Fun fact: I missed my graduation from university because I was in South Africa.
By that stage I’d had about as much as I could stomach of academia so the minute I handed in my dissertation, I ran off to Cape Town.
It turned into a three-month long trip, and one of the best experiences of my life.
There’s something about South Africa that gets under your skin. It was so tranformative that I haven’t been back. You know those trips that are so good, you’re worried that any return to the same place would somehow despoil your amazing memories?
Well that’s how I feel about Cape Town.
One of my big regrets though is that I was in South Africa during my vegetarian phase. I never tried any of the meaty local delights such as ostrich burgers or this meatloaf (which is considered by some to be their local dish).
More fool me, because this stuff is amazing. I admit, I was a little unsure about the blend of sweet (raisins, apples?!) and savoury (meat, eggs?!) but it works. It definitely works.
In fact, it’s almost good enough to tempt me back. Almost.
Bobotie (serves 4-6)
*adapted from Epicurious
- 1 lb minced beef
- 2 tbsps butter
- 1 large, white onion, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup ground almonds (or almond flour)
- 1 granny smith (or other tart, green) apple, cored, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 5 large eggs
- Heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, turmeric and curry powder. Gently fry for a few minutes until the onions colour.
- Transfer onions to a large mixing bowl and add the apples, raisins, lemon juice and zest, almonds, one egg and the beef. Stir well until thoroughly combined.
- Press into a large, greased casserole dish. Cover. Bake at 325 for 1 hour.
- Whisk together 4 eggs and season well. Remove the casserole from the oven and pour the eggs over the top. Return to the oven (turning the heat up to 400), uncover and cook for a further 15 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
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