I'm ashamed to say that when I was sitting GCSE Geography, the then seven-year-old @BridestockBride was able to pinpoint more countries on a map than I was. And this all in spite of my second favourite book being my Readers Digest Atlas of the World (I was only interested in the bit at the front about the planets and volcanoes - also covered at GCSE/A-level).
Not long after I met the husband, one night in a drunken stupor, he decided to buy a map of the world for the hallway. Unfortunately, having not sat any secondary school exams (he was a rebel and dropped out), he thought he was buying a 60cm wide map which he could frame. It was actually sixty inches and has dominated the walls in our previous residences - and solved many World Cup related 'discussions' - until it got relegated to the loft so our immense caricature of London could have pride of place on the lounge walls.
But thanks to the joy that is Google, I was able to find out everything I ever wanted to know about Lesotho. Originally I'd planned on making a banana souffle because I've still managed to avoid souffles this year but then I figured that it didn't seem very African, even though it's a very popular dish in Lesotho. A little more research led me to Chakalaka and Pap which I just had to make because I fell in love with the names.
Chakalaka is a tomato-based stew and delightfully simple to make. Just chop up carrots, tomatoes, a chilli, an onion and a red pepper. Fry. Job done. Pap is just as simple. It's actually plain polenta seasoned with salt and pepper. And had a double benefit of further reducing the bag of polenta that's been lurking in my cupboard since I bought it to make cornbread for this blog some months back.
Interestingly, I got tweeted by Dan aka Mr @SoupTuesday (and co-author of the SoupTuesday blog) last night with a comment that he thought that these dishes were South African. I was a little worried that I was about to be found out as @KasariW (aka Mrs Soup) is from SA but thankfully she concurred that the dish is common to both countries. I've found this with many Eastern European dishes - and similar in the Caribbean. There are dishes that are similar save for a slight tweak here and there.
Anyhow, this is a really simple, tasty combination that will get me out of a hole in the future when I'm left with a few random veggies in the fridge and the need to cook something for dinner. I don't think I ever expected something with such a fab name to become a store cupboard staple.
You can find the recipe here.