My Kitchen Rules South Africa returns for a second season, as amateur foodies compete in teams of two for a cash prize. I sat down with the first table of cheftestants, as they shared their ideal three course meals for this winter.
Sparkling and vivacious millennials, and student besties, Minenhle Ntuli and Nomthandazo Xaba or “Minnie and Tee” as everyone calls them met at an audition and instantly hit it off. Their winter warmers are chicken boiled in tomato and green chillies, Alfredo pasta and ulusu nojeqe - which is tripe and steamed bread.
“We grew up eating boiled chicken. It’s straightforward to make, but there’s one ingredient we grew up with and can’t live without: Aromat!. Also, there’s no family function that takes place without tripe and steamed bread. It’s a meal that brings everyone together, and will always be a winter favourite.”
Country sisters, Rox and Spoen Green are sporty, fun-loving farm girls from the countryside of KZN. Their winter warmers are roast bone marrow with lemon zest crumb and farm toast as a starter.
The main course is local roast pork belly with braised fennel, pickled mushrooms and honey roasted carrots, and for dessert, chocolate brownies served with salted caramel and a cardamom crumb.
Inspired by locally-sourced produce and the seasonal harvest table of Mother Nature, these sisters are all about nutritious, wholesome farm-style food, with a youthful twist.
It was love at first sight, more than 22 years ago, when husband and wife, Jalal and Adrie El Mohammadi met at Bible College.
Their winter warmers are spicy carrot soup, served with freshly baked Khobs (Moroccan bread). Moroccan couscous dish - with lamb knuckles and seven vegetables served on a pyramid bed of couscous for mains.
To be followed by spiced red wine poached pear, served with vanilla mousse and granola crumble.They enjoy honest, authentic, rustic Mediterranean food and are intrigued by different cultures and languages. For them, food is a unique extra language that you speak with friends and family.