Sunday, May 23, 2010

What's for dinner?

Well, the copious amounts of vitamin C tablets didn't work and I have spent the weekend in bed coughing and sneezing. Boy am I grateful for my laptop and the Internet to pass the weary hours in bed. 

Tonight, Rich is cooking up a culinary feast! We are making it a past time to have a potjie every Sunday night. Us South Africans enjoy what we call a potjie (pronounced poykee). It is a round cast iron pot on three legs. Usually we cook a stew in it over a bed of coals. Tonight we are having beef shin, with veggies and dumplings. Yum! We are also having potbrood (potbread). Its bread baked in a flat bottomed cast iron pot over the coals. Tonight we are having a special steamed melkbrood (milk bread). 

There is an art to making a successful potjie. You don't just throw in all the ingredients and hope for the best. No, no! Once the temperature of the coals is right, you heat some cooking oil in the pot and brown the meat. Then you take the meat out and brown the onions. Put the meat back in the pot, prepare the stock and spices, and add that the meat and onions. Cook for an hour or two. Then add your veg in layers according to how long they take to cook. For example potatoes go in first because they take longer. Then the carrots and so on. Leave that to cook for another hour or two. The longer the better. Keep an hour on the temperature and the level of the liquid. You don't want it to catch. If you are going to add dumplings to it, prepare the mixture and gently spoon in the dumplings 15-20 minutes before you serve. DON’T lift the lid while the dumplings are cooking or they will flop!

And there you have it. 

Friday, May 21, 2010

Starting off

Greetings here from sunny South Africa!

Welcome to my blog. In it I will attempt to keep you all posted on my news and include lots of photos on what we get up to. I will also show you pictures of all the beautiful places we have visited and hope to visit in our amazing country.

It's a beautiful Autumn day here in Gauteng! I am fighting off a bit of a cold and I think the copious amounts of chewy vitamin C tablets are working!

That is all for now. Please bear with me as I am new at this and may make a few mistakes.

Look out for my next post.

All the best