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Self-taught cook turns her food blog into a viable business

Food blogger and self-taught cook Vanessa Dossi was sceptical when her followers encouraged her to host cooking classes and cater. This nudge was just what she needed, however, and today the...

RECIPE: Slow Cooked Tripe

In 2016 Vanessa Dossi, a 28-year-old digital marketer and self-taught cook, turned her food blog into a lucrative business and she hasn’t looked back. It all started when a number of...

RECIPE: Lemon Butter Fish

Nompilo Mathe might not be a chef by profession, but she’s known as the queen of the kitchen on social media. The 34-year-old is still trying to pursue a culinary qualification...

RECIPE: Mopane Worm Chocolate Tree and Ginger Crumble Soil

For Unaty Daniel (37), becoming a chef was never something she planned, although her grandmother worked in the culinary industry. Before finding something that she actually likes to do, Daniel tried...

RECIPE: Local maize favourites Umdoko, Umqa and Maize Spiral Chips

The people of Mzansi are known for their love of corn or mealies. It’s a staple food in most households that give us our much loved mealie pap. KwaZulu-Natal small scale farmer...

RECIPE: Karabo Phiri’s Chicken Necks

Karabo Phiri finds contentment when she is cooking. The 24-year-old runs the Cooking with Karabo catering company and also provides décor services. She says her ultimate goal is to grow her...

RECIPE: LesDaChef’s Creamed Spinach

Chef and cook book author Lesego Semenya, also known as LesDaChef, says he doesn’t understand where the South African obsession with creamed spinach comes from. He has spent some time fiddling...

RECIPE: The Healthy Big South African Breakfast

Ulla Pakendorf-Loubser, who is also a health coach, took us all the way to the farm with a healthy South African farmstyle breakfast of beans and eggs with biltong and avocado...

Lunch with one of the Karoo’s most beautiful flowers

Lizzy Snoek of Lizzy’s Khaya in Vuyolwethu Township outside Steytlerville calls herself a “Domestic Queen”. We call her quite marvellous. Lizzy was born on the other side of town, on a farm called...

RECIPE: Zanele Van Zyl’s Mutton Bunny Chow

Chef and cook book author Zanele Van Zyl hosts cooking classes across the country. She says her dishes are simple and fast to prepare. Although she enjoys anything that she does...

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This week, an animal nutrition consultant helps a Food For Mzansi reader who struggles with bloating in dairy cows. High-yielding cows often suffer when from high-grain diets, but there are a few tips that will save the day.

African swine fever creeps closer to the United States

African swine fever is making its way around the world, and meat processors and agricultural officials in the United States are hard at work to ensure they are prepared for a possible outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease.

How Voermol changed the game for this Free State farmer

Eugene van der Walt has been farming for just over a decade. His operation has improved drastically since he discovered Voermol’s products.

The most adorable story you’ll read today. Fact!

This grade 8 learner’s future is so bright, he has to wear his shades! At 14, he is already farming with chickens and veggies in his parents’ backyard. His dream job? You’ll never guess… (No, it isn’t farming.)

Inland fisheries policy ‘can only work if implemented’

The inland fishing communities of Mzansi are looking forward to the day they can legally make their living. They have welcomed cabinet's recent approval of the draft National Freshwater (Inland) Wild-Capture Fisheries Policy as a first step towards decriminalising small-scale fishing from the country's rivers and dams. They fear, however, that it might be another five years before policy becomes reality at a local level.