Tilapia With Pap

My husband comes from a big family — seven sons and one daughter. He loves his pap and I had no issues with this because we come from the same areas back home in rural Bushbuckridge where pap is very common. As a new makoti, one goes through a period of learning how her new…

Is that romance on a plate?

Compliments of the new season family and welcome to 2017. They say rather late than never, right? Valentine’s Day is almost just around the corner. I know a lot of people refuse to acknowledge or celebrate the day. Arguing that everyday should be Valentine’s Day. Well, am a sucker for celebrations. I’ll take any excuse…

A Makoti Christmas 

The silly season is upon us and so is the season for giving and sharing. It is during this time that women also get together to share stokvel savings as well as celebrate another successful year. Men get together to catch up around the braai or over a soccer match.   I am a makoti…

What’s for dinner?

American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said music is a universal language. While I don’t dispute that in anyway, I believe that food is just as much of a universal language as music is. Maybe even more. Everybody has to eat. Our varying cultures and backgrounds may influence what we eat from time to time, but food…

Dinner for three…

There is no doubt in my mind that my two-year-old son is not the only child in the world that hates eating veggies. As his mommy I have the lovely job of making sure he eats healthily. Although I hardly have time to plate up veggies to look like a ship or an animal, I…

Dee and the Dumpling

So, if you have dined at my house or any of the events I have catered for you would know by now that dumpling is one of my signature dishes. Most cooks have that one dish they swear by. That one dish they have probably made more times than they can actually remember. That one…

When Entertaining…

As a caterer it goes without saying that I love cooking for people. I love serving up what I call heart on a plate. Am no Chef Benny or Siba, but I sure know how to whip up a meal that remains in people’s minds long after they’ve eaten.     The so-called seven colours…

Getting through January…

Happy 2016 everybody and compliments. All the best to you and yours for the new year. It is said January is the longest month mostly because companies pay salaries mid-December and then only at the end of January. For me it’s a little different. Am usually exhausted in January. Mainly because during the holidays I…

Breakfast: The Open Sandwhich

Mornings are not really my favourite time of the day. The only reason I look forward to mornings, sometimes, is breakfast. It takes me a good hour or so before am fully awake. Now this means by the time I have to make breakfast am either still half awake or in the process thereof. I…

My one-pot wonder

Not sure about anybody else out there, but preparing supper a day before grocery shopping can be a pain. Almost, if not all, my fresh supplies have run out by this time [usually days before payday. One could easily grab some pizza or fried chicken on the way home, yes. But I prefer to still make…