Saturday, 19 April 2014

Quagga Extinction Date

Sjoe!! Day #17 of the A to Z Blog Challenge

Quagga [pronounced kwa-gh-uh]  An extinct species of zebra (Equus quagga) that once habituated the Cape in South Africa, but was hunted out in the 1800s.

Pronounce the Afrikaans "g" as you would "ch" in loch or ach in the German achtung.

Usage :  Vat so, Quagga! 1883

Friday, 18 April 2014


Potjiekos [pronounced poi-key-kos] literally translated "small pot food", is a stew prepared outdoors over an open fire. It is traditionally cooked in a pot-bellied, round, cast iron, three-legged pot, the potjie, descended from the Dutch oven brought from the Netherlands to South Africa in the 17th century.

Potjie Pot is layered with meat and vegetables.  The lids is secured and left to simmer slowly.  The traditional potjie is never stirred, which makes it different from a regular stew.  Sometimes beer or wine is added to give the sauce a wee sparkle.

Among the African tribal cultures these pots became known as "phutu" pots. The black cast-iron potjie has survived the test of time and is used extensively in Africa by almost all cultures. With the advent of electricity, the potjie was all but forgotten in South Africa, but some 30 years ago it enjoyed a huge revival, and today is as valued a cooking utensil as the pressure cooker and microwave oven. 

Pot bread is another South African favourite cooked in the flat version of the Potjie.  

Often this recipe is a beer bread, also called bush bread, which goes so well with potjiekos.  Freshly baked with a lovely layer of butter is absa lootly scruptious.

Finger licking good.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Hey Okes!

Southafricanisms is the topic and today's letter is O.

Oke, ou [prounounced oak or oh].  An informal  Southafricanism meaning a man, similar to "guy" or "bloke" or "dude" derived from "okie" the anglicized form of the Afrikaans word "outjie" or little chap.  The word "ou" can be used interchangeably.

Usage : You can never stay befuck with an oke you smoke nchangu with.
Credit Indieberries

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Half Way Through

Afrikaans, Nê

Today's Southafricanism is Nê

[pronounced neh] informal exclamation. It means "Really?" or "is that so?" or "don't you agree?" or "izit?".   Often used dripping with sarcasm.

Used liberally by Afrikaans speakers for emphasis.  

Usage:  “I went to the shop, nê, and I bought some milk, nê, and then I came home, nê…


"That bakkie checks out lekker, nê?"


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