When I travelled to South Africa last week, I asked locals what came to mind when someone called for traditional dishes. After the question was posed, there was always a pause. What was their cuisine? If you look online, nothing jumps out as the dish of the hour. Where is South Africa’s American Apple Pie or German Bratwurst? In many ways, when asked, the answers I received were always surprisingly similar to what I eat. Frozen pizza, pasta, order-in Indian food.
As millennials, we search for that local delicacy that we can’t find at home. If I’m being honest, I struggled finding that dish in Cape Town. The best food always came from that Japanese restaurant or this cool new burger place. One of the best things about culture, I find, comes from exploring new foods. So after much digging, I located two recipes that are considered “South African.” The one caveat is that they are from online from Just Easy Recipes and Getaway Magazine)
Give the recipes a shot and leave a comment if you loved (or hated) either one of them! Or if you have another local dish that we happened to miss, let us know!
South African Bobotie is curried meat and fruit with a egg-like topping that is deliciously warm to the bite. The recipe we've chosen to share this week comes from Daniela Bonara of Getaway Magazine. Her recipe is full of great flavours and even better taste. She uses a traditional recipe that we thought would be inspiration for our readers to cook out of the box this week! Give it a try on your own, if not - you might be missing out on a great summer treat.
For a sweeter look into South African cuisine, we chose the traditional melktert (or easily translated Milk Tart). Serving up all the toasty goodness of a warm rice pudding topped with cinnamon, melktert has the consistency of cheese cake - so yes, you can serve it all of the picnics this summer. We chose a recipe from Louise of Just Easy Recipes because she really delved into how fun it is to blind bake a pastry crust, but also reassures you that this formidable dessert is not as difficult as it looks. If you ever wanted to give baking a try, why not expand your horizons by baking something from a different culture. You never know what flavors you might end loving unless you give them a try.