Smorgasbord Guest Post – Traditional foods you can eat in Cape Town

Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the publishing and baking powerhouse behind a series of children’s story cookbooks. A delight for all ages, it brings together traditional storytelling with activities to be enjoyed baking in the kitchen.  In this guest post Robbie introduces us to the traditional food delights that can be found in Cape Town… I can definitely recommend the bobotie which was a regular favourite of us as children.  I still make a version of it today during the winter months.

Traditional South African foods you can eat in Cape Town by Robbie Cheadle.

When I travel, eating out is a very important part of the travel arrangements. I like to plan which delightful place we will be visiting well in advance and I try to book an interesting restaurant for our midday meal at the same time. South Africa is a melting pot of colourful people from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds and there are some really delicious foods available to try.

The Afrikaans people have some mouth-watering signature foods from the very simple boerewors rolls (farmers rolls) and traditional biltong (dried, salted and spiced strips of beef or game meat) to more sophisticated dishes like waterblommetjie bredie (a lamb and pondweed stew), braais (meat cooked over an open fire) and potjiekos (a traditional stew that is native to South Africa, usually cooked in a small three-legged cast-iron pot over a fire). There are also some delicious traditional sweet treats and desserts such as melktert (milk tart), malva pudding and koeksisters (a plaited doughnut dipped in syrup). Last but not least are the crunchy rusks which are lovely to eat first thing in the morning, dipped in tea or coffee.



There are also some traditional Cape Malay dishes to tempt your tastebuds such as bredie (mutton or lamb pieces cooked with various vegetables), frikkadels (rissoles or spicy meatballs), denningvleis (a mutton or lamb dish, uniquely flavoured with tamarind, allspice, bay-leaves and cloves) and bobotie (dish made with spiced, ground meat and topped with egg custard).

Cape Malay bobotie

My favourite food to eat in Cape Town is prawns and chips and my favourite restaurant to indulge in this treat is at Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay.

Mariner’s Wharf

There are some delightful shops at Mariner’s Wharf where you can shop for all sorts of knickknacks and wonderful shells and even pearls. I bought two pieces of African beaded art, one shaped like a starfish and the other like a fish. You can learn how to make a starfish out of fondant in my new book Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town.

In Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town, the George family have a meal at Mariner’s Wharf in Hout Bay.

This is a short extract from Chapter 6: Out for dinner:

“Willy and I ordered milkshakes. Willy likes chocolate and I like strawberry. Dad had a coke light, he is trying to keep his weight down. He wants to look like a “racing snake” he says. Mom had a strawberry daiquiri and Nana had white wine. Willy and I also ordered hamburgers and chips. Everything else on the menu looked very “fishy” and I don’t like fish. Nana had calamari, which is bits of octopus, and dad had tuna fish. The food was very nice when it came and I ate my whole hamburger and some of my chips. While Mom and Dad were drinking their coffees after dinner, Willy and I coloured in some pictures Mom had brought for us. After a short while, Willy lost interest and started playing with some pirate flags. He had four of these. Mom looked horrified.

How had Willy got the flags? She hadn’t bought them for him. When Mom asked Willy where he got them from, he looked stubborn and stuck his bottom lip out. Eventually, Mom worked out that after she said Willy couldn’t have the flags, he went back to the bucket and put some flags in the pockets of his shorts. No one had noticed and now the shop was closed. Nana, meanwhile, had been refilling her wine glass out of the bottle and had become a bit giggly. She tried to convince Mom that it wasn’t that bad and she was so funny, waving her arms about and talking earnestly, that we all laughed. When we left a bit later, Mom had to help her down the stairs.”

About Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town

When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and wilful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal a chameleon from Butterfly World. What is a poor older brother expected to do in these situations?

Buy the book with its party cake recipes:

Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

The latest review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees and cookbook

This is a children’s story and activity book about food.

It contains two rhyming poems. The first and longest is mainly for the children. It is about Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet’s adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have the magic sugar dust that can save the wilting flowers. The second is mainly for the parents reminding them that the moments spent with their children are wonderful and go by quickly.

These poems are illustrated with photographs of fondant artfully shaped like the characters in the poems.

The book ends with five recipes children can make with help from their parents: cheese bread, butter biscuits, jammy scones, rainbow cupcakes and banana bread.
Read all the reviews and buy the books:

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books

Connect to Robbie and Michael at their blog:

I hope that you will head over and check out Robbie and Michael’s books. thanks for dropping in.. Sally

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74 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Guest Post – Traditional foods you can eat in Cape Town

  1. LOL! Clearly Nana enjoyed her dinner (and drinks) and Willy was being mischievous.
    I enjoyed the look at South African food. My favorite would definitely be the prawns and chips.
    Thanks for a fun post, Robbie, and thanks to Sally for hosting!

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  2. What a fun and interesting post from Robbie. I’ve never heard of those foods before and the Marina looks lovely. And those starfish fondants were so cute. Nice to learn a bit about Capetown thanks Robbie and Sal. 🙂 ❤

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