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“All the recipes in Johanne 14 carry memories of comfort” – a Q&A with Hope Malau

Chef Hope Malau grew up in Klerksdorp in the North West Province eating traditional Sotho food prepared by his dad, who worked in a mine kitchen. Instilled with a deep love for cooking from an early age, Hope went on to study at the Professional Cooking Academy in Rustenburg before garnering experience at various restaurants in Cape Town. Hope is currently the food editor for DRUM magazine and has also won the prestigious Galliova Food Writer of the Year for the past two consecutive years.

Here he discusses his childhood memories of family meals, the traditional South African food scene, and why he is so attached to any Magau recipe…

You grew up eating traditional Sotho food prepared by your father. Would you cite your family as the main inspiration behind your love for all things culinary?
Yes, especially my granddad. He loves food because his body demanded good food and we adapted the same love. The memories of watching him cook and placing me on his lap to feed me while chatting about the goodness of what he has prepared. We were friends in a sense of he would take me everywhere to experience the cultures and community we were surrounded by in the township. Then experiencing food from my granddad’s work place in the mine kitchen and seeing the man wearing chefs-white got me more curious about food. When I got the chance to be a chef I worked hard at it and still am.

What made you decide to publish a book consisting of home-cooked meals in South African townships?
I didn’t publish it; Quivertree fell in love with how passionate I was about simple South African and almost-forgotten food that celebrate culture, community and family of black township South Africans. I’m glad that Quivertree Publications turned me into an author of this great book.

What are your thoughts regarding the current local cookbook-scene?
I’m glad that my book has knocked some interest into traditional South African food. I’m hoping that Johanne14 becomes that book that ignites excitement in young people about cooking.

Would you like to see more books devoted to traditional meals prepared as a family?
Yes, we need to show tourist how we celebrate as South African families, what brings us together.

If you had to pick a favourite recipe from Johanne14, what would it be and why?
That is a tough question as all the recipes in Johanne14 carry memories of comfort. But if I have to choose I would choose Megau a lot of people have forgotten how Megau used to create Ubuntu and taste different from store bought. You’ll understand me more by reading through the recipe in Johanne14 about Ubuntu.

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Podcast: Vickie de Beer Shares How She Realised Her Son Has Type 1 Diabetes and the Lifestyle Changes that Ensued

The Low-Carb Solution For DiabeticsVickie de Beer joined OFM presenter Isabel Potgieter on her Mommy Matters show to talk about the personal journey that inspired The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics which, earlier this year, won the title 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook of the year.

De Beer shares how they figured out their young son had diabetes, revealing the symptoms he showed, and the adjustments their family had to make to help him live with the disease. Most importantly, she shares how they had to realise and accept that type 1 diabetes is a lifelong disease which would be with her son, Luca, and their family for the rest of their lives. Making peace with this helped them transition into a healthy, sustainable lifestyle which she captured in her book.

De Beer wrote this award-winning book with South Africa’s leading paediatrician, Kath Megaw.

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Vickie de Beer Explains How The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics Can Change Your Life (Video)

The Low-Carb Solution For DiabeticsNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month and to shed some light on the issue, Afternoon Express invited a range of experts to comment on the condition.

Vickie de Beer, whose cookbook with Kath Megaw The Low-Carb Solution For Diabetics was the stand-out winner at the 2015 Sunday Times Food Weekly Cookbook Awards, spoke about diabetes and shared advice on how to live well and foster healthy eating habits.

De Beer says that in the book they have aimed to cut out all refined carbohydrates – from rice and potatoes to bread and pasta. She talks about the highs and lows that sugar causes in your bloodstream and says that although diabetes are caused by various factors – from lifestyle choices to a natural disposition for the illness – it is reversible through a low-carb diet. “This is a very effective way to change your life.”

The nutritionist and food editor of Rooi Rose also shows Bonang Matheba how to prepare Almond and Yoghurt Flapjacks.

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“I Feel We Have Failed the Young People”: Melanie Verwoerd on 21 at 21: The Coming of Age of a Nation (Podcast)

21 at 21Earlier this year Melanie Verwoerd was the first guest on the inaugural Inspiration Wednesday show on CapeTalk where she spoke to Pippa Hudson about being related by marriage to the architect of apartheid and why she kept the surname after her divorce to Wilhelm.

The author of 21 at 21: The Coming of Age of a Nation became politically conscious at university in the mid-80s when she went abroad to visit Wilhelm and was introduced to a group of exiles who showed her the real South Africa.

In the early 90s Verwoerd met Nelson Mandela, who told her and Wilhelm that they could see their surname as a curse or decide to use it to do good. It was at this point that they joined the ANC and suffered the personal consequences of being rejected by the family. They also landed on the hit list of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB).

Verwoerd has tried to do good ever since. About her book, co-written with Sonwabiso Ngcowa, she says: “I feel we have failed the young people … it wasn’t what we wanted the country to look like 21 years on.”

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Banting, Groot Constantia, Food Markets and Frankie Fenner – These are a Few of Pete Goffe-Wood’s Favourite Things

A Life DigestedWhat are Pete Goffe-Woods favourite things about, in and around Cape Town?

During two interviews earlier this year – with The Inside Guide and The Times respectively – the author of A Life Digested revealed that he is particularly fond of the ever-changing beauty of Cape Town and demonstrates how he and his family make the most of the mother city by sharing some of his favourite things.

These include, and are definitely not limited to: the banting lifestyle (which originated here), Groot Constantia wines, the various food markets around town, Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Hout Bay and sundowners at the Chapman’s Peak Hotel.

Read the two articles to find out more about the man behind all the incredible food knowledge and discover Cape Town through his eyes:

The thing I love most about living in Cape Town is its ever-changing beauty.

When out-of-towners come to town, I take them up Table Mountain – weather-permitting – so they can get some context. Then out to Stellenbosch to George Jardine’s restaurant on the Jordan estate – some of the best food in the Cape on an estate that not only produces magnificent wines, but also offers an unparalleled view of the winelands.

As a banter, the best place for a steak is at Carne SA in Keerom Street, Cape Town. I buy our meat at Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants in Church Street.

I enjoy going to food markets around Cape Town. On Thursday night there’s a market at Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek. Friday night I like to visit Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay. On Saturday it’s got to be the Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, and on Sunday Root 44, at Audacia Farm, Stellenbosch.

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Video: What Inspired Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons Project?

21 Icons21 Icons by Adrian Steirn, with words by Harriet Pratten, is an incredible ode to the legendary people, most of them still living, who have made this beautiful country what it is today.

Featuring incredible portraits and profiles on giants like Phillip Tobias, Desmond Tutu (in a tutu!), Nadine Gordimer and Hugh Masekela, the project was inspired by Nelson Mandela, opening with a portrait of Madiba which was sold for R2 million.

Earlier this year Steirn joined Jennifer Sanasie in the News24 studio to discuss the project, sharing what it was like working with these incredible icons.

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“Ek dink die ma’s is die regte heldinne van ons land” – Melanie Verwoerd (Video)

21 at 21Melanie Verwoerd, medeskrywer van 21 at 21: The Coming of Age of a Nation, het onlangs op kykNET se aktualiteitsprogram Prontuit verskyn om meer te vertel oor die boek wat sy saam met Sonwabiso Ngcowa geskryf het.

Die twee outeurs het met 21 uiteenlopende Suid-Afrikaanse 21-jariges gesels om te probeer peil waar die land staan na 21 jaar van demokrasie. Die projek het baie dinge onthul oor die alledaagse realiteit van jongmense van verskillende agtergronde, so wyd verspreid soos Orania tot ‘n nagskuiling in Kaapstad. Volgens Verwoerd is problematiese gesinsomstandighede – veral geweldadige of afwesige pa’s – en ‘n stukkende onderwyssisteem die twee grootste faktore wat stremming op jongmense se lewens plaas.

“Ek dink die ma’s is die regte heldinne van ons land. Dis asof … ek verstaan dit nie heeltemal nie … dis asof apartheid baie pa’s en mans gebreek het, maar asof deur al hierdie lyding die vrouens net sterker geword het,” sê Verwoerd.

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Franck Dangereux Shares the Only Reason You Should Need to Become a Chef

Feast at HomeSpar‘s Savour magazine recently featured Franck Dangereux as their guest chef, offering readers a delicious interview with the Feast at Home author.

Celebrated French masterchef Dangereux is the co-founder of The Foodbarn, one of the best-loved restaurants in the deep south. In this Noordhoek Farm Village restaurant patrons can enjoy the food Dangereux is famous for – decadent fine-dining dishes – in a relaxed atmosphere. At The Foodbarn Deli, a stone’s throw from the restaurant, you can find the best baked goods and coffee in the Noordhoek Valley, together with a wide variety of hand-picked goods.

In the interview Dangereux explains why he swapped the fancy kitchens at La Colombe for this rustic and homely environment and tells readers more about his personal food journey. He also reveals what he thinks of the Cape Town culinary scene (he loves it!) and shares advice for aspiring chefs:

I like to understand why people want to cook. The answers vary. The answer I’m looking for is that they think there isn’t anything else they can do with their life, and that they have this burning desire to make people happy, by creating delicious food. If it’s short of that, then don’t bother. It’s too hard, and too long, hot, sticky, stinky, and I tell them that. I almost like to discourage them in the beginning, and then if they make it through that, I know that we’re on to something okay.

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Kath Megaw: Feeding Your Family is About More than Just Food

Real Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenKath Megaw, paediatric dietician and author of Real Food – Healthy, Happy Children, was recently interviewed by Crush.

Megaw answered five questions about the LCHF movement and how to adapt family meals to the Banting lifestyle. She says she has been working with the ketogenic diet in a clinical setting for about 15 years, and believes the diet “could, and should be practised in all homes”.

As she is also a mother, Megaw understands that “feeding your family includes taking note of the social, emotional and sensory aspect of eating” and offers great advice for making the change.

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The thing we seem to hear most from moms and families is that replacing lunchbox sandwiches with other alternatives is really tough. What would be your advice on this point?

Think out the box… for example, I really struggled with my teenage son’s school lunchbox as his staple was sandwiches. He actually suggested that I send him leftovers from the night before and he was prepared to eat this cold. Something I hadn’t even thought of.

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Video: 21 at 21 Authors Discuss Freedom with “Born-Frees” Yonela Tyatyeka and Noluvuyo Mgongo

21 at 21Melanie Verwoerd and Sonwabiso Ngcowa, the authors of 21 at 21: The Coming of Age of a Nation, were recently interviewed by Zoë Brown on Expresso along with two of the 21-year-olds profiled in their book.

In the interview, Verwoerd shares what inspired her to write the book. She says that the path she is currently on began when she met Nelson Mandela in 1990, and he told her to use her name and her voice for the greater good.

Yonela Tyatyeka, a rapper and fierce gay activist, says that as a lesbian living in the township, she “doesn’t see anything free at all”. She has lost a sister to hate crime and has the same threat looming over her.

Noluvuyo Mgongo has a different experience of life as a “born-free”. She has a one-year-old child, and says that being able to raise her baby in a comfortable and free environment she has gained access to “has been a beautiful thing.”

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