Ina says: “My grandmother was a very good cook. She did everything with a lot of heart, care and attention to fresh, natural, good basic ingredients. This dish bears her stamp. She never browned the meat beforehand for this plain home style bredie.”
Green Bean Bredie
You will need
600- 800g lamb shanks, cut into 3-5cm lengths
1½ cups (375 ml) water
2 x 25 g Ina Paarman’s Liquid Beef Stock
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 T (15 ml) Ina Paarman’s Vegetable Stock Powder
1 t (5 ml) Ina Paarman’s Rosemary & Olive Seasoning
1 red chilli, finely sliced
1 large onion, chopped
¼ cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice
2 large potatoes, cubed
500g green beans, finely sliced
1 T (15 ml) butter or 2 T (30 ml) olive oil
Ina Paarman’s Garlic Pepper Seasoning to taste
2 t (10 ml) fresh lemon rind, grated
Simmer meat in water with garlic, Liquid Beef Stock, Rosemary & Olive Seasoning, chilli, onion and lemon juice until nearly tender, about 1 ½ hours. Add potatoes, simmer until nearly done and add beans. Cook for a further 15 minutes. Add butter, Garlic Pepper Seasoning and grated lemon rind. Mash lightly with a fork.
Tomato bredie. Replace the beans with 4 large ripe tomatoes (peeled and roughly chopped) and 200ml Ina Paarman’s Sun-dried Tomato Coat & Cook Sauce. Add at the same time as the potatoes, omitting the lemon juice as tomatoes are naturally acidic.
Before squeezing the lemon, grate off the rind as it is easier to grate the rind while the lemon is still whole.
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Inspired by her grandmother’s cooking, Ina decided to study as a home economics teacher. She worked in London and travelled extensively, soaking up everything she could about the cuisines of other cultures. This she combined with our uniquely South African style and, after a successful teaching and lecturing career, started Ina’s Kitchen, a cookery school, in a converted garage at her home in Constantia.
She became food editor for Femina magazine, wrote a regular column for Die Burger, hosted many TV cookery programmes and published the first of her cookbooks, Cook with Ina Paarman.
Paarman Foods, the manufacturing arm of the business, was born when Ina’s son, Graham, joined the business. Soon the fledgling business managed to secure a foothold in the major supermarkets and in the catering industry. From what was a rather obscure home based industry, Paarman Foods, nurtured and managed by Ina and her son Graham, is today a significant food business servicing a wide spread of markets, local and overseas, with a diverse product offering.
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