Nina says: “Waterblommetjie are commonly known as the Cape pond weed and can be found in the dams, ponds and marshes of the Western Cape. Waterblommetjie bredie is a stew made from the little flowers with lamb and can be directly translated as small flower stew! Waterblommetjie bredie is a seasonal thing and once a year, in the months of July and August, people of South Africa and mostly the Western Cape feast on this delicacy! Keep the stew simple with humble ingredients, no fancy stuff like soup powders, sauces and condiments, all it needs is TIME! Let’s cook!”
serves 4 – 6
1 kg lamb – knuckles, neck or rib
1 large onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic – crushed
30 ml olive oil
20 ml crushed coriander seeds
1 kg waterblommetjies – cleaned and dirty bits cut off
250 – 400 ml lamb stock
salt and pepper
Heat a cast iron or heavy based pot on the stove and add the oil. As soon as the oil is hot, brown the meat in batches until it has a golden brown color. Remove the meat from the pot and in the same pot saute the onion, garlic and spices until the onions are soft. Add the meat and stock to the pot and on a very slow simmer cook the meat until soft. This take up to an hour! I put my meat in the oven, because it yields a lovely flavor and color to the final dish. After about 1 hour, add the waterblommetjies and potatoes to the pot and if it needs more stock, add a little, just enough for the vegetables to steam until cook. You do not want a watery stew.
When ready to serve, adjust the salt and pepper if needed, add a little lemon juice and serve on fluffy white rice and a sweet and sour cucumber salad on the side!
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Nina Timm has become a popular household name in South Africa and apart from her passion for cooking, her heart is with people. In 2012 she received the Blogger of the Year Award from Eat In Magazine and has not looked back since. She understands what her readers want. She and her family live an unpretentious lifestyle with love in abundance and a deep-rooted belief in God. With her warm and heartfelt nature she has become a loyal and trusted radio personality to RSG listeners, where she has a weekly show every Thursday Morning just after 9, featuring her own recipes and those of other South African Food Bloggers.
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