April 24, 2012
You don’t need a potjie, you need Cape Town!
Potjiekos, literally translated "small pot food", is a stew prepared outdoors. The dish is traditionally cooked in a round, cast iron, three-legged pot, the potjie, brought from The Netherlands to South Africa in the 17th century, which can now be found in homes throughout southern Africa, and is heated using wood or charcoal. Standing around a potjie is a favourite pastime in Cape Town as it gets the creative cooking juices flowing and is a great opportunity to unwind and relax.
An annual potjiekos competition is held at Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel, Long Street, Cape Town. In it's fourth year, this competition is a firm favourite among regular entrants and anyone looking for a good party to start off the weekend. Cape Town Tourism entered a team this year that, on Thursday, April 19, 2012, proved their potjie was the tastiest when they walked away with first prize.
The five teams that entered this year, Cape Town Tourism, Old Mac Daddy, Sailor Jerry, Rhino Africa and Capsol, arrived ahead of the public to begin cooking. It was a cooking frenzy on the balcony overlooking Long Street as the teams vied for the best pot of the evening, but the public ultimately chose the overall winner. Cape Town Tourism’s traditional lamb and vegetable, and Rhino Africa’s butter chicken and roti took the top two spots.
Taste buds waited in anticipation as the delicious fragrances of the stews wafted past, while the night was rounded off with good conversation, drinks and loads of good humour.
That evening, the Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel also opened a room change competition, which calls for the public to vote on a new design that will be used to give one of the rooms a makeover. Staying in the Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel feels like you are part of an interactive art exhibition, as each of the 13 rooms is uniquely decorated by an artist, poet, photographer, designer or musician, resulting in hotel rooms depicting adventurous, humorous and occasionally ironic representations of Cape Town's contemporary landscapes. For more information about the room change, and to vote for your favourite new design, contact www.daddylonglegs.co.za.
Look out for a future blog recounting my experience at the Art Hotel, which will include a Gold Fish named Eragon!