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02 Jun 2011

Hi everyone

One of the many things I hadn’t thought through before I got married at 22 was the culinary implication of my choice. My husband (yes, still... we lucked out!) is originally from Germany, his father being that coolest of cold meat concepts, a German Masterbutcher.

Imagine my wonder, when visiting his parents for the first time, when I got to wander around their giant cold room of smokey deliciousness: from Bratwurst to Frankfurters, Blutwurst to Black Forest ham... and all manner of heaven in between.

I learnt to sit down to tables piled with Maultaschen (a kind of large German ravioli) and suck up the smells and delight of their traditional ‘sour pot roast’ Sauerbraten, piled on a bed of homemade, egg noodle Spaetzle.

And when the weather’s cold, and I’m feeling a little off-colour and shivery, I wish I could just transport my mother-in-law down to Cape Town, complete with a giant platter of her signature schnitzels and a great big bowl of sauerkraut.

As someone who grew up thinking, like Dylan Moran, that German sounds like ‘a typewriter eating tin foil being kicked down the stairs’, it was German cuisine which broke through my narrow-mindedness, and enveloped me in the essence of another culture, one which I could treasure.

Love me, love my food. I’d also love to hear about how food convinced you of the fabulousness of another culture... there’s a R250 voucher for the one of you with the best story.

Bowls and platters of love,


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