FAMILIES from around the Eastern Cape will have the opportunity to share family recipes on a new cooking show, Family Table, on community station Bay TV.
The first episode, featuring domestic worker Caroline Nyepa, 48, of Walmer township in Port Elizabeth, was aired on Monday night.
Nyepa caught the producers’ eyes when they visited her Mount Pleasant employer, and asked her to cook a simple African meal.
“I chose to cook rice, spinach, pumpkin and chicken livers. I wanted to show people you don’t need to have money to enjoy a nice meal and also that vegetables can make a meal look and taste good.”
The show is presented by Uitenhage-born Pumla Brook- Thamae, 40, who said the 30-minute episodes were filmed at the chosen families’ homes.
They do not have to be chefs, but must be able to tell the story behind their cooking.
“We also want to know from the families how they spend family time through food.
“They are sponsored by Spekko rice for all the ingredients they will need for their meals. Families who are featured in the show should love sharing as they are requested to share their family cooking secrets,” she said.
“We go to people’s houses because we want them to relax. Our viewers get some tips on different dishes. The families can present what their families eat on a regular basis, something that might be new to the viewers at home.
“We are going to feature people who are influential in their communities and also ordinary women from the location.”
Brook-Thamae, whose love for cooking started when she was just three years old, will be there to help with the cooking.
She completed a catering course and has worked in a Cape Town restaurant where she was taught to “be creative with sauces”.
“I am happy that I am part of the show because I have married both my loves – to be on TV and cooking.”
And of course she is only too happy to share one of her tips – for perfect onion rings.
“To get crispy onion rings one has to use sparkling water and dip the onion rings in cornflower, that is where the crispiness comes from,” she said.
There are 13 episodes in the first season.
Family Table is broadcast at 8pm every Monday.