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…

Bubbling away: Winter soup

By Christie Keulder For most people soup is winter food. As soon as the first chill arrives, everyone is scrambling for his or her soups spoons because here are few things as satisfying as a hearty bowl of warm soup on a cold night. Yet, a large number of people do not make soup anymore….

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…

Sauteed Lamb Chops with Sauce Vierge and Ovihakautu

The Story – Otjihakautu – Forgotten food   Ingredients: 8 Cut about 2.5 cm thick Lamb rib chops Salt to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1/4 cup Clarified butter 8 Asparagus 1 large Tomato, Skin and seeds removed and quartered 2 tablespoon Basil leaves, finely shredded 1/2 Clove Garlic, Very finely sliced 1/2…

The devil’s kidney’s – A new Challenge

The recipe – Devilled kidney’s I have set myself a challenge. For the next few weeks I am going to cook with only the cheapest of proteins. No more beef fillet or sirloin or rump. Even oxtail and tongue are no longer cheap, so I’ll give them a miss too. Believe it or not, it…

Roasted vegetable stacks with passata di pomodoro

Ingredients: Passata di pomodoro 1,2 kilograms Tinned Italian plum tomatoes, (three 400g tins) 2 stalks Celery, cut in half 1 large Carrot, peeled and cut into 4 equal chunks 1 Red onion, peeled and cut into quarters 1/2 cup Basil 1/2 teaspoon Sugar 3 tablespoons Olive oil Vegetable stacks 1 large Aubergine, Sliced 1 large…

Home-made potato gnocchi

The story  Ingredients 450 g Potatoes 1 Egg yolk 110 g All purpose flour to taste Salt to taste White pepper 1.Bake or steam the potatoes until they are soft. It is important that the potato flesh stay as dry as possible, so do not boil them. If you decide to bake them, prick the…

Potato and pea curry

Ingredients 450 grams Potatoes, Peeled and sliced into chunks 300 grams Frozen peas, Defrosted 3 Tomatoes, Peeled, seeds removed and sliced thinly ½ teaspoon Mustard seeds ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds 2 Dried red chili, whole 1 teaspoon Ground cumin 1 teaspoon Ground coriander ½ teaspoon Ground turmeric ½ teaspoon Garamasala 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil 1…

Bambara vegetable fritters

The story  Ingredients: 3 cups Bambara nuts, Cooked till soft 1 medium sized Onion, Diced very finely 2 Spring Onion, Sliced finely 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeds removed and diced 2 Red Chili, Seeds removed and finely shredded 1 Large Zucchini (Baby Marrow), Cut into match sticks 3 tablespoons Fresh corriander, roughly chopped ½ cup…

Saturdays are for cooking

The recipe Every one loves Saturdays. I am sure of it. It is the only day of the week that is entirely free of obligation, stress or anxiety of one type or another. Sundays do not have the same quality. It is simply too close to Monday. Which makes a Saturday the ideal day for…

Melanzane alla Mozzarella (Aubergine with Mozzarella)

The story  Ingredients: 4 Aubergine, medium-sized 1 Onion, peeled and finely chopped 800 grams Tinned Italian plum tomatoes 2 Cloves Garlic, finely sliced 2 teaspoons Fresh oregano, finely chopped 4 handfuls Mozarella , grated 1 handful Fresh basil 1 handful Breadcrumbs Olive oil Salt Black pepper Directions: 1. Put a griddle pan on high heat…