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The Best South African Foods (With Recipes To Try!)

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Food, food, food—who doesn’t love it?

Eating not only sustains us, but it’s also one of the most pleasant and gratifying sensory experiences we can engage in. No wonder enjoying meals together is a favorite occasion around the world. 

South Africans are no different, of course. Our cuisine is diverse and we love getting together to eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company. So, join us now for a wonderfully tasty investigation into South African foods!

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1. Why Should You Know About South African Foods?

Traveling, working, or planning to stay? After learning our language, few things would prepare you better for this adventure than getting to know our country’s people! This needn’t be a difficult task—studying our cuisine, for instance, can be helpful. It certainly depicts something about our collective identity and temperament.

As mentioned, South African cuisine is marked by its vast variety of influences. This is due to the many nationalities that have found their home in our country over the centuries. However, we won’t try to cover every culinary influence in this article; rather, we’ll focus on the main staples and a few lesser-known Afrikaans dishes.

2. South African Foods

Each population group’s cuisine has its distinct flavors and delicacies. Over time, many of these have cross-pollinated to become collective property. The pre-colonial South African diet was mainly characterized by cooked grains, fermented milk, and stewed meat, supplemented by vegetables and fruit. These dietary trends have not disappeared and still form the base of countless South African recipes. Yet, one thing is sure: any South African foods list would be remiss if it omitted braaivleis (“barbeque meat”) and grain-based pap (“porridge”)!

Suid Afrikaners is lief vir braai! (“South Africans love barbequing!”)

Braai- ing (“barbequing”) doesn’t need any introduction, as it’s a common cooking method worldwide and is discussed on nearly every website dealing with South African foods. Not to downplay its significance, though! For us, to braai together is as much a social custom as it is a way to prepare food. Read about the history, rituals, and paraphernalia of the Afrikaner barbeque on Wikipedia’s informative page . 

Our braaivleis (“barbeque meat”) is almost always accompanied by pap and gravy or tomato relish, but that’s not the only way we enjoy it.

2.1 Pap (“Porridge” / “Grits”)

Very similar to American grits, the well-loved South African food pap still graces many tables in a great variety of dishes. Made of maize meal (or cornmeal), it’s usually white in color with a stiff and fluffy (or runny and soft) texture, and it’s a satisfying accompaniment to…well, almost any food. 

South Africans love pap . We have it…

  • …with sugar, milk, and a small lump of butter for breakfast.
  • …as a fermented drink popularly called mageu .
  • …in a delectable, enigmatic paptert (“porridge pie”), another braai side dish.
  • …as an accompaniment to kaiings (leftover pork-meat or sheep’s tail fried until crispy—to die for!).

Yes, pap is quite versatile in its utility. And these are only a few of the recipes we’ve created over the centuries!

A Glass of Milk

Thick, fermented drink being poured in a glass

Pap Recipes

Want to make this simple South African dish at home? 

Watch slick food vlogger Funi teach the ins and outs of cooking this traditional, authentically South African food. 

Also consider this easy recipe for a deliciously cheesy paptert , which is often a serious rival for the meat at braais ! It’s not only moreish, but also very filling—so try to keep those portions small. 

Or try out this recipe for an uncommon but tasty and attractive treat: the spicy pap bake . Replace the tinned chakalaka relish (another traditional South African food) by making your own. Siba Mtongana is the queen of chakalaka with this recipe , but it’s best to omit the tinned baked beans for the pap bake recipe. Warning: This is a pretty spicy dish! Obviously, you can adapt the spices to taste.

But hey, we’re not done with maize yet! Read on for another creative use of this vegetable under the Typical Afrikaans Dishes heading below. Next, though, is another traditional, wildly popular South African food that nearly every culture in the country has adopted and adapted: potjiekos (literally, “small-pot food”).

2.2 Potjiekos (“Small-Pot Food”)

South Africans love to gather around a fire for social meetings. And when we’re not braai -ing (“barbequing”), we make a potjie . To qualify as authentic potjiekos , this dish must comply with four rules: 

  • it must be prepared in a cast iron pot;
  • it must be cooked on the glowing embers of an outside fire; 
  • it only gets stirred right before serving; and
  • it usually takes a loooong time to cook (we’re talking hours here!).

A Pot beside A Fire

‘n Potjie op die kole (“a little pot on the embers”)

As to what you want to cook in that pot—it’s entirely up to you! As said, different cultures have appropriated this cooking method; in some rural communities, this is how meals are prepared every day.

Over the years, some very outlandish potjies have seen the light of day, but the traditional ones are meat-and-veg dishes. And none can beat them!

Potjie Recipes

Potjiekos is a versatile dish, but it’s especially superb for cooking traditionally tough meats. The meat in these recipes will not only melt in your mouth, but also be juicier than you’ve ever enjoyed it.

For the basics on how to properly cook potjiekos , visit the informative Taste of Africa site . Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the method—preparing food like this is an art! Still, we recommend you give it a try as this dish will likely steal your heart. 

Wow your large family with this traditional lamb potjie in a tomato base. Slowly cooking the meat brings out its natural flavor and sweetness, which is deliciously conferred to the rest of the ingredients. Even the most stubborn, anti-vegetable carnivores are guaranteed to gobble up the veggies! The lamb can be replaced with mutton, but the meat’s cooking time will likely be longer. Indian cuisine exerts a large influence on South African foods, as over a million Indians have made South Africa their home. That’s why we think you should consider this Indian-style recipe for a chicken curry potjie . Cooking this way allows for optimal development of all the flavors from the fragrant Indian spices. But this isn’t the only thing behind this dish’s seductive powers. Cooking in cast iron pots lends the ingredients a unique and recognizable flavor—you may never want to eat chicken any other way again!

Lots of Spices

speserye om by ‘n potjie te voeg (“spices that can be added to a potjie “)

For an unusual pairing of seafood and chicken, consider this Surf and Turf potjie . The dish is prepared with rice already added and makes for a complete and devastatingly flavorsome meal. Remember the outlandish versions we mentioned? Well, the following recipe is definitely so for traditional potjie -lovers, who are all carnivorous. Yet we added it to this recipe list because it’s guaranteed that vegetables have never tasted this good. Try local braai -master Jan Scannel’s vegetarian curry potjie to enchant your taste buds.

A Spicy Dish being Cook

tradisionele potjiekos (“traditional potjiekos “)

Since this site is about Afrikaans, let’s now look at a few dishes the Afrikaners love in particular. We’re big on pap and potjiekos , of course, but the following dishes are unique to Afrikaner tables.

3. Typical But Lesser-Known Afrikaans Foods

Searching the Internet for Afrikaans foods draws up many lists that tend to comprise the same fare. Glance here, for instance, to get a pretty comprehensive list of South African foods. But there are plenty of traditional South African dishes that are rarely heard of outside the country. For example, a dish that’s not often mentioned but still commonly loved is melkkos (“milk food”).

3.1 Melkkos (“Milk Food”)

Melkkos is said to have developed from a thick Malaysian drink called bubur lambuk (“special porridge”), which is traditionally enjoyed to break the Islam fasting month of Ramadan. The Cape-Malays call the drink “boeber.” Traditionally made with sago, vermicelli, and sugar, it’s flavored with cardamom, cinnamon, and rose water. Similar drinks and puddings are popular around Asian and African countries, India, and other regions.

Geur melkkos met kaneelsuiker. (“Flavor melkkos with cinnamon sugar.”)

In Afrikaner homes, though, this dish is prepared a lot more simply. Melkkos is a hugely comforting and satisfyingly sweet, creamy porridge without any religious significance. Originally served as a dessert or pudding by the Afrikaner Boere (“Farmers”), it later became a meal in its own right. Kids adore it, and it’s relatively quick and easy to make.

Melkkos’ taste and creamy texture is very similar to the well-known (and beloved!) melktert (“milk tart”). Melktert , however, is not runny, is usually served cold, and tends to be much sweeter than melkkos . It’s also served as a dessert or tea-accompaniment rather than a meal.

This is an easy melkkos recipe you can make at home, just as it’s made and served in most Afrikaans homes. Adjust the amount of sugar and cinnamon to taste.

The next item on our South African food list is a very popular and commonly enjoyed Afrikaans tea with some superhero health properties.

3.2 Rooibostee (“Red Bush Tea”)

Fynbos or “fine bush” is a vegetation unique to South Africa, found mostly in the Western and Eastern Cape regions. Fynbos has a large degree of biodiversity, with rooibos (“red bush”) being a member of one of its plant families.

Rooibos leaves are used to make an herbal tea characterized by a beautiful red color (hence the name), and a distinct, sweet flavor.  We love this beverage not only for its tastiness, but also because it’s very healthy. In fact, few things soothe colic-y and allergic babies as well as black rooibostee (“red bush tea”)! It’s high in antioxidants and there’s even evidence that it’s good for heart health (though more clinical study is needed).

Red Bush Tea

Rooibos tea leaves

Rooibostee is prepared like any other tea, by steeping it in just-boiled water for a few minutes. It’s taken with or without milk and sugar or honey and lemon.

However, it’s also a firm winner as an iced tea! Look, for instance, at this recipe with spices and fruit juice , ingredients which add to the tea’s health properties. Kids love its smooth, sweet taste and it’s certainly a perfect replacement for sugar-loaded fizzy drinks. Experiment by adding fresh herbs (mint is a favorite) or fruit (such as apples) to a pot of hot rooibostee . Let it cool down, refrigerate, and enjoy!

Rooibostee is also used to flavor food and it’s become a gourmet favorite of late. For very healthy snacks, for instance, try this delicious rooibos gummy recipe . Or change breakfast forever with this rich but super-healthy overnight rooibos and yoghurt chia porridge . But that’s not all, folks! Your skin loves this tea, too. Rooibos extract forms the basis of a popular local skincare product that caters especially for sensitive skin. However, you can make your own rooibos toner in a jiffy! Brew some as usual and allow it to cool down, decant it into a clean container, and there you have it: soothing, brightening skin toner for daily use. Keep it in the fridge and prepare a fresh batch every week.

Hou jou vel gesond met rooibostee. (“Keep your skin healthy with rooibostee.”)

Rooibostee is particularly excellent for soothing acne and brightening a dull complexion. If the toner forms a reddish film when dry, just rinse your face with water before moisturizing. 

Do you have raccoon-eyes due to stress or after a too-long night? No problem! Soak two cotton pads with the refrigerated tea, squeeze out any excess, and place them on your closed eyelids for a few minutes. You won’t believe the difference! 

Another of the tea’s uncommon uses is making rooibos wine. Here, its wood replaces oakwood during the maturation process of the wine. It gives red wines a very unique, but distinctly rooibos , flavor.

3.3 Soet Mieliebrood / “Sweet Cornbread”

Nope, we haven’t forgotten the promised maize/corn recipe! 

Us Afrikaners love our regular family dinners as well as watching major sports events together, and this almost always calls for a braai (“barbeque”). Rugby or football matches mysteriously seem much enhanced by braaivleis (“barbeque meat”) and this bread! A staple of authentic South African cuisine, it’s definitely for the sweet-toothed and makes an extremely popular pre-meal snack to soak up the (inevitable) alcohol in the stomach.

Soet mieliebrood (“sweet cornbread”) is close, but not 100% similar, to its American cousin with the same name. Many other South African cultures have appropriated this easy bread recipe . This particular one is for baking in the oven, but seasoned braai -chefs love to bake it directly on the coals.

Corn

  Corn on the cob

4. Afrikaans Food Vocabulary & Phrases

Now that you’re good and hungry for the must-try South African foods we covered, it’s time to take the next step. The following vocab and phrases will enhance your Afrikaans delivery in restaurants and at parties. 

4.1 South African Food Vocabulary

  • biltong (approximate: “beef jerky” – dried beef)
  • beskuit (“rusks”)
  • boerewors (literally: “ Boere sausage”)
  • frikkadelle (“meat balls”)
  • hoenderpastei (“chicken pie”)
  • koeksisters (literally: “cake sisters” – sweet, syrupy pastries)
  • malvapoeding (literally: “marshmallow pudding” – cake-like dessert with sweet sauce)
  • pampoenkoekies (“pumpkin fritters”)
  • skilpadjies (literally: “small tortoises” – minced lamb’s liver wrapped in caul fat, barbequed)

4.2 South African Food Phrases

in die restaurant (“in the restaurant”)

4.2.1 In the restaurant

  • Mag ek die spyskaart sien, asseblief? (“May I see the menu, please?”)
  • Het julle ‘n wynlys? (“Do you have a wine list?”)
  • Wat kan jy aanbeveel? / Wat stel jy voor? (“What do you recommend?”)
  • Ek verkies vegetariese kos. (“I prefer vegetarian food.”) 
  • Brand hierdie baie erg? (“Does this burn a lot?” / “Is this very spicy?”)
  • Watter dis is julle spesialiteit? (“Which dish is your specialty?”)
  • Wat is julle spesiale dis vir vandag? (“What is your special dish of the day?”)
  • Ek sal die wildsvleis probeer. (“I will try the game meat.”)
  • Ek wil hierdie een hê, asseblief . (“I want this one, please.”)
  • Kan ons apart betaal, asseblief? (“Could we pay separately, please?”)

4.2.2 At a party or private dinner

  • Hierdie dis is fantasties! (“This dish is fantastic!”)
  • Die slaaisous is heerlik. (“The salad dressing is delicious.”)
  • Het jy koljander hier bygevoeg? (“Did you add coriander to this?”)
  • Mag ek die sout kry, asseblief? (“May I have the salt, please?”)
  • Ek sal die Merlot neem, dankie. (“I will have the Merlot, thank you.”)
  • Nie vir my nie, dankie; ek bestuur. (“Not for me, thank you; I’m driving.”)
  • Mag ek nog kry, asseblief? (“May I have more, please?”)
  • Jy kan maar skep, ek is mal hieroor! (“You can dish up [a lot], I am crazy about this!”)
  • Komplimente aan die kok! (“Compliments to the chef!”)
  • Die maaltyd was werklik besonders, baie dankie. (“The meal was truly remarkable, thank you very much.”)

Supplement these with this list of Afrikaans compliments !

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Afrikaans is a beautiful language spoken predominantly in South Africa and Namibia. Whether you’re a native speaker or not, writing an essay in Afrikaans might seem daunting at first. However, with a few tips and tricks, you can learn how to write an essay in Afrikaans that will impress your teacher or professor.

Step 1: Understand the essay requirements

Before you begin writing, make sure you understand the essay question or topic. Read it carefully and underline any key points or themes. Make sure you know how many words or pages are required, as well as any formatting guidelines such as font size or line spacing.

  • Essay question: Skryf 'n opstel oor jou gunsteling seisoen. (Write an essay about your favorite season.)
  • Key points: Which season, why it's your favorite, what activities or events you enjoy, any personal experiences or memories.
  • Word count: 500 words.
  • Formatting: 12pt font, double-spaced.

Step 2: Brainstorm ideas

Once you understand the essay topic, spend some time brainstorming ideas. Jot down any thoughts, experiences, or examples that come to mind. This will help you organize your thoughts before you begin writing.

  • My favorite season is summer because I love the warm weather and going to the beach.
  • I enjoy playing cricket and going on hikes in the summer.
  • Last summer, my family went on a camping trip and we had a lot of fun.
  • I also enjoy eating ice cream and having barbecues in the summer.

Step 3: Create an outline

Once you have your ideas, create an outline for your essay. This will help you structure your essay and ensure that you cover all the necessary points.

  • Introduction: Introduce the topic and state your thesis.
  • Body paragraph 1: Explain why summer is your favorite season.
  • Body paragraph 2: Discuss the activities or events you enjoy in the summer.
  • Body paragraph 3: Share a personal experience or memory related to summer.
  • Conclusion: Summarize your main points and restate your thesis.

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Introduction: My favorite season is summer. In this essay, I will explain why summer is my favorite season and share some of my favorite activities and memories.

Body paragraph 1: Summer is my favorite season because of the warm weather. I love going to the beach and feeling the sun on my skin. It's also great for outdoor activities like cricket and hiking.

Body paragraph 2: There are so many fun things to do in the summer. One of my favorite activities is going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. I also enjoy eating ice cream and having barbecues with my friends and family.

Body paragraph 3: Last summer, my family and I went on a camping trip. It was so much fun being outside in nature and roasting marshmallows over the fire. We went on hikes and even saw some wildlife.

Conclusion: In conclusion, summer is my favorite season because of the warm weather, fun activities, and happy memories. I can't wait for summer to come around again!

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40 of the most delicious Afrikaans food words

my favorite food essay in afrikaans

There’s something so delicious about speaking another language. (Especially if you do it deliciously.) Depending on the dialect, it might feel like hot potatoes on your tongue, make you purse your lips as if sucking a lemon, or sound something like gargling bubbly.

Maybe it’s because of the diminutives (ie, kie and tjie), or because I learned many of them as a child – in the vissies and then olifantjies class at Bambi Nursery School – but Afrikaans food words always inspire in me a childlike delight.

Consulting various members of the Eat Out team and the seminal recipe book bible, S.J.A de Villiers’s Kook en Geniet , we came up with a list of our favourites. Take a bite of the juiciest and crunchiest Afrikaans food words and phrases below.

Appelliefie

Gooseberry. Direct translation: apple’s little love.

Botterskorsie

Butternut squash. Read our battle between butternut and potato for the title of South Africa’s most-loved vegetable.

Gnocchi with Parma ham, butternut and pine nuts.

Gnocchi with Parma ham, butternut and pine nuts.

Frikkadelletjies

Little meatballs.

Fluweelpoeding

A baked pudding made with apricot jam and beaten egg whites to give a specific silky texture. Direct translation: velvet pudding.

Chicken. When you say someone lives in a hoenderhemel (chicken heaven), you mean they’re out of touch with reality. Om die hoenders in te wees (to be the chicken-in) means to be very angry. ’n Gebraaide hoender vlieg niemand in die mond nie (a roasted chicken doesn’t just fly into your mouth) means you have to put in the work for good results.

The best roast chicken

The best roast chicken

Traditional dough braids that are deep fried and soaked in syrup. Try the classic recipe .

Knarskoekies

Oats-and-puffed-rice cookies. Direct translation: crunch cookies.

Klapperkoek

Coconut cake.

Klapperkoek. Photo by Jamieanne.

Klapperkoek. Photo by Jamieanne.

Koemkwatkonfyt

Kumquat jam.

Kolwyntjies

Cupcakes. If you had to break down the Afrikaans word, you’d come up with something like ‘dotty little wines’. Read our list of 30 cakes to make everything ok .

A traditional South African recipe for a cinnamon-topped custard tart in a sweet pastry crust. Direct translation: milk tart.

Melktert. Photo by Alexandra E Rust.

Melktert. Photo by Alexandra E Rust.

A sweet and easy-to-peel citrus fruit indigenous to South Africa.

Ouma-onder-die-komberse

Cabbage-wrapped meatballs. Direct translation: granny under the blankets.

Food that you eat while on a journey, usually homemade and containing boiled eggs for comedic effect. Direct translation: road food.

Pancake. Try some of these insane ideas with pancakes .

Jackie Cameron’s crêpes filled with orange-infused chocolate mousse.

Jackie Cameron’s crêpes filled with orange-infused chocolate mousse.

Pens-en-pootjie kerrie

A traditional tripe-and-trotter curry.

Peperwortel

Horseradish. Direct translation: pepper root.

Pudding. Try this traditional malva pudding recipe . (You know you want to.)

Ouma Corrie’s malva pudding.

Ouma Corrie’s malva pudding.

Poffertjies

Fritters or profiteroles. Direct translation: little puffs.

Traditional stew slow-cooked in a cast-iron three-legged pot over the coals of a fire. Direct translation: little pot.

Potjies in the sand. Phot by WycliffeSA.

Potjies in the sand. Phot by WycliffeSA.

Pruimedante

Skrikkeljaarpoeding.

A baked dessert made with milk and apricot jam. Direct translation: leap-year pudding.

Slaphakskeentjies

Pickled onions in a tangy vinegar-mustard sauce. Direct translation: small floppy heels. (Yes, those on your feet.)

Potato fries. Direct translation: floppy chips.

Southappies

Savoury snacks. Direct translation: salty bites.

Sweet cake. Om iets vir soetkoek op te eet (to eat something up like sweet cake) means you are gullible.

Bacon. ’ n Spekskieter (bacon shooter) is someone who tells lies.

Candy floss. Direct translation: ghost’s breath.

Spookasem

Sticky toffee. Figuratively, tameletjie also refers to a tricky situation.

Tjop en dop

Lamb chop and alcoholic drink. Used when inviting someone for a braai.

Toebroodjie

Sandwich. Direct translation: closed little bread.

A traditional fried batter ball that can be rolled in cinnamon-sugar or filled with tangy mince. Direct translation: fat cake.

Wegkruipertjie

Rolls of puff pastry with dates and almonds inside. Direct translation: hide and seek.

Woefkardoes

Doggy bag. Direct translation: bark box.

Bangers and sweet potato mash.

Bangers and sweet potato mash.

Fridge tart.

Ystervarkie

Lamingtons (sponge cake dipped in chocolate sauce and rolled in coconut). Direct translation: little porcupine*.

Tell us about the Afrikaans food words you most like to put in your mouth in the comments section below.

*This article was amended on 20 August 2015 to correct the translation of ystervarkie to porcupine (not hedgehog).

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Wat van murgpampoentjiebroodjie? (zucchini bread)

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Murgpampoentjiebroodjie – small marrow pumpkin bread

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Sjokolade koek

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Koekstruif – trifle

Koekstruif – sliced cake or swiss roll layered with canned fruit, jelly cut into squares, custard, nuts and sherry topped with whipped cream – direct translation cake omelette

Murgpampoentjiebroodjie – zucchini bread made with grated baby marrows, eggs, selfraising flour and grated cheese – direct translation small marrow pumpkin bread

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Sounds so delicious. mmmmmm.

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Lemoenpampoentjie (My “soutie” friend did not know this is what we call a gem squash) and also: Shu-shu (also a type of watery squash) Kalfsoogeier (egg broken into a saucer and then poured into very hot boiling water) Bobotie (a Cape-Malaysian baked curried dish) Framboos (raspberry) Bladjang (chutney usually made with peaches and good deal of curry spice) Patats (sweet potato) Souskluitjies (Small, feather light cakes baked/boiled in a thick cinnamon-sugar syrup) Skilpadjies (small cakes made with chopped sheep’s liver and wrapped in caul) Allegaartjie (mixed grill consisting of steak, chops and wors) and the list can go on forever because Afrikaans is such a lovely descriptive language.

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Herderspastei(cottage pie)

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Ystervarkie : little porcupine, not little hedgehog; hedgehog : krimpvarkie Souskluitjies : cinnamon sauce dumplings Poffertjies : fritters Southappies : bite-size savouries

Hi Jan. You’re quite right! Ystervarkie is a porcupine, not a hedgehog. We’ve fixed that now. All the best. (PS – souskluitjies is a great word too!)

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Tamboesies – small squares of puff pastry filled with bakers custard with a glazed caster sugar topping with a touch of lemon juice.

Ah, Charlene! Tamboesies is an excellent word. My mom used to buy them from an old-fashioned tuisnywerheid in Pretoria back in the day. (Presented on a polystyrene tray in a blown-up plastic bag, naturally.)

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Beeshaas (steak) – direct translation: cow rabbit. Lol

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POFADDERS (puff adders) Sausage consisting of liver and little blocks of cut lard.

POFADDERS (puff adders) Sausage (like Boerewors) but containing liver and little blocks of cut lard.

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Koperpennieslaai (wortelskywe in ‘n soet-suursous)

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Hertzog cookies – soet koekies

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Lamstertjies! Mmmmm!! Uit die Karoo

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Waterblommetjie-bredie

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Skilpadjies… Skilpadjies is a traditional South African food, also known by other names such as muise, vlermuise and pofadder. The dish is lamb’s liver wrapped in netvet, which is the fatty membrane that surrounds the kidneys.

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Bredie – ( A meat and vegetable stew.) Made with any off-cut meat or meat of poor quality. In the Second World War meat was scarce and not always of the best quality. AND we were very poor. You fry onions and add the meat pieces. Cook with salt and pepper until the meat is VERY tender. Add a vegetable* of your choice and potatoes. Cook until soft and most of the water is cooked away. Serve with rice. Vegetables*: tomato, or carrot, or cabbage, or green beans.

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Ek is n’ soutie en ek probeer elke dag om n’ newe (Afrikaans) word te leer. Baai worde heir. My beste is Skilpaadjies en ek is n’ vegetarian.

Boerewors is plain maar lekker

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Afrikaans kos is darem lekker!!!!!!!!

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hello. daar is lekker kos hierso. dankie almal vir julle comments

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Please help. I am teaching Afrikaans to grade fours and we are doing a food lesson. Their have to write and draw their favorite food and drink. Now I am stuck with some English words: ” Bagels, pahella, sticky rice,

Are you looking for the Afrikaans names for these dishes? According to our research, “bagel” works in Afrikaans too. “Paella” would work in most languages and as for “sticky rice”, since it’s a Thai dish, how about “Thaise rys” or even a littly punny “taai Thaise rys” 🙂

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500 words essay on my favorite food.

In order to perform well in life, our body needs energy. We get this energy from the food we eat. Without food, there will be no life. In today’s world, there are so many dishes available worldwide. Food comes in a wide variety all around the world. Dosa, Paneer, Naan, Chapati, Biryani, and more Indian delicacies are available. We are also offered western cuisines such as noodles, pasta, burgers, fries, pizzas and more dominating the food industry. In my favourite food essay, I will tell you about the food I like eating the most.

my favorite food essay

My Favorite Food

As the world is advancing day by day, it is becoming easier to get access to many kinds of food at our doorstep. Every day, we all want to consume great and delicious cuisine. There are many different varieties of food accessible all throughout the world. We all like different foods, however, my personal favourite is burgers. I have eaten many cuisines but my favourite food is definitely a burger. I cannot resist myself when it comes to burgers.

Burgers are one of the most convenient and easiest foods to eat on the fly when we’re in a hurry. We can have a burger at any time of day, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or supper, and maybe some fries and a Coke to go with it. Many restaurants are well-known for making their speciality burgers in a particular style. Preparation changes from one establishment to the next. But what exactly makes a burger taste so good? They will taste vary depending on where you go, but they are all built the same. It is made up of a bun, a ground meat patty, and various toppings like cheese, onion slices, lettuce, and other sauces.

They are so soft yet crunchy, fresh and juicy that I love eating them. Even though there are many kinds of burgers, my favourite one is a chicken burger. The chicken patty gives the burger a juicy taste and it tingles my taste buds every time I eat it. I can already smell and taste it in my mouth as soon as I walked inside McDonald’s or any other restaurant that serves chicken burgers. As soon as I take a huge mouthful of it, I forget about any problems or troubles that are going on in the outer world and concentrate my entire concentration just on my chicken burger.

I love eating a burger which is filled with cheese and vegetables . The more vegetables you add, the better it tastes. My personal favourite is lettuce. It gives the burger the right amount of freshness and crunchiness.

I always eat my burger with ketchup. Most importantly, the thing I love about eating burgers is that I get to eat French fries along with them. They work as a great side to the dish and also make my stomach full.

Even though I liked eating a burger from a famous fast food joint, nothing beats the chicken burger my mother makes at home. She prepares everything from scratch, even the burger. Thus, it is extremely fresh and healthy too.

I know and feel that burgers have the great flavour and taste that would make anyone’s stomach pleased after a long day of work. I can tell by the reactions on people’s faces when they order their preferred burger variant. Overall, I don’t believe any other fast food will taste as good as a chicken burger. It’s just difficult to think that something will triumph in the future. As a result, I consider my favourite dish to be the best ever created.

A Great Variety

Perhaps the great thing about burgers is the great variety they offer. It has options for all people, who prefer vegetarian, non-vegetarian and even vegans. Thus, you can select the patty of your burger and dive right in.

There are a large number of burger joints being started in every corner of the city, each serving a variety of their own specialised and self-curated recipes. Burgers that are health-friendly and a go-to with a diet are also being introduced by these newly upcoming burger places. There are a lot many burger cafes that give their customers the choice to create their own burgers by providing them with a choice between patties, fillings, veggies, sauces as well as the number of burger layers they want.

Even though my personal favourite is a chicken burger, I also enjoy eating cheeseburgers and vegetable burgers. For me, all burgers taste delicious. Whenever we go out to eat with friends , I always order a burger.

My friends who do not eat non-vegetarian also eat burgers thanks to the great variety it offers. When we order food at home, we make sure to offer all kinds of burgers from cheeseburgers to chicken burgers, so that we get a taste of everything in our meal. Thus, I love burgers and their great variety makes it better.

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Conclusion of My Favorite Food Essay

Even though my favourite food is a burger, I enjoy other foods as well like Pizza and Pasta. However, I feel when it comes to eating daily, nothing beats homemade food. The food we eat daily is what helps us gain energy. We cannot eat our favourite food daily as it will become boring then, but our staple food is something we enjoy eating on an everyday basis.

FAQ of My Favorite Food Essay

Question 1: Why do we need food?

Answer 1: We need food because it provides nutrients, energy for activity, growth. Similarly, all functions of the body like breathing, digesting food, and keeping warm are made possible because of food. It also helps in keeping our immune system healthy.

Question 2: Should you eat your favourite food all the time?

Answer 2: No, never. Favourite foods are meant to be enjoyed when there is any special occasion, or when you are tired of your regular homemade food. Eating too much of your favourite food will make your taste buds adjust to it and eventually, it will not remain our favourite. Excess of anything is bad and the same goes for our favourite food. Thus, we must eat it occasionally so that it remains our favourite.

Question 3: Is fast food healthy? Should we not consume fast food at all?

Answer 3: Fast food is often high in calories, sodium, and harmful fat, with one meal frequently providing enough for a whole day. It is also deficient in nutrients and nearly devoid of fruit, vegetables, and fibre. That doesn’t mean you should completely avoid fast food. It is feasible to eat fast food without jeopardising your healthy diet. Take advantage of the nutritious side dishes available at many fast-food places. Look for meals that include lean proteins, vegetables, and fibre, and avoid anything that is supersized.

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Essay on My Favorite Food: A Comprehensive Guide

Writing an essay about your favorite food is a delightful task that allows you to express your passion for a culinary delight while honing your writing skills. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the process of crafting a compelling essay that not only highlights your love for a particular dish but also engages your readers. So, get ready to savor the journey of writing an essay on your favorite food Essay on My Favorite Food: Tips to Write a Top-Notch Paper !

Choosing the Perfect Dish

When it comes to writing an essay on your favorite food, the first step is selecting the perfect dish to write about. Think about the meals that make your taste buds dance with joy. Is it your grandmother's homemade lasagna or the spicy street tacos from your last vacation? Choose a dish that holds a special place in your heart.

Creating a Mouthwatering Introduction

Your essay's introduction is the appetizer that sets the tone for the entire piece. Begin with a captivating hook that entices your readers to continue. You can use an interesting food-related anecdote or a thought-provoking quote. Then, introduce your favorite food and explain why it holds such significance to you.

Building a Flavorful Body

The main body of your essay is where you dive deep into the flavors and experiences associated with your favorite food. Describe the dish in detail - its appearance, aroma, taste, and texture. Share personal anecdotes or memories related to this dish. Discuss how it makes you feel and why it stands out among all the meals you've ever had.

Dos and Don'ts

To ensure your essay on your favorite food is as delectable as the dish itself, here are some dos and don'ts to keep in mind:

  • Do use descriptive language to paint a vivid picture of your favorite food.
  • Do share personal experiences and memories associated with the dish.
  • Do engage your readers' senses by describing the aroma, taste, and texture.
  • Do convey your passion and enthusiasm for the food.
  • Don't provide a generic or bland description of the food.
  • Don't forget to proofread and edit your essay for clarity and coherence.
  • Don't make it too lengthy; keep your essay concise and focused.

Q: How long should my essay be?

Your essay should be around 1500 words, providing enough depth without overwhelming the reader.

Q: Can I write about multiple favorite foods?

It's best to focus on one favorite food to maintain a clear and concise narrative.

Q: Should I include a recipe in my essay?

While it's not necessary, you can include a brief recipe if it adds value to your story.

Final Thoughts

Writing an essay on your favorite food is not just an academic exercise; it's a way to share a piece of your soul through the lens of your taste buds. Make it flavorful, engaging, and heartfelt. With this guide, you're well-equipped to craft a mouthwatering essay that leaves your readers craving both your words and the delicious dish you've described.

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