April 2014 – 2014 Eat Out Zonnebloem Best Local Food Blog of the Year
March 2013 – 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Best Local Food Blog of the Year
January 2013 – Dinner Divas 1 Winner 2013 (Dinner Divas pitched 12 food bloggers against each other – SABC 2).
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. And then I discovered zoo biscuits …
In 2012 … I was so depressed after my “Masterchef Rejection” episode (Made the Top 35), I started eating my favourite cookies – zoo biscuits – simply lots and lots of them! A few weeks later – still eating the cookies – I woke up one morning (12 th April 2012 to be exact) and decided enough is enough, I needed to write about food and so I started this blog… 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 writing the food page for the largest Afrikaans Sunday Newspaper and are freelancing for other magazines as well. Can you believe it? My heart has healed and the goddess of food has opened her arms to me. My life-is-a-zoo-biscuit … happy, colourful and full of joy and excitement.