Waterblommetjie bredie (Water flower stew / soup) is a traditional South African dish that is usually prepared during the winter month and is highly regarded as a delicacy in these parts of the world.
The dish has a longstanding history in South Africa and especially in the Western Cape. It is named after the flowers of the Cape pond weed or water hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos) that grow during the winter month on freshwater ponds and dams in the Cape province and contains apart from the flowers either mutton or beef and a variety of vegetables.
The flowers were already used by the indigenous Khoikhoi people which introduced them to the early settlers in the 17th century. These days waterblommetjies are as well available in cans but to get them freshly harvested is of course my preferred option. During the winter in Cape Town you can often purchase the flowers at green grocery stores or on street corners close to the highways were farm workers offer them to the people in the passing traffic.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: at least 1 H 45 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour
Total time needed: at least 3 H 15 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: standard
This recipe was inspired by "camping and hiking" you can find their recipe here
Serve waterblommetjie bredie hot with slices of fresh buttered bread.
Do you have a question, or a helpful suggestion or a story to share that could benefit other cooking enthusiasts? Please feel free to share it with us!
Share your recipe - You got a favorite dish? Is there a recipe that your mum or your granny always cooked for you that you remember from your childhood? Share it with the world! The 20 most popular recipes of each month will be published on a dedicated page for everybody to see.
Mar 08, 22 11:39 AM
This fruity Carolina Reaper pork chops recipe is a beautiful combination of the fiery intensity of the hottest chili in the world as well as sweet raisons,
Mar 06, 22 09:26 AM
Pork neck steaks with creamy basil mushroom sauce is a dish that is inspired by a traditional German Hunter sauce
Mar 04, 22 10:56 AM
Traditional German Hunter sauce can be described as a rich and creamy gravy with mushrooms, fragrant ingredients and herbs.