Thursday, May 27, 2010

Guest Post: From Koek!

Its with great pleasure to bring you a guest post from the very talented Robyn of the South African Food blog Koek, I adore this blog it's very well written and with fantastic recipes. I couldn't resist asking for a recipe as I want Chow and Chatter to highlight food from around the Globe!
I lived with two dietitian friends from South Africa in the UK and have a soft spot for the food and country. She very kindly agreed and shared this wonderful South African Tea inspired dish,

Chicken paoched in rooibos with balsamic raisin relish

Rooibos (Œred bush¹) tea is as South African as snoek, biltong and
boereworse, koeksisters and milk tart... All of which are lovely, but,
well, they¹ve been done to death. This recipe is something different. The
rooibos tea gives the chicken a lovely earthy colour and flavour, and the
tart relish gives a little kick to the savoury meat. Raisins are also used
quite a lot in traditional South African baking and Cape Malay curries.

Ordinarily I loathe raisins, but I can¹t get enough of this relish which
also works beautifully with cheese and red meat.

Not everyone likes rooibos tea, but I find I prefer it to Ceylon. Plus, you
wouldn¹t believe how good it is for you. It¹s packed with antioxidants, and
has a high content of minerals and polyphenols which help to maintain
healthy skin, teeth and bones, and metabolic processes. Or so they say (you
know... them).

According to a friend of mine, it also cures hiccups, but I don¹t think hers
qualifies as a scientific opinion. My mother, who has for years now made her
own moisturiser (after learning about what actually goes into store-bought
lotions), uses it in her creams and swears blind that it cures eczema. But I

Serve this as a light lunch on a hot afternoon with some crusty bread, a
green salad and chilled white wine.

Chicken paoched in rooibos with balsamic raisin relish

Serves 4


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 6 bags rooibos tea
For the raisin relish:
  • 1 handful raisins
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 generous tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 3tbsp balsamic vinegar

1. Add the raisins, tea bags and 3 cups water to a medium pot, and bring to
the boil. Remove from heat and allow to stand for 10 minutes, giving the tea
time to steep. Remove the tea bags and discard. Remove the raisins, which
should be plumper now, and pat dry on paper towel.
2. Return the pot to the stove and submerge the chicken breasts in the tea.
Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until
cooked through.
3. To make the relish, add all the ingredients to a bowl and combine well
(or whack them all in a jar with the lid on tight and give them a good shake
that¹s what I do). Transfer the relish to a small serving bowl.
4. Pat the chicken breasts dry, slice into bite-sized pieces and arrange on
a plate. Serve with the relish sprinkled on top.

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  1. A very unique chicken dish! Looks so tender.

  2. What an interesting dish! Love the flavors here!

  3. After cooking a south African curry, I fell in love with the food there! What a great recipe. That balsamic relish sounds fantastic.

  4. Rooibos tea has been popular in Japan since it was introduced as a healty, caffein-free drink around 10 years ago. But I'd never thought of using for cooking. How interesting!! Rebecca and Robyn, thanks much for the awesome recipe :)

  5. This is a very interesting dish! I like the presentation! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the introductions! Hope you are having a great time Rebecca!

  7. Looks like a great new recipe.

  8. How absolutely fatastic! Having returned from an extended holiday in South Africa last winter, this brings back memories of the places, friends, meals and wines we enjoyed.... This dish looks fantastic and special thanks to Rebecca fror introducing me to this blog-You are a 1 person Culinary UN!

  9. Awesome chicken dish. Love it.

  10. very interesting. Where do u get this tea from? I haven't had any African food (other than North Africa) but I've been wanting to for the longest time,...

  11. I love this, it is so interesting- I have some teas hubby brought back from his last trip, so I am going to cook some chicken and try to mimic this dish!

  12. thanks all have passed on your comments to Robyn Rebecca

  13. Thank you all for your fantastic responses! Rooibos tea is exported throughout the world - I know it's fairly easy to get hold of in Europe, but I'm no so sure about the US. I'm certain you'll be able to get hold of it at any specialty tea store.

  14. Lovely and interesting use of rooibos!



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