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Home-grown local gal, Lizar van Reenen, was brought up in Retreat, a neighbourhood in the Southern suburbs, where she was exposed to

a mixture of Cape cultures ranging from Muslim, Indian, Coloured and Cape Malay families. Like most coloured neighbourhoods, Retreat

was known for its vibrant integrated community spirit with neighbours chatting over their fences speaking “kombuis afrikaans” (plain

Afrikaans mixed with shortened or made up Afrikaans words or phrases). Neighbours “exchanging” recipes generally had nothing to do with

food – it was mostly just about hanging out; or a way of catching up on the neighbourhood gossip. This however, was how the integration

and experimentation of new ingredients happened. A cultural culinary journey that was freely extended from one home to the next.


Realizing the significant role her heritage and culture played in her past and present life, Lizar started a blog that is largely dedicated to

our Cape food culture by means of colourful individuals sharing their past culinary experiences and personal stories.

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