South African products

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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Proudly South African verjuice

November 25, 2007

One of the things that I like most about travelling is that I get to shop for exotic ingredients on every trip.  Sometimes I do my research so as to make sure I come back with whatever product the area that I am visiting is best known for.  Other times I just wander around the […]

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This could be heaven or this could be hell – Marmite cheese spread

November 9, 2007

Growing up in Port Elizabeth (in our house anyway), your bread toppings included the following choices: peanut butter, golden syrup or apricot jam; and if you had a savoury tooth rather than a sweet one Anchovette, Melrose cheese spread, Marmite and Bovril. Some of the family liked Marmite (made from yeast extract left over after […]

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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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Amarula – South Africa in a bottle

September 9, 2007

Hands up – who’s had a Springbokkie? No, I’m not looking for some juicy revelation about James Small’s alleged extra-curricular activities or (even less) a discussion analogous to the one about Australian sheep farmers and their relationship with their sheep…!  And despite the start of the World Cup, this is not going to be a […]

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WTSIM#8 – Roasted butternut on the barbecue stuffed with spinach and feta

August 25, 2007

As I’ve written on this blog before, the South African braai is usually a meat-heavy affair.  Sure, there may be salads on the side, but essentially it’s all about protein.  Pity the poor vegetarian who arrives unannounced at the average braai. It’s going to be a long night picking over the salads, mate!  All of […]

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Peppermint Crisp fridge tart – local really is “lekker”

August 19, 2007

A criticism of South Africans (and pretty much all antipodeans in London) is that we arrive from sunnier Southern climes, find jobs, find accommodation and then proceed to live in little self-imposed ghettoes, socialising only with other South Africans, eating only out of South African shops, drinking in South African-themed bars, wearing Sprinkbok rugby jerseys […]

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