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AUNTY Sarah's CArpenter


Aunty Sarah's Carpenter

RECIPE: Aunty Sarah's Carpenter With Green White Sauce or Watercress

Aunty Sarah Niemand lives in Buffeljagsbaai, a small fishing hamlet on the Cape's southern coast. Sarah was born here and hails from generations of proud women harvesters. Her very first memories are of going to pick sea grass and alikreukal from the rocks with her Ma and her Ouma. Here she shares her recipe for handline-caught carpenter fish ...


Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Works well with:  Carpenter, any Fish With A Story

Easy weekday


20 g butter

20 g flour

300 ml milk

40 g watercress or spinach

zest & juice of 1 lemon

10 g Italian parsley, roughly chopped

4 fillets of Fish With A Story from our convenience range

juice & zest of a lemon

1 tbsp olive oil

salt & pepper



  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Melt the butter in a medium pan, take it off the heat, sprinkle over the flour and stir wildly to avoid lumps.

  2. Return it to the heat and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring. Slowly pour over the milk, whisking until smooth. Bring it to the boil, stirring and allowing it to thicken.

  3. Turn of the heat, add the greens & herbs and blitz until smooth with a stick blender. Season with lemon juice & salt. 

  4. Meanwhile, line a baking tray with a little oiled oil. Lay the fillets on top and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the fish flakes.

  5. Pour over the sauce and serve with new potatoes & tenderstem broccoli.

TIP: If you prefer a thick sauce, up the flour and butter to 30 g each as the watercress thins the sauce more than one would expect.


Recipe credit:
Sarah Niemand
, or Aunty Sarah , founded the Blinkwater Co-operative with her husband Daniel. This co-operative works with the sea and the basket of local marine resources in their ecosystem.
 Sarah makes a range of traditional coastal products and uses the ABALOBI MARKETPLACE to supply these Coastal Pantry products directly to consumers. This supports her family and many other members of her immediate community.

The sea means everything to me. It has a spiritual significance for me, it is a part of me. Living off the sea is our culture and customary practice here in Buffeljagsbaai. It has long been our source of food, because in our small village there are no shops, there is no butchery, not even a school. The sea provides everything for us. ... 


Aunty Sarah Niemand, traditional fisherwomAn, Buffeljagsbaai, South Africa
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