Family Vibes: Cooking and Chilling…

I haven’t posted in a week and I have a very good explanation for it….

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As much as I love blogging and engaging with my readers, there comes a time when the blogger in me has to take a back seat and attend to other matters.   One of the rules I live by is that family comes first and our time is precious….I live in Cape Town and my mom and siblings are based in Queenstown this means whenever I get to spend time with them I must give them my undivided attention…..

My mom, brother and few of his friends from his matric class are in town to look for school and yours truly is hosting them…..

The spirits are high, they just passed their matric and are looking forward to what the future holds.  In addition to that, the anticipation of moving away from home to a big city, being on their own for the first time is both nerve-wrecking and exciting to them….

Well, it’s great to have them around, infact we have been having an absolutely amazing time.  But the thing is, when it comes to cooking…

Imagine having to cook for and feed three young men with healthy appetites, two young ladies with equally healthy appetites, a diabetic and of course myself.  That is a total of seven people!  I am so used to preparing dinners for one….

What does one do when they have 18, 19 or 20 year old guests?  That has been my challenge, but one thing I know for sure is that youngsters love gadgets and yours truly is a gadget queen.  We live in the times of selfies…and they love to pose and update their social media accounts.  They also love food, I mean who doesn’t?  I realized that I should make them part of the cooking process to take the pressure off my shoulders.

I took out some of my favourite cookbooks and got each one of them to choose a dish they would like to prepare during their visit.  We started off by preparing a Malva Pudding recipe from my food blogger friend Sarah Graham’s cookbook, Bitten.  I only tasted a little bit but somehow it disappeared….

The food disappears, I have eager tasters and I get to show them around Cape Town in between looking for school, cooking and posing.

I hope you guys are good…..


About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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