Always have a glass of wine or two (or whatever your poison) whilst cooking as it frees the mind and the soul enjoys the happiness.
I started cooking as a child, experimenting with things like cheese and all the wonderful flavours I could get out of it. I had to cook as the women folk in my family couldn't cook to save their lives, and I always ended being up disappointed with the plate put in front of me. As I grew older, I started taking an interest in the cooking channels on TV, and that's where it really started. And so my journey in the kitchen began.
I've always considered each meal as a celebration, some people eat to live, me.., I live to eat, I simply love food. For me, I think, one needs to love food, to prepare it well, it's like anything in life really, if you love what you do, you will do it well.
Isn't it amazing how different aromas take one back to different places . I remember as a young boy, at the tender age of 8 ish, I used to hang around the braai whilst my uncle cooked . I was hoping to get the odd tit-bit or even some beer!!! Remember Kroningbrau 1308 .. I loved the stuff, anyway, my uncle used to douse the flames with his beer, the smell of the beer on the fire, that raw hops smell, absolutely divine.
And that's basically what my book is about . All my culinary experiences, visiting various restaurants, eating at friends' homes ... and trust me, I've eaten in many places, some stranger than others, as well as some traditional cuisine, from horse meat to Mopani worms, but don't worry, I haven't included any of that in my book! Mostly, my recipes are my own, some I've nagged friends to give me and I've modified them to suit my family's palate, so I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy preparing them .. For you!