26. Botswana: Vetkoek

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Botswana, the largest natural paradise in Southern Africa. Because of the limited tourism the wilderness is still untouched. With so many beautiful things to see it’s kind of the hidden pearl of Africa. Things like the impressive Victoria Falls you can fly over them with sightseeing flights, or ride an elephant on elephant safari if you are brave enough. Although Botswana’s biggest exportproduct is diamonds, it is still a very poor country, the rich are only getting richer and the poor are only getting poorer.  So yes Botswana is a beautiful and breathtaking country but it still struggles with a lot of problems like poverty and AIDS. So here we go fun things about Botswana:


  • The Batswana call foreigners “Legoa” this translates as “spat out by the sea”
  • Botswana is Africa’s longest surviving democracy.
  • Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa.
  • Botswana has the 7th lowest population density of any country in world. Plenty of room for the wildlife!

Here is a Botswana song. He is singing about his friend who betrayed him and then laughed at him when he was in trouble. He basically tells this “friend” of his to stop laughing because what comes around goes around.

This week I made an African version of a sloppy joe with a homemade bun. It is so good! There is this thing about kneading bread that I absolutely love, I am never going to buy a bread making machine simply because I love the feeling of dough becoming stronger and better the longer I work with it! The meat filling of this dish is amazing, the spices are perfect! Seriously this is such an incredible weeknight comfort food meal!vetkoek

Ingredients: 360 g cake flour, 1×10 g sachet yeast, 1 tsp salt, 1tbsp sugar, 3/4 cup water, lukewarm, canola oil, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 2 chopped onions, cut into thin rings, 1 finely sliced red chilli, 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced, 500g beef mince, 5 tbsp curry powder, 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped, 1 cup beef stock, 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes, 2 tbsp of mango chutney, 3 Tbsp fresh coriander, chopped, Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste, 2 cups frozen peas

To make the dough, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the water, a little at a time, mixing with a wooden spoon until a wet dough forms. Knead in the bowl for 5 minutes or until the dough springs back after being pressed with your finger. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and allow the dough to rise for 30–45 minutes or until doubled in size. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and fry the onions, red chilli and garlic for 2–3 minutes. Add the mince and Cape Malay curry powder to the pan and cook until browned. Add the chopped tomatoes to the mince. Pour in the beef stock and simmer over a medium heat for 5 minutes, then add the potatoes. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10–15 minutes, stirring at regular intervals. Add the and mango chutney and coriander and season to taste. Add the peas. Once the potatoes are cooked through, adjust the seasoning and remove from the heat. Heat the canola oil for frying the vetkoek in a separate saucepan over a medium heat. Knock the dough back and divide into 16 equal vetkoeks. Gently drop 4 vetkoek into the oil and cover the saucepan with a lid. This allows the vetkoek to partially steam while frying. Cook for 2 minutes, or until golden on one side, then turn and cook the other side. When cooked through and golden, remove the vetkoek from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Cook the remaining vetkoek in the same way. Serve the mini vetkoek with the savoury mince and garnish with fresh coriander.