Chef's Table

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana's ultimate Sunday lunch

The belle of the SA food scene picks a guest list and menu for a fantasy feast

06 August 2017 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller

Guests I would invite to my fantasy Sunday lunch:
• Influential women: Mother Teresa, the woman who selflessly gave her life to caring for children; Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is director of UN Women; Thuli Madonsela, the former public protector, Dr Judy Dlamini; Michelle Obama; Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Serena Williams.
• Cooking greats: The legendary Julia Child, the woman who simplified French cooking; British-born Delia Smith who was the person who introduced me to cooking shows; Jamie Oliver; Martha Stewart and local legends like Dorah Sitole and Ina Paarman.
What we'd talk about:
I would ask the women in leadership positions and male-dominated jobs to share their advice for young women.
My foodie guests and I would talk about being game-changers in the food industry, making food a formidable and profitable business, as well as building a legacy and making a difference.What I'd serve:
My menu would celebrate African food with a modern twist. Welcome drinks would be maKhumalo's (my husband Brian's grandma) homemade 'gemmer' beer, my mum's pineapple cooler and champagne.
For starters, I'd serve mfino fritters with smoked salmon, harissa prawns with a naartjie dressing and a pumpkin and biltong soup with steamed dombolo (bread).
For the main course, I'd make a potjie, lamb on the spit, braaied sosaties and boerewors served with a ginger-infused chakalaka and pap cakes.
For dessert, there'd be an Amarula baked cheese cake and my famous trifle.
• Look out for the third season of 'Siba's Table' on Food Network (DStv 175) on Thursday September 7.

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