Heritage is such an evocative word, loaded with wonderful echoes of the past, of our traditions, our history and our stories, both personal and cultural. It is fascinating to consider the extent to which the food we eat and the way we prepare it honours our past. Even the most contemporary cuisine draws on a rich culinary legacy while it reinvents tastes, textures and flavours. The success of inventive fare as well as old favourites relies on a rock-steady foundation of excellent cooking techniques, skills and equipment, which ensures that some things – like top-notch Le Creuset kitchenware – are always absolute essentials.
TRIED AND TRUSTED
One of the advantages of Le Creuset is that, with a history that dates back to 1925, we are able to combine long years of experience hand-crafting the finest cooking materials with the very latest high-tech advances.
Our enamelled cast-iron products are still forged using the same time-honoured processes, while our oven-to-table stoneware, in a range of vibrant coordinating colours, is made from specialist clays and fired at the highest temperatures, which makes it extra resistant to chipping, cracking and staining. We have applied our enamelling expertise to our stoneware range too, so it is really easy to wash clean as well as resistant to scratches from metal utensils.
With 22 Le Creuset boutique stores around the country, it is clear that whatever their cooking style, South Africans have embraced superior cookware that enhances their cooking skills and guarantees delicious results. (Not to mention the mouthwateringly delicious range of colours that give every kitchen and dining table the edge.)
Le Creuset is prized for its gorgeous colours and fabulous designs but – because we believe in the maxim ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ – we also honour our proud French culinary tradition with iconic Heritage cookware that never dates (even if we do update the rainbow of colours from time to time).
Our Square Heritage Dish with lifting handles – available in Cherry and Flame in two sizes – is ideal for cooking and serving sweet or savoury crumbles, roasted veggie dishes, tasty pasta meals or for marinating meats. Truly versatile, you can use it for marinating, baking, roasting or serving, as well as for presenting salads in striking style.
Our timeless deeper Rectangular Heritage Dish – available in rich, graduated tones of Cassis, Cherry, Flame and Cotton – is ideal for succulent roasts, with plenty of room for crunchy potato wedges and vegetables. It is available in a range of four sizes, so you can match the size you choose with your lifestyle. This versatile, classic design has easy-to-grip lifting handles, and it’s also useful as a marinating dish that can then be popped under the grill or into the oven. It is so good-looking you’ll be searching out oven-to-table recipes so you can show it off, too.
The fine print
TASTE OF TRADITION
In honour of the diverse cultures and traditions that make up our wonderful South Africa, we’d like you to celebrate Heritage Day on 24 September with a range of cross-cultural recipes from our various heritages and culinary traditions – from France to Malaysia, Northern Europe to Nababeep.
When you’re savouring your first satisfying mouthful of this rich and hearty French classic in honour of the French Huguenots who fled persecution to settle in SA in the late 17th century, raise a glass to the hard-working tenant farmers and labourers in Burgundy in the east of France who first slow-cooked this stew to tenderise the tough cuts of meat that were available to them. It is honest, easy to assemble and unpretentious but truly delectable. Like many dishes that originated as humble, rustic fare, Beef Bourguignon has stood the test of time and now enjoys a haute cuisine reputation.
Fragrant Chicken Masala
Enjoy this Fragrant Chicken Masala and spare a thought for all the slaves and indentured servants – including those from India and Malaysia – whose backbreaking work helped to underpin South Africa’s early economies, from farming to mining and more – and whose wonderful cultural and culinary legacy contributes to the rich melting pot that makes up our society today.
Fish & Chips
Give a nod to our British heritage as well as Northern European influences by reinventing fish and chips: simply roll fresh herring fillets or pickled rollmops around quartered fresh onions and secure with wooden skewers. Parboil whole potatoes, and then cut into 5mm-thick slices. Stagger the potato slices alongside the fish in small Heritage dishes so that they resemble Swedish Hasselback potatoes. Sprinkle with olive oil and a grinding of black pepper. Top with a sprig of thyme and bake in an oven preheated to 200˚C for 15 minutes until just cooked through and golden.
We all know and love a good braai, but if nothing will light your fire this rather chilly and damp Spring, there’s no reason to forego the mouthwatering flavours of South Africa’s favourite meal. Heat up your Le Creuset Grill and sear a round of boerewors until the juices run clear and your sausage has wonderful chargrill marks. Serve immediately with salads and mashed potatoes. Tip: pop some halved tomatoes on the grill at the same time to serve as a tasty side dish.
Orange Malva Pudding
Boerekos has left us with some delicious, authentically ‘Made in South Africa’ recipes, and yummy malva pudding is one of these. Orange zest gives this recipe contemporary zing, while making it in cute mini cocottes adds a sophisticated touch.