SOUTH AFRICAN COOKING

A potjie is a three legged cast iron pot with a lid that was used by the Voortrekkers who travelled by ox-wagon in the days of old in South Africa. In the present time, competitions are held regularly to see who can produce the best tasting Padkos (road-food) from various secret recipes.

A wood fire or charcoal is used to heat under a potjie (iron three legged pot) and the meat and vegetable contents.  the whole process takes about four hours and to pass the time participants and spectators listen to music and sample the beer and spirits available, especially the Mampoer, (a fruit based Brandy) which can be up to eighty percent alcohol. You really have to experience it to appreciate it, but it is unforgettable!

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