Memories of spice…

Memories of Cape Town are all about color, texture and the aroma of spices.

Memories of Cape Town are all about color, texture and the aroma of spices.

From my earliest memories of my Grandmother’s house in University Estate and the aromas of coming up her garden path to the smell of a simmering chicken curry or a baking babotie, to my student days in the very heart of Cape Town, and my forays into the Bo-Kaap and hours spent treasure hunting on Greenmarket Square, the aroma of spice is always there, like a beautiful, haunting, exotic melody.

Love the flair of the Malay people.

Love the flair of the Malay people.

It was the influence of the Malay slaves to the Cape that introduced us to these wonderful spices. It has become so much part of our local cuisine that we hardly think about it. Its hard to imagine food without smoked paprika, masala, curry, cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, tumeric, cardamom, allspice and star aniseed.

Spices are vibrant just like the colours of the Bo-kaap.

Spices are vibrant just like the colours of the Bo-kaap.

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4 thoughts on “Memories of spice…

  1. Beautifully written evocative piece….I smell those spicy aromas right now….and longing for a good curry….with some of your yoghurt πŸ™‚ xx

    • Thank you so much Colleen. Granny Bupsie made the most wonderful chicken curry I have ever eaten. Sadly she passed on before I could ask her for the recipe. I tried for ages to recreate it, and managed a really good attempt at it when we had some friends over recently. Needless to say my husband was back from the shops the next day with chicken in his grocery bag. There may just be a blog about this recipe…

      We also make our own tikka paste from a blend of spices and olive oil that I keep stock of in the fridge to use with the yogurt to make a tikka chicken.

      Thank you for all the support and I stand by what I said that the SA Food and Wine Bloggers and Writers are from the nicest people you could hope to meet. xxx

  2. What a lovely comment from you. Thank you so much Sam. ❀ you! What a pity that you did not get Granny Bupsie's recipe….ooooh I look forward to the curry post that will definitely be coming πŸ™‚ And I love your tikka paste recipe, thanks for sharing xxx

    • It is my pleasure, Colleen. ❀ you too. I'm so glad to have gotten to know you all. I will have to make the recipe again as I didn't note down the amounts. I just put everything in and adjusted according to taste, LOL! But will be sure to post the recipe… πŸ˜‰ have a lovely weekend. Sending love, Sam xxx

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