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Mnandi Recipe Book

Mnandi Recipe Book


Mnandi – A taste of Mpophomeni, Recipe Book Launched

Seasonal cooking is never a chore. It is a joy. It is a celebration of colour and flavour, of the time of the year, of the love lavished by the gardener and cook.

In Mpophomeni township in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, joy is a fundamental part of living. Here food is grown from the heart, meals are meant to be shared and stories are told with pride. In this book of fresh garden food, the people with their hands in the soil and their creative customers share their delight in seasonal produce. This is colourful food that celebrates community and the environment.

Savour Sthembile Mbanjwa’s handmade lasagne with just picked spinach, try Tutu Zuma’s sun-cooked rhubarb stew and make Ntombenhle Mtambo’s famous vetkoek or her favourite crunchy fennel and orange salad. Customers at the Mpophomeni Community Garden, Caroline Bruce, Oaklands County Manor, shares her recipe for Sauerkraut while Kate Chanthunya of Rondavel Soap shows us how to make a salad dressing using maas. The imifino (wild greens) section will encourage you to take a whole new look at the abundant greenery in your veggie beds.

Anna Trapido, author of Hunger for Freedom – the Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela: “We are what we grow, cook and eat. Mpophomeni’s gardeners and cooks are an example of what South Africa can and should be. Through the pages of this delightful book readers will come to love and admire a remarkable and resilient community. The recipes so generously offered are not only delicious but also inspiring and insightful – each one allows a reader to taste a piece of the story.”

Mnandi (which translates as ‘tasty’) will inspire you to take part in the magical process of growing and preparing food that is good for you and good for the planet too. Each season features food that is at its best right then – ideas for making the most of abundant beetroot, spinach or pumpkin – some familiar, some unusual. Need a recipe to deter pests or boost your immune system? You will find them too! Ntombenhle Mtambo, inspiration behind the Mpophomeni Community Garden, is adamant that eating more plants is good for you. “Food is your doctor – the vitamins and minerals found in plants help prevent illness and promote healing. These recipes are ideal for people who want to eliminate meat from their diet for health reasons or are trying to balance their budget.”