When I ordered this specific cook book, it was for nothing more than to fill my Yuppie chef cart with items that I may never purchase on a normal day’s shopping. The idea was to get something I can say I have but never open a page thereof, moes I am a Jozi girl so esthetics kalokhu! As part of the Le Creuset stockvel group, I have committed to buying luxury accessories instead of pots and the group has indulged me.
Filled with wholesome meals that are created using everyday ingredients to create exquisite meals, Chef Nti’s book proved to be a little more than your average cook book. The language used accommodates everyone with basic Chef jargon, it seemed she was trying to capture the up an coming cook who is just ready to start incorporating more than starch and stew to their diet without breaking the bank. Her recipes make it easy for those of us who always ask “can I replace the pot with a skillet” as everything just makes sense.
We recently commented on maize rice on TOLAH and those who had eaten it in the past were happy to leave it just there, I mentioned possibly trying it risotto style. What a moment it was for me to come across this recipe in Chef Nti’s book. I was very impressed as well that her recipes leave the meal with flavor instead of requiring you to use an entire farm of spices in just one dish. She had me at green apple phuthu salad, beloveds. However this was before I came across the pap squares. All I need now is an event where I am required to bring a dish, I will bring several!
I have made a few items from the recipe book and look forward to making more. Going through the recipes felt amazing, I kept exclaiming WOW! because the recipes almost ignite a light bulb moment of “But why was this not a thing before”. I have made the green tea iced tea as well as the cucumber water (without the syrup, I added blueberry reduction made from scratch!)
I also found so amazing that she incorporated some of her friend’s recipes in the book as well as adding some editorial images of herself throughout the book! Each chapter is carefully put together with a story/motive behind the recipes. I only ever so her briefly on TV but it was not enough for me to take this much notice of her craft. NOW? I’m sold!