I grew up with three elder brothers in a very small Free State town Wepener – there were no luxuries when it came to food, no restaurants or fancy bistros. We grew up on meat, rice and potatoes. But Sunday was cake day! People came to our house every Sunday after church to have some tea and cake – So my first memory of food and the kitchen started at the tender age of 8 when my mom told me I must bake a “dadelbrood” (date bread) for the next day. After that I had to do it every single Saturday. Later when I was 11 the ladies at the “kerkbasaar”(church fates) always asked me to taste the curry “right”. I had to stand on the chair lean over these “gasstofies” (gas stoves) and peep in the pots and shout out what they need to give me so we can “fix” the taste of the curry.
In 2012 … I was so depressed after my “Masterchef Rejection” episode (Made the Top 35) A few weeks later I woke up one morning (12th April 2012 to be exact) and decided enough is enough, I needed to write about food and so I started this blog… then called lifeisazoobiscuit.
Well, since then nothing has been the same. I have won the Dinner Divas Series 1 on national television and my blog has won the 2013 + 2014 Eat Out Best Local Food Blog of the Year award. I am now a TV Chef on Expresso Morning Show, Content Producer for Expresso Morning Show + Afternoon Express, the food writer for Rapport (the largest Afrikaans Sunday Newspaper), styled Anatoli’s recipe book (which I am very proud of) and do demo’s + inspirational talks. Can you believe it? My heart has healed and the goddess of food has opened her arms to me. My life is now happy, colourful and full of joy and excitement.