My name is Thuli, a modern traditional woman born and bred in the Eastern Cape in a small town called Alice, near Fort Hare University. I have spent my adult life studying, working and living in Cape Town. I’m currently working as Product developer and I love what I do. Throughout my career I’ve been exposed to different cuisines and I’ve become so familiar with it. I got to a point where I just realised that I am not that familiar with my own food…South African food particularly the indigenous food and I would like to change that.
In this blog I am exploring the Southern African traditional and indigenous dishes from the different cultural groups. I also feel that our generation is losing the skill of cooking as we rely heavily on takeaways and ready made foods…..which I find to be very sad….so with this blog I hope to encourage my peers to cook…
What makes me tick?
I love tasting wine as a result I’ve turned it into a hobby…..other hobbies include travelling, reading, internet, social media, working out (even though my scale tells me I’m not losing weight) and taking pictures…
I love food, cooking more especially baking and trying out different dishes. Some of my fond food memories while growing up are from the years I spent on a farm called Kwa Joe (Joe’s farm) in Alice. Life on the farm was very simple….we made our own food, grew veggies from the garden, had fresh milk from the cows and baked our own bread….life was good…I just loved its simplicity. Sitting around the fire (sothe imbawula) listening to the stories from my grand mother……being in the kitchen with my mom watching her make dumplings, my aunt making meaty bones and Imifino…..Now that I’m an adult and living in the city all that food reminds me of the happy and adventurous childhood I had. My philosophy is that food just like sport can bring people together. Food keeps the spirit of ubuntu going. For this reason I love cooking with and around friends. My cooking is influenced by my rural upbringing, city living as well as my exposure to the different cultures and their foods. I love to cook with mushrooms, spinach, peppers and herbs.
Well that’s me in a nutshell…now go put on your apron and let’s get cooking!