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A very special throwback


With a history that stretches across more than a century, it is safe to say that Umngazi has evolved over many years, from the small Cwebeni trading station established in 1906, to the popular seaside resort that exists today.… Read the rest

LAMB SHANK WITH ROSEMARY AND RED WINE


(This recipe serves 4) Ingredients: About 4 lamb shanks – or 2 large ones 2 Tablespoon olive oil 2 Tablespoon flour ( for dusting) 1 large onion – cut into quarters 5 or 6 garlic cloves  – sliced 4 sprigs / branch rosemary  – fresh is best 3 cups beef stock 3 cups of red wine 2 bay leaves Salt and pepper to taste Method: Cut extra fat off the lamb shank Put the lamb into a large bowl and dust all over with the flour Choose a big heavy bottomed pot and heat the oil and brown the shanks until good colour Take out the pot and keep to one side Now brown the onion – take skin off and cut into quarters Now add the garlic Put the shanks back into the pot Now add the red wine and half cover the lamb – let the red wine boil almost away  – until just a little  left in the pot  – about 20 minutes Now add stock, ( do not add all at one time – add more as you need to) , bay leaf, rosemary  – keep big on the stick and some salt and pepper to taste Put the  lid on the pot and simmer on low heat for as long as you can – at least 2 hours – but 3 hours would be better When meat is tender and falling off the bone – take out the meat and take off the lid and let the sauce thicken – turn the heat up and boil quite fast for about 10 minutes – must be thicker Put the sauce through a sieve and put the smooth sauce back into the pot with the meat Let the meat rest in the sauce Serve with mashed potato or soft polenta  … Read the rest

Umngazi Malva Pudding


Ingredients: 20ml butter 1 cup castor sugar 2 eggs 1 tablespoon apricot jam 1 teaspoon bicarb and pinch sugar 1 teaspoon vinegar ½ cup milk 1 cup flour Sauce: 1 cup cream ½ cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 180ml sugar ½ cup boiling water Method: Cream the butter and sugar – add the eggs and beat Add the apricot jam Sift the bicarb into the milk and add the vinegar to the milk Sift the flour and salt Add flour alternatively with the milk to butter mixture and beat Pour batter in well-buttered oven proof dish Bake at 180°C for 45min Make sauce – combine all the ingredients and bring to the boil As soon as pudding comes out the oven pour sauce over Serve warm with cream or custard … Read the rest

Mandela Day at Umngazi


Every year, on the birthday of our beloved former president and international inspiration, Nelson Mandela, people around the world are asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to give up 67 minutes of their time in order to help others.… Read the rest
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