Justin Bonello Competition Winners
It was rather hard choosing winners, but these walks down memory lane came up tops:
“My cooking ventures started before I was even born, my mother did a Peter Veldsman course while pregnant with me, and my dad owned “The Pizza Den” so I was always surrounded by food. First cookbooks where given to me before I was 5, and around 6/7 years old, I was so proud when I first made eggy bread, then the cooking adventures continued ” - Jackie Buss
“Simplest memory- I grew up on a small farm and I remember pumpkin season every year- My parents would pick loads of pumpkins and butternuts from the huge vegetable garden and store them in the “hok” at the top of the garden. Mum would then take our home grown pumpkins and make the best pumpkin fritters with sugar and cinnamon on top… farm style pancakes maybe? delicious delicious and probably why I now eat orange vegetables.” – Alison Briceland
“I will never forget being taught how to make chocolate brownies by my mother, I have many fond memories of those wonderful times as a very young child being shown how to measure, sieve bake and all the rest. I won’t forget either, having learnt how to make brownies, I decided to make them all by myself. Once they were made I handed them out to the family, only to receive the worst scrunched up faces. Turns out Mr Chef had used 10 cups of salt instead of sugar…” - Fraser Gilchrist
“Cooking on the coal stove with my late gran, making sure the coals were loaded and then cooking delightful meals. She taught me to make green beans with potatoe and a nice piece of mutton and it cooks and cooks till there is no water left and everything is nice and soft and then we would mash it and add a huge spoon of butter mmmm it really is delicious. Her scrambled eggs made I remember with very little milk looked bright yellow, I still make mine like she taught us.” - Susan Myburgh Simkiss
“I was blessed with a family of good old fashioned women who delighted in letting my sister and I, from the tender ages of 2 & 3, knead the home-made bread lovingly made daily by Aunty Betty, help gran cut out donuts which she’d then deep fry and dust in cinnamon sugar and Gran’s butterfly cakes – cutting that tip off and cutting those in half to form wings, filling the hollow with strawberry jam and a dollop of cream, arrange the wings, dust with icing sugar hmmmmmm – good good memories. Those were the days. Can’t wait to have grandchildren so I can make memories with them!” - Jean Ladbrooke
Spatula high five to our clever winners, and thanks to everyone else who posted magic moments. Grab a minute to check out Justin’s new cook book Cooked:Out of the Frying Pan.