Four years ago I started the Monthly Mingle. 2006 and Germany was hosting the World Soccer Championship, making me choose my first theme for the Monthly Mingle in the heat of the nations craze - Football's Coming Home. It was a small mingle but I was happy for the turn out. Four years later and all eyes are turned towards South Africa and things with the Mingle seem to come full circle.
This World Soccer Championship promises to be one filled with a lot of emotion, culture and excitement. South Africa is a country that has always intrigued me and is definitely one of my dream destinations. Just like the country the cuisine of this gorgeous country is a kaleidoscope of flavors and aromas and truly worth the homage.
The pre-colonial South Africa was largely characterized by a variety of fruits, nuts, wild plants and game. Later the European colonists brought their cooking styles with them. Although the cuisine of South Africa is known as Cape Dutch, it was the slaves, imported from Bengal, Java and Malaysia, who influenced the food of South Africa more than anyone else.
With so many exceptional influences, South African dishes portray a wide array of ingredients, spices, herbs and flavors - a foodies dream!
For this Monthly Mingle I would like us to spread the buffet with colorful dishes from incredible South Africa. Whether it's a braai, bobotie or a briyani - anything goes. Do not be intimidated by South African cuisine - it's so full of wonderful variety that with a little bit of research you will be surprised at just how versatile it is. A great read on the cuisine of South Africa can be found here.
Here’s how it works:
- Create a dish that fits the South Africa theme as described above.
- Post about it on your blog from now till 10 May 2010 (entries must be in English, please).
- Your creation should be prepared for the current Monthly Mingle theme and only shared with a maximum of 2 other blog events. Let's try and keep the creations as fresh as the ingredients you use.
- You must provide a link to this post and/or the official Monthly Mingle page.
- Once you’ve posted your dish, please fill the Monthly Mingle form to send me your entries.
You can easily access the form via the submission button on the sidebar under the Monthly Mingle “Come Mingle With Me" section or via the official Monthly Mingle page.
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