Recipes – South African

Roosterkoek – a South African braai essential

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Roosterkoek (literally grill cake – say “roor-stir-cook” and try to roll those r’s!) is the traditional bread to accompany a braai or BBQ. The roosterkoek are simply balls of bread dough cooked on a grid over the coals, and are best eaten piping hot and straight off the grill. There are other traditional braai breads […]

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Cape brandy pudding (or tipsy tart) revisited

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[As I am currently on holiday, this is an edited re-posting of one of the first traditional South African desserts that I ever posted on this blog. ] It’s a fact – South Africans do like their brandy.  Not so much the sort that is meticulously aged and then consumed in tiny sips from beautiful blown-glass balloons.  No, […]

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Souskluitjies (cinnamon dumplings) revisited

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[As I am currently on holiday, this is an edited re-posting of one of the first traditional South African desserts that I ever posted on this blog, over five years ago in 2004.  The photo is also from 2004, before anybody told me not to use a flash in food photography...  You've come a long way, baby!] **H2Ope […]

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Bobotie revisited

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[As I am currently on holiday, this is a re-posting of one of the first traditional South African recipes that I ever posted on this blog, over five years ago in 2004.] Bobotie is a classic South African dish and if you visit a restaurant serving traditional South African foods you are almost sure to encounter […]

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Jan Ellis pudding – a classic South African dessert

February 23, 2009

Fact:  South Africans love puddings. And no, I don’t mean the weird English concept of puddings which can include savouries like Yorkshire pudding.  I mean sponge-cakey puddings baked in the oven and usually served warm with some sort of sauce or syrup. There’s nothing glamorous or sexy about them, and they don’t require any sort of […]

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Bunny chow – South Africa’s own street food

January 18, 2009

  **DISCLAIMER** – no fluffy bunnies were harmed in the making of this dish!! Phew.  Just thought I'd get that disclaimer out of the may before people started hurling abuse, shoes or frying pans Street food – it's such a great concept.  Something cheap and readily available, sold on the streets in a portable format, and eaten […]

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Bar-One sauce – a South African classic

November 21, 2008

  So you think you've had a rough week? Well, spare a thought for some of the occupants of the International Space Station.  First they break the news to you that of the two spiders being sent into space, you are not the Lead Spider – you are merely the understudy.  So you have no […]

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