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Namibian Cuisine: What to expect

 

  “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” — James Beard. “People are generally proud of their food. A willingness to eat and drink with people without fear and prejudice… they open up to you in ways that somebody visiting who is driven by a story may not get.” […]

Blacvk mussels
Feature Stories, Ingredients, Shellfish

Mussels

 

 Introduction For most Namibians, access to fresh mussels and other seafood is extremely limited and highly dependent on the ability to self-harvest. Fresh seafood is also very expensive compared to other proteins available in retail stores. Namibia’s lucrative seafood industry exports most local seafood but recreational harvesting is allowed for […]

Smashed sweet potatoes
Recipes, Vegetables

Smashed sweet potatoes

 

 This smashed sweet potatoes recipe add a delicious twist to what is already a supreme ingredient. Garlic butter and a handful of parmesan cheese take the humble sweet potato to new heights. Delicious food does not come easier. Boil some sweet potatoes then lightly flatten them with a fork. Pour […]

Rusks
Feature Stories, General

Rusks

 

 Introduction Life feels a whole lot better when you wake up to the smell of rusks or “beskuit” in the oven. There is something very comforting to the smell of warm milk, butter, flour and sugar. Just as there is something utterly serene in sitting at a table at dawn […]

Melktert ice cream
Dairy, Recipes

Melktert ice cream

 

 This melktert ice cream is an unorthodox way to present the flavours of this iconic dish. Melktert ice cream combines the warm notes of spices with the coldness of the ice cream for something familiar yet unique. Melktert is the Afrikaans word for “milk tart” and consists of a sweet […]

Shortbread
Recipes

Shortbread cookies

 

 Who does not like shortbread cookies? Originally from Scotland, these cookies have just three ingredients: flour, butter and sugar. These ingredients were considered luxury items and the cookies were reserved only for special occasions. Shortbread is an important part of Scottish culture. In Shetland, for example, it was traditional to […]

Quick Jam Doughnuts
Confectionary, Recipes

Quick Jam Doughnuts

 

 These quick jam doughnuts are ideal for whenever the sugar cravings kick. But they have a little story. The German jam doughnut known as the “Berliner” is one of Namibia’s iconic confectionaries. Brought here by early German settlers it is very popular with afternoon coffee or tea. But, the Berliner […]

Easy koeksisters
Confectionary, Recipes

Easy Koeksisters

 

 Making koeksisters the traditional way is time-consuming. Many thus avoid making this delectable traditional pastry at home. Fortunately, that does not have to be the case. These here are made from the very versatile 2-ingredient dough. This dough can be used for just about anything you can think of: flatbreads, […]