South African Cuisine

Growing up in South Africa with such an abundance of produce and exotic flavors was something I took for granted. After years of traveling, I find myself exploring those spices and flavors once again. Although the memories of so many Sundays waiting for the moment I could dip my fresh-baked bread into a bubbling Potjiekos Pot, or milling around a classic Beach Braai (BBQ, South African style), seem like yesterday, I am only now experimenting with my culinary roots. I have put together some traditional South African dishes, as well as some more modern creations based on traditional ingredients and flavors. Check them out!
 

Traditional South African Cuisines:

Appetizers

Samosas
Snoek Pate served with Fresh Whole-Wheat Bread
Dutch-Style Split Pea Soup
Chilled Pickled Fish


Mains

Eastern Chicken Briyani
Lamb Babootie
Tamatiebredie (Tomato Meat Stew)
Morogo with Butternut Squash
Lamb Curry Potjiekos Pot


Deserts

Cape Brandy Pudding
Bread & Butter Pudding
Saucy Rice Dumplings
Koeksisters


Modern South African:

Appetizers

Strandloper Seafood Soup (light broth with Cape Malay Indian Spices)
Queen Prawns with a Cucumber Salad & Chili Jam
Confit of Tomato & Asparagus Salad
Peri-Peri Chicken Livers


Mains

Biltong Crusted Kingklip with a Tabbouleh-style Salad and Tomato & Onion Chutney
Roasted Lamb Loin on a Tian of Vegetables with a Marsala/Rosemary Jus
Grilled Ostrich Medallion served with Potato Cake, Spinach and a Big Cabernet Sauvingnon Red Wine Reduction
Braised Breast of Guinea Fowl wrapped in Bacon with a Mild Curried Butternut Risotto


Deserts

Rooi-Bos Tea Crème-Brule
Lemon & Cardamom Parfait
Malva Pudding (as seen on Oprah!)
Milk Tart served with Butternut & Mascarpone Ice Cream