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These Merkins, I thought, with their strange affinity for colourants — what will they come up with next, green tomato sauce? I was highly sceptical when an air hostess on a connecting flight between New York and New Orleans offered me a bag of blue corn chips.
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Boiled, braaied, covered in butter and sprinkled with salt, kernels cut off the cob… And then, there are the varieties of coarsely kelie mealies: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Notify me of new comments via email. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Film 1 O, My Volk…: Share Facebook Print Email Twitter. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You are commenting using your Facebook account.
If you are a South-African born English-speaker, chances are relatively good that you have family overseas, have been abroad yourself, or at least know someone who has been. Back then, however, it was a wonderful secret and just another of the many joys of late Springtime in the rural Eastern Cape. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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Wonder and be puzzled no more. Email required Address never made public. You remember that oversized brick that your Afrikaans teacher miepie to keep in the classroom? It rhymes with the Afrikaans words kielie tickle and bielie stalwart, big one, splendid exampleso one can imagine how useful it is in Afrikaans humour, especially popular in double entendres.
Years later, when I moved from the platteland country to the city, I discovered that the rest of the world is actually aware of this delicacy: Another side-note on mealies: That was, quite possibly, a HAT.
Most people who grew up in the Eastern Cape, irrespective of race, see this dish as comfort food — myself included. I know of no English dictionary equivalent that holds such near-unmatched authority. It has even earned that uppermost token of respect and importance in South Africa: Mielie English Posted on February 8, Leave a comment.
This is adapted from the Afrikaans mieliewhich my dictionary tells me is derived from Portuguese. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Back to the mealie. Seek and you shall find Search for: The concept was fascinating, but in a way not entirely unlike the compulsive enthralment that forces you to stare at an accident while driving past. This entry was posted in Favourite Afrikaans Words.