Recipes – South African

My big, fat South African potato bake

July 29, 2008

Sometimes the universe is a funny place.   You spend weeks and weeks in a state of semi-depression at the weather.  Despite it officially being summer here in London, it just stays grey, blustery and a little damp.  Great for the garden, but not so great for South African sun bunnies like me.  You complain with your […]

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Mamma’s no-recipe scones

January 31, 2008

What do you do when you miss somebody that you’ll never see again?  When your head is full of questions that you still want to ask them, questions that hadn’t even been formulated when you said goodbye?  When your arms ache to be around them?  When your ears strain to catch the memory of their […]

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Waiter, there’s something in my… melktert!

November 27, 2007

Do you know the feeling when you know something is part of your heritage and you know you should like it… but you just don’t?  Like my father growing up in the Afrikaner heartland of the Orange Free State province, but not liking braais.  Or a Scotsman who can’t stand haggis.  Or me, growing up […]

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Couldn’t-be-easier butternut squash bake

November 24, 2007

One of the many things that sets the South Africans apart from the British is our deep affection for pumpkins and other squashes.  I do wonder whether it’s a climate-related issue, as gourds generally like a dry climate. Maybe this is why we share our love of gourds with our American cousins. Either way, butternut […]

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Chicken biryani for lazy cooks

November 6, 2007

I am embarrassed to admit that, when I first met Nick 9 years ago, I did not eat curry.  Well, I ate my mom’s famous chicken curry (recipe sadly missing, otherwise I would be making it by the bucket), but that was more of a sweetly curry-flavoured chicken stew – think warm coronation chicken – […]

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Don pedros for dessert!

October 16, 2007

So who the heck is Don Pedro anyway? Well, he might be: * a prince of Aragon in the Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare * an American actor * a former governor of Guatemala * a Filipino politician * a Latin-American restaurant in New York * a dam All very impressive, but to […]

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Sticky BBQ chicken sundowners

September 19, 2007

I love food on sticks.  Hot, cold, sweet, savoury… you name it, I love it.  I don’t know what exactly it is about food on sticks that’s so perennially appealing either, but I’m guessing it’s that whiff of the fairground or of streetfood that appeals to me. When I think back to my childhood, I […]

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