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Oxtail Potjie

500g Oxtails cut 2 inches thick pieces
10 slices Bacon cut in 1 inch pieces
½ cup Flour seasoned with salt and pepper
1 litre beef stock
1 can tomato paste
1 Bay leaf
6 black peppercorns
1 bouquet garni
6 large leeks, chopped coarsely
2 large onions, chopped coarsely
6 large carrots, chopped coarsely
20 button mushrooms
1 cup red wine
½ cup sherry
½ cup cream
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons crushed garlic

1. Dry oxtails with paper towel.
2. Put seasoned flour in a Ziplock bag, then add the Oxtail and shake to coat with flour.
3.  Heat butter and olive oil and sauté bacon pieces.
4.  Remove bacon and brown Oxtail in resulting fat, remove and drain.
5.  Finely dice 4 of the carrots. Coarsely chop the onions and the leeks.
6.  Add the finely diced carrots, leeks, onions and sauté until softened
7.  Add Oxtail, bacon, bouquet garni, bay leaf, peppercorns, garlic, tomato sauce, red wine, sherry.
8. Bring slowly to a boil and cook slowly for 3 - 4 hours.
9. 1 hour before serving cut the remaining carrots into 1 inch pieces, add them and mushrooms and continue cooking slowly.
10. Just prior to serving, add cream and stir in.
11. If you want to thicken the sauce mix some cornstarch with the cream before adding.

Paella Potjie

60 ml cooking oil
3 red sweet peppers (seeded and cut in strips) 
or a 400g tin pimento
1 large onion, chopped
500 g pork, cubed
5 chicken thighs, halved
1 litre boiling water
5 ml saffron
4 bay leaves
2 chicken stock cubes
1 kg kingklip fillets, cut in strips
400 g frozen prawns
500 g uncooked rice
salt and pepper to taste
250 g frozen green peas
juice of 1 lemon

Heat the oil in the pot. Lightly brown the pepper, onion, pork and chicken. Cover and simmer slowly for an hour or until the meat is nearly done.
Add the saffron, bay leaves and chicken stock cubes to the boiling water and set aside.

Place the fish and prawns on top of the meat, followed by the rice and peas. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the saffron water little by little as the rice boils dry. Simmer the potjie gently until the rice and peas are done and all the liquid has nearly boiled away. Paella should be loose and the rice should not be soggy.

Add the lemon juice just before serving and stir well.

Pickled fish

10 pickling onions, cleaned 
20 ml mustard seed 
10 ml ginger paste 
2 cloves garlic, crushed 
3 chillies (seeded), sliced or whole 
400 g geelbek or hake fillets 
20 ml turmeric 
250 ml brown vinegar

Heat enough oil in a large pan and sauté the onions, mustard seed, ginger paste, garlic and chillies for about 4 minutes. Remove and set aside the mixture. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Add more oil to the pan and fry the fish until almost done. Add the onion mixture and turmeric and fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Add vinegar and allow the fish to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes more until cooked through. Spoon into a dish and allow to cool completely. Serves 4.

Malay Fish Cakes

Flaked raw fish (skinned and boned)
Chopped raw tomato
2 thin slices bread soaked in a little water and cooking oil
1 egg beaten
squeeze of lemon juice
chopped parsley
salt, pepper, nutmeg

Mix all together and form into balls, roll in flour and fry in oil. The mixture must not be too soft. For variation mince meat can replace the fish.

This recipe serves 6 generous portions. We suggest you serve it with a large salad, banana, Greek yoghurt, shredded coconut and Mrs Balls Chutney

2 slices stale white bread (remove the crusts)
30ml cooking oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2,5ml ground cloves
5ml crushed garlic
3ml salt
10 ml curry powder
5 ml turmeric
500g beef mince
2 eggs
30ml hot water
20ml lemon juice
25ml sugar

1 egg (lightly beaten)
150ml milk
bay or lemon leaves for garnishing

Preheat oven to 160ºC. Soak bread in water for 10 minutes, squeeze out excess water and crumble. In a large frying pan, heat oil and braise onion until golden (about 7 minutes). Add the ground cloves, garlic, salt, curry powder and turmeric and simmer for 5 minutes. Break the 2 eggs into a large bowl and beat lightly. Mix in the mince. Add the onion mixture from the frying pan to the mince as well as the hot water, lemon juice, crumbled bread and sugar, and mix to combine well. Spoon the mixture into a well greased oven proof dish and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven.

Combine the egg and beat well. Pour over the bobotie. Arrange bay leaves or lemon leaves as garnish. Return to oven and bake at 180ºC for 5-10 minutes, or until topping is set.

Sosaties - with a unique South African flavour!

1kg lamb cut into 1” pieces
500g pork cut into ½” cubes
1 garlic clove, peeled
Salt, pepper
4 tbsp oil
1 cup onions, chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp tamarind paste
2 cups white vinegar
2 tbsp apricot jam
2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in
2 tbsp red wine
½ pound dried apricots
½ cup dry sherry

1. Place the lamb and pork pieces in a large bowl that has been rubbed with the clove of garlic.
2. Season with salt and pepper, and toss.
3. In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onions and sautè for 5-6 minutes, then add the curry powder and garlic.
4. Sautè for another minute. Add the sugar, tamarind paste, vinegar, and jam and stir well.
5. Stir the cornstarch mixture and add it to the onions, and cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
6. This should take about 3 minutes. Cool, then add to the meat and toss well. Marinate for 2-3 days.
7. One day before preparing the sosaties, combine the dried apricots and sherry in a small bowl, cover, and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
8. Drain meat from sauce and reserve. Thread lamb, pork, and apricots on skewers.
9. Grill over charcoal until browned on all sides. Serve with heated marinating sauce.


375 g cake flour
5 ml salt
250 ml cold water
5 ml lemon juice
15 ml melted butter or margarine

500 g mutton or lamb, minced
2 ml turmeric
5 ml salt
1 large clove garlic
1 piece root ginger
10 ml freshly chopped coriander leaves
1 green chilli, crushed
2 medium onions, finely chopped
15 ml melted butter
4 spring onions, finely chopped
2 ml garam masala
sunflower oil

To make the dough, sift the flour and salt together and add enough cold water to make a stiff dough. Add the lemon juice and knead the dough gently until elastic. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each into a ball. Roll out 6 balls on a floured surface and shape them into 10-cm diameter rounds. Brush each with melted butter or oil and sprinkle with flour. Stack the rounds leaving the final round ungreased and unfloured. Roll out the stack into a large, very thin, round and trim the sides to form a square. Heat an ungreased baking sheet in the oven at 230 C until very hot, remove and place the dough square on it. Turn the square over several times until the dough puffs up slightly. Remove the square from the baking sheet as soon as this happens. Repeat for the remaining 6 balls of dough.

To make the filling, cook the meat with a mixture of the turmeric, salt, garlic and ginger pounded together, the coriander leaves, and the chillies. When nearly dry, add the onions and cook till the liquid has evaporated stirring often to prevent lumps forming. Add the melted butter and allow the mixture to cool and add the spring onion and garam masala.

To assemble, cut the prepared dough squares into strips 8 cm wide and 25 to 30 cm long. Separate into layers before the pastry cools. Cover with a damp cloth to prevent drying out while making the samoosas). Holding a strip of pastry in your left hand pull the bottom corners across then fold it up to form as triangle with sharp corners and a pocket in which to put the filling. Fill with 10 ml filling then continue folding the pastry across the top of the triangle to seal off the opening. Tuck the edges round to form a neat triangle. Seal the remaining edge with a paste of flour and water and pinch the two bottom edges lightly together. Leave in a cool place for about 30 minutes before cooking. Fry the samoosas in hot oil for about 10 minutes, or until golden, turning often. Remove and drain.

Lamb Curry

25 ml sunflower oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
2 ml ground cinnamon
5 ml ground coriander
2 ml ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, crushed
20 ml curry powder
25 ml cake flour
5 ml turmeric
1.5 kg lamb rib, trimmed of excess fat and cubed
500 g medium tomatoes, skinned and chopped
6 to 8 dried peaches or apricots, finely chopped
30 ml fruit chutney
250 ml meat stock
5 ml white vinegar
10 ml salt
milled black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions for about 5 minutes, or until transparent. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, garlic, curry powder, flour and turmeric and simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add the meat and brown lightly, adding a little more oil if necessary. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Simmer over moderate heat for 1 hour. Serve immediately with boiled rice and bowls of sliced banana, desicated coconut, diced pineapple and chutney.

You can use mutton instead of lamb.


To get a crisp syrupy outside of koeksisters take straight from hot oil and dip into ice-cold syrup.

375ml water
800g sugar
2ml (1/2t) cream of tartar
2ml (1/2t) ground ginger
3 cinnamon sticks
500g cake flour
30ml (6t) baking powder
2ml (1/2t) salt
50ml (4T0 butter or margarine
2 eggs
250ml milk
oil for deep frying

To make syrup, heat water in a saucepan, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add cream of tartar, ginger and cinnamon.

Boil, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Do not stir, remove from stove and chill.
While syrup is chilling, make koeksisters. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.

Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles fine crumbs. 
Beat eggs and milk together and add to dry ingredients. Mix dough well, then knead lightly for 2 minutes to make it pliable.

Cover basin with wax paper and leave for 1 hour. 
Roll dough to a thickness of 7.5 to 10mm. Cut into strips about 8 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. Cut each strip into three lengthwise, leaving one side uncut. Now plait the three pieces and press ends together firmly.
Heat oil to 190ºC and deepfry koeksisters for 1 minute. (Do not fry too many at once)
The syrup will warm up about halfway through, so divide the syrup into two bowls.
Remove from oil, drain on brown paper for 1 minute and dip in cold syrup for 30 seconds. Remove from syrup and place on a dish to dry.


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