I’m not South African to start with but it is my second home. I have a number of friends still living out there and I visit regularly.
In order to get my South African “fix” on a regular basis I visit my local South African shop. Here are the essentials I’ve purchased most recently – from left to right;
Biltong is food of the gods as far as I’m concerned, and in actual fact Sarz First – my long-suffering husband – makes his own., but Snapstick Biltong is the best and my person fave. When I arrive in the country that is my must-have when I arrive at the airport! If you haven’t tried it ( and you’re not a vegan or veggie) give it a go!
Ina Paarman’s Garlic Pepper
I love the Ina range, but the Garlic Pepper is by far the best. It works well in mashed potatoes, on scrambled egg and my personal fave mashed avo on toast with a poached egg on top! Heavenly!
What haul from the SA shop would be complete with some Simbas? My faves are sour cream and chive (or anything oniony) but beef had to do; I had to have the hit man!!!
Freshpak Rooibos tea
Apparently anyone who did their national service in SA, before it was abolished, had to make do with this as tea made from the Red Bush, so they tend to not be big fans, but I live the stuff. It’s what SA tastes like – when it doesn’t taste like a Chenin Blanc or a Gordon’s and SA Schweppes tonic!
If you like UK Wham Bars or Australian Red Skins then you’ll love these beauties. Grape is obviously the best flavour, but then to me Grape is the best flavour for anything. Another SA classic is Grape Fanta!
In my opinion the most perfect sweet. As I’m not a huge fan of chocolate this works for me because it’s mainly a bright green crispy centre wrapped in just a thin layer of chocolate. Once on the drive back from Port Edward on the South Coast to Durban I managed to consume a bags of these little babies. Not my finest hour, due to the ensuing sugar rush!
So there you have it; my little culinary reminder of SA in the UK! Only problem is the prices are in £s and not Rs!