I recently watched a brilliant movie called Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep. It’s about an American woman in 2002 that sets herself the challenge to cook through the 1950’s cookbook of French cuisine by Julia Child – the woman who brought French cooking to America & the world.
I really liked the part of her meltdown, crying on the kitchen floor, covered up to her elbows in chicken stuffing. I’ve had meltdowns like that. I think I once tossed a cupcake across the kitchen, and I’ve screamed at a bowl of icing.
After watching this movie, I was asked whose book I would choose to cook through, if I ever decided to do a challenge like that. I would choose Antoinette de Chavonnes Vrugt – the famous author of the Namibian cookbook, My Hungry Heart.
I bought the book as a friend’s Christmas gift once, and almost didn’t give it to her because I wanted to keep it for myself! Have you ever done or thought about doing that?
Last night I had the pleasure to be invited to the Deloitte Media Masterchef event, which was held at Mrs. de Chavonnes Vrugt’s home! Oh my soul! I was so excited when we arrived there and I found out whose house it was!
I had so much fun! We were divided up into four groups of Deloitte representatives and media members. Each group received measured out ingredients and a recipe to make…SOUP!
HELLO! Superb Soup Mission going on here! What a boost to my learning curve!
Our team, represented by Deloitte partner Jens Kock, made Mexican Cheese Soup. Nom nom nom!
The other three soups were:
Chinese Chicken & Corn soup
Salzberger Garlic Cream soup
Harira – a traditional Moroccan soup
Each team received a big ball of dough to make a bread, and an array of herbs and seeds, olives and cheese to flavour it with. This baked while we boiled, toiled, talked and tasted.
And then it happened…I WON! They did a lucky draw for a signed copy of My Hungry Heart and I WON!
My heart stopped for two seconds and then did a double-beat to catch up to reality. Just five minutes earlier I was telling my table that I would choose this book as a cooking challenge, and all of a sudden they’re taking a photo Antoinette handing me copy!
I know – I make it sound like I won the lottery. But this IS the food lottery for me! Namibian & “Namibianised” recipes with ingredients you’ll always find locally. Plus, EVERYTHING in this book (except dessert) has garlic in it. I never, ever cook without garlic.
The bread was finally baked and the soup simmered to perfection,a nd we could have some of everything.
I had WAY too little to eat. I was talking and enjoying everyone else’s company too much to slip away for second helpings of each divine soup. As I fell asleep last night my last thought smelled of creamy garlic soup and tasted of a piece of braided bread broken off while it’s still hot.
A few thank you’s are due:
- Deloitte – for this fantastic event. I loved meeting everyone & learning more about your company.
- Nicole @ Deloitte – Thank you for the warm welcome and
- Corlia @ Sindana – great organisation, fun concept!
- Antoinette – for hosting us and who signed my book with a personalised message
- Anne@Radiowave – for convincing me to go with her in the first place!
We’re definitely having garlic cream soup for dinner tonight!