Monthly Archives: June 2010

Monkey Gland Sauce

With the World Cup in full swing I was reminded that my visit to South Africa earlier in the year gave me a little useful knowledge of the local food.

My most memorable meal was at Nelson’s Eye Steak House. If you are ever in Cape Town it’s a must.  It’s a proper steak house. It is said that the legendary Monkey Gland Sauce was first made in a Cape Town hotel and it was at the “Eye” that I first had Monkey Gland Sauce.

First I was wondering is it the real thing ?!  But it’s not so don’t worry.

No monkeys or their glands are involved at any stage.

It is, however, different from your standard pepper or blue cheese sauce.

Monkey Gland Sauce is a kind of sweet and sour chutney style, sticky sauce that tastes quite fruity. If you want to get in the World Cup spirit and fancy something different give it ago.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 bottle of South African beer or Windhoek.
  • 1 tbsp beef stock
  • salt and pepper
  • half a cup of fruit chutney is sometimes added
  • 10ml grated ginger root is sometimes added

Step 1
Melt the butter and over a medium heat add the onion until pale in colour.

Step 2
Add the ketchup, Worcestershire, mustard and sugar.

Step 3
Simmer to thicken it.

Step 4
Add the beer and stock.

Step 5
Simmer to thicken the sauce will take about 10 mins.

Step 6
Enjoy with a nice aged steak or springbok if you can find it. It’s a lovely meat and if you ever see it give it ago!

Charlie the Butcher.


South of England Rare Breeds Centre

Rare breed meat is a rare thing. It’s great to see it becoming more popular in butchers’ windows and on restaurant plates. With some old breeds almost lost through intensive farming programmes and only a handful of some breeds left it is time to keep on supporting the farming of these beautiful animals. But it’s all well and good asking for Old Spot Pork or Longhorn Beef but if you can’t relate to these animals now is your chance.
With summer in England here, or maybe not, it’s a great chance to visit some of the Rare Breed Centres dotted around the place. It was a smashing weekend recently and I was visiting Rye in Sussex for the weekend. Rye is a lovely place and whilst there I decided to visit the South of England Rare Breed Centre . Well what a great introduction to rare breeds this place is. They have a small selection of rare breed cattle including Longhorns and White Park along side Old Spot and Berkshire pigs and the famous Tamworth Two! They also have a pig race which is much fun. It’s a real chance to get up close to theses rare breeds and a smashing day out. So get yourself down to your local rare breed farm.
I’m currently in Glossop, Derbyshire, working at the amazing J W Mettricks Butchers as part of my Gary Baker Award. So, sorry for the lack of updates but lots of tales to follow.

Charlie the Butcher.