Sunday, February 8, 2009

Traditional African Fare

Emily and Albertina eat the rest of the Xnuush made for my husband. BTW Even though they're both sitting next to the dining table with chairs, they prefer to sit on the floor!
A delicious South African dish : Xnuush
A piece of grilled mutton rib adds a delicious flavour

Every so often my husband asks Emily to cook him Xnuush (Samp and Beans) which is a traditional African dish. Samp and beans is a daily staple for millions of South Africans. Samp is a "degermed" product of maize - the husk and germ have been removed.

Of course, being a carnivore, hubby always grills a piece of mutton/lamb rib to eat with the Xnuush.

African Samp and Beans (Stampmielies)
200 ml dried kidney beans
50 ml samp, rinsed
10 ml salt and fresh black pepper
30 ml butter
Soak the beans and samp in plenty of cold water for about 8 hours. Drain. Bring 1.2 litres of water to the boil in a medium saucepan. Add the samp and beans, cover, and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours until very tender. Season with salt and pepper, add butter and cook uncovered until the mixture thickens.

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