Recently I wrote a piece on the South African foods my characters experienced in my soon to be released novel, “Murder Casts a Spell.” The interest on Facebook and Twitter motivated me to add the other foods referenced in the novel. So, here are some more Cape Town specialty foods my characters enjoyed.
Pap is fluffy porridge made from maize meal. It is a staple food among the Xhosa people. Mieliepap, a breakfast porridge is the type of pap two of my characters, Lysi and Grace, tasted at Sara’s Bed and Breakfast in impoverished Ikhaya Township.
Bobotie is like meatloaf with raisins and baked egg on top, and is often served with yellow rice. It is sometimes described as a South African moussaka. Bobotie is a favorite of Amele Butshingi, Grace’s college roommate who lives in Cape Town.
Rusks are rectangular, hard biscuits eaten by dunking them in South African rooibos tea. Lysi and Maynard try them for the first time at the Butshingi home.
Boerewors is a thick sausage that is traditionally braaied (barbecued). It’s made from coarsely minced beef or pork and spices then formed into a continuous spiral. The Butshingi family serves it to characters Detective Maynard Christie, Grace and Lysi. Amele lives in Cape Town and was Grace’s college roommate.