Mexico’s Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonization, Zapotecan civilization was a thriving epicenter of food, culture and tradition. Today, chef Abigail Mendoza is on a mission to keep those traditions alive by cooking the food of her ancestors. All the dishes she cooks—including pre-hispanic mole, stuffed chiles with Oaxaca cheese and atole—are made using ancient techniques. Recognized by the world’s best chefs for her dishes, she hopes to keep the food of her ancestors alive and thriving.
Everyone loves a good potato salad, but every now and again you want to mix it up a little. Introducing a fresh, new take on the golden oldie: it’s sweet (we’re using sweet potato); it’s herby (hello, salsa verde) and it’s hot (as in actually warm, so perfect for winter). Meet your new winter (and braai!) staple.
Show stopper winter warmer salad:
* We used Kara orange sweet potatoes, but any sweet potato would work well here, including the Kara purple and white sweet potatoes, the ridiculously delicious Beauregard sweet potatoes, our organic sweet potatoes and the new baby sweet potatoes.
Boil 6–8 Kara orange sweet potatoes until tender. To make the herby salsa verde dressing, combine 4 garlic cloves, chopped and braaied (or fried) in 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 5 chopped anchovy fillets, 15 g chopped Italian parsley, 10 g chopped mint, 10 g chopped basil and the juice of half a lemon. Give it a good stir and set aside. Tear the sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces and spoon over the green herb dressing. Don’t be shy! [Woolworths]
The new heroes of cottage pie include:
Red onion, feta, olives, rosemary, garlic, Woolworths Lamb Rub and sweet potatoes!
Step one: cook the mince
Brown 2 chopped red onions and 500 g lamb mince in a bit of olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons Woolworths Lamb Rub, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 1–2 cups beef stock, 3 sprigs rosemary and 100 g olives (pitted). Let simmer until cooked and fragrant.
Step two: make some mash
Mash 500 g boiled Kara purple sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon butter, 1/4 cup plain yoghurt and season to taste.
Step 3: get it together
Top the cooked lamb mince with lots of baby spinach and scoops of sweet potato mash.
Sprinkle with crumbled feta and breadcrumbs. Now bake for 15–20 minutes at 200°C until golden brown. Enjoy!
Sweet potato pizza: Slice assorted sweet potatoes and toss in egg white to coat. Season and arrange in a circle, overlapping each slice, on a non-stick tray. Brush with melted butter and bake at 170°C for 20–25 minutes until crisp and golden. Top with your favourite ingredients, like kale leaves, fresh cheese sauce and sliced chorizo. Bake again to heat through and serve with grilled cherry tomatoes.
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