As promised, I asked Melody for her tripe recipe and she lovingly shared it with me. She never gave specific measurements for any of the ingredients; depending on the quantities you are preparing, I think it is all very self explanatory. So with no further ado…
Tripe cut into bite size pieces (fresh or frozen)
Onions White Sauce
Cook the tripe in a covered dish over night in a low oven (100°C) covered in water and salt to taste or until the tripe is tender. Check periodically in case more liquid is required.
Chop the onions and fry until soft.
Make a white sauce.
Remove any liquid from the tripe and stir in the onions and white sauce.
My recipe for Onion Marmalade calls for red wine vinegar which I did not have on hand at the very minute I wanted to make Onion Marmalade so I improvised using one third wine, one third sherry and one third brown vinegar – the gamble paid off. I am thrilled with the end result and think I will always make it this way going forward, well until I don’t have one of the ingredients on hand that is.
6 large onions thinly sliced
1 cup red wine – I used Pinotage
1 cup sherry
1 cup brown spirit vinegar
3 cups brown sugar
3 bay leaves – I used 6 fresh from the garden
5ml black pepper freshly ground
Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil.
Simmer until almost all the liquid has evaporated.
Once cooled, place in glass bottles and refrigerate.
A potato bake is always a yummy side dish for a braai (barbecue) and there are no limits to ingredients you can add to personalise it. I often use this recipe for winter braais when a salad just won’t do in the cold weather.
4 large potatoes
1 packet cream of mushroom soup powder
2 garlic cloves crushed
Pinch cayenne pepper
1ml mustard powder
2 onions sliced and fried
1 packet bacon chopped and fried
250ml grated cheddar cheese
Boil the potatoes in their jackets until just done. Peel and slice.
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Mix together the soup, garlic, salt, pepper, mustard powder, cream and milk.
Layer the potatoes in a casserole dish alternatively with the onions, bacon and the cream mixture.
Top with the grated cheese and bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes.