• Hey lovelies. If you haven’t spotted its gorgeous, feel-good, appealing, colourful cover in the bookshops yet, let me introduce you to The Great South African Cookbook (published by Quivertree). Sixty-seven local luminaries, from chefs to home cooks to gardeners, bakers, foragers and celebrity foodies have shared their favourite recipes as well as offering a glimpse into their lives and homes, and the results are a delight. The mix of recipes (there are over 130) is local and decidedly lekker, covering classics (both traditional and updated), contemporary fare and personal favourites of the featured cooks, often referencing heritage and memory… It’s a total winner of a book and would make the perfect gift for any occasion, a from-me-to-me pressie and will most definitely be cherished by an ex-pat friend or family member who hankers after a touch of homegrown flavour. The book has been published in association with The Nelson Mandela Foundation and will support the Foundation’s food security programme.

    WIN A COPY
    You can win yourself a copy of The Great South African Cookbook worth R450 by liking the Quivertree Publications Facebook page, our Facebook page (if you haven’t already) and in the comments 
    section, tell us your favourite homegrown recipe, a recipe that is an intrinsic part of your foodie memories or a recipe that always features somewhere in your cooking repertoire for your own friends or family… We can’t wait to read it. The competition will close next Tuesday (September 20th). 

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  • 28 Comments to “The Great South African Cookbook + WIN!”

    1. Barbara K on

      Definitely Jan Ellis Poeding. Its the only dessert my husband likes and a firm favourite with all our friends after a meal at our house!

    2. Sameera Rawat on

      This recipe always features at our family and friends get together be it for lunch or supper and I’ve been making it for the past 8 years since my journey in the kitchen began after getting married …,,
      Chicken Roulade
      1/2 kg chicken mince
      1 tsp salt
      1tsp dried cumin and corriander mix
      2 tsp ground green Chillies
      1 egg
      4 slices white bread (softened in water)
      1medium onion -chopped (squeeze out excess water)
      1/2 bunch fresh – finely chopped dhania

      – mix all the ingredients together

      Mash:
      -Boil 2 medium potatoes -mash and season with green chutney

      Garnish:
      2 potatoes grated , fried and seasoned

      To Assemble :
      – on a piece of foil smear with oil and pat mince mixture on to it in a rectangular shape
      – place the mashed potatoes down the middle of the mince and enclose the mince over the potatoe and shape into a roll
      – place the roulade into a pot with 1/2 cup water and allow to steam gently for 30 mins or until firm
      – (once steamed and cooled it can be frozen that this stage)

      – once steamed remove foil and place on an ovenproof dish and bake in the oven for 10mins until it has a golden brown colour

      To Serve :
      – Plate the roulade drizzle with red chutney and top with grated fried potato over and serve with a salad

    3. kerry on

      mmm.. too many.. one favourite is syrup pudding.. lekker

    4. Letitia on

      Definitely waterblommetjie bredie: it is just simply amazing! So proudly South African

    5. Arleen Marree on

      My favourite childhood recipe to apple tart. It is the first thing I learned to bake all on my own. Can’t wait to teach my daughter how to make it, so she can carry on the tradition.

    6. Vickie Gibson on

      I have so many favourites but you can’t beat a good Bobotie!

    7. Rose McClement on

      I have like both for a long time already. Actually – I was in CNA Saturday last when I walked past this book. The cover immediately caught my eye, while my mind reeled into action, trying to recall if i had seen this book previously. Now I discover it is brand new. Nice one! I love the ‘everyday-ness’ of this book and its cover – so appealing.
      My recipe would be the one I inherited from my mom, who probably inherited it from her mom – Anna’s Chicken Pie. It is seriously yummy and made in true South African home-cooked style. When my mom lived up north, she made annual visits down our way for about 6 weeks. Ever single trip used to close off with a family supper and granny had to cook her ‘World Famous Chicken Pie’.

    8. Megan Hartwig on

      Just ask my mom, who inherited this recipe from her grandmother. She had a few regular meals in the dinner rotation, but the bobotie became a favourite of mine. Growing up, I remember her layering the ingredients in a dish on the weekends, making a meal big enough to feed our family.

    9. Sian on

      My favourite recipe is potato bake. It’s a winner at every braai and I’m always asked to make it. A carton of cream, pan fried diced bacon, a packet of brown onion soup mix, all mixed together and drizzled over thinly sliced potatoes. Grated cheese on top and baked for 30 mins in the oven. It’s been a crowd pleaser at every braai. you cannot go wrong 🙂

    10. Douglas Romanes on

      It has to be my mom’s bredies! They always make one feel like home is just a bite away! Or my step-mom’s angel fish in apricot juice! Never been able to replicate it!

    11. Kristen on

      Bobotie is my fave.

    12. Lois Carol Wessels on

      My all-time favourite recipe that I have shared with friends and family is Malva Pudding (made with old brown sherry) and served with homemade egg custard and vanilla ice-cream. Perfection.! Love to Bake and cook thus if I won Great South African Cookbook – my recipe repertoire would be exponentially increased and stimulated. Holding thumbs!!!!!!!

    13. Colleen on

      What an awesome cookery book – definitely my Granny’s milk tart!

    14. Yvonne on

      A favourite in our home is my husband’s yummy tomato bredie and for dessert my peppermint crisp tart which I’ve been making for the family since I was a child, which is now being made by my kids & nieces cause it’s so easy to make and divine to eat!

    15. Brigette Hamilton on

      Bobotie is an all-time favourite, and for pudding, you can’t beat a homemade milktart or malva pudding! From when I was a little girl, homemade sosaties, prepared the day before, always meant that family was coming over!

    16. Renuka Lallbahadur on

      My recipe is my mum’s melt in the mouth lamb breyani. From a tender age mum taught me to cook. Off all the recipes I took a fancy to lamb breyani. Whilst the cooking process is lengthy and tedious, the satisfaction I get when my friends and family ummmh and aaah at the dinner table when I present this dish is so gratifying.

    17. Julie Jones on

      I don’t know if it’s technically home grown, but my mother’s recipe for lemon meringue pie is different from any I’ve seen elsewhere, and it is always an incredibly comforting and familiar (and delicious!) pudding – a definite nostalgic favourite!

    18. Rushdia omar on

      My favourite recipe is peppermint tart. I started making it when I was in first year varsity. I then moved to making it for all special occasions and family lunches. And then slowly it became a major treat for very very very special days. Everyone loves it.

    19. Cindy on

      I am well know far and wide for my carrot cake ….. it is delicious I now even make them for gifts

    20. petra on

      A braaibroodjie with tomato, cheese, onion and apricot jam is my all time favourite, yum!

    21. Stephanie on

      I’m a sucker for beans curry. Home made, takeaway… you name it.

      Beans bunny, beans curry and rice, beans curry roti, beans curry on a toasted sarmie. If it’s on the menu, it’s going to be my meal of choice.

      The best part, I whip up a mean beans curry of my own. It’s a budget-friendly beaut that works with those last few Rands leftover just before payday. The best part – my husband love it too.

    22. Sam Chapman on

      mmm my mom is a huge turkish delight fan so i would love to make her a turkish delight birthday cake !!!

    23. Sandy Baker on

      What a wonderful book! This recipe has been in the family for years and always features at any get together. It serves 10 -12 but the quantity can always be halved
      CHICKEN CURRY
      2kg chicken thigh or breast fillets
      3/4 cup plain flour
      2 tablespoons oil
      3 onions chopped
      2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
      3 cloves crushed garlic
      3 teaspoons turmeric
      2-3 teaspoons chili powder
      2 teaspoons ground coriander
      2 teaspoons cumin
      1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      1 3/4 cup chicken stock
      3 green apples
      1 cup sultanas
      1/2 cup desiccated coconut
      400ml can coconut cream
      Trim chicken and cut into cubes (about 2.5 cm)
      Toss chicken in flour, shake of excess. Heat oil in large pan and cook chicken in batches until well browned. Remove from pan. Add onion to same pan and cook, stirring until soft. Add ginger, garlic, turmeric, chili powder, coriander, cumin and cinnamon. Cook stirring until fragrant. Return chicken to pan and add chicken stock. Simmer covered for 15 minutes. Peel and core apple, cube and add apple sultanas, coconut and coconut cream to the pan. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Serve with rice and sambals. This recipe is very forgiving and can be made several hours or even a day ahead and stored covered in the fridge.

    24. Liesl on

      My favourite is my mom’s pancake recipe with savoury or sweet fillings. It never fails to impress.

    25. BethN on

      My all time favourite food , Is my moms Mutton Curry with Roti. No one can beat her recipe. I always end up making it for any guest who comes to visit and stay over 🙂

    26. rehana seedat on

      My favourite is Chicken Malai Boti Recipe – Creamy and delicious Chicken Malai Boti is a perfect Barbeque dish. It is prepared with boneless chicken cubes, green chilies, ginger/ garlic paste, all spices, cream, yogurt, white pepper, and lemon juice to give the recipe a tender and juicy taste that melts in mouth. Chicken Malai Boti recipe is surely a delight to treat your loved ones

      INGREDIENTS
      Chicken boneless ½ kg 2 inch cubes
      Green chilies grinned 1 tbsp
      Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
      White cumin roasted and crushed 1 tsp
      Allspice ½ tsp
      Coriander roasted and crushed 1 tsp heaped
      White pepper ½ tsp
      Crushed red pepper 1 tsp
      Cream 2 tbsp
      Yogurt 2 tbsp
      Lemon juice 2 tbsp
      Salt 1 tsp heaped
      Almonds blanched and grinded 2 tbsp

      In a bowl marinate chicken cubes with Green chillies grinded 1 tbsp, Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp, White cumin roasted and crushed 1 tsp, Allspice ½ tsp, Coriander roasted and crushed 1 tsp heaped, White pepper ½ tsp, Crushed red pepper 1 tsp, Cream 2 tbsp, Yogurt 2 tbsp, Lemon juice 2 tbsp, Salt 1 tsp heaped, Almonds blanched and grinded 2 tbsp for 2 hours, put on skewers, BBQ until nearly done, brush with remaining marinade and BBQ for another 5 minutes brushing with ghee or oil until done.

    27. Nicola Meyer on

      When growing up our favourite recipe was the egg and bacon pie my Mom made. Was so satisfying to come home from school and tuck into a slice at the kitchen table.

    28. Shirleen on

      Growing up our favourite recipe was peppermint crisp tart 🙂 YUMM

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