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Of the world’s seven continents, Africa is second only to Asia in terms of population and land size. The continent contains just about every climate and geography type you can imagine, as it stretches from the bone-dry desert sands of the north, to rain-drenched jungles, across the savannas where human life first emerged, to the mountainous tip of South Africa. Africa, quite literally, is where cooking began. In Africa, many millennia ago, our relatives first learned to tame the flames of fire to produce cooked foods. Without this advance, cuisine had no chance to develop. Not surprisingly for such a large continent with so much climactic diversity, there are very distinctive styles of cuisine. Contact with colonizing and slave-trading Europeans began an exchange of foods between Africa and the New World, which brought sweet potatoes, chiles, and tomatoes to Africa -- and black-eyed peas, okra, and yams to the Americas.

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Home Town: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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I'm almost 25, on the 16th Feb 2005 I'll be. Can't wait. I've been cooking for about 3 years now, no real inspiration just enjoy it, you can do anything in the kitchen, sort of like an artist in his studio, it's relaxing you can tickle your mind by figuring out new stuff or methods and the best is to see it on the faces whom you're preparing a meal for. I heard once you eat with your eyes first...

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Cooking Level: Intermediate
About me: I live in South Africa. I enjoy cooking and baking.
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About me: I am now 70 years old. Self taught from recipe books and attending demonstrations. a Member of the kenwood staff for many years. i Love cooking and experimenting with recipes.

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