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Coleslaw

"Store-bought and pre-cut coleslaws, and bottled dressings have given the humble slaw a lacklustre rep over the years," says Stone. "Taking a little time (just 10 minutes!) to whip one up yourself reminds us why this salad became popular in the first place. This creamy, crunchy coleslaw comes together in a pinch and can be piled atop a thick piece of brisket or served as a side."

Prego rolls

"This is a Mozambican specialty and one of the foods that changed my life in terms of African cuisine," says Duncan Welgemoed. "The best spot to get a prego roll in South Africa is the Radium Beerhall. It's run by my godfather, Manny, and is the oldest pub in Jo'burg. The meats are grilled out the back by Mozambican staff and are still done the same way today as they were 30 years ago." Start this recipe a day ahead to marinate the beef.

Green salad with vinaigrette

"Our seven-year-old, Arwen, has been making this vinaigrette since she was five - she tastes it as she goes," says Levy Redzepi. "It's fresh and acidic and as good as the leaves. Frillice lettuce is crunchy but it's thin so it's like a perfect mix of cos and iceberg."

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You'll need to begin this recipe the day before.

You'll need

500 gm beef blade, cut into 5cm pieces 550 gm deboned lamb leg, cut into 5cm pieces 550 gm pork loin, cut into 5cm pieces 4 (about 500gm) leeks, white parts only, cut into 5cm rounds 2 large (600gm) Spanish onions, each cut into 8 wedges 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 bouquet garni (see note) 750 ml Alsatian pinot blanc (see note) 75 gm butter 1 kg desiree potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced To serve: mixed green leaf salad

Method

  • 01
  • Combine meats, leek, onion, garlic and bouquet garni in a large bowl. Season with freshly ground black pepper, add wine, cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Remove meat, vegetables and bouquet garni from the marinade, placing meat and vegetables each in separate bowls, reserving the marinade and bouquet garni. Heat 60gm butter in a large frying pan over medium heat, add meat and cook for 5 minutes or until browned all over. Transfer to a bowl.
  • 03
  • Grease a 4 litre-capacity (30cm long x 23cm wide) cast-iron or ovenproof casserole dish with remaining butter. Layer one-quarter of potatoes in base and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add one-third of meat mixture, then one-third of vegetables and reserved bouquet garni, seasoning to taste. Repeat twice with remaining potatoes, meat and vegetables, seasoning to taste between layers, finishing with a layer of potatoes. Pour over reserved marinade, seal with foil, cover with lid and bake for 2½ hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Serve immediately with salad on the side.

Note For bouquet garni, tie together 1 small stalk of celery with leaves, 1 bay leaf, 1 sprig of flat-leaf parsley and 1 sprig of thyme with kitchen twine. Alsatian pinot blanc is floral and dry in character. If unavailable, substitute with a dry pinot gris.


In Alsace, this simple lamb, beef, pork and potato casserole is cooked in traditional enamelled oval earthenware pots. Originally, it was taken to the baker who sealed the pot with a flour-and-water paste, then it was slow-baked in the oven after the loaves of bread had been baked for the day.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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Same Alsatian pinot blanc used to marinade the stew.

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Jul 2007

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