1945N. DevittPeople & Places 143I have rarely met anyone who can give me the meaning of the words ‘kaboe mealies’. The term comes from the Xosa. ‘Iquba’ is a heap of corn before it is winnowed...The mealies are stripped from the cob and boiled in their husks.
a1952H.C. Bosman inL. AbrahamsBekkersdal Marathon (1971) An iron pot that a fire had been burning underneath...All afternoon it had smelt to me like sheep’s inside and kaboe mealies.
1980E. Prov. Herald 1 Apr. 13A customary Zulu openair kitchen where..a South African dietician demonstrated recipes like kabu mealie fries, pumpkin pips, putu porridge and mopani worms.
1989V. Owen inGrocott’s Mail 20 Jan. 11In winter..we would gather around their wood fire in the open shed and beg ‘koeboe’ mealies from their pot, which was continually on the fire.
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