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Something Borrowed Part 3

Tuesday is National Heritage Day in South Africa. We basically spend the day celebrating our various cultures by dressing up and sharing different dishes. Did you know that there are 11 official languages in South Africa?! That’s 11 different cultures so you can imagine how colourful the next few days are going to be, not to mention more yummy dishes than you can wrap your head around! I am Xhosa ( As in Nelson Mandela? Steve Biko? We’re kind of a big deal!) So I will be sharing a Xhosa dish with you today!

At church today we had to bring a dish specific to our cultures and we’ll have to do the same at work this week as well. I thought it was fitting to add just one more recipe to the series in the spirit of things. Today’s recipe is brought to you by my very own mother!

Mom’s Mfino


1. Cabbage

2. Spinach

3. Baby marrow

3. A Large onion

4. Oil

5. Salt and spices of your choice

6. Water

7. Maize meal

Just a couple of disclaimers:

  • I didn’t specify portions. You’ll need to use your discretion depending on how many people you are serving,
  • The point of this meal is that it must be green. You can use any edible green leaves ( carrot, beetroot leaves, etc.) and not just the ones mentioned above.


1. Finely chop the onions and greens ( the finer the better)

2. Saute the onions in hot oil

3. Add greens, salt and spices to taste and saute for 10 minutes

4. Add water to just about the surface of the greens and bring to a boil

5. Sprinkle mielie meal and stir until it is the desired stiffness.

6. Lower the heat and stir every 5 minutes.

7. This is my mom’s trick: make sure your pot is tightly seeled. After 3 or 4 stirs, water will spill down the lid when you lift it and that is how you will know the mielie meal is cooked.

Like most daughters, I swear by my mom’s cooking so, it was an honour to share this recipe with you! It was described as an unusual meal, but this comment was made between mouthfuls so I think it’s safe to deduce that this was meant positively! Thanks for sharing, mama!

So, happy Heritage Day to all my South African Friends! Have a beautiful week, dear readers! Thanks for stopping by!

4 thoughts on “Something Borrowed Part 3”

  1. Looks like such a delicious and healthy dish! 😋 11 official languages? Amazing! I didn’t know that, but have heard that it is common in Africa for people to be able to communicate in more than one language! That’s true right? We don’t actually have an official language here in the U.S. , but English is the de facto national language.


  2. Well, for us, especially if you’re black, you learn your mother tongue from birth. English comes from school. Pre 94 kids learned Afrikaans as a second language but now a child can do an Afrcan language as a second language at school depending on the province. Basically the only people that only speak English are English (mother tongue) speaking white people and they do Afrikaans at school or an African language if they like(other white people are Afrikaans mother tongue speakers)

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