Mayan menu

On the 21st of December something big is going to happen... so say the ancient Mayans.

Some believers say it is the beginning of a new spiritual era. Others go as far as to quack that the Earth will be sucked into a black hole, or my fave, collide with a planet called Nibiru. Hey, we might even be able to talk to aliens 'eh?

I’m sure the Mayans didn’t mean for all this craziness and in my opinion, the beginning of a new era will suit me just fine. *holds thumbs for one where all my New Year's resolutions come true*

But it brings us to the poignant question… ‘What would be your final meal before the end?’ Don’t tell me you haven’t ever thought about it?

My Mayan menu

I shall be sitting by the ocean with my family and many ice-cold bottles of Dom Perignon and a cold crystal glass at my lips.

To begin with, fresher than fresh (not too big) oysters with zesty toppings. Then I'll move onto large wooden platters of crusty bread and Gorgonzola, ripe bries and French mountain cheeses with sticky sweet figs. Salty cured hams and pancettas will be draped over everything.

To end off with, a lemon tart that is so lemony it makes my lips curl, with a thin, crunchy sugared topping and buttery pastry. *faints with heavenly happiness*

So, we want to create the ultimate Mayan menus using your ideas...

What's your Mayan menu?

So now starts the hunt for the best menu! We're giving away R250 Kalahari vouchers to the top 3 menus that come our way. Plus a cool recipe book for each of the 3 winners.

How to enter:

Post your perfect menu in the comments below, preferably in this format:

1. Starter

2. Main course

3. Dessert

Or, if you prefer, you can email us your Mayan Menu at and once we've announced the winners at the end of next week we'll publish the top 3 Mayan Menus and dish out the prizes!

We're got 3 categories to help you along your way:

1. Foodie menu - for all those superb ingredients and recipes for the foodie in you.
2. Mom's menu - all those down-to-earth comfort foods that you just can't live without.
3. Wacky menu - the crazy and wonderful favourite foods that are just so delicious you can't resist putting them on your menu.

Try to keep to a 3 course kind of structure, but hey, if you just want a pile of ice cream, it's your last meal.

Follow us on Twitter @Food24 for updates on the best menus that come in using the hashtag, #Mayanmenu

Have fun!

grant.gloster 2012-12-07 08:31:11 AM
Starter: springbok carpaccio with balsamic reduction and grated parmesan cheese. Main: Spare-ribs with cream spinach, french fries and salad Dessert: Pecan nut pie with a scoop of ice cream
Felix_Nomad 2012-12-07 09:21:03 AM
Starter: Small black West Coast Mussels, fresh from the sea, steamed in beer and garlic - with lots of good chewy crunchy ciabatta to mop it up. Springfield Life from Stone, lots of it. Mains: Seafood platter on the braai - fresh crayfish, basted with butter, lemon juice, garlic, dill; juicy queen prawns, marinated in home-made peri-peri; on the side a simple insalata caprese made with soft gooey buffalo mozzarella, the most fragrant red-ripe vine tomatoes, freshly picked basil, maldon sea salt, fresh pepper and the best olive oil and balsamic vinegar money can buy. Lots and lots of gorgeous Pinotage. Dessert: Classic panne cotta, fresh berries, a big hunk of oozing creamy blue cheese, a bottle of excellent port. After that, bring it on :)
Shenaaz Ismail 2012-12-07 09:55:28 AM
Starter: Fried halloumi cheese, and button mushrooms grilled in the oven with cheese melted over with garlic bread. Main course: Wonder Why pizza, mach and cheese and kheri kitchri. Dessert: Choc brownie with vanilla ice cream and hot choc sauce and a strawberry.
Anel Potgieter 2012-12-07 10:00:11 AM
Starter: Spanish tapas - my favourites are Albóndigas, Boquerones, Chopitos , Gambas, Zamburiñas, Banderillas with a chilled bottle of red wine Main: My mom's curry tripe with white rice and a glass of ice cold Oros Dessert: The biggest cheese board you can find with lovely preserved + fresh fruit dry Bubbles - lots of bubbles or Iced Zoo's - 10 packets :-)
Rene Johnston 2012-12-07 12:03:19 PM
Starter: Tempura battered prawns with a sweet chilli-lime dipping sauce Main: Zesty zippy nachos with heapings of fresh guacamole, sour cream and coriander Dessert: A raspberry and blueberry pavlova, topped with my granny's vanilla bean ice cream
Rene Johnston 2012-12-07 12:15:32 PM
Starter: Tempura battered prawns with a sweet chilli-lime dipping sauce Main: Zippy, zesty nachos with lashings of sour cream and fresh guacamole Dessert: Pavlova with raspberries, blueberries and homemade vanilla bean ice cream ala my granny
Jane Brown 2012-12-07 12:18:14 PM
Starter: Halloumi Salad from Bardelli's in Kenilworth Main: The Aloo Goobi and Vegetable Biryani from Bombay Chilli with a side of their delicious butter naans. Dessert: My moms baked cocktail pudding with extra caramel sauce
Michelle Barnett 2012-12-08 03:36:47 PM
Starter: flatbreads with Artichoke, beautiful runny camenbert chunks, reduced balsamic drizzle, rocket and heaps of thinly sliced pancetta Main: Rare, deboned leg of Lamb infused with anchovies, lemon zest, honey and rosemary, on the bbq, with greek lemon and rosemary roasted potatoes, and roasted baby vegetables. Dessert : Home-made baclava with greek yoghurt
Trevor Gadd 2012-12-09 01:45:05 PM
Mayan Menu Starter Thai-style prawns fried with ginger, garlic, chilli, fresh basil and fresh coriander, with chilled au bleu beef-fillet squares in herbed-vodka/tomato-cocktail jelly Main Course Lobster Newburg with potato croquettes and a fresh-herb-enhanced Caesar salad with green-goddess dressing Dessert Chocolate and Glace-Ginger Cheesecake, frozen champagne-jelly fruit salad and a good bottle of cognac. Trevor Gadd 072 779 1568
Duits 2012-12-10 09:30:55 AM
Starter: Golden feta (Goat cheese feta, wrapped in phyllo pastry and baked until golden brown served with honey over it and sesame seeds.) Main: Roast leg of lamb and mint sauce, roast potatoes, cauliflower and broiccoli in mustard cheese sauce,butternut mash with lemon pepper Dessert: Malva pudding and custard or ice cream.