My name is Duenna and I love to cook.


I am journalist by profession and a born again child of God. A mom to an amazing 2-year-old boy and a wife of a wonderful husband.

Welcome to my blog and thank you for taking the time to read. In this space I will share my love for food and planning things, weddings mostly.

I was introduced to cooking in my teens (16, I think – Gonna have to check with mom). My father is a pastor. During church conferences my mother made me help the ladies in the kitchen to prepare food for the masses.

As a PK (Pastor’s Kid) I was also expected to be on stage during services, I am killer backing vocalist… LOL I know am blowing my own vuvuzela, but yes. I learnt to juggle the two and was always present in both roles.

Fast forward to when I married my husband. My mother said I should be careful not to bore him with the same food everyday. She warned me not to cook stew the same way everyday. Hell, mommy does not even make pap the same way everyday. So I knew I had to up my game. The Pressure, right?

No really. When hubby and I moved into our apartment three days after our wedding, I stood in my kitchen and was overcome by excitement. Excitement of what was to become my platform to create warm, hearty and good meals. Excitement of the memories I would create through my meals.

I have never looked back. In the process I have fallen in love with cooking for people that I finally decided to make money out of it. If not, why not, right?

In comes Duenna’s Kitchen…

I started this project not only to tell the world how much I love food, but also to try and make people’s lives easy.

We all love a home cooked hearty meal on a Sunday afternoon, but not everyone likes to make it. That’s where I fit in. I work with families, to developing menus based on what they like to eat. I then cook and deliver these to their homes. Nice huh? I know. 🙂

I also offer catering services for all types of events.

Still not sold? Contact me to book a seat in one of my menu tastings – Details of which will follow soon.

Looking forward to sharing, learning and hopefully entertaining you.


Yours Truly: Duenna Mathebula – Mambana






One thought on “Hello…

  1. Been following your blog and proud of you. Keep up the good work and loving what you do. Been developing a passion of cooking and trying to play with foodo, just need a coach and a mentor.


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