Feeding and entertaining people gives me my greatest pleasure as does long days in the kitchen experimenting and inventing.
Speciality: Slow roast Asian style pork belly on chilli ginger cabbage with crisped noodles.
Earliest Cooking Memory: I was 5yrs old, making Saturday bacon and eggs for my folks in bed.
Dream Dinner Guest: My gran – she taught me the basis of my cooking knowledge and she gave me my passion for food.
Special SA Getaway: Seascape Cottage in Betty’s Bay – a holiday away from the world.
Worst Dinner Ever: At the early stages of the Masterchef SA competition we were asked to make a curry. I over thought it and so deconstructed mine, thinking this would impress. It did not, at all. I was left with virtually no curry sauce when it came to plate, it was a disaster, and worse of all the whole country was watching!
Your Dish in a Pinch: My slow cooked lamb shank dish, served on creamy mash with seasonal veg.@Sue-Ann
The world makes sense to me when I’m slow cooking a meal for a room full of people. I love to stay fit by keeping active, I laugh way too much for my own good.
Speciality: African dishes
Earliest Cooking Memory: Passing spices to my mom while she was cooking.
Dream Dinner Guest: Augusto Escoffier, the boss of modern cooking.
Special SA Getaway: Salt Rock in KZN for the secret and warm beaches.
Worst Dinner Ever: The first time I made gnocchi, I got my ratios of flour and potato incorrect. The ‘gnocchi’ I made was dense; it never rose to the top. I cried in the fridge because I had wasted so much. I threw it away in the bin and made the recipe again… and it flopped.
Your Dish in a Pinch: Homemade ravioli with caramelised onion & roasted gem squash filing – with a creamy bacon sauce.@Lentswe
My life has been a journey from working in top restaurants to cooking on a tea plantation in Malawi to a contestant on a reality cooking show and now a presenter and judge for one!
Speciality: Deep flavours and rich texture.
Earliest Cooking Memory: Making flapjacks on a chair in front of the stove.
Dream Dinner Guest: Jamie Oliver, by far the number 1 inspiration for what I do, and how I do it.
Special SA Getaway: Hermanus, because whales – but, shhhh, it’s really Betty’s Bay.
Worst Dinner Ever: I used salt instead of sugar on top of a brulee. Eek, salt does not melt!
Your Dish in a Pinch: Fish for sure – I think people overcook fish, always, and just by not overcooking it makes a huge difference!@Tiaan
Just because they’re farm-style, doesn’t mean these pumpkin fritters won’t come with a kick. Tiaan shares his own lekker recipe so that you’ll have something sweet to show off at your next family braai – enjoy.
Something sweet, something spicy, but what about both?! Well the Punchy Peach & Apricot Chutney is a paired South African favourite. Join Sue-Ann as she digs and stirs into the perfect home-made chutney.
Pot brood, or pot bread, is more than just a loaf – it’s a delicious, savoury mix of South African aromas and tastes baked into a traditional cooking pojtie (perfect for braais). Join Lentswe as he discovers a master’s take on this coal-hot dish.
A little pastry triangle packed full of vooma – smaaklike samoosas are the perfect example of “good things come in little packages”. Sue-Ann got inspired to share her very own samoosa recipe after a visit to the District Six museum.
When it comes to a yummy bowl of waterblommetjiebredie, a spoonful of its goodness is a bigger mouthful than its name (and that’s saying something) – it’s a meat-based stew you’re going to fall in love with. Try Lentswe’s recipe today!
Hertzoggies are as difficult to describe as they are to forget – a wonderful teatime treat with a coconutty tang. Join Tiaan as he shares this family favourite recipe, with some tricksy tips to boot.
Us South Africans love our brandewyn, but the delicious Kaapse Brandy Pudding is like taking the sunshine and adding the beach – something already amazing, made more amazing. Join Sue-Ann as she shares the secret to this lekker dessert.
Umngqusho, aka Samp ‘n Beans, is a truly South African staple full of hearty goodness. Fill your kitchen with a lekker aroma in the true Saffa tradition with Lentswe’s recipe for a helping of samp ‘n beans.