September marks the start of Heritage month in South Africa. You can expect to see colourful and flavourful celebrations all month long; and what is a celebration without food really? That is why we have put together 3 exciting Heritage inspired recipes that your kids can make in honour of this month-long holiday.
No-churn Baobab ice cream
Who doesn’t love ice cream in Spring, and it sure goes down well after a braai. Give it a twist by adding some ancient flavours. The baobab tree can live up to a thousand years. In South Africa, Baobab trees grow in the Limpopo province. The oldest Baobab tree in South Africa is 1,060 years old. Baobab fruit, also known as Muvhuyu in the Venda language, is usually eaten fresh from the tree or infused into milk dishes.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 500ml cream (do not use UHT cream)
- 360g/1 can condensed milk, cold
- 1 tablespoon baobab powder
- 1 large and very ripe banana, mashed
- Refrigerate condensed milk at least 2 hrs ahead
- Using a mixer whip the cold cream on medium speed until soft peaks form.
- Turn off the machine and pour the cold condensed milk into the whipped cream
- With the speed on high, whisk until the mixture is thick and stiff peaks form.
- Turn off the machine and gently stir in banana and baobab powder with a spatula. Do not over mix. Just 4 or 5 swirls
- Pour Ice cream into plastic container and freeze overnight or for at least 8 hours before serving
Amasi chicken kebabs on the braai
Long before refrigerators were invented to keep things fresher for longer, there was fermentation, salt curing, and drying. Cattle farmers would ferment milk to preserve it, and they still do! Amasi is the Zulu name for a fermented milk which is one of the most popular traditional dishes in South Africa. In Setswana it is called Madila.
Amasi is a good substitute for buttermilk in any recipe. It is great as a tenderizer for chicken or an addition to baked goods.
Total Time: 40 Minutes
- 4 chicken breast cut into chunks
- 1 cup Amasi
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- To marinate the chicken; pour all the marinade ingredients into a large Ziploc bag, including the chicken. With the bag tightly sealed, massage the bag until the chicken is evenly coated. Place the bag in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- The following day, remove the chicken from the marinade and season well with salt and pepper. Thread the chunks of chicken onto skewers and braai on medium heat or in a hot griddle pan for 15 min turning regularly until cooked through. Serve hot!
Design your own Rainbow Salad
What better way to celebrate Heritage day than to make a rainbow salad. South Africa is fondly nicknamed the Rainbow Nation to celebrate the diversity of cultures in the country.
This is a fun recipe because you can combine any ingredients of your choice. Go ahead and try it! Jars make for a beautiful display of this rainbow deliciousness.
- Red: Paprika, Red pepper, Tomato
- Orange: Carrots, Pepper
- Yellow: Sweet Corn, Pepper
- Blue: Blueberries
- Green: Broccoli, Lettuce, Green pepper
- Indigo: Red Cabbage, Red Onion, Red Grapes