"Because we are so used to mealie pap
as part of our daily diet, it is easy to forget that the significance of this food source is not only due to its availability and affordability, but that it is also a nutritious product in its own right.
Located on lively Vilakazi Street, it is just down the road from Nelson Mandela's old home, now a museum, and just up the road from the Sakhumzi Restaurant, a tour-guide's favourite where we finished off our trip with local delicacies of mutton stew and tripe, white "mealie pap
" or maize meal porridge and samp and beans (crushed corn kernels and sugar beans).
You are unravelled, handed over to warm brown arms and a smell of Lifebuoy soap and mealie pap
. You are put down gently, hands and knees and tiny toes wriggling in sun-warmed sand.