Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Unity in diversity- South Africa

Hello! It is very, very cold here! Seeing as my post today, has to be on something South African, the weather is cold and someone has requested a recipe. I will give you a potjie recipe!

A potjie (pronounced poykee), is a round, cast iron pot with three legs. One normally cooks a stew in it over the coals of a fire. If you can't get hold of a potjie, I am sure a normal pot on the stove would be fine, as long as you keep to the same method of preparing the food. 
Here is one of the very first recipes we tried. Remember, if you do not have a potjie, use a regular pot on the stove.

Beef Shin and three bean potjie
250 g kidney beans
250 g Haricot beans
1 litre cold water
15 ml cooking oil or olive oil
1.5 kg beef shin, sawn into thick slices
250 g pork belly, cut into pieces (keep rind on)
1 medium onion chopped
1x 410 g canned tomatoes, chopped
500 ml beef stock
10-15 ml salt
1 ml peri-peri or 1 small piece of chilli
250 g green beans
2 large Frankfurters 

Rinse dried beans thoroughly under cold water. Place in a number 2 potjie (or a smaller port on the stove) with 1 litre cold water and slowly bring to the boil. Boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, leave lid on and allow to soak for an hour.
Heat oil in a number 3 potjie (or a bigger pot). Add meat and brown. Add onion and sauté lightly until golden brown and transparent.  Drain beans (from potjie number 2) and place on top of the meat. Heat tomatoes, beef stock, salt and peri-peri or chilli and add to the meat. Cover with a lid and simmer for 2-2 and half hours or until meat is almost tender. Do not stir it. Top and tail green beans and place on top of the meat. Cut frankfurters into thick slices and place on top f beans.  Cover and cook for 12-15 minutes or until beans are just cooked but still crisp and the sausages heated through. Stir gently. This is a one pot meal and does not require any side dishes. 


Monday, June 14, 2010

Unity in Diversity: The Netherlands

Today the Netherlands are playing Demark in Johannesburg.

This is their flag

I’m going to tell you a little bit about the Dutch soccer supporters and what has been going on over there during the build up to the Soccer World Cup.

They are absolutely crazy about soccer! They call it voetbal (football) over there and over the past five weeks, Holland has slowly, but not quietly transformed to bright orange!
Multi-storey buildings that were once grey and drab have now undergone a metamorphosis, houses and shops are all orange!

Like us, they have flags hanging from their cars and school children have been sporting the soccer uniform for weeks!

Every advert on TV has something to do with soccer. Shops that don’t ordinarily sell any form of fan gear are now selling orange hats, horns and flags. Some stores are running promotions whereby fans can collect 32 mini soccer balls, each one bearing the flag of all the participating nations. There are also mini badges with the participating county’s soccer jersey on it.  Soccer fever has spread far and wide!

The Waka Waka song by Shakiera and Freshly Ground has got Hollander’s dancing and bopping. The Coca Cola song “Just like the wavin’ flag” by artist K’naan is also a big hit.

The Dutch soccer Mascot is a mighty lion.

He has also been featured in nearly every TV advert and you will find him on all the fan gear.  The Hollander’s have a new saying that, the land of the big five (One of the Big Five is the lion) is the land of the champion. Meaning, they are champions because their mascot is a lion and he lives in Africa and that is where their team will be playing.  

Some of their favourite match time snacks are platters of cheese and sausages made from various meats, cut into small pieces. Another favourite is Bitter ballen. It’s a small ball with meat inside and that is deep fried in oil for a couple of minutes. Then, once it has cooled down, it is dipped in mustard.  These platters are selling like hot cakes at the local grocery stores as fans are stocking up on match time munchies!

The Hollander’s are pretty patriotic and they support their team 100%. They want the World to know that they may be a small country, but they have BIG team spirit!

Go Holland!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Soccer Friday! It's here!

Greetings from a very cold South Africa! Today is the day we have been waiting for, for six years! All eyes are on South Africa! Welcome World! We are so excited! Last night was the kick of concert at Orlando stadium in Soweto. Although I did not get to go, I watched at home and cheered! The spirit shown at the concert was amazing! Here are some pictures from last night. Sorry, they are bad quality, but I took photos of the TV.
Shakiera singing the official Word Cup song "Waka Waka"

K'naan singing the Coca Cola Word Cup Song "Just like the wavin' flag"
My favourite South African Band The Parlotones
Many South African fans as well as fans from other nations

The crowd was fantastic!

That was a few of the images. Among the artists were, the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys a few African artists and a band from South America. It was a fantastic display of unity! 
I will keep you posted. 
Go Bafana Bafana! Go South Africa! Wahoo!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

World Cup Fever!

On our travels around Johannesburg last Saturday, we came across this guy. 

Of all the World Cup madness, I have never seen this. He poses as a statue (we have a number of them in and around the city), but this is the first one I have seen who has taken the World Cup spirit to a new level and added it to his routine. His "traditional dress" is made up of our flag instead of animal skins. I thought this was very cool and took a few pictures as he struck different poses!

We have a few days to go and the excitement is mounting! For six years, it seemed as though the day would never arrive and here we are! I am extremely excited, especially since my bosses have decided to close early so that we can watch the opening ceremony and match! Yahoo!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

How to do the Diski Dance

Hello everyone,

With less than a week to go before the Soccer World Cup starts, there much excitement here in South Africa. We have a dance for the World Cup called the Diski Dance. Here is a video on how to do it. If you look closely, you will see some soccer moves in the dance.