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South African cuisine has changed from indigenous dependence on wild game, cattle and gathering of foods from the wild, to farming, and cooking styles brought by colonists from Netherlands, Germany France and Britain, as well as immigrants from India. Traditional "Cape Dutch" cookery mixes European cooking with spices like nutmeg, allspice and hot peppers, brought to South Africa from India and Southeast Asia.

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Rock Lobster Soup

1 pound rock lobster tails
1 teaspoon salt
4 ounces butter
1 cup onions, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salad herbs
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 piece lemon rind
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup light cream

Heat 1-1/2 quarts water in a large saucepan to boiling. Add the lobster tails and salt, and simmer until tender. Reserve water.

In another large saucepan, heat the butter and sauté the onions for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic, herbs, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and lemon peel. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the wine and 4 cups lobster water. Boil soup and cook for 10 more minutes. Force soup through a food mill, then return to the pot.

Chop the lobster meat and add to the soup. Stir in the cream to combine. Season if necessary.

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This page modified January 2007