Although I am an advocate for a cold summery Christmas meal, there’s one dish that I cannot do without on my festive Christmas table: roast potatoes. They are sometimes the most popular dish on the menu, beating meaty roasts and beautiful pudding by a long shot.
Coming from a family of 6, we rarely had whole roasts of any kind when I was a child. Chicken was served as an economical dish, braaied or baked as individual cuts in a hearty chutney sauce, or boiled and deboned and served in a creamy white sauce topped with crushed tomato flavoured potato chips (one of my favourites).
Beetroot can be the most boring thing on your plate, or the most magnificent. As a child, I used to hate beetroot. We always had the store-bought grated version, and I couldn't stand it. As I got older, I discovered that beets could taste so different if you just cook it properly and serve it simply!
In 2005 I attended my 10th matric reunion at Stellenbosch High School. It was strange to see so many familiar faces again, some looking amazingly different, and some looking exactly the same as 10 years before. As part of the festivities, we were served a huge spread of braaied delights and side dishes, one of which was a large tray of pumpkin fritters in caramel sauce.