Cook of the year for Rra Ditau

The Bethlehem Project kids that were treated during the day at Rra Ditau with Noelle, manager at Rra Ditau (second from left), and John, the new owner of Rra Ditau (far right)
The Bethlehem Project kids that were treated during the day at Rra Ditau with Noelle, manager at Rra Ditau (second from left), and John, the new owner of Rra Ditau (far right)

THABAZIMBI – The first of a number of venues, planned to raise money for the Bethlehem Project, in memory of Christine Robinson, former owner of Rra Ditau Game Lodge, was held Saturday evening.
The Bethlehem Project is a charity which cares for destitude children in the Thabazimbi area by providing them daily with food and other basic needs. Saturday the children were invited to Rra Ditau where they enjoyed lunch and after that splashing in the pool. These children also entertained the evening’s visitors to a few songs before going on their way.
A cook out competition was also arranged where three female teams were invited to prepare a traditional French dish for ten people. The dish turned out to be “Coq au vin”, translated meaning “Rooster cooked in wine”. This dish, which came down to slow cooking the rooster’s tough meat in wine until it is soft and tender, without falling from the bones, is traditionally the path the old cocks found their way to the pot on the stove after years of serving the female poultry on the farm and their morning crow becoming a little croaky. Today you do not have to wait for an old cock to pitch up. The same recipe with chicken bits works just as well to impress your friends with your French cuisine.
The men had their own traditional potjies going outside. Where the women had only an hour to prepare their dish in front of the visitors, the men had the traditional South African dishes going since early afternoon. In any case, potjie is about kuier with a few beers on hand to add to the vibe.
Eventually, after the judges gave their verdict, the best Coq au vin dish was announced as well as the best potjie. The best chicken dish went to Anida and George’s warthog potjie won hands down.