“If you really want to make a friend go to someone’s house and eat with him. The people who give you their food, give you their heart”.
The term “food culture” describes the entire culture, landscape of nutrition, everything that has to do with the way we eat and where we eat. We seldom realize are all the aspect of food influences. Food is used to:
* Satisfy hunger and nourish the body.
* Provide a focus for communal activities.
* Initiate and maintain personal and business relationship.
Have you been cutting back on calories?, then you have to try out this South African iconic street food ” *vetkoek*” also known as fat cake. It consists of deep-fried yeast buns that are usually filled with cheese, curry or fruit jams. Preparation time is 20mins, cook time is 40mins, total time is 1hr.
1. Vetkoek recipe.
*5½ cups cake flour or more.
*2 teaspoons of salt.
*2-3 tablespoon sugar.
*1 packet yeast or any quantity of your choice.
*2 cups lukewarm water.
2. Minced curry recipe.
*1 pound mincemeat.
*2 teaspoons canola oil.
*1 whole onion sliced.
*1 teaspoon grounded ginger.
*1½ teaspoon minced garlic.
*2 teaspoon curry powder.
*2-3 tomatoes chopped.
*½ teaspoon paprika
*2 cups diced potatoes.
*1 cup peas and carrots.
*½ teaspoon white pepper.
*½ teaspoon Cayenne (optional).
*2-3 tablespoon parsley or cilantro.
*Salt to taste.
*Minced curry instructions*
1. In a medium-large skillet, add oil, onions, garlic, ginger, curry, paprika and sauté, for about 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent any burns. Followed by tomatoes continue cooking for about 3 minutes then add potatoes and minced meat, cayenne pepper, white pepper, mix until ingredients have been thoroughly combined. Cook for about 15 minutes or more until potatoes are tender.
2. Finally, throw in peas, cook for another minute or two, add parsley, and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Remove from the heat and let it cool. You may prepare this a day in advance.
1. In a large bowl, mix salt, sugar, water, and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes. Add flour then mix the dough until everything has come together.
2. Covers loosely with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled.
3. Turn dough on a floured surface, flatten to knock out air bubbles and knead to make firm, you may add flour as needed
4. Roll out dough into 1 inch thick, cut into desired shapes or use 3 inches or larger cookie cutter to cut dough.
5. In a large saucepan, pour vegetable oil, until it is at least 3 inches (or about 5 centimetres) high (too little will result in flatter vetkoeks and place on medium heat until oil is 350 degrees.
6. Fry until golden brown about 3-5 minutes depending on size. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper napkin. Let it cool
7. Split in half and fill with mincemeat. Serve warm.