Traditional South African food with a twist.

Traditional food in an Afrikaans speaking  home consisted mostly out of meat, potatoes, pumpkin and rice.

I still  use the recipes that my mother used so many years ago.

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Yesterday’s market finds made me think of a pumpkin recipe that we used when we had pumpkin  for a Sunday lunch.

The Afrikaner’s traditional way with some vegetables  is to sweeten it with golden syrup, sugar or honey.

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Wash the pumpkin thoroughly because it will be cooked with the skin on.

Cut the pumpkin into slices and  remove the pips.

Place the pumpkin slices into a cast-iron pot. Sprinkle some salt over it and add about a cup of boiling water.  Place lid on the pot and boil until pumpkin is soft and dry. You might have to boil it at the end without a lid.

Put a few blobs of butter in the pot and sprinkle with sugar. Let the pumpkin caramelize on a low heat without a lid.

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That made me  think about two other dishes that have always been my favourites.

Stewed green beans and broccoli / cauliflower bake!

Green beans
500 …. cut green beans
1 potato (pieces)
1 chopped onion

Cook ingredients for about 40 minutes and mash with the potato masher.                                                                                                                    Add salt, butter and pepper to taste.

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My husband contribution to the meal was  to grill some chicken pieces on a braai. (South African word for a barbecue) Yummy!

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That’s how we ended up having a traditional meal with a twist!

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These are my own views on traditional food in SA.

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20 thoughts on “Traditional South African food with a twist.

  1. I am a vegetarian.
    And I haven’t got a proper braai.

    So I will try this recipe without the chicken.
    I an sure I will enjoy it.

    Still have to wait till harvesting season is there.

    Enjoy!

    Kind regards,

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  2. All looks delicious. I love the idea of mashing the green beans with potatoes. It reminds me of a dish I ate in Belgium. I believe it was called stoemp. It was very good 🙂

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