Dinner in the Dark: Steak Schawamas



Eskom can thank their lucky stars that South Africans are in the middle of summer and that we are equipped with Webbers, gas braais and stoves, skottels and potjie pots. Casually sitting around one of these cooking apparatuses is generally a setting for a weekend, when time is not of the essence; but we’ve had to quickly adjust and use these devices during busy weekdays too. What do you do when it’s dinner time and you’re sitting in the dark?


I can’t exactly say make sure you know what your load shedding schedule is, because nobody really knows what is happening until they are at work to see what their schedule is. I’ve got to be honest, counting on take-aways every night is not the solution; load shedding is becoming more of an everyday reality than a temporary situation. So what can we do to save time, cook for the family and not spend more money than what we already have to?




Dinner in the dark has been created to help families adjust to cooking with no electricity; help is here, you don’t have to sit with a lighter under a raw piece of meat and have your kids moaning they are hungry! Hopefully this series will help save you time, effort, electricity, money and offer filling meals for the whole family.



Steak schawama

Cooking equipment options: The steaks can be done on a gas braai, skottel, webber, or gas stove.
Serves: 4 – 5 people



1 – 2 Packs Minute Steak
Lettuce, thinly sliced
2 Medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 Large onion, thinly sliced
¼ Cucumber, roughly chopped
Jarred Jalapeño’s, sliced
4 – 5 Pita pockets
Salt & pepper



  • Cook the minute steaks on your choice cooking equipment
  • Once all steaks are cooked, cut into cubes or slices. Leave in a bowl.
  • Heat pita pockets quickly over the heat for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • In another bowl, mix the lettuce, cucmber, onion, tomatoes and jelopenos all together.
  • Once pita pockets are heated up, slice in half.
  • Open halved pitas and stuff in the salad mixture
  • Scoop in a teaspoon of mayonnaise
  • Top the rest of the schawama with the cubed steak.