Recipes – South African

Oxtail and red wine potjie

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Photo courtesy and © Rosana McPhee 2014   Pop quiz:  what do all the following dishes have in common? Marmite Tagine Balti Cassoulet Tian Potjie They do not seem to be linked by nationality or even broad geographic region; nor does the link seem to be ingredient-related.  They do not share an alliterative first letter; […]

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Gem squash with a cheesy spicy creamed sweetcorn filling

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“Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.” Wise words indeed from American author Tad Williams, […]

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Boereboontjies – South African beans with mashed potatoes

Thumbnail image for Boereboontjies – South African beans with mashed potatoes October 10, 2013

“Your cat likes to eat… what?”, said the teacher as she loomed over me, seemingly impossibly tall and alarmingly perplexed.  I wasn’t aware that I’d said anything particularly unusual but I was suddenly aware that all my classmates were now also looking at me.  “Umm… asparagus, Miss,” I repeated. “You know, the long white things in […]

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Peppadew cheese puffs – perfect Christmas canapés

Thumbnail image for Peppadew cheese puffs – perfect Christmas canapés December 7, 2011

  Just like living with other people, living alone is something every adult should experience for themselves.  Living with other people teaches you about compromise and consideration for others; living alone teaches you about self-reliance and liking your own company. The 18 month period shortly after we were married when Nick lived in the UK and I […]

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Chicken, chorizo and Peppadew potjiekos

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  Synergy. It’s a great word – like energy, only better (and despite the way it sounds, no hint of sin!).  It boils down to the notion that a cohesive group is more than the sum of its parts; that a group has the ability to outperform even its best individual member; and that teamwork will produce an overall better […]

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Boerewors mini sausage rolls

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  Have you ever had the feeling that your heart lives in two places at once?  I suspect anybody whose lover or child has ever lived far away from them knows precisely what I am talking about. Part of your heart lives where you physically find yourself, attached to things like friends, neighbours, pets, a […]

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Biltong and feta cheese muffins

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  Summer means different things to different people.  To some, it means the beach and the smell of coconut suntan lotion.  To others, it means ripe, sun-warmed tomatoes from their garden; or Wimbledon; or partying the nights away in Ibiza’s nightclubs till dawn; or backyard braais/barbecues; or cricket season; or asparagus season; or berry-picking; or […]

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