Yesterday, I had an amazing time cooking at the HecticNine 9 Studios! Oh my God! The presenters, Ayanda and Lesego, are insane! There’s too much energy in that studio and they are both complete naturals! They make TV presenting look effortless! I really take my hat off to them.
The theme or rather topic of the episode was KZN townships, the lifestyle, food, music and the people. My KZN based reader turned friend and colleague, Samkelisiwe Mhlongo, came to my rescue. We brainstormed recipe ideas and I ended up going for the Mince noBhontshisi recipe. It’s an easy recipe, perfect for mid-week. One wont spend a lot of time slaving in the kitchen. Samkelisiwe tells me they serve it with Phuthu, Rice or uJeqe (Steamed Bread). You should have seen the crew after the filming. Let me just say, there was no food left! Ha! Check out the recipe below!
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Mince and Bhontshisi (Beans) Served on Phuthu
Serves: 2 – 4
30ml (2Tbsp) canola or olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
10ml (2tsp) medium curry powder
±400g lean beef mince
1 beef stock pot
30ml (2Tbsp) tomato paste
400g (1 can) red kidney beans, drained
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
5 sprigs Italian parsley, chopped
250ml (1 cup) boiling water
15ml (1Tbsp) butter
750ml (3 cups) quick cooking maize-meal
As part of our interview I asked Samkelisiwe Mhlongo to share a recipe from her family and she shared not only one but three different recipe. Some of them I already have on the blog….
I chose a recipe by her grandmother, Imifino Yezintanga. This is what Sam had to say about her grandma’s and her family’s style of cooking…”My mom and gran never use recipes so I’m bad with measurements but I’m going to give you two or three recipes so you can choose”. I thoroughly enjoyed this omelette and it was filling. Hope you get to try it!
Imifino Yezintanga Omelette
1 x 250g packet of spinach, shredded
½ onion, chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
a handful of sliced jalapenos, chopped
125ml (½cup) roasted and ground peanuts
salt and pepper to taste
Remember the year 1994? Excitement in the air from young adults to the elderly…all looking forward to putting the symbol X on their ballot papers…for the first time in their lives. Also excited at the prospect of having a black president for the first time in the history of South Africa!
I was too young to vote back then but I clearly remember the excitement from everyone around me, my mom, aunts, uncles and the whole community at large. As the adults went to vote us kids spent the day all eyes glued on TV! Those were really exciting times indeed! Now it is 17 years after that and we are celebrating that day, Freedom day! I thought of an easy and yet tasty recipe for you to prepare at home on this day, Isithwalaphishi. It is a Zulu traditional dish. It goes well with stews, potjie, or even braaied chops or sausage with some chakalaka. However, I won’t lie I tried the dish for the first time and I consumed it as it is.…no meat and no gravies, it was just delicious coming straight from the pot. So if you are a vegetarian this one is for you. Enjoy! Happy Freedom Day to all my fellow South Africans! Isithwalaphishi Recipe Serves: 4 Ingredients 1½ cup sugar beans 750ml boiling 1½ cup maize meal 45ml (3tbsp) butter 1 onion, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 2ml Italian herbs (or any herbs of your choice) 6ml salt 2ml black pepper Method:
I happen to think Zulu is one of the sexiest languages in the country. On hearing the name of this dish I couldn’t help but imagine a Zulu man saying “Sthandwa sami, ngicela ungiphekele isiphuphulu sikabhontshisi namazambane ntambama” Aaaaaah! Doesn’t that sound sexy?
Initially I struggled pronouncing the name of the dish and resorted to sticking to bean and potato dish. Even so I still I think the name sounds sexy.
Anyways, this bean and potato dish is a Zulu staple. It’s very easy and quick to prepare. My first attempt of the dish delivered on flavour but I was not entirely convinced about the colour. I then realised that the trick is in the potatoes…do not mash them.
I love this dish not because of the name but its tasty and also a good alternative to your rice, pap etc. Try it you’ll love it too.
Bean & Potato Dish Recipe
1¼ cup sugar beans
½ cup split peas
500ml water, boiling
5 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 onion, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
5 sprigs thyme, chopped
1ml white pepper