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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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Book launch – Johanne 14: Real South African Food by Hope Malau

Johanne 14 explores the secrets of simple, home-cooked meals in South Africa’s townships.

Told through the eyes of award-winning food writer Hope Malau, the book features authentic, traditional dishes cooked with love, and acknowledges the ability of countless unsung kitchen heroes – the mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings – to make culinary magic with often very little.

It is a vital glimpse into South African township life; moreover, it is a celebration of culture, resilience, human spirit, community and family – through the shared meal. A head of cabbage can be cooked in so many different ways; it is inexpensive and goes with anything or nothing at all.

You can eat it raw, boil it or fry it, combine it with any other vegetable and it will give you a wholesome meal every time. Hence it was dubbed Johanne 14 – if you have cabbage you should not let your heart be troubled.

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 ye

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  • Date: Thursday, 08 June 2017
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books, The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre, 53 Rustenburg Road, Melville | Map
  • Guest Speaker: Dorah Sithole
  • RSVP:, 011 726 7408

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“The book is to show us who we are and what South Africa is about” – Hope Malau, launch of Johanne 14

On Thursday the 18th of May, Quivertree Publications hosted several guests at the Lunch Launch of Hope Maulu’s Johanne 14. Guests were wined and dined while embarking on a culinary journey through the townships of South Africa. Linda Mali of Edgars Club Magazine facilitated the conversation on the book that she described as being, “more than just a collection of recipes.”

The rich aromas of African cuisine filled the air at Quivertree. Guests were abuzz and pleasantly greeted with an option to taste home-made Ginger beer, Mageu, or both. The smells and tastes were reminiscent of hearty family Sunday lunches.

Malau, who grew up in Jouberton, Kleksdorp, explained that the book brings about an understanding of how the township works. The title, Johanne 14, came about because he loves the scripture John 14, “you should not let your hearts be troubled if you have cabbage in the home,” he chuckles. The award winning chef goes on to explain that cabbage is a staple in the township because “it only costs R5 a head,” and is so versatile, supposedly taking away the troubles of everyday cooking, he has come to call it Johanne 14.

From a young age, the food writer was exposed to different tastes and styles of cooking. He spent a lot of time in a mine kitchen where his father worked and took a liking to the chef. Living in a diverse mining community, Malau experienced foods from all over South Africa. He fondly remembers his mother and grandmother going to cook at community functions, “Where are you going, Mama?” he would ask, “I’m going to peel [vegetables],” and he wouldn’t see her for the rest of the day. “Whether you knew the family or not, you had to help,” he recalls.

Out of over 60 recipes that the book showcases, Malau says his favourite is the tripe because, as his wife describes it, “It goes down.” He goes on to say that while he included mostly simple recipes, there are a few that are “bonding experiences with multidimensional flavours” such as the cow trotters. “I did not want the book to be too finicky” Malau explains, “The book is for everyone. To show us who we are and what SA is about. It’s about making a lot from a little [and] taking that little bit of money that you have and making it taste magical.” This is evidenced is the use of unconventional ingredients such as Cremora coffee creamer in samp, to mention a few.

Quivertree ended off the launch with a taste journey through the pages of Johanne 14 and the streets of South African townships that had many of the guests sharing their own experiences with food and life in South Africa and Africa as a whole. Malau says the book is a celebration of who he is. – Kasuba Stuurman, @kasuba_sun



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Four culinarians and one illustrator to look out for at Kingsmead Book Fair

Join us on Saturday 13 May at the sixth annual Kingsmead Book Fair for fun culinary conversations by some of South Africa’s most prolific food-writers.

This year, five Quivertree authors – Vickie de Beer, Anna Trapido, Mpho Tshkudu, Dorah Sithole and Mieke van der Merwe – will be dishing the goods on everything food ‘n such (and in Mieke’s case, the art of drawing.) Be sure to catch them there.

Vickie de Beer
(The Low Carb Solution for Diabetics / My Low Carb Kitchen) Award-winning foodie, Vickie de Beer, shares one of her low-carb, gluten-free and sugar-free recipes with us.

Anna Trapido & Mpho Tshukudu (Eat*Ting) (10.45-11.30) discuss their collaboration in exploring African food

Dorah Sitole talks to Hilary Biller about The Great South African Cookbook (13.45-14.30)

Mieke van der Merwe (author of Beautiful South Africa) will be stationed in the courtyard throughout the Book Fair doing colouring-in demos and talks.

The Low Carb Solution For Diabetics

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Three recipes from local Gourmand-acclaimed cookbooks

What do Ruth Jeftha, Mimi Jardim and Mpho Tshukudu have in common? These talented chefs have an unparalleled passion for food which has not gone unnoticed by the international culinary scene.

As recent recipients of the prestigious Gourman World Cookbook Awards they have both skill and style.

Take a sneak peek at a few of the recipes which appear in the acclaimed chefs books…

Huis Kombuis – The Food of District Six
Editor: Tina Smith
Contributor: Ruth Jeftha



On a Sunday, my mother baked our favourite raisin loaf that I shared with a friend. She baked it in an iron pot placed downstairs over hot coals. We bought the raisins at Wellington Fruit Growers because they were fresher and cheaper than at the babbie shops. After school on Mondays, my friend Audrey would come over for raisin loaf. She thought it was good enough to eat without butter but I ate it with butter.

For a small loaf
220 g cake flour
¼ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg
½ cup milk, luke warm
1 cup raisins
¾ sachet dry yeast
Butter for greasing
Prepare the dough by mixing all the ingredients, except butter, in a dish. Using lukewarm milk, knead until all ingredients are well combined. Cover with a cloth and let it rise.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease the bread tin with butter and spread dough evenly into the bread tin. Give it a little time to rise. Bake for 50–55 minutes until the bread is golden brown. Cool on a rack.


My Portuguese Feast
Mimi Jardim

Serves 4–6

Piri-piri chicken is Portugal’s gift to the world and my husband Augusto passed on this gift to his children. My son Raymond then continued the tradition by adding flavours of his own, depending on which country he is visiting. My grandson Marco is next in line…

1 medium-sized (1–1,2 kg) chicken salt, to taste pepper, to taste
100g soft butter
whole piri-piri chillies, crushed (use 3–5 chillies for medium or 5–10 for hot)
10ml lemon juice
2–4 cloves garlic, crushed
5ml paprika
12,5ml olive oil
sprigs of rosemary and thyme tied together to form a brush

2 cloves garlic
20ml butter (plus 12,5ml olive oil, optional)
piri-piri chillies
(or peri-peri sauce), to taste juice of half a lemon
5ml chopped parsley

Rinse and dry the chicken and spatchcock it (cut it open through the back and flatten it). Cut slashes into the flesh of the thick parts of the chicken.

Make a paste of the remaining ingredients (other than the rosemary and thyme, and the sauce ingredients) and rub it over the inside and outside of the chicken. Allow to marinate for 2 hours. Grill or braai the chicken, turning regularly and using the rosemary and thyme brush to baste it with the marinade/paste every time it is turned. Serve with the sauce.

To make the sauce, fry the garlic cloves in the butter. Add the piri-piri chillies or sauce, lemon juice and parsley. Remove the garlic and serve.


Eat Ting – Lose Weight, Gain Health, Find Yourself
Mpho Tshukudu, Anna Trapido

Makes 10

1½ cups fine sorghum meal
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp brown sugar pinch of salt
1 egg
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup amasi (soured milk)

Combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Mix wet into dry. Lightly grease a frying pan and heat to a medium heat. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the pan. When bubbles form on the visible top side and the mixture no longer looks runny, turn the flapjack and cook through (about 3 minutes per side). Make sure to cook the first side for 3 minutes because if you try to flip the flapjacks before then, they will crack in the middle.

We have served the flapjacks with wild sour figs and amasi (soured milk) curd cheese but sugar-free jam and crushed nuts are also delicious. Have
a cup of unsweetened rooibos tea with it too.

These flapjacks are delectable and you will be tempted to eat too many. They are filling and you do not need more than two to feel full from breakfast to lunchtime.

GI is lowered by amasi, butter and eggs. Allergens: egg and dairy.


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Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

The Great South African CookbookThe Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra recently held a planting day. The community garden – which used to be a dumping site – is a beneficiary of the sales from The Great South African Cookbook, published by Quivertree Publications.

Partners and sponsors of the garden include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, City of Joburg, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), Quivertree and Urban Fresh, the two-man company in charge of garden sales.

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day


Started in 2011, the Lenin Street Market Garden has received various support from a number of organisations and held different farming and gardening initiatives. But it was time to “kickoff” intensive training, said Robin Hills from the FTFA food garden department. The training would do two things, Hills said. Lessen the garden’s dependency on outside sources and increase output.

“A lot of these activities continue, but they continue in separate little silos. The cookbook has kind of brought it all together. Because it’s like now we’ve got to focus. So this is the kickoff.”

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

Among the book’s contributors in attendance were former True Love food editor Dorah Sitole and Johannesburg-based chef David Higgs.

The response the cookbook was receiving has been “amazing”, Higgs said, adding that, “I love the simplicity of the book. It’s easy reading. And everybody can do it.”

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

Urban Fresh, the garden’s brains and in charge of sales, joined the garden in April. And had done a lot of work to transform the place.

Co-owner Fazlur Pandor talked about the actions they had undertaken since joining. The garden had been a dumping site before.

“We’ve gone to a lot of effort to clean the soil first. When it started, it wasn’t like this. We’ve come a long way. We do soil tests. And we make sure it’s actually safe. We add compost and manure.”

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

Business partner Rogan Field outlined Urban Fresh’s future plans – packaging and processing tomatoes “properly”.

“Eventually, we want to look into value adding, making chili sauces.”

A cold room in the garden premises gave them an advantage over other co-operatives in their network, Field said. However this was no reason for Urban Fresh to “outcompete” them, he said.

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

“Rather to say that this project now must outcompete the other projects, how do we incorporate this project so they can support each other?”

At the garden’s initial opening in 2011, former Joburg Mayor Parks Tau said that communities had no excuses not to utilise land for their own benefit.

“There can be no justification for anyone in Johannesburg to go to bed hungry when there is space that people can use to produce vegetables for their own consumption,” he said at the time.

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

Five years later, the garden now supports 28 employees.

While Urban Fresh talked about expanding their network – currently they supply crops to surrounding establishments – Pandor said “building the trust of the community” was more important than maximising their production levels.

“It’s about building the trust of the community,” Pandor said, “It’s about developing a little bit of skills. So we’re not hugely focused right now on achieving maximum production. For the last six months it’s really about just engaging and solidifying our space.”

Pandor’s brother Haroon criticised people who loved calling for “land grab”. If the people were serious, they would, perhaps, plant tomatoes, he said.

Communities utilising land for their own benefit: Lenin Street Market Garden in Alexandra holds a planting day

Lungile Sojini (@success_mail) tweeted live from the event:

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Join Quivertree Publications at a pop-up market in Cape Town – with discounted books

Braai: Reuben on FireThe Low Carb Solution For DiabeticsThe Great South African CookbookReal Food - Healthy, Happy ChildrenEat Ting
Indigenous Plant PalettesCook BetterStar FishTartsThe Real Meal RevolutionA Life Digested

Quivertree Publications will be hosting a pop-up market from 2-3 December 2016 at 147 Main Road, Rondebosch.

There will be a Quivertree Book Shop selling your favourite Quivertree titles at a discount – come and stock up on your Christmas gifts here!

Reuben Riffel, Pete Goffe-Wood and Obie Oberholzer will be around from 3 PM on the Friday afternoon to sign books.

On 3 December, there’s a fun food workshop for children (ages two to six), hosted by experienced clinical dietician Kath Megaw’s Nutripaeds team in the photographic studio. Designed to expose children to sensory experiences, teach them about healthy ingredients, and help them develop fine motor skills, this event costs R120 per child, and prior booking is essential. (Please email or call 021 686 6849.)

But that’s not all, below is a list of stallholders that you can expect to see at the market:

Peta Becker, crochet art
Jackie Knutsen, sojo children’s wear
Dan Wickham, Garagista artisan beer
Janine Davidson, Scarab jewellery
Pete Goffe-Wood, steak rolls
Karen Canning, lis-spa, beauty products and treatment vouchers
Ilse Menck clothing
Nondumiso wine
Ceramics by Louise Gelderblom & Karen Henstra
Skinny laMinx
Amanda and Kathleen from Nutripaeds will host a Clever Cooks children’s food workshop in the photographic studio
Verushka Louw – cakes, biscuits and pastries

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  • Date: Friday, 2 and Saturday, 3 December 2016
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Quivertree Publications
    147 Main Road
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Tshidzimba, dikgoba and morogo wa thepe – eat South African, eat healthy with Eat Ting

Eat TingEat Ting: Lose Weight, Gain Health, Find Yourself, by dietitian Mpho Tshukudu and food anthropologist Anna Trapido, was recently featured in the City Press.

According to the article, the book is “encouraging South Africans to get back to eating nutritional, traditional African food”.

From gluten-free sorghum flapjacks to salads featuring low-GI, ancient grains, Eat Ting is all about great-tasting South African superfoods.

In the article, Grethe Koen looks at “Poverty food” and the effects of apartheid on the South African diet.

There are many powerful ideas in Mpho Tshukudu and Anna Trapido’s new cooking and nutrition book, Eat Ting, but the quote that best sums up the ethos of this beautifully worded and photographed manual is this: “Since we are what we eat, if we ignore taste preferences and familial food fondness, we become someone else. Essentially, the existing diet books serve up the idea that Africans need to change who they are to lose weight and gain health. This is nonsense.”

Eat Ting is the book we’ve always needed – a book that recognises black South African realities and actively promotes those beneficial foods we’ve been told we should no longer eat.

Dishes that your grandmother used to make, like slowly cooked tripe, offal and chicken feet. Low-GI legumes like tshidzimba (samp, sugar beans and peanuts) and dikgoba (cow beans and sorghum). Vegetables like morogo, wa thepe and amakhowe mushrooms. And, of course, ting (fermented sorghum porridge).

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The Great South African Cookbook – a collection of recipes by SA’s finest – launched in Cape Town

Guest, Siba Mtongana and guest
The Great South African Cookbook

The Great South African Cookbook was launched at a glittering function in Cape Town recently.

When you the hear the names Reuben Riffel, Ina Paarman, Siba Mtongana, Dorah Sithole, Jan Braai and Abigail Donnelly, your thoughts (and tummies) immediately set off on a deliciously satisfying journey where the food experience (albeit on television or in a book) is so deep, it’s hard to imagine not sharing it with anyone. This is precisely what 67 of the country’s finest cooks, chefs, bakers, gardeners, foragers, farmers and local food heroes did – shared with us the food they love to cook for the people they love.

Reuben Riffel and Andy FennerPete Goffe-Wood

The satiny, metaphorically melt-in-your-mouth cookbook is published by industry-revered Quivertree Publications and features crisp, clean photography that captures the essence of what it means to be a South African. With over 130 recipes decadently spread like ganache on a chocolate cake, there’s almost no need to wade through the ingredients to envision the outcome of each of these dishes. Expect to find tried and classic favourites alongside contemporary fare. It’s about diversity and creativity – and The Great South African Cookbook certainly lives up to this mandate.

The book

As the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, celebrity chef and author of Kitchen Cowboys Pete Goffe-Wood pointed out, this book is more than just a lip-smacking collection of recipes, it is a beacon for social justice and is completely geared towards humanity. Sello Hatang, Chief Executive for The Nelson Mandela Foundation, echoed these sentiments, saying that food is something that we don’t often think of as being a necessary item to free our brothers and sisters out of poverty, but is certainly is, and it is one of the reasons that the foundation has chosen to collaborate day or night on this book to ensure its success. The foundation will receive all royalties from the book sales to cultivate food security and agricultural projects that will improve the lives of those in need, both socially and economically.

Craig Fraser, Justine Drake and Glenda PhilpKobus van der Merwe and Cass Abrahams

Although at times difficult to coordinate the busy schedules of these celebrities, everyone was committed and stirred into action by a resolute editorial committee. The result: A scrumptious book that embodies South Africa. From the colourful suburb of Bo Kaap to the strawberry producers of KwaZulu-Natal, the contributors in this book have shared their homes, their stories and their hearts – a testament that food is a personal journey and it’s something that must be done with your whole heart.

So, what will you cook for the people you love?

Tracy Swain (@swain_me) tweeted live from the event:

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Don’t miss the launch of The Great South African Cookbook

Invitation to the launch of The Great South African Cookbook


The Great South African CookbookQuivertree Publications in association with Exclusive Books is delighted to invite you to the launch of The Great South African Cookbook.

The event will take place at Exclusive Books Hyde Park on Thursday, 18 August.

See you there!

The Great South African Cookbook – 67 contributors, 150 recipes and 372 pages with personal stories from each contributor alongside stunning photography shot entirely on location around South Africa.

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  • Date: Thursday, 18 August 2016
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Exclusive Books Hyde Park
    Shop U30 Hyde Park Corner
    Cnr Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Dr
    Craighall | Map
  • Refreshments: Come and join us for a glass of wine
  • RSVP: Exclusive Books Hyde Park,, 011 325 4298

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