Summit Up 8-9-12: Where we delve into South African meatloaf
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s here to answer burning questions you might have, such as “What’s the national dish of South Africa, as determined by the United Nations Women’s Organizations in 1954?” To which we would answer: Meatloaf!
And you would say: Oh, surely an exotic place like South Africa has something a bit more, well, exotic than meatloaf.
To which we would say: Perhaps it does, and perhaps it goes by a different name such as … bobotie!
And you would say: Now we’re talkin’! Tell us more!
And according to this press release we received from http://www.nicenspicyusa.com, “Bobotie probably arrived in South Africa with the arrival of political exiles, mainly Javanese.” blah, blah, blah … “The name Bobotie probably came from Bobotek, an Indonesian dish.” yadda, yadda, yadda … “It has a varied heritage: the Dutch brought ground meat to the local cuisine, the spices were introduced by the exiles from Indonesia and the presentation is reminiscent of English shepherd’s pie and now you can enjoy.”
OK, sort of an abrupt ending to the narrative, but it’s a pitch to go to this website where you can buy all kinds of exotic spices, which looks kinda cool if you’re into that kind of thing. Us, we stick to sea salt and pepper and, when we’re feeling a little wild, we might reach for the turmeric.
It’s funny, though, to think of all the stuff the Dutch brought to South Africa (much of it not good), they’re also known for showing up on those shores with hamburger meat.
DUTCH EXPLORER 1: (stepping off wooden ship whilst wearing a gi-normous hat) Hello South Africans! We have come for your gold, and your souls, and in exchange we have several pounds of fresh, top-grade 97 percent lean ground beef!
SOUTH AFRICANS: (general murmuring) Oh, really? Sounds interesting. Wonder how you cook it? etc.
DUTCH EXPLORER 2: (whispering, unintelligible)
DE1: Oh? Really? (to South Africans) Apparently the meat spoiled on the way over since we just had it in some wooden casks we left in the sun. So, um, find your own ground beef and just hand over the gold and diamonds … and your souls. Yes.
Yes, you too can re-create these historic scenes with a packet of Bobotie spices, some ground beef and the most rudimentary understanding of South African history. Try it at home!
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There you have it.
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