Capetonians are battening down the hatches after the South African Weather Service issued an “intense cold front” warning. While the Mother City is expecting some stormy weather over the next few days, it doesn’t have to be all soggy shoes, icy fingers and gloomy skies. To ensure that you stay nice and toasty, here are a few uniquely South African foods that will beat the cold.
Tomato bredie is a scrumptious stew that’s perfect for this abrupt introduction to winter. It’s a meaty dinner-time recipe that consists of tomatoes, mutton (or beef), potatoes, garlic and cloves. Ensure the meat has a fair bit of bone and fat to get that rich, yummy flavour. Serve on a bed of white rice and voila!
A staple in any Cape Malay kitchen, there’s a lot of history behind this dish. Bobotie is derived from the Indonesian word for “bobotok” and was brought to the Cape by the Malayans. The recipe was, of course, adapted as it passed down from generation to generation. It’s a traditional dish that offers a distinct mixture of spices, mince and fruit. It’s a hearty and authentic Capetonian meal that’s sure to warm you up.
South Africans do love cooking over a fire. Whether you choose to keep it strictly vegetarian or meat is on the menu, this dish is surprisingly versatile. Add an extra bit of warmth by enjoying this yummy “stew” alongside rice and a tall glass of wine or beer.
There’s nothing that’s going to warm you up quite like a hot curry. While there are different variations of this famous dish, it’s a traditional South African curry served in a hollowed-out loaf of white bread. Ease the burn by enjoying it alongside grated carrot, chilli and onion salad.
There’s nothing that warms our hearts more than a deliciously sweet Malva Pudding after a wet and icy day. A sweet pudding that’s originally a Cape Malay dish, it’s enjoyed by millions of South Africans. Served hot and with a splash or generous amount of piping-hot custard, this popular winter dessert will definitely lift your spirits.