I learnt how to fold a samoosa, make a mean Cape Malay curry and prepare a party plate of Daltjies or Chilli Bites. All thanks to Zainie Misbach of Bo-Kaap Cooking Tours.
Feeling like a savoury triangle? Proceed to fold samoosa dough into a pocket, then fill with a ground beef mixture. Use your three middel fingers and thumbs to fold the triangle over and over again and make sure every corner is closed. Seal the parcel with a mixture of flour and water. Dip into boiling oil and voilà… fresh samoosa ready to eat. A real treat which I will leave to the experts to make. I maintain life’s too short to fold a samoosa. Still, it feels great to say I made them.
We cooked a chicken curry from scratched and this flavourful recipe is a keeper which I will be trying again shortly. The chicken curry made with Father-in-Law masala, roti and daltjies or chilli bites were easy and fun to produce and had our group of German, US and South African aspirational cooks working together.
Zainie is a real story teller and she knows all the Bo-Kaap stories to tell. She involves her family in the business and shares her cultural heritage mildly with her clients. The Bo-Kaap Cooking Tour is a fun way to spend a Cape Town morning with friends and learn about South Africa’s history. An emmersive experience which left me feeling enriched.