Friday Stoep Visits

Time spent together with family and friends is so treasured. I love nothing more that sitting around a table with my nearest and dearest; chatting; eating and listening to the kids play in the garden. My friends and I have a very special tradition, that we started a few years ago. It’s called a ‘Stoep Sit‘ (stoep meaning patio/veranda in Afrikaans). We started our Friday Stoep Sit Group while our kids were all still very little and because us Moms needed to get together; chat about the week that was; have a glass of wine; eat some good food; and let the kids just play! It is a Friday tradition that has lasted. We each have a turn to host and our kids have created the most fabulous bond. They look forward to these Friday visits as much as the adults!

And then the best part of all…. for our Year End Stoep Sit – the Moms spend a night away! We usually book accommodation at a lovely AirBnB in Johannesburg, the city we live in. Even though it is close to home…. it’s a chance to really relax, put our feet up, stay up late and chat the night away.

I cherish this group of girls who are my confidants, friends and Soul Sisters! When one of our kids get sick; have a birthday; or when anyone is going through a tough time – these are the women we turn to for support and love. And best of all… our partners all get on well too and often join in the Friday get-togethers, as they often go on much longer than expected, late into the night.

One of the things I miss so much during COVID-19 lockdown, is not being able to have our Stoep Visits – we keep in touch via our WhatsApp group and Zoom calls – it’s just not the same though! Nothing beats human contact and just being with your friends. Something so many of us miss. Thank you to these amazing women! Love you all dearly.

Yours in Good Food,

Dianne @ Pauli’s Food Co

Pauli’s Brinjali Butter Chicken Curry Recipe

Wishing everyone a safe, prosperous and healthy 2021. As the COVID-19 pandemic surges in our country and the rest of the world, we face a very different outlook to the new year. I honour the HEROES; the health care and essential workers who bravely step up to the mammoth task of keeping everything going, each day.

I love making my take on a delicious, wholesome chicken butter curry recipe with our Spicy Brinjali Sauce. Our kids always say, ‘Please make it again Mom!’

3 tablespoons Pauli’s Brinjali
3 tablespoons Crème Fraiche
Coconut oil or olive oil
8 pieces of chicken thighs
½ leek, diced
½ tin of butter beans (or any beans that you have)
200g diced pumpkin or butternut
Dash of Paprika
½ cup of chicken stock
1 tablespoon of Butter Chicken Curry spice, or mild curry spice
1 teaspoon of tomato paste
1 can of coconut cream
Splash of white wine (not necessary, but you can add for flavour)
Serve with Basmati Rice, or Cauliflower rice

I cook this in the pressure cooker: sauté the chicken pieces with the Brinjali – if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can brown the chicken and Brinjali in a heavy based pot with the coconut/olive oil; add the leeks, pumpkin, spices and salt & pepper and leave to brown for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the beans; tomato paste; chicken stock and stir together for another 2 minutes. Then add the coconut cream and splash of wine. If using a pressure cooker, change the setting to ‘Curry’, close the lid and let it cook. If using a pot, stir together and leave to cook on low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

Serve with rice or cauliflower rice. Add another tablespoon of Brinjali and crème fraiche to each bowl before serving. Serves 4. Enjoy!