Road trips are one of my favourite things in the world, and no road trip is complete with padkos*.
The mere mention of padkos brings up nostalgic memories of lunch-boxes filled with my gran’s home-made mini pies, boiled eggs, chicken mayo sandwiches, big bags of Simba chips and flasks of steaming coffee.
Before there were petroports with fast food franchises around every corner, it was far more popular for roadtrippers to pack their own padkos and stop at one of the many rest-stops on the side of the highway.
Remember the concrete benches and tables that used to dot our roadsides, but seem to have all but disappeared? You can still find a few if you look hard enough.
Sadly, these days padkos is more likely to be a Steers or Wimpy burger, or a stale pie – meh! If you’re a frequent road-tripper like me, you’ll know a gem farmstall to stop at for the perfect roadside feed.
I just love farmstalls – lekker biltong, local fruit, fresh pies and hot farm bread… Oh and while I’m there I usually stock up on some local jam and rusks.
What is your favourite farmstall or padkos?
I have a few favourite farmstall stops – Peregrine farmstall in Elgin, Nanaga near Port Elizabeth, Millies near Machadodorp and Oumeul Bakkery at Riviersonderend – to name a few. What are yours?
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The competition closes this Friday August 15, so hurry up and enter!
*For the non-South Africans “padkos” (pronounced “put-koss”) is Afrikaans and literally means “road food”.