Greetings from sunny South Africa!
Hope you are all keeping well...
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OK, now for the food! 44 Newsletters later and I thought I would
give you a menu of my personal favourite Traditional South African dishes. So I
gave it some thought and came up with the following:
To start off with, Oxtail soup together with
vetkoek as a side dish. Oxtail soup has that special flavour and together
with buttered vetkoek, can be a meal on it's own!
But that's just the start. For a main dish I
choose Bobotie together with yellow rice and raisins, pan fried sweet
potatoes and tomato and onion salad.
For liquid refreshment I would choose
pineapple beer, but sip it slowly, it's got quite a kick!
And then, hopefully I would still have some
space over for my favourite dessert, vinegar pudding! It was a tossup
between vinegar pudding and bread pudding, so I am listing both below, the
choice is yours!
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Oxtail needs long, slow cooking, but the end result is worth it!
15 ml butter or dripping
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, diced
1 medium turnip, thinly sliced
2 medium tomatoes, skinned and finely chopped
45 ml chopped celery
2 whole cloves
2 litres water
1 bouquet garni (3 sprigs parsley, 1 sprig thyme, 1 bay leaf)
125 ml cake flour
25 ml sherry or dry red wine (optional)
5 ml salt
1 ml cayenne pepper
Wash the oxtail well and separate it at the joints. melt the butter or dripping in a heavy based saucepan. Add the meat and the onion and
sauté till the onions are golden and the meat browned. Add the remaining vegetables, the peppercorns, cloves, water and bouquet garni and simmer, covered, for 3 hours. Remove the meat when it's tender and strip it from the bones, remove the bouquet garni and strain the soup, reserving the stock. Purée the vegetables in a blender or food processor. Add the purée to the stock and return the saucepan to the stove. Mix the flour to a
paste with a little water and stir it into the soup to thicken it. Add the sherry or wine and season with salt and cayenne pepper. Add the meat and serve immediately.
1 cup cake flour
5ml Baking powder
Method Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl. Beat the egg
lightly in a cup and add to the dry ingredients. Add sufficient milk and beat
till a smooth batter. Heat the oil in a pan, and drop large spoonfuls of the
batter into the hot oil (be careful). Fry, turning them over now and then,
until golden brown. Cut open, butter, and fill. (Experiment with any other
While visiting friends in the Cape a while ago, their Malay housekeeper
made vetkoek. As a variation, she opened a can of sardines, drained off
the oil and mixed the sardines into the batter, this really gave it an
The name comes from the Indonesian word 'Bobotok'. It is a
light textured curry flavored meat loaf smothered in a golden savory egg
topping. This recipe serves 6 generous portions. We suggest you serve it
with a large salad.
2 slices stale white bread (remove
30ml cooking oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
5ml crushed garlic
10 ml curry powder
500g beef mince
30ml hot water
1 egg (lightly beaten)
bay or lemon leaves for garnishing
Preheat oven to
160ºC. Soak bread in water for 10 minutes, squeeze out excess water and
crumble. In a large frying pan, heat oil and braise onion until golden
(about 7 minutes). Add the ground cloves, garlic, salt, curry powder and
turmeric and simmer for 5 minutes. Break the 2 eggs into a large bowl and
beat lightly. Mix in the mince. Add the onion mixture from the frying pan
to the mince as well as the hot water, lemon juice, crumbled bread and
sugar, and mix to combine well. Spoon the mixture into a well greased oven
proof dish and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the
Combine the egg and beat well. Pour over the bobotie.
Arrange bay leaves or lemon leaves as garnish. Return to oven and bake at
180ºC for 5-10 minutes, or until topping is set.
Yellow Rice with
250 ml rice
600 ml litre boiling water
ml butter or margarine
2,5 ml salt
5 ml turmeric
200 ml seedless raisins
Combine the rice, water,
turmeric and salt in a 2-3 litre dish. Cover with clingwrap, pierce, and
cook on High for 10 mins. Stir in the raisins and cook on High for another
5 mins. Tip into a sieve and rinse in cold running water. Return the rice
to a clean dish, stir in the butter and honey and reheat on High for 5
mins, stirring once.
Pan Fried Sweet Potatoes - what
can I say, you just gotta try them....
675-900g sweet potatoes
juice of 1 lemon
15ml plain flour
a good pinch of cayenne pepper
about 45ml sunflower oil
1 large onion, chopped
115g streaky bacon, chopped
50g fresh brown or white breadcrumbs
1. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into chunks about 4cm square. Place in
a pan of boiling water with the lemon juice and a little salt and simmer
for 8-10 minutes until cooked but not soft.
2. Mix together the flour, cayenne pepper and a pinch of salt. Drain the
potatoes and then dust with the seasoned flour, coating the pieces well.
3. Heat 15ml of the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion for about
2 minutes. Add the bacon and fry over a gentle heat for 6-8 minutes until
the onion and bacon are golden. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon.
4. Add the breadcrumbs and fry, stirring, for about 1-2 minutes until
golden. Add to the plate with the bacon.
5. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and fry the potatoes for 5-6 minutes,
turning occasionally, until evenly browned. Stir in the breadcrumbs and
bacon mixture and cook for 1 minute. Serve at once.
Tomato and Onion Salad
- Hot Stuff
1 large onion chopped
5 ml salt
500 ml hot water
2 large ripe tomatoes
2 chillies, chopped
10 ml sugar
30 ml white vinegar
Sprinkle onion with salt.
Pour hot water over it and leave to soak for 5 minutes.
Drain in a colander, squeezing out all excess moisture.
Add all remaining ingredients, toss to mix and add chopped coriander (dhania).
Be careful, it's got quite a kick!
Skin of one large pineapple, chopped. (Use the entire pineapple, not just the skin for a more intense flavor.)
7 litres lukewarm water
500 g white sugar or to taste
75 ml raisins
10 ml active dry yeast
Wash the pineapple and rinse well. Mix the pineapple , lukewarm water, sugar and raisins in a large container. Sprinkle the yeast over and leave to stand for 30 minutes. Stir well, then cover with a clean tea towel and leave to mature for 24 hours in a cool place. Strain through muslin and bottle in sterilized bottles. Cap the bottles after 12 hours and use after 1 - 2 days.
Vinegar Pudding (Asynpoeding) -An old favourite.....
500 ml water
400 g white sugar
125 ml brown vinegar
30 ml butter
125 ml brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
180 g cake flour
5 ml bicarbonate of soda
10 ml ground ginger
2 ml freshly grated nutmeg
2 ml salt
30 ml smooth apricot jam
First make the syrup. Boil the water, sugar and vinegar for 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.
To make the pudding, cream the butter and brown sugar together, then add the eggs, beating constantly. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, nutmeg and salt into the egg mixture and mix well. Blend in the jam. Pour the cooled syrup into a baking or ovenproof dish and spoon in the batter. Bake the pudding at 180 C for 40 minutes. Serve warm with custard.
Bread and Butter Pudding
4 slices stale white bread, 2 cm thick
190 ml currants or 150 ml seedles raisins
2 large eggs
125 ml white sugar
1 ml salt
759 ml milk
Remove the crusts from the bread. Butter the slices thickly and place them,
buttered side down, in a greased ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the currants or raisins over the bread. Beat the eggs well and stir in the sugar, salt and milk. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the bread and set the dish aside for 30 minutes to allow the liquid to soak right through the bread. Bake the pudding, covered, at 160C for 30
minutes. Uncover the pudding and bake a further 10 to 15 minutes or until the top is golden. Serve the pudding hot with golden syrup, honey or jam.