Friday, 4 April 2014

This month's globecooking destination : Discovering the cuisine of South Africa

Cue much excitement. This month's Kitchen Trotter box has landed ! The magnet immediately set the tone - we're off to Africa this time.

They had given a tiny clue on the Facebook page by saying that it would be a country surrounded by two oceans. This cheeky penguin peering out was the next clue - aha, South Africa !

The first product out of the box is the only thing that sprang to mind when I discovered the destination - biltong, which is dried beef. We have tried biltong before, in a Flavourly box that we reviewed last year, so I'm sure we'll enjoy nibbling on this.

Next I pulled out a sachet of Durban curry powder, which is apparently mild. I'll be keen to see if this is any different to the more traditional Indian curry powder.

There is also a packet of Rooibos tea.

The next product made me do a double take - Jelly Tots ?! On the card describing the contents, these are said to be a typically South African treat (remember that the box comes from France where Jelly Tots are unheard of) but I checked and these are UK-produced. Hmmm - a bit of a cheat there, I think !

Next is a pot of coriander from Andalousia in Spain. (Umm, not very South African either then !)

Ahh, that's more authentic - a bag of twisa white corn flour which is used all over South Africa.

And the final ingredient is a bottle of Nando's Medium Peri-Peri Sauce.

Kitchen Trotter always put in a little souvenir, to complete the globe-cooking experience. Last month, Pierre loved the little donkey finger puppet in the Peruvian box. This time, it's a protea flower, which is one of the emblems of the country.

Time to discover the recipes. First is Peri-Peri Chicken and its Classic Pap.

Next is the intriguing and unpronounceable Bobotie and Geelrys with Rosyntijes (which I think, after some scurrying around on google, means Bobotie and Yellow Rice with Raisins !).

One for Maddy Daddy the resident Soup Monster to try out - Butternut Squash Soup.

And finally, Malva, which looks like a South African version of a jam sponge pudding.

I'll be sure to keep you up to date as I try out the different recipes so watch this space to see how we get on.

Other blogposts you may be interested in :

Globe-cooking recipe (Peru) : Mazamorra Morada with Rice Pudding and Maca


  1. looks like some interesting recipes hope they taste nice :)

  2. Malva looks interesting! Now I need to look it up ^^

  3. Jelly tots and nandos sauce? had no idea they were south african.