Keeping Up With The Trends: #JanuworrySurvivalTips – Ku Rough!


When it comes to Black Twitter, South Africans never disappoint.  I cracked myself silly when I saw the hashtag #JanuWorrySurvivalTips. 

The tips are useful, some are downright hilarious!  There is never a dull moment.  Stru bob!   Anyways, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and share some of my tips keeping me and my family afloat during the month of  Januworry.


Cook a lot of meat so that it lasts you a couple of days to save you electricity and time.  I do this when making a beef or mutton stew.

Cook a lot of Umphokoqo during the Summer months – this dish saves you LOADS of time, money and electricity because it’s a one-dish meal and you can cook it in a large pot and keep it in the fridge when chilled to last you a few days.

When making dishes with mincemeat, if a dish calls for 500g mince, substitute half of your mince with brown lentils.  This means you’ll be using 250g mince and let’s say 1 cup lentils.  Lentils are rich in fibre – which is good for you.  So, you will be killing two birds with one stone here.

When making stews, substitute some of the meat with beans – I love using butterbeans because they are big and chunky.  Adding items like cabbage, carrots, potatoes helps with bulking up your dish.  You end up with a cost-effective, nutritious as well as delicious meal.

It’s still gonna be HOT, make refreshments at home instead of buying a cool drink from the shop.  Ice Tea, Gemere will do the trick.

Make your own Mageu – they will keep you full for longer.

Make your own bread darling!  Take a look at this delicious homemade bread.

Last but not least, go back to basics!   Chicken hearts, gizzards, liver, feet etc. make a mean stew.  Plus, they are a great source of protein and other nutrients.  Pick ‘n Pay has stocks all these items at affordable prices and they are clean.

What usually works for you during this month?  Please share your tips!

Have a look at some of the tips from Twitter:

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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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