In the Cape Maly Cookbook by Faldelah Williams she says that Bredies is an old Cape name for a dish of meat and vegetables stewed together so that the flavours intermingle and it is impossible to separate the one from the other. The unique flavour of the bredie is determined by the vegetable used. Although almost any vegetable can be used the meat is almost always lamb or mutton. Mutton is ideal for bredies as the long slow simmering tenderizes it and brings out the full flavour. Recipes for bredies have been handed down through many generations and they changed very little in character over the years. The flavour is delicious that there is no need for additional herbs and spices.