was a recipe my Mother came up with one day. I have
no idea where she got it from as it was far from being
the normal fare we were served as kids. Usually when
she wasn't cooking traditional British family meals
she would come up with "yucky" things like
Stuffed Green Peppers (I still have trouble eating green
peppers to this day) or Spaghetti Bolognese - the feel
of the pasta used to make me heave - hard to believe
pasta is one of my favourites foods these days, no thanks
to my Mother.
back to Bobotee. As a kid it was one of my favourite
meals, eaten with chips of course! Funny thing is, I
have cooked it a couple of times in the last few years
but all the kids dislike it. Put it on the table and
the moans and groans can be heard at the other end of
the street, "Oh! Not that again!"
don't know much about Bobotee other than that is from
South Africa. My Mother's hand written recipe says "South
African Savoury Meat Dish". I am quite sure the
recipe is a corruption of the original dish but it is
anyone can send me an original Bobotee recipe get in
touch - email me.
1/2 lbs mince beef
Thick slices of bread weighing about 4 ozs
1/2 pt milk
2 sliced onions
1 large or 2 small eggs
1 good tbspn curry powder
2 tspns sugar
1 tspn salt
1 tbspn vinegar or lemon juice
1 oz dripping or fat
the fat in a frying pan and cook the onions until
soft, then add the curry powder, salt, sugar, vinegar
or lemon juice and mix thoroughly.
the bread into a dish, pour over the milk and let
it stand for 15 minutes. Then pour off and keep the
milk (if any) that the bread has not absorbed.
the bread until very soft, then add this to the fried
onion mixture, together with the meat and one of the
eggs (or half the beaten egg if using only one).
the mixture into the bottom of a well greased dish.
the milk (left over from soaking the bread) into the
rest of the egg, cover the meat mixture with this
the dish into the middle of a moderately hot oven
(200ºC or 400ºF) and cook for 30 minutes,
after this time reducing the heat to 180ºC /
350ºF for a further 30 minutes.
dish can be made with cooked meat, although it is
not so full of flavour. In this case cook for 25 minutes