Oxtail stew
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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen

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The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen


Oxtail stew

Recipe By Mogau Seshoene
Photographs By Craig Fraser


1.5 kg oxtail
¼ cup flour
Oil, for browning
1 large onion, chopped
4 tsp garlic, minced
2 carrots, roughly chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bay leaf
4 sprigs thyme or ¼ tsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp sugar
1 ½ cups red wine
1 cup beef stock
Salt and pepper

Cooking Instructions

  1. Toss oxtail in flour until lightly coated. Heat oil in a large saucepan and brown the meat thoroughly. Remove from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, fry the onion and garlic till soft. Add carrots, tomatoes, bay leaf and thyme. Add sugar and allow to simmer for 5 minutes before returning the oxtail to the saucepan.
  2. Pour in the wine and beef stock and allow to simmer for 3 – 4 hours or until oxtail is cooked and tender.
  3. Check on it every 30 minutes to ensure the stew does not dry out. Add more stock or water if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with rice or mashed potato.

About the Author

Mogau Seshoene founded The Lazy Makoti in 2014 after leaving the corporate world to focus on her love for food. What began as lessons for a friend, a bride-to-be who was afraid of being labelled “The Lazy Makoti” (the lazy daughter-in-law) because she couldn’t cook, evolved into a business, and inspired its name. Through The Lazy Makoti, Mogau offers a series of cooking classes targeted at young, modern Afropolitans who have a keen interest in learning to navigate the kitchen with ease and flair. In addition to being in demand for her real-live lessons, Mogau has become Instagram-famous, with thousands of foodie followers.

In line with her desire to promote the role of food in maintaining South African culture and heritage, she hosted a season of a TV show entitled Cooks For Life on which she demonstrated easier and healthier ways to prepare African and South African cuisine.

Mogau was on the M&G top 200 Young SA list in 2015, has taken part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Wisconsin, Stout, in the US and has made the Forbes Africa 30 under 30s list. She is a Brand SA Play your Part Ambassador, and in May 2018 received a USIBA Creative and Cultural Industries Award. Mogau has a diploma in Culinary Arts from the Chefs Training and Innovation Academy in Centurion and completed the industry training under Chef Werner at The Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg. She is a contributing food editor for the weekly newspaper, Sunday World.

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