Top 30 Miss SA contender Andile Mazibuko loves nothing more than a plate of creamy samp and oxtail, especially when sitting around the table for a lazy Sunday lunch with family and friends.
Mazibuko, who hails from eMabedlane in Ulundi, Kwa-Zulu Natal, but currently lives in Berea, says: “Sundays are not Sundays for me without what we call ‘seven colours’ – two dishes that are a reflection of every African home.”
Here the 23-year-old, a final year homoeopathy student at the Durban University of Technology, shares her mother Sibongile’s much-loved beef stew and steamed bread recipes – two of her favourite dishes.
Sibongile Mazibuko’s Beef Stew
1kg stewing beef, cut into bite-size pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp oil
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 large garlic clove, chopped
1 tomato, diced
2 beef stock cubes
4 carrots, sliced
1 cup of sweetcorn
2 bay leaves
1 tsp BBQ spice
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp thyme
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Add oil to a large pan and over a medium to high heat, sauté onion, peppers and garlic until soft
Add the beef and fry till brown, stirring to coat with the onion, peppers and garlic
Once beef has browned, add all the spices, the diced tomato, the 2 beef stock cubes and a cup of hot water
Reduce the heat, pop the lid on the pan and cook for 1 hour
Then add the sweetcorn and carrots and cook for a further 15 minutes
Add salt and pepper to taste before plating and serving hot with your favourite vegetables or a salad.
Sibongile Mazibuko’s Steamed Bread
4 cups of flour
1 pack of yeast
2 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp salt
500ml lukewarm water
2 tbsp melted butter
¼ cup sweetcorn
Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
Stir in the butter and then gradually add water and mix with your hands until a dough forms (the dough should not be sticky or dry).
Place the dough in a clean steel bowl, cover with a cloth and put it in a warm area for 45 minutes to prove.
After 45 minutes the dough should have risen twice its initial size
Pound it down and then add the sweetcorn and mix well.
Form a ball with the dough and place in a steel bowl pre-greased with butter or oil
Place the bowl in a pot half-filled with boiling water, making sure the water does not rise above the bowl
Steam for 45 minutes before removing bread and serving hot with the beef stew
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