September is Heritage month in South Africa and Honda Auto Pinetown would like to share a little Honda History and also our Heritage Day Cookbook. We have a wide variety of nationalities and cultures under our roof, and in the true spirit on this very special month we want to share with you, the favourite recipes of our youth.
Honda was founded in October 1946 by Soichiro Honda and Takeo Fujisawa and then incorporated 24 September 1948. The International Headquarters are now located in Minato, Tokyo, Japan.
Honda is primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment. Besides their core car and motorcycle businesses, Honda also makes garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft, power generators, and other products. With this impressive line-up of products, it’s easy to see why Honda became the second largest Japanese vehicle manufacturer in 2001 and the eighth largest vehicle manufacturer in the world. Honda has also been involved with artificial intelligence/robotics research and released their ASIMO robot in 2000.
Honda Pinetown Heritage Day Cookbook
As mentioned above, here are a few of our favourite recipes for you to try out this Heritage Day.
1. Oxtail Potjie
Potjiekos dates back to the Voortrekker era where large stews and the like were easy and necessary while travelling long distances. There is nothing better on a cold Winter evening than digging into a proper Oxtail Potjie or stew (preferably cooked in a potjie pot over an open flame!) This is truly comfort food at it’s best. Rich, thick sauce. Veggies and of course tender and fatty oxtail. Please see the link below for the recipe.
This is a traditional English breakfast, but can be eaten anytime on the day with different sides. Scrambled eggs for breakfast, and then peas and gravy for dinner. Extremely popular still and super-easy to make. Please see the link below for the recipe.
3. Vetkoek and Mince
Another firm traditional favourite. Vetkoek is essentially fried bread dough and in the Afrikaaner community is served with either sweet or savoury fillings. Very similar is the amagwinya which is never served with fillings but rather as a side dish in the African community. Please see the link below for the recipe.
4. Lamb Briyani
Briyani, wow. Just that one word gets most people salivating. The Indian community make the BEST Briyani ever and we all love it when someone brings extra to work. The exact origins of this dish are debatable, but we do know it came from the east with the multitude of spices, meats and of course rice. Whether its mutton, chicken, veg or fish, you’ll always have space for more. Please see the link below for the recipe.
5. Sajjige (So-jee)
Sajjige is a Cuisine of India and a kesar/saffron flavoured variation of this is the Kesari sheera. Sajjige is served as a breakfast or a dessert item. The normal variety though is unflavoured and prepared with just semolina, sugar, ghee, and milk. (Wikipedia)
This is a favoured dessert of many of our employees, they can remember eating this all the way back to their childhood.
These are but a few of the many recipe ideas that were submitted, but we will be posting more Honda Pinetown Favourites throughout Heritage month.
Spring Day Celebration
September is also the month of new beginnings with Spring having just begun. Honda Pinetown decked the halls (so to speak) with bright colourful decorations in honour of the first weekend of spring. What a festive atmosphere!