Reflecting Back On 2011…..What A Year It Was!

Image taken in front of Queens Casino, Queenstown
Image taken in front of Queens Casino, Queenstown

Happy New Year!  Whoop Whoop!  Still can’t believe we are in 2012 already!  At the same time I’m still trying to the new seasons greetings!

 We have so much to be grateful for. I believe just being alive and making it to 2012 is a blessing on its own, therefore we should count our blessings. Let me be the first to count what I’ve been blessed with in the past year.

 Having a food blog, sharing and interacting has been a dream of mine for a while.  So, last year Mzansi Style Cuisine was launched and not only did that happen, but through the blog I’ve been able to connect and meet some very interesting people in the food industry.  It all started with winning a ticket sponsored by Food24 and Phillips Appliances to the Food and Wine Bloggers Indaba.  At the event I got to meet for the first time other interesting bloggers such as Cooksisterblog, Browniegirl, Tandy Sinclair, Homemade Heaven etc. It was a great way to kick-start my food blogging.  

I was also blessed with the opportunity to cook with four other blogges on an easter insert for Pasella!  Who doesn’t love the opportunity to be on TV? Lol!

One of my biggest highlights was being featured on Taste Magazine!  Abigail (food editor), Hannah and the rest of the crew were awesome! I loved every minute of cooking, styling, photographing and tasting with them!   

How can I forget the lunch at Test Kitchen hosted by Zonnebloem Wines.  The wines were great and the food lived up to its reputation.   It happened that I was sittng across David Biggs and he looked at my name tag and realised I’m Xhosa.  Then we started conversing in the lingo. It turned out he’s also from theEastern Cape. Aaaah!, that was an amazing experience. What a humble and knowledgeable man he is! 

I also had a fantastic time doing a food demonstration at the Home Centre inSpringfield,Durban!  Durbanites were amazing and above all they enjoyed my dishes!    

Last but not least, it’s an absolute delight when I get emails and comments from fellow South Africans abroad, especially when they are homesick.  One email that stood out was from Robyn Campbell, and she was kind enough to write this article about my blog.

Blogging has never been without its own challenges.  I know I might have disappointed some fans by diverting a bit from the core objective of the blog. I congratulate everyone who gave me courage and kept me going through their comments and invites.  I am so grateful.  Let’s see what 2012 has in store for us!  Happy New Year!!



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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