Augrabies Special

When my children were young we went on a trip that meandered up the West Coast of South Africa and across to the Orange River.

We found ourselves camping at the Augrabies Falls. We were running low on food but our supplies revealed some tins of fish, rice and a bottle of you-know-who’s famous chutney. That night sitting at the edge of these falls, watching multi-coloured geckos catching the last rays of the sun, we ate what became known in our family to this day as ‘Augrabies Special’. Here is a more jazzed up version of this meal that compliments our ‘Something Fishy’ theme.


Please note that most of our recipes don’t provide strict amounts; rather we leave this up to you to try out and experiment with, depending on how many people are eating with you.


Onions sliced into half-moon segments
Chopped Garlic as much as you like
Fresh Chopped Green Chillies
Sunflower Oil
Chopped Fresh Coriander
Cooked Yellow Rice with Raisins and a few Cinnamon Sticks
Hard boiled Eggs
Mrs Balls Chutney – Peach
Any kind of smoked fish like Snoek or Mackerel (please do not use any fish on the endangered list, such as tuna…)

Salt and Black Pepper to taste


Fry the onion segments until slightly caramelized with the garlic and the chillies in a large frying pan with a little sunflower oil.
Add the cooked yellow rice with raisins and mix ‘n fry – take out the sticks
Add the fish.
Pour over some chutney according to taste and mix it in well.
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Place in a flat wide bowl.
Cut up hardboiled eggs and put on the top
Sprinkle fresh chopped coriander.

Serve with a green salad.