I love one-pot dishes, maybe because they remind me of slow cooked potjiekos we used to enjoy as kids on the farm…
Potjiekos is a traditional South African meal cooked in a cast iron, 3 legged pot (the potjie), cooked for hours over an open fire. I remember fondly my uncles and Dad chatting together as the potjie bubbled away, stoking the fire; while the women bonded in the kitchen, making home-made bread and other side dishes.
As kids we would run around, playing, playing and playing some more, smelling the delicious meal being cooked on the fire and waiting patiently to eat it.
These potjie gatherings were epic and it took hours before we ate. The fire would be started in the morning and the potjie would only be eaten in the early evening.
We have bought a beautiful red cast iron pot for the Pauli’s kitchen, that we use in our pizza oven at home (it’s not the old-school black 3 legged pot, but it does the trick) and we cooked a whole chicken, some root vegetables, half a bottle of red wine (it’s important to ensure lots of liquid remains in the pot) and added 3 tablespoons of Pauli’s Tasty Tomali to the dish.
The results were an empty pot at the end of the meal… It took me straight back to my childhood.