5 to 6 hours
Hi everyone, one of our favourite dishes in the world, is soon to become one of your very own oxtail cooking recipes, and sounds just perfect for today... because here on the East-coast of Africa, summer is on the way, which means holidays, fun in the sun, and spending time with family and friends.....and what a better way to enjoy time together, than by cooking a delicious oxtail in a "potjie" (pronounced poikie) which is the African terminology for a three legged cast iron pot
This recipe is very special to me, because not only is it overflowing with mouthwatering flavour.......but also because it is packed full of all kinds healthy veggies, and to top it all, it is such a sociable way of cooking.
These oxtail cooking recipes must never.... ever be rushed. It takes between 5 to 6 hrs to cook, and this time must be used sitting around the "potjie" with a refreshing drink of your choice and you and your friends solving all the world's problems.
We have used an assortment of our favourite fresh vegetables in this recipe, and as you get better at making your very own oxtail cooking recipes, you can put in whatever tickles your tasebuds.
Because I will be using gas to do this oxtail cooking recipe today, there are certain to be questions about my choice of cooking, and here are some of my reasons for selecting to use gas.
There are oh so many different ways for one to plate our delicious oxtail cooking recipes and as you know we try to keep things simple on this site, so here are a few of our plain popular ideas to serve this dish with.
The Potjie pot
"Pronounced “poi-key” (pot) and “poi-key-cos” (pot food). The potjie is the pot and the latter is the traditional way of cooking that dates back to the 1500's. The potjie pot however dates back to the iron age when man learned to cast iron into vessels of different shapes for a variety of purposes. The pots during this time also developed a lot of mystery due to the fact that they were very popular amongst the witches and druids of the time, who used the pots for their rituals and ceremonies."
"The potjies also bring to mind cannibals and the name “missionary pots”,
"Among the African tribal cultures these pots became known as “Putu” pots (corn meal pots). As a result, the potjie is used extensively in Africa today by almost all cultures, and has survived the test of time."
"Potjiekos is robust, full of flavours, very healthy, but it is also a friendly and very sociable occasion. Not only is potjiekos healthy food, but it is also healthy in that it causes one to relax, be happy and enjoy good company. Potjiekos is an experience all on its own!! - Potjiekos is really a group of good friends, a well seasoned potjie, good beer or a fine wine, a warm fire, lots of time, fine food, tall stories and delectable aromas."
"The pores in the cast iron capture flavours of past potjiekos, which gradually get released into the potjie as the metal heats up. Most potjiekos taste better the next day after having “aged” overnight in the pot"
We really hope that you will get great enjoyment out of cooking this recipe as well as eating it, and sharing the experience where ever you go.
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