an army
  • Geese: a gaggle
  • Giraffes: a tower
  • Gorillas: a band
  • Hippopotami: a bloat
  • Hyenas: a cackle
  • Jaguars: a shadow
  • Jellyfish: a smack
  • Kangaroos: a troop or mob
  • Lemurs: a conspiracy
  • Leopards: a leap
  • Lions: a pride
  • Moles: a labor
  • Monkeys: a barrel or troop
  • Mules: a pack
  • Otters: a family
  • Oxen: a team or yoke
  • Owls: a parliament
  • Parrots: a pandemonium
  • Pigs: a drift or drove (younger pigs), or a sounder or team (older pigs)
  • Porcupines: a prickle
  • Rabbits: a herd
  • Rats: a colony
  • Ravens: an unkindness
  • Rhinoceroses: a crash
  • Shark: a shiver
  • Skunk: a stench
  • Snakes: a nest
  • Squirrels: a dray or scurry
  • Stingrays: a fever
  • Swans: a bevy or game (if in flight: a wedge)
  • Tigers: an ambush or streak
  • Toads: a knot
  • Turkeys: a gang or rafter
  • Turtles: a bale or nest
  • Weasels: a colony, gang or pack
  • Whales: a pod, school, or gam
  • Wolves: a pack
  • Zebras: a zeal

To expand your vocabulary even more, YourDictionary can help you learn some animal names in Spanish.

Animal Names Can Highlight Traits

Not only is it fun to say certain names for groups of animals, but it is interesting as well. The collective names given to groups of animals can be as unique as the animals themselves and highlight certain traits of that group. Remember that, and when you think of a group of skunks the word stench should immediately come to mind.

Our list is by no means exhaustive, so please share more collective nouns for groups of animals in the comments below.

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Jason Momoa And Wife Lisa Bonet Announce Separation After 4 Years Of Marriage

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Hollywood star Jason Momoa and wife Lisa Bonet have parted ways after 4 years of marriage and 16 years of relationship. The couple shared the sad news via the actor’s Instagram account. In their joint statement, the couple said there is a revolution that is unfolding and their family is no exception.

Jason Momoa And Wife Lisa Bonet Announce Separation After 4 Years Of Marriage

They noted that they will go about their lives with dignity and honesty. They shared that they are freeing each other so they can both be what they need to become and they will give unwavering love and support to their children teaching them love and prayer.

 

Jason Momoa And Wife Lisa Bonet Announce Separation After 4 Years Of MarriageThe couple met in 2005 and have two kids – a son and a daughter. Their oldest is daughter Lola Lolani Momoa, 14, and youngest is son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa, 13.

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California twins born in different years. LOL

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Aylin Trujillo, a healthy baby girl from Greenfield, weighing 5 pounds and 14 ounces, was the first baby born in the new year in Monterey County.

Aylin arrived 15 minutes after her brother Alfredo, who was born on Dec. 31 at 11:45 p.m., weighing 6 pounds and 1 ounce.

Their birth is special because they were born on different days, months and years.

Twins with different birthdays are rare, and some estimate the chance of twins being born in different years as one in 2 million.

The twins were born at Natividad Hospital in Salinas.

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Grammy Awards indefinitely postponed as Omicron spreads

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This year’s Grammy Awards ceremony honoring top performances in music has been postponed indefinitely because of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, organizers said on Wednesday.

The show had been scheduled to take place at an arena in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast live on the CBS network on Jan. 31.

Grammy Awards indefinitely postponed as Omicron spreads

“Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks,” CBS and the Recording Academy said in a joint statement, adding that a new date would be announced soon.

Nominations for the awards were announced in November. Pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste led a field that spanned rap to jazz music and embraced newcomers from teen pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo to veteran crooner Tony Bennett, 95, who won his first Grammy in 1963.

The 2021 Grammy awards also were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony was staged in March instead of January and included a mix of pre-recorded and live segments in front of a small, socially distanced crowd.

Organizers had hoped to return this year to something closer to the traditional celebration with a large audience inside the former Staples Center, now called Crypto.com Arena. Late-night television host Trevor Noah had been tapped to host the event.

CBS and the Recording Academy said they consulted local officials, health experts and artists before deciding to scrap the January date.

Grammy Awards indefinitely postponed as Omicron spreads

“The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly to produce our show remains our top priority,” they said.

Other entertainment industry events have been delayed or scaled back.

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Organizers of this month’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, said on Tuesday they had canceled in-person events and would move them online.

The Critics Choice Awards, which had been set for this Sunday, have been postponed with no new date scheduled.

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