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Potjiekos Recipe

 A brief Potjiekos history Potjiekos (“Pot Food” translated into English) is traditionally cooked over open coals in a black three legged cast iron pot three-legged pot. The cast iron pots (the potjie) were brought from the Netherlands to South Africa in the 1600’s and are now found in

Koeksisters Recipe

Koeksisters originate from the Dutch and Malay people that settled in Cape Town. They are plaits of deep-fried dough dipped in syrup that have a crispy exterior and soft sweet stick inside. Lightly spiced dough is deep fried then immediately dunked into an ice-cold flavored sugar syrup for

Authentic Samosa Recipe

  Samosas (AKA samoosa in South Africa) – what are they and where do they come from? Simply put a samosa is a fried or baked pastry with a savory filing such as potato, peas, lentils, ground beef, lamb or chicken. They are typically shaped in a triangle

Sosatie Recipe (South African Style Kabobs)

Sosaties are mild curried, flame grilled, lamb or chicken kabobs of South African Cape Malay origin. Traditionally they are made with lamb but you can use chicken or beef also. The name is from“sate” (“skewered meat”) and “saus” (Afrikaans for spicy sauce). Try this sosatie recipe at

Cape Malay Curry Recipe

What is Cape Malay Curry? Cape Malay curry is very distinctive and relies on bold fruity flavors and aromas (combining sweet and savory flavors) and are not quite as hot or spicy as  some of the Indian curries. The Cape Malay curry is a special blend of

South African Vetkoek Recipe

Vetkoek – A Quick and Easy Recipe Vetkoek are essentially deep fried yeast dough buns that can be eaten with anything from apricot jam to curry mince and so can be a meal by itself for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a snack or even a desert (like a doughnut

South African Butternut Soup Recipe

Many South Africans think of a butternut soup recipe as the national soup of South Africa and it is routinely served in restaurants, homes, and even on safari. Ingredients: 1 tbsp Butter  2 Medium Onions chopped 2 Cloves Garlic chopped 4 Cups (1 liter) Water  1 Chicken Stock

Buttermilk Rusks (Beskuit)

The rusk (know as Beskuit in Afrikaans) dates back to early South African settlers. Today there are many varieties including sweet and healthy options. A brief history of the rusk Making them is pretty simple: balls of dough are packed into loaf tins and baked in the

Portuguese Style Peri-Peri (Spicy) Grilled Chicken

This delicious spicy chicken recipe is a flame grilled, Portuguese style, butterfly-cut spicy peri-peri grilled chicken. Peri-peri is the Swahili word for chili peppers. This grilled peri-peri chicken is a spicy dish with roots in old Portuguese colonized Africa, primarily in Angola and Mozambique when Portuguese settlers

Melktart (Milk Tart / Milk Desert) Recipe

Melktert is Afrikaans for “milk tart” and is a Dutch inspired South African dessert. The crispy pastry crust holds a cold (cooked) milk based “custard like” filling with cinnamon or nutmeg sprinkling on top.  It is somewhat similar to Portuguese custard pies and Chinese egg pies. This is

Delicious Easy Bobotie Recipe

What is Bobotie? This is a Dutch recipe that originates from the Indonesian dish Bobotok. The recipe first shows up in a Dutch cookbook dating to 1609 and was introduced in South Africa by Dutch settlers and subsequently adopted by the Cape Malay community. The curry gives