Hey guys!

 

Can you believe we are on the last day of 2015?  Yeah if you are reading this, give yourself a ‘mental self five’.  We have made it through the year.

 

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I don’t know about you guys but this year I can give a long testimony about how great God has been in my life.  Scratch that, I can give a whole sermon about faith.  I’m a great believer in that we are not brought into this world to be miserable, therefore, if I am not happy in any aspect of my life I remove whatever it is that is not making me happy.  If that is not the case, I remove myself from situations that are not working for me.

That is not easy – sometimes you don’t know how things are going to be on the other side or at the end of the journey but you’ll never know until you take that leap.  I’ve been around way too many people in their late 40’s or early 50’s who are bitter because they played it too safe in their youth and never followed their hearts.  I made a decision that I don’t want to be like that in my 40’s, that is if I’m lucky enough to make it to that age.

So guys, what I’m trying to say is that follow your heart but with caution.  You remember when we were little and taught about crossing the road.  Look left, look right, look left again then cross.  The same rules apply when you want to take a leap of faith and follow your the directions of your dreams.  That was 2015 for me in a nutshell.

I’m grateful for your amazing support during this year.  What I always do at the end of each year is to look at the performance of our posts – that’s helps us figure out what you are most interested in.

 

With all that said, I would like to share our Top 10 most read posts in 2015.  The posts are in no particular order:

 

  1. No-Bake Isijingi Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote, paired with Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest

 

Isijingi Cheesecake

Isijingi Cheesecake

 

This cheesecake was very interesting because it got people asking ‘how did you come up with an idea of taking a simple Zulu dish into a cheesecake?’  Well, it is very tasty.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you do with the pairing suggestion.  See for yourself what the hype is all about!  Get the recipe here: http://bit.ly/1OtLTc

2.  Mzansi Home Cooks – Veggie Pap Bake 

 

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This recipe was shared by one of my varsity friends, Viwe.  She’s a Food Technologist by profession, a mom and wife.  She posted this image on her Facebook account and I asked her to let me share it on the blog.  It turned out to be a hit!  Get the recipe here:  http://bit.ly/1OtMevd

 

3.  Cooking Show: Your Perfect Sishebo

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Your Perfect Sishebo – a cooking show featuring abomama basemakhaya beshaya into abadume ngazo (moms at home doing what they do best).  I loved the show because these women featured are the same women who cook at community ceremonies e.g. imigidi, imitshato, imingcwabo (initiation, wedding and funerals).  We always rave about the food at this events – the show gave them a platform to showcase their skills and it was awesome!  See the post here: http://bit.ly/1MI3ewB

 

4.  How about a Sweet Sticky Sedgwick’s Pudding? 

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Mzansi Stylers!  You continue to surprise me.  Who would have thought a dessert post would do so well?  The pudding is delicious and the recipe is short with a kick of Old Brown Sherry.  Get it here: http://bit.ly/1NTltmV

 

5.  New Product Alert: ROYCO® Great Value Packet Soup Adds Loads Of Flavour To Winter Stews

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June is just about the perfect time to launch a product for stews!  The number of hits on this Royco post prove that.  Read more about it and get the recipe here: http://bit.ly/1PyKmow

 

6.  Recipe: Mushroom Stew With Soft Turmeric Maize Meal

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Mushrooms are one of my favourite food items therefore I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature this recipe from MushroomsSA.  I love what they have done with the pap.  Get the recipe here:  http://bit.ly/1YQ8kmQ

 

7.  Sam Linsell’s Castle Milk Stout Fruit Buns 

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What happens when you have Sam Linsell and Castle Milk Stout in one kitchen?  Hmmm… a yummy batch of fruit buns!  I’m certainly not surprised at the number of hits on this posts.  Beer posts always do well on the blog – imagine now beer and a delicious bun recipe! Get it here:  http://bit.ly/1OyA2zH

 

8.  New Cooking Show: Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy

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Have you been watching Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy?  What are your thoughts on the show?  If not, see why everybody loves it here: http://bit.ly/1mkfb6W

 

9.  Vusi Thembekwayo to Assist Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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Who doesn’t want an opportunity to be mentored by Vusi Thembekwayo?  Read more about his inspirational story here: http://bit.ly/1Om55wE

 

10.  Knorr Whatsfordinner? with J’Something Launches On SABC 3

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Who watched J’Something cooking up some magic together with his celebrity friends?  http://bit.ly/1NTufBp

 

Judging from this list it is safe to say that South Africans love their cooking shows, delicious recipes, being alerted on what’s new on retail shelves and inspirational stories or rather opportunities for self improvement.

 

Please be safe tonight, do everything in moderation and let’s have a fabulous 2016 together!  Cheers!

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