2016 was a weird year for many of us — basically everyone cool died, we were taken by surprise by international political decisions (leading to the shape of Toblerones changing in the UK) and South Africa faced a serious drought (which is still going on guys, so keep saving water!).
We really wanted to know — was this weirdness reflected in our food preferences? Are South African recipe searches as surprising as Brexit and the Trump election? And just what are the things we wanted to eat in our homes in 2016?
So we asked Google to crunch the numbers for us and find out: what recipes did South Africans Google most in 2016?
The top 10 really took us by surprise — with only 1 truly South African dish on the list, clearly we’re looking for international inspiration in the kitchen.
The most Googled recipes in South Africa in 2016
We start with number 10 and end with number 1.
10. Malva pudding
This is one search term we can definitely get behind. Described by Wikipedia as “a sweet pudding of Cape Dutch origin. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream.”
Way to undersell it Wikipedia — Malva pudding is so much more than that! Clearly South Africans know that, which is why we’re always looking for the perfect recipe.
9. Rice Crispy treats
With lots of moms in the office, we know exactly why we’re looking for this recipe: kids love Rice Crispy treats and they’re insanely easy to make. No mysteries there.
8. Pickled fish
We only have one thing to say about that:
7. Save With Jamie recipes
Save With Jamie is a book and television series where Jamie Oliver shares his best cheap and delicious recipes. It’s been a tough year economically for many South Africans, so this makes a lot of sense.
Read more: 6 ways to go gourmet on a budget
6. Stuffed chicken recipes
Usually when we get home we barely have time to get the chicken in the oven, let alone stuff it before we do! Good job everyone who is out there searching for stuffed chicken recipes — you’re winning at life.
5. Anna Olson recipes
In case (like us, but not the rest of South Africa apparently) you have no idea who Anna Olson is, she’s a Canadian pastry chef with books and TV shows that teach viewers simple and complex baking techniques. Apparently she also plays the violin. Thanks Google!
4. Pork belly roast
This needs no explanation — succulent and savoury underneath, super crisp on top and if it comes with a pool of gravy, we’re in heaven. If you weren’t on top of the trends in 2016, make 2017 the year you discover pork belly.
Start with this slow-cooked pork belly — spicy, sweet, salty and easy, it’s the gateway drug of the pork belly world.
3. Spaghetti bolognese
Again, we blame the kids for this one.
2. Oxtail recipes
We love a good oxtail stew as much as the next lady’s magazine, but really South Africa, shouldn’t we be more concerned about chocolate cake recipes?
Wait, what? MISO? Are South Africans really searching for the Japanese seasoning paste that’s made from fermented soy beans? We had no idea we were so cultured and cosmopolitan — let’s all pat ourselves on the backs.
As usual we’re on top of the trends with this recipe for greens with miso dressing.