The sausage roll is one of our best sellers; how can it not be? It’s puff pastry wrapped around a house made beef and pork sausage. Cold, hot, warm, plain or dipped in tomato sauce they are a fantastic snack.
For Americans, that combination seems perfect as a breakfast dish. But, our customers from countries familiar with the sausage roll (South Africa, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) don’t see it as a breakfast food. To them, it’s a snack or a light lunch item.
A typical South African breakfast is bacon (shoulder bacon), eggs, baked beans or fried tomatoes, and toast. Sometimes a pre-breakfast snack of a rusk and tea is had too, followed by the breakfast later. These proper breakfasts are an every day thing, not just weekend or special occasion events.
Now, we’re not telling you not to have our sausage rolls for breakfast (we all know Jason does whenever he gets the chance); we just find food culture and how people from different areas of the world think of food interesting. Even the simple little sausage roll is affected by it.
We are busy preparing for the specials for our one year anniversary on Sunday, June 22.
Vetkoek (Fat Cake) is a South African fried bread. It is served with butter and syrup, jam and cheese, or honey; it’s also served with savory items such as curry. This is how we will serve it on Sunday: a minced beef curry.
The other South African favorite we’ll be serving is Boerewors Rolls. Boerewors is a beef and pork sausage (ours will be beef, pork, and lamb which is also common) spiced with coriander, allspice, cloves, and other spices; it’s a very distinct flavor. Boerewors comes in a coil of sausage and is a main dish at braais. It’s also made into a boerie roll: served on a roll that is shaped like, but is more substantial and not as sweet as, a hot dog bun. You can top them with mustard, tomato sauce, and even chutney.
Starting at 12:00pm on Sunday we’ll start serving both of these dishes and will while supplies last. We’ll also have our ever popular Bunny Chow, savory pies, toasted sandwiches, and pastries all day. So, stop by and celebrate our one year anniversary with us.
We announced that on our anniversary, June 22, we’ll have Gumboot Dancers performing at 1:00pm.
Gumboot dancing originated in southern African gold mines where workers were chained together and not allowed to speak. They devised a means of communication by stomping their Wellington boots (which were called gumboots), slapping them, and rattling their chains. It also served as a form of entertainment when drumming was outlawed by the authorities; the workers expressed rhythm and music through the Gumboot Dance.
Of course, our case will be full of all of your favorites: Malva Pudding, Sausage Rolls, Melktert, pies, etc.; we’ll also have a shipment of imported South African groceries. There will door prizes too.
We looked hard to find some Gumboot Dancers to help us celebrate; we have a group performing at 1pm!
We’ll post up more information about the food, dancers, and other thoughts this week.
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We’re always surprised when a saucer comes back with the shortbread cookie without a bite or even a nibble taken out of them. It makes us wonder why people don’t at least try them. Is it because they feel that they didn’t order the cookie? Or that it’s just a simple garnish?
The cookie is a gift for staying; we like when people share part of their day with us. Because tea is a ritual of slowing down and taking a moment, we feel that having a treat or cookie sweetens that time. Such a sentiment is common in South Africa and Europe, places where everyone stops for a break at some point in the day. A small baked good, usually a cookie of some sort, is served with your coffee or tea.
Now, this isn’t to say that they aren’t popular. Our little shortbread cookie was one of the most requested baked items in the shop when we first opened. It wasn’t long before we introduced the large version that we have in the pastry case daily. Even though they are the same recipe, some people still request the small one; we now have those in small packs for you to purchase.
If you’ve been in and haven’t tried the cookie next to your drink, take a bite out of it: our sweet thank you for joining us at the shop.
We have announced that Natasha and Jason are headed to South Africa in August and that they would blog and post photos from their travels. Originally, they were going to use their own personal blogs to do this; and although we think Natasha’s blog would be perfectly fine for our fans, who really wants to see pictures of diesel 4x4s that Jason will post?
We hatched a new plan: we’ll utilize Cederberg’s blog to post about South Africa, culture, food, and our experiences owning our own business; this way, our readers can avoid Jason’s Land Cruiser, overland, and fly fishing talk.