South Africans in the UK are spoilt for choices when it comes to shopping online for food products and nostalgia purchases. But it is a very, very competitive market. No shortage of Google Ads, all vying for that slot on the first page of the search results.
Which actually complicates things.
It’s less like the home one wants to remember. Facebook is more of the same. There is no shortage of groups to join, of people offering help and advice.
Despite which, moving and settling in the UK is still a challenge. Finding ones feet is not easy.
The biggest challenge we all have to face sooner or later is that things change. There is little point in looking back over your shoulder. We have to start again and build from scratch. Those sometimes dark days are done, experience, memories. But there is no reason not to explore a little.
Which is why I thought I would order my boerewors from an English butcher in the North West just to see how it is done.
There is a story behind the range of Chorleys sauces. It is a story about a life in Africa.
One that that starts in, what was at that time, Rhodesia and which has been told many times before over an open fire.
A story which has grown into a small family business now based in Truro, Cornwall. A county on England’s rugged southwestern tip, a peninsula that encompasses wild moorland and numerous sandy beaches.
Typically South African, Chorley’s Restaurant is all about family, hospitality and more than you can eat. Wors, bunny chow, calamari, chicken wings, thighs and ribs smothered in a choice of their sauce.
With some of the best biltong in the uk, dried wors and the sauces all online.
As well as authentic South African boerewors which can be purchased from their restaurant.
Southamptons High St is home to a welcome refuge for South African expats who are missing OuMa’s rusks with their koffie.
Biltong and Bangers is hard to miss. Bold and brash they stock a wide range of imported foodstuffs and products at suprisingly reasonable prices.
Besides the biltong, the rusks and the boerewors there are biscuits to make even the staunchest die-hard a little wistful and for a brief moment to forget all that bitter stuff that made them pack up and leave.
The chilli sauces are worth a mention as well as the South African beer when it is available.
Mopani Trading operate from a warehouse at the Ford Airfield Industrial Estate with stalls at the Horsham and Fareham street markets. Providing top quality meats and South African dry goods throughout West Sussex and the South of England.
They also make homemade rusks, fudge and melktert to order.
As well as some of the best biltong and boerewors in the UK
Chilli sticks, drywors and vacuum packed Texan rump steaks
Potjie pots, jaffle irons and braai equipment
Haven’t even thought about a braai since arriving in the UK. Somehow it doesn’t fit.
But that hasn’t stopped me stopping to try the biltong on offer at the Farmers Markets.
Or asking who does the best boerewors on the south coast of England.
We visited the Phinda Private Game Reserve soon after it opened and sometime before they built the Forest Lodge.
And what I recall most vividly was the clearing and the stacking. The realisation that this was all about turning the turning the clock back and correcting years of inappropriate land management. Today visitors can experience the interaction with lions and rhino after breakfast, a Whale Shark or deep sea fishing in the afternoon and a sumptuous dinner prepared over coals in a boma .
The reserves 17 000 hectares cover seven unique ecosystems at the foot of the Lebombo mountains through to the waters of the Indian Ocean.
The project was started by consolidating of 7,500 hectares of cattle farms between the Mkuzi Game Reserve and Sodwana State Forest Reserve, just north of Lake St. Lucia. In 1991 another 6,000 hectares were purchased and stocked with game in what is one of the biggest restocking exercises on a private reserve in Southern Africa. “In a single decade, the reserve on the Maputaland coastal plain had become a model of what could happen all over Africa. Once again nature had the upper hand.” – Molly Buchanan, Author of “The Return – The Story of Phinda Game Reserve”
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South Africans will use any excuse to break out the braai. And in the Garden Route you might want to try:
Along George Rex en route to the Heads at the bottom of Wilson Street