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Theresa, tell us a little bit about yourself.
"I am completely passionate about life and I see opportunity in every possibility. I go by Nelson Mandela's quote of 'It always seems impossible until it is done.'"
Did this quote influence your decision to start your Typical South African Dining Adventure?
"Yes! I have such a passion for food and to host people and I love the conversation that follows when food is served.
I spent my childhood growing up on my family's farm, where everything we ate was produced from our land and made by ourselves. My mother would cook everything from scratch and I learnt how to cook from her. I started off at an early age helping her out in the kitchen and from there I knew I wanted a career in food. I studied food economics and then went onto having a job with the South African Meatboard where I learnt butchery skills. I then moved onto product development. All my dishes are influenced by these memories.
It was my good friend Michele who persuaded me into starting my Typical South African Dining Experience.
"I personally invite you into my family home, to take a seat around my table and together we experience the true South African culture through eating.
The menu I create is personal, it is a sensory overload, with all the dishes originating from the collection of ethnicities that South Africa is born from. One of the most famous South African dishes is Bobotie, which I create as a meatball style starter. And with each dish there is a story to tell, from its origins, ingredients or an experience I have had."
"I am very lucky to virtually live with Table Mountain pretty much right in my own back garden. It is a wonderful experience to hike to the top and take in the full view across the city and of the sea. And you really must try hiking the Mountain at sunset or sunrise - it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I really recommend finding the best places that are not that well known to get a true feel of local life in Cape Town. Make a picnic basket by getting food from a local retail and taking it with you is great - the walk from Milnerton to Blouberg Beach is a really good day out for a picnic."