It took a humble man with an unfailing vision to unite a population and today we’re one of the only countries in the world with the enviable title of ‘Rainbow Nation’. Seventeen years have passed and never before have so many cultures so readily shared their unique dishes and flavours. And one dish in particular – the humble bowl of soup – continues to cut through all cultural and wealth divides.
We asked Malika van Reenen, Signal Restaurant’s Executive Chef, to do a little research on what her ‘Rainbow’ staff thought of, or felt, when hearing the word ‘soup’. You may have thought that being chefs and waiters, some would offer a recipe or even suggest a fabulous restaurant, but what came up was more of a feeling.
Soup it seems is so much more than just a simmering pot of ingredients. Soup makes you ‘feel’ warm, it makes you ‘feel’ love for the mother that took the time to make it and it makes you ‘feel’ hungry when you smell the enticing aromas and freshly baked bread. But the biggest ‘feeling’ of all is of comfort and togetherness. Every culture, religion and ethnic group has a soup recipe to share, so do a little research, fill your largest pot and call a few friends to share and enjoy!
Our soup suggestions:
• A traditional African samp and bean soup
• An Indian or Malay curried soup
• Vegetable soup with dumplings
• The ‘local is lekker’ favourite, roasted butternut soup with cinnamon
What are yours?
Bon appétit! Smaaklike ete! Enjoy your meal! Thokoleza ukudla! Eet Smakelijk!