We have moved again – this time, I hope it lasts longer than our experiences this past year!! The farm is beautiful, the house so big we get lost in it, the vistas breathtaking. My soul seeming to find peace, my hands finding work again.
My sister and I have started sewing some pretty garments again, and I’ll soon post them for sale on our new post “Pretty Pieces”. We are going to feed the singles working around here some home-made meals and bakes, and make pap, wors and sous for the work-force. (Pap is a traditional maize meal staple food, and depending on whether you live in the south or the north, you vary the consistency – the south loves it more slushy, and the north loves it lumpy and stiff. Wors is traditional sausage, and sous of course is sauce – see further explanations below).
Our yard is huge, the stars incredibly bright at night, and the thunderstorms severe!!! For those who know me, this means I live in the linen cupboard or passage next to it, during a storm.
We got ourselves a delightful young domestic worker with the cutest face and posture, a brilliant smile, and a lovely personality. This in order for us two dames to apply ourselves to bringing in our share of income into the household as well. So we left for town this morning, to purchase some beads and buttons to finish off our budding high fashion items business, leaving her to get on with cleaning the carpets and floors after the umpteenth influx of moths last night left the surfaces covered with insects.
Tired from running around small shops, Marietha and I came and flopped on the couch for a bit of feet-up, before tackling the next job. Next minute my otherwise African domestic worker came running through from Marietha’s room, almost snow-white with fright – she had encountered a curled up snake behind the set of drawers!! Scared stiff and unsure about what to do, I phoned my beloved and son, and then went and positioned myself on a chair in the passage, keeping a beady eye on said snake. Sakkie arrived soon enough, and heroically got rid of the perpetrator, who must have sailed in during the course of yesterday when Marietha left her sliding door wide open. It turned out to be an “Umfezi”, or brown spitting cobra in Zulu!! And she spent the night with him in her room!!
Needless to say, no cajoling could get dear Yvonne, our domestic, back to work after that, and I had to look in every nook and cranny in the room, in case it came looking for a new love nest with its partner!
More details from Wikipedia on “pap”:
Pap (pron.: /ˈpɑːp/), also known as mieliepap in South Africa, is a traditional porridge / polenta made from mielie-meal (groundmaize) and a staple food of the Bantu inhabitants of South Africa (the Afrikaans word pap is taken from Dutch and simply means “porridge“). Many traditional South African dishes include pap, such as smooth maize meal porridge (also called slap pap), pap with a very thick consistency that can be held in the hand (stywe pap) and a more dry crumbly phutu pap.
Afrikaners in the northern parts of the country eat it as a breakfast staple, with milk and sugar, but also serve it with meat andtomato-stew (usually tomato and onion) at other meals, When they are having a braai, stywe pap or phutu pap with a savoury sauce like tomato and onion or mushroom and cheese is an important part of the meal.
In the Cape-provinces it is almost exclusively seen as a breakfast food. Since mielie-meal is inexpensive, poor people combine it with vegetables. It can be served hot or, after it has cooled, it can be fried. Phutu porridge is sometimes enjoyed with chakalaka as a side dish with braais.
Pap is also called ugali in eastern and some parts of southern Africa; sadza/isitshwala in Zimbabwe; nsima in Zambia and Malawi; phaletshe in Botswana and banku in West Africa. Another South African name for it is mieliepap, from the Afrikaans words “Mielie”, meaning “Corn”, and “Pap” (“porridge”).
In Nigeria, it is called akamu amongst the Igbo and ogi amongst the Yorubas with a consistency similar to American pudding. Ogi/Akamu in Nigeria is generally accompanied with “moin moin” a bean pudding or “akara” which is a bean cake. A similar dish is polenta, from northern Italy. In the United States a similar dish is known as grits. The primary difference between the US and the South African dishes is that in the US the maize (or corn) used is a yellow kernel maize, whereas in South Africa maize is especially grown for human consumption with white kernels, allowing the whole kernel to be used for the maize meal.