Taste of Africa

This weekend we drove two hours to get to a charming placed called Taste of Africa —

Hidden in an out-of-the-way farm.

Taste shop

Apart from a shop and a café, the main experience here

Is cooking food together with others over outdoor fires

In true South African tradition.


Delicious bread

I was assigned to cook the main meal – a Cape Malay curry – for us vegetarians.

The food is cooked in cast-iron pots called potjie.


Luckily, it was impossible to burn the food (my speciality)

And the curry was delicious. (Yes, I’m sure you’re as surprised as I was!)

I did see a sign that would be very appropriate in my own kitchen, however!


The food was delicious – as was the company –

And we enjoyed it under a canopy of clouds, rain

And dancing figures.

Dancing figures

It was a great way to meet new friends

And enrich the South African heritage of the kids.

Just had to throw in one of my favourite photographs of the anklebiters (taken a couple of years ago)…

Hammock copy

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94 responses

  1. This sounds like so much fun! How awesome that it’s near you!


    June 2, 2014 at 15:56

  2. What a fascinating and charming place.


    June 2, 2014 at 16:16

  3. I have always had a fascination with Africa so this place looks amazing!! And the Cape Malay curry looks tasty 🙂


    June 2, 2014 at 16:17

  4. Oh, what fun!! And a fascinating place indeed!! I would love to visit there, but your captures are the next best thing, Fiona!! Thanks for sharing!! Have a wonderful week!!


    June 2, 2014 at 16:45

  5. You lucky fish Lady Fi 🙂


    June 2, 2014 at 17:25

  6. Don

    Wonderful Fiona. Nothing like a potjie. 🙂


    June 2, 2014 at 17:26

  7. That looks like a fabulous place to go, cook, eat and enjoy each other. Love the pictures and of course the last one is the best!


    June 2, 2014 at 17:27

  8. that last photo is SO sweet. what a neat experience to share!


    June 2, 2014 at 17:28

  9. Joy

    A very wonderful experience. I wish I could be there too and taste your cooking:)


    June 2, 2014 at 17:37

  10. This is all enchanting to me – a taste of Africa in Sweden no less. And it’s a part do-it-yourself meal as well, I see.

    I love that 5-part metal sign. Fun and funny. That sign would sell well in the States.


    June 2, 2014 at 18:01

  11. Oh, I love that curry, I’m a vegetarian too. It looks like you’ve had a great time.


    June 2, 2014 at 18:02

  12. What a brilliant idea, to provide a taste of another country for both the ex-pats and those who have never been. I hope it catches on. This is one of the things I like about blogging, it broadens one’s view. Much appreciated. 🙂


    June 2, 2014 at 18:03

  13. What a great place to visit to learn more of their culture. wonderful photos.


    June 2, 2014 at 18:20

  14. Wow—The Taste of Africa looks like an awesome place to visit and eat… Neat that it is truly SO legitimate –as to the African traditions. Love that last photo of the kids… Anklebiters, huh????? ha


    June 2, 2014 at 18:21

  15. This looks like a fantastic place to visit, and the food sounds delicious. I especially like your last picture.


    June 2, 2014 at 18:45

  16. Dear LadyFi, this seems such a wonderful reason to venture out of the house for a new adventure. I so enjoy curry and wasn’t aware that it was part of the cuisine of any part of Africa. Like you, I feel that the sign would fit my kitchen! People have eaten here and survived! I’m not in the category of really good cook, but I do like to cook, and especially, to bake. I’m fairly good at that. Take care and may your week be all you’ve hoped for. Peace.


    June 2, 2014 at 18:47

  17. Anonymous

    I love curry, I am sure yours tasted amazing.
    What a wonderful place to visit.
    The last shot is beautiful 🙂


    June 2, 2014 at 19:01

  18. That looks like a great place 🙂 I love all that colour in the first photo!


    June 2, 2014 at 19:02

  19. What a wonderful place to visit.
    I love curry 🙂
    The last shot of your children is wonderful


    June 2, 2014 at 19:03

  20. What a fun time! The food looks yummy! I like the sign and the last shot! Have a happy week!


    June 2, 2014 at 19:20

  21. Nice traditional place.


    June 2, 2014 at 19:35

  22. What a wonderful post…. I’d love to try the whole experience including the food. Our kids learned to cook in cast iron pots over campfires when they were in Scouts (gosh,scary thought, half a century ago, give or take a year or two). Anyway, they showed off their skills on family campouts and and the food was good … but way more basic (for us). I would love to try the curry as we are more into Ethnic food now than we were when we had a houseful of kids.


    June 2, 2014 at 19:50

  23. daryledelstein

    curry .. yum …


    June 2, 2014 at 20:09

  24. Great shots. That looks like someplace I’d enjoy going to.


    June 2, 2014 at 20:43

  25. Different cooking techniques are always interesting, and it’s good to know which ones don’t carry the risk of a cremated dinner!


    June 2, 2014 at 20:47

  26. What a lovely time you had. I love that mobile with dancing figures and that last shot is so charming in the hammock!


    June 2, 2014 at 21:02

  27. Your photos are always magical, but the last one took my breath away with its perfection! Simply marvelous!


    June 2, 2014 at 21:16

  28. Interesting, wonderful shots!


    June 2, 2014 at 21:50

  29. What an incredible experience. And I love the warmth and the love encapsulated in that last photo.


    June 2, 2014 at 22:12

  30. I loved that sign, especially the “survived” bit. 🙂

    Greetings from London.


    June 2, 2014 at 22:49

  31. what a colorful place…and so neat that they carry on their heritage…i have eaten the food…its rather fascinating actually…love that hammock as well…


    June 2, 2014 at 23:13

  32. I want to go there! 🙂 What a lovely place!


    June 2, 2014 at 23:32

  33. Oh my goodness, this sounds like so much fun!!


    June 2, 2014 at 23:36

  34. How fun! I’d love to try that food cooked outside. YUM!


    June 2, 2014 at 23:50

  35. What a wonderful experience. I can see why that last photo is a favorite, it has a great deal of charm and emotion in it.
    Have a great week!


    June 3, 2014 at 00:33

  36. What a lovely outing. Enjoyed very much

    ALOHA from Honolulu


    June 3, 2014 at 00:53

  37. Hi! Very interesting shots! I like your last two photos very much. Thanks for sharing.


    June 3, 2014 at 01:05

  38. siddharthajoshi

    Wow…lovely lovely shots! All of them…


    June 3, 2014 at 02:59

  39. Beautiful images – my favourite is the first.


    June 3, 2014 at 04:00

  40. Hudson Howl

    Delicious. Visual. My Olfactory receptors went into dreamland mode. A fascinating place. I looked it up on the net. Read the whole story. It is more than just a food experience. The last two images – memorizing. The only authentic African food that I’ve had was Kenyan -oh what a burn it had.


    June 3, 2014 at 04:38

  41. I love the colours of the building. Sweet shot of the kids!


    June 3, 2014 at 06:08

  42. It all looks and sounds delightful – the only thing to make it better for me is if you had shared the ingredients of your curry – maybe some other time please!


    June 3, 2014 at 06:23

  43. Oh that must really be fun! I can also use those embers for corn in the cob or ripe cooking bananas, or sweet potato. Oh and i can put in also some fish to broil, oh i miss outdoor cooking under the moon too!


    June 3, 2014 at 06:42

  44. Carole M/Australia

    mmmm I’m sure your curry was delicious too; lovely finale photograph of the young ones


    June 3, 2014 at 06:48

  45. Would love to try it out and see if I survive, lol !


    June 3, 2014 at 06:59

  46. Superb documentation as always!!


    June 3, 2014 at 07:12

  47. Karen

    Wow, great photos and such an interesting and wonderful trip you must have had. Have a great week.


    June 3, 2014 at 07:51

  48. “People have eaten here and survived” – LOL!


    June 3, 2014 at 08:03

  49. being South African I am proud of a place like this. A very good business and tourist idea. some beautiful pictures. thank you.


    June 3, 2014 at 09:09

  50. simply amazing especially the last one 🙂


    June 3, 2014 at 09:24

  51. Cape Malay curry?
    Sounds yummy!


    June 3, 2014 at 09:38

  52. Gosh, this looks like such a fantastic place! I haven’t heard of it before but would love to go. Do you by any chance know the address?


    June 3, 2014 at 11:41

  53. Great photos, as always…..Africa was not something I was expecting to see on your blog Fi….a refreshing surprise 🙂


    June 3, 2014 at 11:47

  54. LOVE!!!


    June 3, 2014 at 12:40

  55. Well worth the drive. Really like the building. That last shot is awesome! This post would also fit with rubbish tuesday as that does look like a very old building. Awesome!


    June 3, 2014 at 13:03

  56. Very intriguing. The pots are similar to the dutch ovens popular with scouting groups here. The food can be really good.


    June 3, 2014 at 13:09

  57. Now We’re hungry!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.


    June 3, 2014 at 13:35

  58. This is a super good post and you have a great sense of humor! I should also like a sign like the one you showed: Many people have eaten here and survived! It must have been a great event! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great week!
    Wil, ABCW Team.


    June 3, 2014 at 14:20

  59. Sounds like you had a good time!!! I have wondered for years how you cook in cast iron – when I tried it, everything turned grey…
    I love that mobile!! And I can see why that is a favourite image of the kids! They are so sweet!


    June 3, 2014 at 14:33

  60. Wonderful photos, and a wonderful visit to Africa. The cooking pots in the fire are so interesting.


    June 3, 2014 at 15:49

  61. This sounds like a really fun experience!


    June 3, 2014 at 17:16

  62. Lovely place and sooo cute sign…. 😉 it’s soooo “very appropriate in my own kitchen”, too! LOL! (And I love curry, also in mix with rice… to say so!!) Great experience! Toate cele bune! All the best!


    June 3, 2014 at 18:21

  63. mir

    what a great place!!! it looks like a superb activity


    June 3, 2014 at 18:32

  64. This looks like a really cool place



    June 3, 2014 at 18:32

  65. It DOES look amazing! And the photo of the little ones in the hammock is priceless! Enjoy your week! Hugs!


    June 3, 2014 at 19:11

  66. What an amazing looking place. I need that sign about many people haven eaten here and survived. Great pics.


    June 3, 2014 at 19:37

  67. I love the red Swedish house with the white corners and the African cookout! That must have been such a great experience for your children.


    June 4, 2014 at 00:11

  68. Fiona, you said they are based in Sweden. What a wonderful experience for everyone. I wonder what the bread tastes like cooked in a pot. I had some wonderful meals in our hotel in Spain.


    June 4, 2014 at 02:58

  69. Al

    That sounds like fun. Now I must try a Cape Malay Curry – I love many different curries, but that’s not one I’ve ever had, and I’ve never seen those cooking pots before. You’ve made me hungry!


    June 4, 2014 at 04:05

  70. Nice post. The last image is lovely!


    June 4, 2014 at 05:35

  71. What an adventure and sure worth the travel. And I am sure that everyone there was glad that you took over the cooking.


    June 4, 2014 at 06:11

  72. wonderful and colorful series, very nice photos


    June 4, 2014 at 08:32

  73. It’s nice experience. The food looks delicious.


    June 4, 2014 at 11:38

  74. What a wonderful invite to African culture and food!!! A welcoming experience, for sure…:)JP


    June 4, 2014 at 12:05

  75. je veux bien goûter ce qu’il y a à chauffer et puis j’aime cette dernière photo


    June 4, 2014 at 12:09

  76. Well worth the drive, Lady Fi.
    Gorgeous photos! Love the last one. xx


    June 4, 2014 at 14:17

  77. I love the kitchen sign. I might need to find one of those, LOL!


    June 4, 2014 at 14:23

  78. The first shot made my eyes pop. The rest are such a unique glimpse into something almost exotic yet simple.


    June 4, 2014 at 18:51

  79. JM

    Being an Africa lover I’m sure I would be thrilled at this place. Love all the shots, especially the bottom one. Brilliant!


    June 4, 2014 at 19:11

  80. Thank you so much for taking us along. Must have been a wonderful excursion! Would have loved to taste the curry and especially the delicious looking bread!


    June 4, 2014 at 20:58

  81. Jim

    What a great time it must have been, Fiona, for all involved. The hammock shot is simply wonderful.


    June 4, 2014 at 23:47

  82. Oh, I love that sign (4th image)! 😀 A wonderful post; beautiful images as always. Looks like it was loads of fun and good eating, too!


    June 5, 2014 at 06:16

  83. Very inviting and so delightful, love the canopy of the dancing dalls!

    My Yatra Diary…


    June 5, 2014 at 06:23

  84. What a great experience!


    June 5, 2014 at 13:01

  85. Interesting way of cooking delicious!! Wonderful photos… Love the first and last


    June 5, 2014 at 14:20

  86. It sounds like a very interesting outing. I love the potjie pots…they would be great for cooking in my fireplace in the winter.


    June 5, 2014 at 14:28

  87. What a cool experience. It looks like such fun! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.


    June 5, 2014 at 17:31

  88. Looks like a lovely place to eat.


    June 5, 2014 at 23:20

  89. I enjoyed my taste of Africa with you today – I’ll fight you for the sign it would also look very appropriate in my kitchen!!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Wren x


    June 6, 2014 at 11:36

  90. such a special occasion!
    and how wonderful that you cooked a meal that you could succeed at!


    June 7, 2014 at 03:20

  91. I love, love , love the first one and last two pictures. So beautiful!


    June 7, 2014 at 03:55

  92. Love all the images here, but my favorites are of the dancing figures and the ‘anklebiters’. So strikingly beautiful.


    June 8, 2014 at 06:04

  93. Beautiful posts, beautiful photos as always dear Ladyfi!
    I was little bit busy to check the blogs that follow in WP and now a chance to see your beautiful photos! Enjoying them ❤️


    June 25, 2014 at 02:26

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