Backyard Karaoke

Who is your go-to person when life gets a little demanding? A brother? Or a sister maybe? And what do you when the going gets tough? Drink tea? Eat cake? Enjoy some bubbly? The table is covered with red plastic and filled with every type of empty vessel or container associated with the art of…

Comfort Food – Pumpkin fritters

It was like Mom had put her arms around us all and gave us a big, mama-bear hug. And I am telling you, there is no better kiss than the one seasoned with cinnamon and sugar. We need to record our family’s food treasures, so that we can spread comfort during tough times. You and I…

Homemade Fermented Chili sauce

By Christie Keulder  See recipe below A friend handed me an academic journal article over the weekend. It was Igor Cusack’s paper ‘African Cuisines: Recipes for Nation−Building’. We had just finished our lunch of kapana and beer and continued our prolonged discussion about the need to codify Namibian food and cooking as we drove home…

Salted Caramel

The Story – Salty Delight Ingredients: 1 cup Cream 1/4 cup Water 1/4 cup Corn syrup 5 tablespoons Buttter, chopped into small chunks 1 1/3 cups Sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons Flaky sea salt (like Maldon) 1 Vanilla bean Directions: Split the vanilla bean in half length-wise and scrape out the seeds. Combine the vanilla seeds…

Ginger Ketchup – To go with Warthog Spareribs

The Story – Flamboyant Warthog The Warthog Spareribs Recipe Ingredients 15 tablespoons Red wine vinegar 13 tablespoons Soy sauce 15 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar 200 grams Picked ginger (sushi ginger), juice included 300 grams Tomato ketchup Directions   Place the red wine vinegar, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar in a small pot and bring to a…

Pickled Kambro

The story – They can’t Count Ingredients: 400 milliliters Water 400 milliliters White wine vinegar 80 grams Sugar 20 grams Salt 4 grams Black pepper corns, whole 4 grams Coriander seed, whole 4 grams Fennel seeds, whole 4 grams Juniper berries, whole 400 grams Kambro, Cut batonette style Directions: Add the sugar and salt to…

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

The story Ingredients: 3 Baby chicken, Whole 1 tablespoon Coursely ground black pepper 1 tablespoon Ground allspice ½ teaspoon Ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon Ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon Fresh thyme, chopped 4 Spring onions, chopped 2 Scotch bonnet chillies, finely chopped 1 tablespoon Dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon Salt 2 tablespoons Dark soy sauce Juice of…

A Global Burn

Out of the more than 30 countries and five continents I have visited, I have not come across a single one that does not cook with chilies. It is not that I am a heat-seeking missile; it is just that the world loves chilies. Chilies originated in the New World and have been eaten since…

Spicy Beef and Tofu with Sichuan Peppercorn

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO MAKE TOFU Ingredients 400 grams Medium-firm tofu 200 grams Ground beef 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns 1 teaspoon Ginger, Minced 1 teaspoon Garlic , Minced 3 tablespoons Chili and black bean sauce 1 teaspoon Sugar 2 teaspoons Light soy sauce 3 Spring onions, Finely sliced length wise 2 Fresh red chili,…

Melkkos Brulee

The story Ingredients: 1 liter Milk 250 grams Flour 70 grams Butter , cold and grated 65 grams Granulated White Sugar 1 Cinnamon Scroll 4 Cardamom Pods 2 Star Anise 1 Vanilla Pod, Split in half and seeds scraped out A twirl of dried naartjie or orange peel ( mandarin or clementine will do) 1/2…