true grit: cornmeal.

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Grits, Polenta, & Pap | Americans, Italians and South Africans -all three cultures (or their sub-cultures) use ground corn meal to make a creamy delicious base to project other ingredients on and create a yummy dinner. It’s good enough for them and therefore it’s good enough for us.  Here’s what we ate plus six more ideas for your culinary fantasizing.

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bbq tofu

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How can your vegetarian friends enjoy the miraculous taste of southern barbeque? By bbq-ing tofu you silly goose.

Ingredients:
1 package extra firm tofu, frozen over night and thawed, cut into rectangles, ½ inch wide
1 large egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
salt, pepper, spices to taste
1 cup of bbq sauce, plus more (for what is bbq but a vehicle to get that sauce in your mouth?
Olive oil, a couple glugs

paper towels

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django unchained white cake

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While watching Django Unchained (who else has an unsettling crush on Christoph Walz?) all I could think through the shooting is “Damn, I’d love some of that white cake.” White cake is a Whole Thing in the south so I used a recipe that was a winner of a contest from Southern Living magazine.

Ingredients
Cake:
Parchment paper
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (not baking soda!!)
5 egg whites

Vanilla Buttercream frosting:
1 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (32-oz.) package powdered sugar
6 to 7 Tbsp. milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

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meatball sammies

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There is a magical amazing sandwich in Minnesota that can be found at Davanni’s called a meatball sub. It’s so wrong that it’s right. They can’t be overnighted to South Africa so we must be like the resourceful people who first settled the harsh lands of Minnesota (the Dakota) and make our own. Sunday was spent in a wine hangover haze until these sweet sweet sammies were in my mouth. Then we watched Life of Pi, which was meh.

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

1 kilo/2 pounds chakalaka pork sausages, casings removed
3 slices of sandwich bread, shred in a food processor or by your hands
1 tsp worcersteshire sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1 egg
3/4 cup of water
1/3 cup shredded parmesan or grana padano
1 chilli, chopped into miniscule bits
2 garlic cloves
A couple big glugs olive oil

Tomato Sauce

1 onion, roughly chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
1 chilli pepper, chopped
Salt, to taste
1/3 cup shredded parmasan or grana padano
1 small lick of butter
6 basil leaves, chopped

Carmelized Onion

2 onions, sliced thinly
Olive oil, some glugs
A pinch of sea salt
Patience and care

Also:
8ish 6inch seeded buns (your favorite kind)
buffalo mozzarella. Make sure it’s buffalo because that other stuff is tasteless! Also if you’re feeding 8 I would get at least two big balls, and shred it.

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