Sunday, September 14, 2008

Little harvest, big taste

We attended our first block party in the new neighborhood last weekend, which was Olympic themed. Each household chose a country and was to bring wine or beer and a dish from that country. We chose South Africa, why, I really don't know, other than we got our form in late and knew the big ones were taken. Anyway, John has been to southern Africa and I have a friend I could consult with who is from Pretoria. The flag making was easy and the wine tasting fun. We loved the Roodeberg wine which M. recommended. But, the food, where to start? A sticky cake called a "koeksister," a "bredie" (stew) or "boerewors" (sausage)? I ended up starting with what I had in plentiful amounts: tomatoes, hot peppers and some coriander seeds from the garden which became a Cape Malay Chicken Curry. It was so full of flavors that it disappeared shortly after I set it down on the potluck table. It had ginger, fennel, lemon, coriander, cumin, garlic, cinnamon, and lots more curry spices. I also made a sweet South African yellow rice with cinnamon and raisins. Not bad for someone who ain't exactly thrilled about cooking and often sees it as a chore. And next year? As newbies, we have been conscripted into organizing the next block party. Yeah thanks and welcome to the neighborhood!

1 comment:

denise said...

Yum! What a great idea for a block party! Our alley has an annual louisiana crawfish boil, but otherwise it is a free for all. Great theme!