Let’s Talk About Life And Selling Mzansi Cuisine

 

Those who follow the blog, I’m sure they have noticed it has not been updated for over six months.  Life happens, it humbles us and when that happens we just have to sit back and acknowledge what is most important our health.  Be it physical, mental, psychological or any kind of health, it is of utmost importance.   In my case, that’s a story for another day, I don’t want to go into it right now but I can tell you the people in the medical profession are not cheap but they are worth it because what they do for humanity is very important.  Big up!

 

 

Anyways, one of the reasons I haven’t felt like blogging is that I felt uninspired.  Nowadays there’s a lot of traditional food bloggers – which is not a bad thing.  It can only mean we have inspired a generation of people to love, respect and treasure their food.   And that’s what I wanted when I started the blog 9 years ago.

 

The downside of it is that it becomes easy for a blog to just disappear in the crowd.  On that note, I have to thank the people who read my blog.  Yes, I haven’t been updating but Chile, it doesn’t feel like that.  Folks have been trying my recipes and sending comments via text and email.  I thank you guys for that because that serves as a reminder that I started something here and it is necessary, therefore, I have to finish it.

 

One of the emails that have stood out for me is not from people trying out recipes. But those who want to start food businesses.  For a while I ignored them and for a while, I was researching about agriculture and being a small scale farmer.  I got inspired by a group I joined on Facebook.  It has agriculture professionals, large scale farmers, small scale farmers, backyard farmers, gardeners, etc.  The most important thing about this group is the sharing of knowledge.  The mission is to help anyone with the intention to farm.  No one is stingy about knowledge.  In a short time, I have been a member of the group I have learned so much.  The motto of the group is to start where you are – no excuses.  Do what you can with what you have.  Young people have taken that and ran with it as a result, they are doing amazing things.

 

Last week, after a long time I sat down and responded to a long list of comments and emails on the blog but there was a lot of people asking for assistance in their small businesses.  I was thinking, I can’t help them because they are not going to pay me consultation fees but I felt bad about it.  Because these are young people with good intentions.  When someone reaches out for help what does that make me feel?  I started this blog to encourage young people to love the food they grew up on and having young people come for assistance is a result of that.  That means we have to switch gears and take this to another level.

While chopping onions in my kitchen it occurred to me ‘Thuli, why don’t you start a group similar to that agricultural group you love?  Get food entrepreneurs together as well as aspiring entrepreneurs and share knowledge.  That’s when the group ‘Selling Mzansi Cuisine” came about.

So guys, if you are a food entrepreneur or your business is still young whether you are still planning it, please join us.  The group is meant to inspire and get everyone on their hustle while learning from everyone’s challenges and finding ways to overcome them, together.  I will be sharing blog posts with tips on building a food business and sharing them on the group.  My thing is; if people in the agricultural sector can do it, why can’t we do the same for the food industry?

 

In the time that I have been quiet, I relocated to the Eastern Cape and started immersing myself in things that I love; growing my own food, farming free-range chickens and, developing food products.  You’ll be seeing a lot of farming inspired food posts in the near future.  <3

 

A lot of people don’t know this about me but I develop food products in my sleep, when I wake up I just need a pen and paper to write the thing down, get the ingredients and start working on it. If there is one thing that I was born to do in this life, it is developing food products.

 

I started off with a ginger beer – I sold ginger beer before at the Stellenbosch Slow Food Market back in 2014.  It sold like hot cakes.   I revisited the recipe and made some adjustments to suit the Eastern Cape market.  Trust me there’s a difference – at the slow food market it was mostly white folks buying the ginger beer and that palate is totally different from the Eastern Cape palate.  Eastern Cape folks like sweet with that burning ginger sensation at the end – that’s exactly what I’m giving them.

 

Other products that I have worked on will be introduced soon and you’ll be able to buy them from the blog.   This post is almost two pages – and I just wanted to say I’m back and I’m inspired!  So, get ready to ready to cook!

Author Info

Thuli

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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