Friday, October 24, 2008

African cookbooks

We discovered a new bookstore here in Fourways mall and I just couldn't resist a few African cookbooks.
Sprigs is a food shop in Durban run by 2 sisters; Fiona and Clare Ras who have delicious fresh food and the best coffee in town appareantly. Well pretty soon we can try it out since we are going to the coast of Durban for Thanksgiving. In the meantime I am drooling over these delicious recipes in their new cookbook. Recipes like Moroccan Turlu Turlu with Feta, Beef and Lentil Bobotie, Labne Pate with curried nuts, Calamari, Avocado and Fennel skewers, Grilled Kingklip on Chorizo mash and so many more....YUMMY! and only the freshest ingredients are used in this book. The pictures make you want to go to your kitchen and cook!

The African Kitchen is a culinary and visual feast, a food lover's tour of this fascinating continent. The guide is leading safari chef Josie Stow, who takes us through a day in the life of her bush kitchen. Today's most popular ingredients are used in exciting combinations with recipes for all occasions. Englsih-born Josie Stow was a private chef to the family of children's author Roald Dahl before moving to Africa to work for some of the continent's leading safari reserves. And since I love the safari recipes so much, they are most comparable with the spa recipes, healthy, new fusion with fresh ingredients. So this book is right up my alley! This book is full of neat pictures of african life in the bush. Let me share some of the goodies in here. Sweet potato, onion and thyme pancakes, Bacon-wrapped Eland wors with milies and lemon leaves, Elephant food bread, Masai mara, Jeanette's charkalaka, Roast vegetable pizzas with biltong and harissa, Imfulafula and so many more excotic sounding and looking recipes I am dying to try out!

And the last book I bought is a small cute book with original classic recipes from all walks of life and tradition. It includes Xhosa, Cape Malay, Zulu, English, Indian, Afrikaans, Portugese and new South African recipes. And the booklet has the cutest drawings about SA. Recipes inlcude: Fish frikkadels, Smoorvis Snoek, Sousboontjies, Baked pears in red wine, Butternut soup and many many more.

Well, if I made you wanting to know more, just drop me a line and I can copy a recipe for you out of one of the books. I will come back with feedback and reviews in a few weeks and let you know if they taste as well as they sound ;-)

Happy cooking for you all during the weekend.
Enjoy, Mireille

1 comment:

Jen and Jeff said...

Okay, you have just made me VERY hungry!! I would love the recipie for the baked pears and the butternut squash soup!


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