South African Tourism is currently setting a focus on the country's Free State province, as part of its latest tourism campaign "Leave Ordinary Behind". One of their newest promotional videos is about Parys and neighbouring Vredefort Dome.
Parys in the Free State, located on the banks of the Vaal River, is only an one hours drive form Johannesburg. The town is known for its adventure sports, as well as being a weekend getaway for people from Gauteng.
The name of the town is actually the Afrikaans translation of Paris in France. The name was given to the town by a German settler who felt reminded of Paris and the Seine river by the location of the new "Parys" next to the Vaal River.
The Vredefort crater is the largest verified impact crater on Earth. In 2005, the Vredefort Dome was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its geologic interest.
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoons salt
250 ml milk
Enough oil for deep-frying (should be 12 cm deep)
Mix flour, baking powder and salt together
Whisk egg, milk and sugar
Make a well in the dry ingredients, add milk and egg mixture and mix to very soft dough. You could add more milk if necessary.
Heat the oil to between 180 °C and 190°C.
Ladle level spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil (12 cm deep) and bake until brown on both sides, before removing from oil.