Ukutya Kwasekhaya (Home Food) a Cook Book of Madiba’s Favourite Meals
Ukutya Kwasekhaya means home food in isiXhosa. Approaching Mandela Day, on 18 July, the Kitchen.net team will be celebrating this much loved formerstatesman’slife by sharing with you how to prepare some of Madiba’s favourite dishes.
Xoliswa Ndoyiyastarted working for Nelson Mandela on 11 November 1992. Madiba said, I believe that you are a great cook, but can you cook our food? Xoliswa replied that she could cook ukutya kwasekhaya [home food] and that was that she was hired.
When asked what kind of food Mr Mandela enjoys most her answer is simple; Madiba is happiest with traditional food if you dont give it to him for a few days he will ask; whats wrong? Why are you not feeding me well? Xoliswa serves up a simple, delicious, nourishing and visually appealing recipes.
Recipes included in the book reflects traditional South African cuisine and, surprisingly enough, less-traditionally Xhosa dishes. The book celebrates the Rainbow countrys culture and common humanity. The South African cultures have, over time, landed in the same pot conjuring up a new South African culture where staples representing all our countrys varied cultures mix together to be uniquely South African.
Recipes you will come across include Umqusho a dish based on Samp (crushed corn), sugar beans and is traditionally served with boiled meat. One of Madibas favourites is Umsila wenkomo (oxtail) cooked with vegetables (check out Chef Billys mouth-watering version of this classic dish) and served with Dombolo (Dumplings).
Also included in the book are recipes like umphokoqo (a porridge made of maize meal served with sour milk), sweet chicken, tripe paella, peri-peri chicken, prawn curry, strawberry trifle and a myriad of other delights.
Copyright to all the material in the book is held by Xoliswa Ndoyiya.