South Africa is as rich in food as it is in culture, though you’ll find its culinary specialties are richer in fiber than they are in calories. In fact, one study swapped the diets of Americans and South Africans, an experiment that improved bowel health for Americans and worsened it for Africans.
Or course, in a globalized economy, foods of all kinds (and nutrition levels) can be found in regions across the globe. Still, it’s hard not to admire both traditional and modern South African fare and the bloggers that share their scrumptious recipes.
From the daring to the comforting, the new to the experienced, you’ll find a wide range of influential figures in the blog world to deliver mouthwatering recipes to your screen, mouth, and stomach. Here are five you should check out now!
The Food Fox
Ilse van der Merwe is a culinary enthusiast and writer whose project, The Food Fox, has been growing rapidly since its launch in 2011. The full-time food blogger’s rustic website provides recipes, reviews, foodie news, lists of places to visit and much more. Explore her website for advice on sweet, the savory, the sides, and every meal of the day.
The Kate Tin
For dessert-specific recipes, look no further than The Kate Tin. The blog is run by Katelyn Williams, an enthusiastic and talented South African baker. The clean design sorts its recipes by type, so whether you’re in the mood for a pie, ice cream, or a pastry, you’re only two clicks away from the dessert of your dreams. Katelyn, like her blog and appetite, is unapologetically sweet. Chocoholics and dessert lovers, right this way, but (as Katelyn advises) not without your stretchy pants first.
My Easy Cooking
Nina Timm may have started out as a speech correctionist, but you wouldn’t know it judging by her success in the food industry. Her blog, My-easy-cooking.com, has made her a household name in South Africa. It’s also one of the top visited food blogs in the country. Visit Nina’s website for easy cooking methods and recipes that will make you look like a pro chef with very little effort.
A Foodie Lives Here
Sarah Graham may have grown up in Zimbabwe where her parents own a wildlife conservancy, but today she lives and cooks in Johannesburg with her family of four. Her blog, A Foodie Lives Here, was started in 2010 as a place where she could share simple, healthy recipes, and ideas. Her success lead to two books and counting and a TV show, ‘Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town.”
Food and the Fabulous
If you want to venture beyond just recipes, Ishay Govender-Ypma covers all the bases you need. A lawyer turned food and travel journalist, Ishay’s blog Food and the Fabulous includes recipes, reviews, travel stories, and write-ups on social justice causes and events. There’s even a video series on cooking to match.
This is only the tip of the iceberg lettuce when it comes to food blogs and bloggers in South Africa. We recommend that all food lovers check out talented women, then get deeper into the greater salad of talent.