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My first potjie

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Thu, 07/05/2007 - 12:15

This past weekend I braved Makro and the evil hordes which invade it on weekends to buy my first potjie since I had asked some friends over on Sunday for a late lunch. Since I have never made a potjie before I did some searches on line and found a few articles, but in the end decided to just go crazy. From all accounts the food was good so here is the recipe:
Ingredients:
- 1.3kilos of beef, cubed into about half inch sizes
- 3 crazy big carrots, diced into bit size pieces
- 4 large sweet potatoes, cubed in to about half inch sizes
- 2 pundits of button mushrooms, diced
- 2 green peppers diced
- 2 large sweet peppers diced
- A cast of other things I forgot about now and will unveil during the preparation.

Cooking:
Take the meat and added some freshly ground thyme, rosemary, and Robinson's meat tenderizer. Put that in a container and add a couple of dollops of Mrs Balls chuckney, BBQ flavored marinade and Bandito hot sauce (I used the 5 heat level one). Close container, shake and store in fridge turning every so often until needed. Mine sat for about 3 hours but the longer you leave it the better.
Once your potjie is nice and hot add all the veggies plus half a liter of water and leave for about 30min-45min.
Next add the meat and the basting sauce it has been in to the mix and throw in two cubes of beef stock, and two packets (50g each) of tomato paste. Mix well. Close lid and leave for 2 to 3 hours stirring every 15-20min.
Eventually the liquid should be low and you get more of a thick sauce than soup (think of it as a stew almost). If it starts to catch on the bottom it's ready and has been for 10min or so. Move it to a low heat and dish up on rice.

I'm campaign

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 08:10
I am going with Unicef, since they are one of the few international organisations on the list.

Quote of the Day

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Thu, 02/15/2007 - 09:50
Debugging is not a tool, it's a methodology. Saw it on a blog yesterday, but I didn't think to copy down the name :(

Can't let go?

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Wed, 02/14/2007 - 15:33

If you one of the South Africans out there who classifies themselves as presently disadvantaged while discussing the current employement policies from govt while drinking coffee at a shop in Nelson Mandela Square at 4pm on a Wednesday afternoon, then you also likely will complain about the road name changes. Well it appears if all is not lost for you, Live Local hasn't updated it's references to street names ;)

Something very true

Submitted by Robert MacLean on Wed, 02/14/2007 - 09:51
Found this very true. Reposted from Noah Coad's blog: A good friend will tell you what you want to hear. A true friend will always tell the truth. A good friend seeks to talk with you about your problems. A true friend seeks to help you with your problems. A good friend will be there for you all through school. A true friend will be there till the day you die. A good friend will bail you out of prison. A true friend will be sitting next to you saying "damn that was fun!". A good friend brings a bottle of wine to your party. A true friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean. A good friend hates it when you call after they've gone to bed. A true friend asks you why you took so long to call. A good friend wonders about your romantic history. A true friend could blackmail you with it. A good friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument. A true friend calls you after you had a fight. A good friend, when visiting, acts like a guest. A true friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself. A good friend has never seen you cry. A true friend has shoulders soggy from your tears. A good friend doesn't know your parents' first names. A true friend has their phone numbers in his address book. A good friend expects you to always be there for them. A true friend expects to always be there for you. A good friend is someone you enjoy hanging out with. A [true] friend is someone you need. (Neil Diamond, Heartlight)