My latest favourite ingredient
Spekboom is my latest favourite ingredient thanks to Chef Kerry Kilpin from Tryn, Steenberg Wine Farm’s signature restaurant. I’ve always been hesitant to cook with Spekboom, probably just because I don’t know how. The time at home during lockdown inspired me to try a few new things, though and this was one of them.
Steenberg’s Executive Chef, Kerry Kilpin makes a delicious chutney from Spekboom – a beloved miracle working plant indigenous to South Africa that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and evidently reduces our carbon footprint. This chutney compliments both sweet and savoury dishes on her menu – specifically her famous Textures of Boerenkaas.
After having grown probably too many Spekboom plants in pots the past few months (as we as a family are trying to be more responsible and reduce our carbon footprint) I decided to try Chef Kerry’s recipe. I did not have all the fancy ingredients she uses for her Textures of Boerenkaas dish (and, I would much rather prefer to indulge in it at Tryn Restaurant), so I improvised. We coupled this delicious chutney with our braaibroodjies during one of our late afternoon braais and it was a match made in heaven! I normally add a bit of peach chutney or apricot jam, but I think I might replace it with Spekboom Chutney going forward. On another occasion we also tried the chutney with steak and this also paired really well!
So, thanks to Chef Kerry Kilpin, here is the recipe:
By Steenberg Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin
375ml spekboom leaves – picked off the stems and washed
1 onion chopped
110ml white spirit vinegar
5ml fennel seeds
5ml brown mustard seeds
Sweat the onions and spices until soft taking care not to turn brown. Add the spekboom and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar and salt. Cook for a further 15 – 20 minutes on a low heat or until a nice thick chutney type consistency. Taste and season further if required.
You will notice that the spekboom releases quite a lot of gooey liquid when cooking, this is quite normal. Pour into a sterilised jar and refrigerate.
Let me know what you paired it with!