FOOD LOVER’S & CO 2020

Meet the new #FoodLoversCo for 2020!

Follow our tribe as they take us on a delicious journey through 2020, with all their foodie experiences that will inspire us in the kitchen!

From a regular home cook, budget-friendly mom, to a chef, a vegan, dietitian, eco-friendly warrior, there is someone (or all) for you to get inspired by!

Get to know our tribe a little more and see who’s journey you would love to follow!

Ayabonga @aya_thecookdude

AYABONGA -@ aya_thecookdude

All time favourite food?

A Good boerewors roll, a burger or a good pizza

The cooking utensil you can’t live without?

Chefs knife / cooks knife

Fave smoothie combo?

Avo, kale, spinach, pineapple,  & protein powder

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – and why?

Dinner. I can enjoy my meal without having to worry about the rest of my day.

What meal takes your right back to your childhood?

Egg fried rice with tomato sauce or pilchard with vetkoek

Jessica @the_green_dietitian

Jessica -a.k.a @the_green_dietitian

All time favourite food?

Tomatoes! I literally can’t go a day without eating them and my favourite drink is tomato juice! Weird, I know.

The cooking utensil you can’t live without?

A good chopping knife! Since I eat so many vegetables, I find that a good knife is imperative. I always get frustrated when I’m cooking in a foreign kitchen and I don’t have my knives with me.

Fave smoothie combo?

Frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, peanut butter and vanilla pea protein powder.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – and why?

Definitely lunch! I love savoury food and I love fresh light foods like salads, vegetables and wraps. Lunch always gives me that savoury kick and is always light and filled with lots of fresh vegetables and salads.

What meal takes your right back to your childhood?

Spaghetti bolognaise! We ate bolognaise every single Monday night, without fail. Nowadays, I make a plant-based version but it still brings back those childhood memories every single time

Jerome @loveandfoodathome

Jerome – @LoveandFoodathome

All time favourite food?

My all time favourite food has got to be the perfect roast chicken. It has to be simply seasoned with salt and black pepper; stuffed with fresh herbs, lemon and moisturised with butter. I make roast chicken enthusiastically and compulsively.

Cooking utensil you can live without?

I cannot live without my chef’s knife and my chopping board. Look, not all knives are created equally – period.

Favourite smoothie combo?

I’m more of a pressed juice fan than smoothie. My go to is pineapple, apple, orange and lots of fresh ginger. It’s fresh, healthy and I drink with impunity.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? Why?

I’m definitely a breakfast person. One of my secret powers is making sourdough bread from scratch. Then I top it with the softest and fluffiest scrambled eggs; life absolutely makes sense. But I must confess that I’m a food person, so all 3 matter to me. Any excuse to whip out a pan.

What meal takes you right back to your childhood?

I wouldn’t say a meal per say, but the tradition of Sunday lunch is one that has stayed with me for a long time. A tradition from my grandparents and my mother. Sunday’s aren’t the same without Sunday lunch. This normally includes a roast of some sorts, a simple curry, roasted vegetables and salads. Then followed by dessert; a pudding with warm custard or bowl of fresh fruit. That is my happy place.

Nadia @thenonadventuresofasahm

Nadia – @thenonadventuresofasahm

All time favourite food?

I’m a little torn on this one so I will have to give you two. The first is sugar beans and roti with trotters. This is one thing that my mum will always cook for me when I visit and it’s a running family joke that I will pass up prawns, crab, ribs etc, all in favour of beans and roti. The second is a creamy mushroom sauce that my husband makes and he wont share the recipe with me because I would probably make it daily! He only makes it on special occasions and I LOVE it!

The cooking utensil you can’t live without?

This would definitely be my chef’s knives. There is something so satisfying about chopping, dicing and slicing with a really sharp and heavy knife. It’s just so efficient!

Fave smoothie combo?

In summer it is definitely a green smoothie (spinach, cucumber, celery and apple/pineapple). In Winter I prefer something ‘heartier’ and my go-to is peanut butter, banana, almond and frozen yoghurt.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – and why?

Definitely Dinner. I don’t have much of an appetite in the mornings and I’m usually eating lunch while multitasking so Dinner for me is a time to relax, enjoy my meal and catch up with my family. I also have the time to be more creative with Dinner than with the other two meals.

What meal takes you right back to your childhood?

When I was living with my parents, we used to abstain from meat on a Monday for religious reasons and that was my favourite day of the week because my mum would cook a variety of vegetable curries. Anytime I cook veg curries at home now, it makes me feel very nostalgic. I could easily be a vegetarian if I didn’t love bacon so much.

Izelle Hoffman

Izelle Hoffman – @izellehoffman

All time favourite food?

Butternut soup with Roasted Chickpea Croutons

Cooking utensil you can live without?

A whisk.

Favourite smoothie combo?

Roasted Sweet Potato Chocolate Smoothie (made with raw honey and raw cacao, and unsweetened almond milk)

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? Why?

Breakfast, most important meal of the day to kickstart your metabolism

What meal takes you right back to your childhood?

Mom’s bobotie with yellow rice and garden salad

Sharne - @greenveganchick

Sharne – @greenveganchick

All time favourite food?

Does popcorn count as food? Seriously though I would have to say a tomato based pasta.

The cooking utensil you can’t live without?

Must be my Nutribullet. I use it almost every day, when making smoothies ice cream,soups and sauces.

Fave smoothie combo?

Nutty Chocolate! I make it with cacao powder, nutbutter, banana, almond milk and whatever superfoods I have in my pantry.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – and why?

Definitely dinner. It’s when it’s a socially acceptable time to eat all my favourite foods.

What meal takes your right back to your childhood?

Lasagne. When I was a kid, my mom would show me how to make the layers of lasagne and the first time I made it myself was when I was vegan so I had to get creative with the ingredients.

Bilqees @missbilqueesb

Bilqees @missbilqeesb

All time favourite food?

I’m a little torn on this one so I will have to give you two. The first is sugar beans and roti with trotters. This is one thing that my mum will always cook for me when I visit and it’s a running family joke that I will pass up prawns, crab, ribs etc, all in favour of beans and roti. The second is a creamy mushroom sauce that my husband makes and he wont share the recipe with me because I would probably make it daily! He only makes it on special occasions and I LOVE it!

The cooking utensil you can’t live without?

This would definitely be my chef’s knives. There is something so satisfying about chopping, dicing and slicing with a really sharp and heavy knife. It’s just so efficient!

Fave smoothie combo?

In summer it is definitely a green smoothie (spinach, cucumber, celery and apple/pineapple). In Winter I prefer something ‘heartier’ and my go-to is peanut butter, banana, almond and frozen yoghurt.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – and why?

Definitely Dinner. I don’t have much of an appetite in the mornings and I’m usually eating lunch while multitasking so Dinner for me is a time to relax, enjoy my meal and catch up with my family. I also have the time to be more creative with Dinner than with the other two meals.

What meal takes you right back to your childhood?

When I was living with my parents, we used to abstain from meat on a Monday for religious reasons and that was my favourite day of the week because my mum would cook a variety of vegetable curries. Anytime I cook veg curries at home now, it makes me feel very nostalgic. I could easily be a vegetarian if I didn’t love bacon so much.

The Purple Chef - @barney_jiri

Barney a.k.a The Purple Chef (@barney_jiri)

All time favourite food?

This question is so unfair!,Well, its tricky because I’m in love with any creamy based pasta, steak, creamy mash and mushroom sauce. These are both my favourite, but the pasta seems to win the competition now and then.

The cooking utensil you can’t live without?

My chefs knife, whisk and spatula.

Fave smoothie combo?

Frozen banana, mixed berry, honey and oats. I’d have this every day if I could.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – and why?

I prefer lunch. There’s no rule of what meals one should have for lunch. Unlike breakfast, where you are expected to have a smoothie, cereal or bacon and eggs. The freedom of having to choose any given dish or meal without having to worry if it’s available in a restaurant or worry if my guests will feel comfortable eating it at that present time.

What meal takes you right back to your childhood?

Spaghetti and mince, but in the culinary world we call it “Bolognese pasta.” This meal brings me so much nostalgia and joy

Denisiya @eatmee_recipes

Denyisa – Eatmee_recipes

All time favourite food?

I’m addicted to lamb biryani. The combination of the lamb marinated in spices, cooked to perfection & mixed with rice & lentils, leaves me feeling euphoric every single time I consume it.

The cooking utensil you can’t live without?

My cleaver – it just does the impossible!

Fave smoothie combo?

Spinach, kiwi, banana & oats. These four are packed with all the healthy goodness & is such an energy booster. It’s super yum.

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – and why?

Definitely Dinner, nobody is content going to sleep with their tummies rumbling. A good supper always leaves me happy & ready for a good nights rest.

What meal takes you right back to your childhood?

Snowballs! Yup those pink balls, with a jammy center, tossed in coconut & especially with a glass of milk on the side – ultimate childhood time travel moment for me