Michelle Obama should practice what she preaches. Behavioral eating modification will be on course when she arrives back in the US after her recent trip overseas. French fries and fat cakes were consumed at a local restaurant in Botswana, the First lady’s last day of travel in Africa.
Michelle Obama confessed to a young group at the University of Capetown,”if I picked one favorite, favorite food, its French fries.”
...but if we said it... it'd be racist. WHO DOESN'T LIKE FRIED FOOD?
Vetkoek means ‘fat cake, which refers to the method of frying, not baking the bread. It is a classic South African bread, served with savory or sweet fillings.
- 1 kg (2 1/4 pounds) white bread flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 packet instant yeast
- 1 litre lukewarm water (1 quart)
- Vegetable oil for deep frying
In a large dish mix flour, sugar, salt and yeast together.
Slowly add lukewarm water and stir. Combine until dough pulls away from sides of bowl.
Cover with greased kitchen paper, put in warm draft-free place, and allow to double in size.
Heat enough vegetable oil for deep frying.
Fill another dish with cold water and place next to your vetkoek dough.
Wet your hands in cold water before breaking off a piece of dough, rolling it into the shape and size of a tennis ball and carefully lowering it into hot oil. You can easily do five or six vetkoek at a time.
Allow to turn golden brown on all sides by frequently turning. Remove from oil and drain on kitchen paper.
Whilst still hot, slit open and fill with a slice of baloney or, if preferred, a good quality jam or preserve. There is no need to butter these light nibbles.
This South African bread is a perfect lunchtime snack for the kids after school on a cold, winter’s day, thanks to Tannie Babs in Babanango, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
Yield: About 10 vetkoek
recipe from www.inmamaskitchen.com