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Welcome to the ‘rainbow nation!’

South Africa gets this cool nickname because it’s home to such a colourful mix of nationalities and cultures, which is also reflected in its cuisine.

52 million people live in the lovely country of South Africa, one of the biggest countries in all of Africa.

South Africa is packed with wildlife and many people visit just to go on safari and see all the animals that live in there, likelions, elephants, giraffes and monkeys.

South Africa’s national animal is the springbok; a type of antillope that looks a little bit like a deer. There are many types of antillope living in South Africa such as the wildebeest, impalas and  oryx just to name a few.

The national dish of South Africa’s is bobotie. Pronounced ‘ba-boor-tea’, this yummy combination of curried meat and fruit has a golden topping, and reminds me a bit of a shepherd’s pie.

Why not have a go making this Commonwealth recipe for yourself? Remember to recruit the help of a grown-up if required and once all the hard work’s done, enjoy this regional speciality! 

Ingredients (for one portion):

¾    80g of minced beef or lamb

¾    1 small onion (chopped)

¾    1 apple (cored and chopped)

¾    1 dessert spoon of sultanas

¾    ½  a teaspoon of curry powder

¾    1 egg

¾    60ml of semi-skimmed milk

¾    1 slice of bread


  1. Preheat the oven to 300oF/150oC or Gas Mark 2.
  2. Heat a pan, and brown the mince with the chopped onion.
  3. Add the apple, sultanas and curry powder.
  4. Soak the bread in the milk.
  5. Squeeze the milk from the bread, add the milk to the egg and beat lightly.
  6. Add the bread to the mince mixture.
  7. Place the mince mixture in a dish, then top with the egg and milk mixture.
  8. Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, until the egg is set and the topping is golden brown.
  9. Serve with rice and chutney.


This recipe was provided by ASSIST, the provider of Scotland’s school meals. Visit for more healthy and nutritious recipe ideas.

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