The best food SA has to offer

2004-04-27 21:20
Pretoria - Guests of honour at President Thabo Mbeki's inauguration on Tuesday were treated to a mouth-watering array of the finest dishes South Africa has to offer.

While the masses on the southern lawns of the Union Buildings were treated to the "Colonel's secret recipe chicken", guests of honour in the western gardens and in the exclusive confines of Bryntirion were treated to only the finest that ranged from oxtail bredies through to the more exotic flavour of ostrich meat.

For lunch, heads of state and royalty at Bryntirion, feasted on smoked chicken breasts with a paw-paw papaya sauce and vegetables as a starter.

For their main course they could decide between beef with a chilli-pepper sauce, served with samp and vegetables or an oxtail and bean bredie with dumplings and spinach.

Dessert was either a strawberry and vanilla sponge cake or a chocolate pudding with berries.

Other dignitaries, such as parliamentarians, were served lunch on the western lawns at the Union Buildings. Their starter was an assortment of shell fish, kabeljou, Franschhoek salmon and figs. Vegetarians had their own menu.

The main meal choices included Karoo leg of lamb, tripe, ostrich, a Paarl beef potjie, Durban chicken tandoori or a fish dish.

Pumpkin, marrows, nuts, onions, raisins and sultanas as well as sweet potatoes, mushrooms, samp and beans were served with the main meal.

Local sweet treats such as koeksisters, milktart and sweet vetkoeke were on the desert menu.

At Tuesday night's gala concert at the State Theatre, guests were treated to pots of sorghum beer on arrival while the snack menu boasted the likes of prawns, oysters, crocodile meat, pastries and Karoo lamb.

During the interval more snacks were served. These included cheese from the Drakensberg, pineapples from KwaZulu-Natal, ostrich boerewors, koeksisters, nougat, miniature malva puddings and little Malay meringues.

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