• Charcuterie Board
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    Crafting Memorable South African Charcuterie Boards

    Charcuterie boards, traditionally a showcase of cold, cured, or smoked meats, have evolved into a culinary art form that celebrates South African cuisine’s rich diversity. Today, South African charcuterie boards feature a vibrant tapestry of flavors, textures, and colors, paying homage to the country’s cultural heritage and unique palate. Let’s explore the world of South African-inspired charcuterie boards and discover three delightful variations. The Essence of South African Charcuterie In South African charcuterie, we find a fusion of indigenous flavors, influences from Dutch, Malay, Indian, and French cuisines, and a strong connection to the country’s agricultural traditions. A well-crafted South African charcuterie board is a celebration of this diverse culinary…

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    Moroccan couscous:

    Couscous: A staple dish made from semolina grains, steamed to perfection and served with tender meat (often lamb or chicken) and a variety of vegetables. It’s often accompanied by a flavorful broth. Here’s a recipe for Moroccan couscous: Ingredients to make Moroccan couscous : 2 cups couscous2 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, minced2 carrots, diced2 zucchinis, diced1 red bell pepper, diced1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed1 teaspoon ground cumin1 teaspoon ground coriander1 teaspoon ground turmeric1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)Salt and pepper to taste4 cups vegetable broth1/2 cup raisinsFresh cilantro or parsley, chopped (for garnish)Lemon wedges (for serving) Instructions: In a large pot,…

  • Tagine


    Tagine: A signature Moroccan dish cooked in a cone-shaped clay pot. It typically consists of slow-cooked meat (such as lamb or chicken) or vegetables with aromatic spices like cumin, ginger, and saffron. Here’s a recipe for Tagine, a delicious North African dish known for its rich flavors and tender meats. This recipe features lamb as the main protein, but you can also use chicken, beef, or vegetables if you prefer. Enjoy! Ingredients: For the couscous: Method: Service suggestions: Enjoy your homemade tagine!

  • Melktert


    Melktert: A classic South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust filled with a creamy custard made from milk, eggs, sugar, and a hint of cinnamon. It’s served chilled and often dusted with cinnamon on top. Here’s a recipe for a classic milk tart, also known as “melktert,” including the ingredients, method, and serving suggestions: Ingredients for Melktert : For the crust:2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed1 large eggPinch of salt For the filling:4 cups whole milk1/2 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup all-purpose flour1/4 cup cornstarch4 large eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extractGround cinnamon, for dusting For serving (optional):Whipped creamGround cinnamon Method: Preheat your oven…

  • Waterblommetjie Bredie

    Waterblommetjie Bredie

    Waterblommetjie Bredie: A stew made with waterblommetjies (water lilies), lamb or beef, and a medley of vegetables and spices. It’s a specialty from the Western Cape region. Waterblommetjie bredie is a traditional South African stew made with waterblommetjies, which are small edible flowers from the Cape water lily. Here’s a recipe for waterblommetjie bredie: Ingredients for Waterblommetjie Bredie : 1 kg waterblommetjies500 g lamb or mutton, cut into cubes2 onions, finely chopped2 cloves of garlic, minced2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 tablespoons flour2 cups beef or vegetable stock2 potatoes, peeled and diced2 carrots, peeled and sliced1 tablespoon lemon juiceSalt and pepper to tasteFresh parsley, chopped (for garnish) Method: Clean the waterblommetjies by…

  • Malva Pudding

    Malva Pudding:

    Malva pudding is a traditional South African dessert made with apricot jam and topped with a hot cream sauce. It’s a sweet and sticky treat that’s perfect for cold winter nights. A sweet and sticky dessert that has become a South African favorite. It is a baked sponge pudding served warm and drenched in a sweet syrup made from butter, sugar, cream, and apricot jam. It is often enjoyed with custard or ice cream. Here’s a recipe for Malva Pudding, a traditional South African dessert. Malva Pudding is a sweet and sticky baked pudding made with apricot jam. It’s typically served warm with a creamy sauce or custard. Here’s how…

  • Vetkoek


    Vetkoek: A deep-fried dough bread that can be served as a savory or sweet dish. It is often filled with minced meat, cheese, or jam, making it a versatile and satisfying treat. Here’s a recipe for Vetkoek, a traditional South African fried bread. Vetkoek is a popular snack or street food that can be enjoyed on its own or filled with various savory or sweet fillings. Here’s how you can make it: Ingredients for Vetkoek : 4 cups all-purpose flour2 tablespoons sugar2 teaspoons instant yeast1 teaspoon salt1 ½ cups lukewarm waterVegetable oil, for frying Optional Fillings: Minced meat (cooked and seasoned)Cheese and hamA sweet jam or syrup Instructions: In a…

  • Samp and Beans

    Samp and Beans

    Samp and Beans: This is a staple dish made from dried corn kernels (samp) and beans, cooked together until tender. It is often served as a side dish with meat or as a vegetarian main meal. Here’s a recipe for samp and beans, a traditional South African dish. It’s a hearty and delicious meal that’s perfect for a comforting dinner. Ingredients for Samp and Beans 1 cup dried samp (cracked corn kernels)1 cup dried sugar beans (red kidney beans can be used as a substitute)1 onion, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, minced2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 tomatoes, chopped2 carrots, peeled and chopped2 potatoes, peeled and chopped1 bay leaf1 teaspoon dried thyme1 teaspoon…

  • biltong


    Biltong: A popular South African snack made from cured and dried strips of meat (usually beef or game meat). It is similar to beef jerky but has a unique flavour and texture. Biltong is often enjoyed as a protein-rich snack. Here’s a recipe for making biltong, a popular South African dried meat snack. Biltong is typically made from beef, but you can also use other lean meats such as game, venison, or ostrich. Ingredients for Biltong : 2 pounds (900g) lean beef (or other meat of your choice)1/4 cup coarse sea salt1/4 cup coarsely ground black pepper2 tablespoons brown sugar2 tablespoons coriander seeds, crushed1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)1…

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    Cape Malay Curry

    Cape Malay Curry: This flavorful curry is influenced by the Cape Malay community. It combines aromatic spices with ingredients like chicken, lamb, or fish, creating a fragrant and mildly spiced dish. It is often served with rice and sambals (condiments). Here’s a recipe for Cape Malay Curry, a popular South African dish known for its rich and aromatic flavours. This recipe serves 4-6 people. Ingredients: Cape Malay Curry 2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 onions, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, minced1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger2 tablespoons Cape Malay curry powder (store-bought or homemade)1 teaspoon ground turmeric1 teaspoon ground cumin1 teaspoon ground coriander1 cinnamon stick2 green chillies, finely chopped (adjust according to your spice…