“What one won’t eat by itself, one will eat when mixed with other food.” Bantu & Lamba Proverb
Golden beaches. Jagged mountains. National parks overflowing with wildlife and spectacular natural scenery. Located at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa is a vast country with wildly varying landscapes and a population that is no less diverse. The country has eleven official languages and more than a dozen tribes, and is affectionately known as the Rainbow Nation. From the vineyards and vibrant, multicultural neighborhoods of Cape Town, to a safari surrounded by lions, elephants, and rhinos in Kruger National Park, it’s easy to lose yourself in the beauty of South Africa. Pull up a chair at our braai as we introduce you to some of the unique and exotic flavors of this dynamic country. Try The World South Africa
Try The World: A Taste Of SOUTH AFRICA: With Spring around the corner, it’s time to think of where I’d rather be. Wouldn’t it be nice to venture into the world of new foods to try? Try The World: The South African Box takes us on another gastronomic adventure into the world of South African gourmet cuisine. As I write this post, I’m thinking of my many South African friends, former classmates, and social media connections. They live in a beautiful, multi-ethnic country rich with natural resources, cultures, languages and diverse religions that speak to the many people who moved to the area. Over centuries, the nation, on the Southern tip of the African continent, saw an influx of outsiders who came and settled as colonialists, immigrants, and others seeking new opportunities in this land of great wealth, fantastic weather and a dark apartheid history. Even though the system of apartheid was gradually dismantled and eventually abandoned, with the release and election of Nelson Mandela, its reverberations remain a lingering albeit quiet presence in the region. Poverty and inequality are still areas of concern.
When I think of South Africa, I think of a nation with tremendous potential. Since 1994, when the majority black population became enfranchised, a lot of business growth opened doors to many and despite challenges, success stories continue to show the human spirit rising above the grind. According to Wikipedia, It is classified by the World Bank as an upper-middle-income economy, a newly industrialized nation, the second-largest economy in Africa, and the 34th-largest in the world. It’s purchasing power ranks it at the seventh-highest per capita income in Africa. All good stats and, as with many other countries on our beloved continent, food is a great way to connect and fresh locally sourced ingredients are a big part of the diet.
This post is about the celebration of South African Cuisine; both indigenous and non indigenous foods from the region. Bantu culture and foods from Khoisan groups make up the African indigenous cuisine. Dutch (since 1652), German, French, Italian, Greek, British, Indo-Asian/India, Indonesia and Portugal/Mozambique cuisine all have influences on South African cuisine as we know it today. So the food is a reflection of the diverse cultures and people that make up the population of the region. Food is healing…
“One spoon of soup in need has more value than a pot of soup when we have an abundance of food.” Angolan Proverb
If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full. South African Proverb
The man who counts the bits of food he swallows is never satisfied. African Proverb
What’s inside my Try The World – SOUTH AFRICA Box? Every box of curated gourmet items includes a spice, a sweet, traditional foods that folks love and cherish in the country of origin, and a Culture Guide that walks you though the history of each item, the family behind the farm or company, and a few recipes to try with your food items. If you so choose, you may use the items to create your own recipes or add them to your favorite foods… that is the beauty of enjoying foods from around the world. For our gastronomic adventure into South Africa please come back and stay tuned for a full description. Where would I rather be? Enjoying a delicious home-cooked South African dish. And you?
READ: Top 10 foods to try in South Africa
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“One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others.” ~African Proverb
For our South African feast, a lot of effort went into creating the right balance of ingredients. Our curators at Try The World (TTW), work very hard to find the finest ingredients and invest time and energy working with skilled chefs who help curate the best items that truly represent the country selected. The goal is to appeal to your spirit of adventure and desire to try great foods. They love hearing from people around the globe who love experimenting with new and great cuisine. To encourage us to explore other cultures through food, from time to time, they offer wonderful opportunities to be featured on their Instagram page or maybe win free boxes of food. Don’t forget to post a photo with the hashtag #trytheworld and then treat a loved one to a lovely gift package by using MMTRAVELS15 for an additional discount. You can also get your first subscription box at 15% off. Do share your dishes and photos by using the hashtag #TryTheWorld and following @TryTheWorld on Instagram, and be on board for a chance to win your next box for free! Visit their Website for more information and also connect with TTW on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.
READ: 21 iconic South African foods – the ultimate guide for visitors
Traditional South African food
Have a food feast filled week!
Positive Motivation Tip: Travel the world for foods that warm the heart, fill the stomach and open us to new cultures…
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