Tamaryn Green, former Miss SA and medical doctor shares her mouthwatering recipe to celebrate diversity this Heritage Month

September 29, 2023
Creamed Spinach with Chicken Fillets

Heritage Month in South Africa is a celebration of the vibrant tapestry of our diverse cultures, a recognition of the threads that weave us together into the Rainbow Nation that we truly are. At the heart of this celebration lies a delectable thread where every bit of who we are fuses for an experience like no other: food. We have a fusion cuisine that has evolved over the years, influencing our diverse cultural expressions in ways that the world continues to marvel at. A Zulu stew is no longer complete without some curry seasoning, and what is a Bobotie without a generous sprinkling of Italian herbs? This universal language transcends borders and sparks connection while nourishing us. In my home, food is a joyous experience, for us, it’s about sharing our different culinary traditions – my own Afrikaans heritage, and my husband’s Zulu heritage.

Tamaryn Green

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Our Kitchen Chronicles

The cliché that the kitchen is the centre of the African home is too true in my family. Many celebrations, Heritage Day, included, happen around the kitchen table. And in these occasions, our flavours range from the aromatic scents of my mom’s famous orange chicken, boentjie kos, and malva pudding, to Zulu dishes that are so good they feel like a warm hug, such as ujeqe, oxtail and idombolo. We relish, pun intended, a good spread as it is a constant reminder that our family, as many others, reflects the South Africa we always dreamt of, where love is the centre of our humanity.

Our Heritage Day Fusion Feast

One of our favourite Heritage Day traditions is to prepare a meal together that blends our cultural influences. Our kitchen is the stage where our backgrounds deliver a dish so delectable, we all go for seconds and thirds, or a dish so interesting it’s hard to do again. Either way, the beauty of South African diversity shines through.

Tamaryn Greeb

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Beyond Food

Food is the easiest expression of our diverse heritage as South Africa, but this day is so much more. We celebrate our connectedness, bringing together family, friends, and loved ones. We celebrate those who came before us and honour the people who have been custodians of the different traditions that have shaped us. That is the breadth of Heritage Day, a constant reminder that at the heart of this celebration is a commitment to the South African dream. Our country’s heart beats to the rhythm of our diversity, and by embracing the flavours and stories from all corners of the country, we can truly appreciate the richness of our heritage.

Happy Heritage Month, South Africa! May your tables be filled with love, laughter, and the delicious taste of our incredible cultures.

Creamed Spinach with Chicken Fillets

Delight your loved ones this Heritage Day with the Creamed Spinach with Chicken Fillets recipe and use NESTLÉ WHIPPING CREAM to turn your meals from Good to Great!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Chicken Fillets
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) Oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1⁄2 Cup (125ml) Chicken Stock
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 50g Parmesan Cheese
  • 500g Spinach
  • 1 Cup (250ml) NESTLÉ WHIPPING CREAM

Instructions

1

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chicken pieces for 3-4 minutes, per side or until golden. Set aside.

2

Add the onion and garlic to the pan and sauté until cooked.

3

Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted. Add the NESTLÉ WHIPPING CREAM and chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper.

4

Return the chicken to the pan, cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the chicken is tender.

5

Stir in the Parmesan cheese before serving.

6

Now, enjoy!

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Text and recipe: Weber Shandwick/Nestle/Tamaryn Green

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