view from atop Table Mountain
Cape Town, South Africa; Nov 8, 2004
--Nov 18, 2004
A few days ago we went out to dinner and Susan
had warthog ribs. It basically looked like what Fred Flintstone
eats for dinner (sorry, we didn't bring the camera so you'll just
have to take our word for it). Grace had some kind of antelope
(we couldn’t really understand the word, even though we
asked several times).
Yesterday we ate bobotie (or so we thought,
see reader comment below) and snoek for lunch and bought a little
package of biltong at a health food store. Bobotie is ground meat
with spices mixed with yogurt and wrapped up like an omelette,
all served over rice. Snoek is a kind of fish commonly served
with an apricot jam. And Biltong is… well… we’re
still not exactly sure. It seems to describe moist meat jerky
of almost infinite varieties. The specific variety we bought is
Kudu, yet another kind of buck/deer/antelope thing.
Today for lunch we stopped at a fast food joint
called Flambo’s Mexican Cuisine. Susan couldn't pass up
the chance to order a very non-African (nor Mexican) “Mexican
Chicken Schwarma.” It was pretty good. Go figure.
Your image labelled "bobotie"
looks nothing like it. Looks like fries ("chips")
and fried eggs! Bobotie is a Cape Malay traditional dish.
Currie meat loaf. Happy to provide recipe and scanned image
from my cookbook if seriously interested.... Not worth it
for someone of the vege pursuation, and come to think of
it, may not be interesting enough a dish for us carnivores
either! Bon voyage!
--Leonard E., Glascow, Scotland (but an ex-South African);
Jan 28, 2005
Yikes! We were obviously served
fake tourist bobotie! We'll re-label the photo immediately.
There *was* a meatloaf-ish blob in the middle of that omelette
thing, but honestly, we didn't think much of the version
that we were served either.