12 December 2012 by Denise Slabbert

Evita’s Bossie Sikelela – a taste of small-town South Africa

Evita Bezhuidenhout’s cookbook, Evita’s Bossie Sikelela, is the ideal stocking-filler for those who have a sense of humour and feel like a good laugh this festive season.

Expect recipes with a good dose of South African humour in Evita Bezuidenhout’s cookbook, Evita's Bossie Sikelela, the celebrity’s follow-up to Kossie Sikelela, released some years back.

The book also incorporates a range of Evita’s tips for ailments such as snoring, peeling onions without ruining your make-up, and hangovers.

Tannie (Auntie) Evita Bezuidenhout, well known to South Africans as an Afrikaner socialite who dabbles in local politics, is the alter ego of popular performer/actor/playwright Pieter-Dirk Uys.

The  dishes were collected by Tannie Evita from all corners of small-town South Africa – from Darling to Calitzdorp to Prince Albert to Hoedspruit to Orange Farm – making a collection of ‘rainbow’ cuisine. It contains culinary gems such as waterblommetjie* chicken, guinea fowl with prunes, quince bredie (stew), dandelion salad and marmalade ice cream.

The book also incorporates a range of Evita's tips for ailments such as snoring, peeling onions without ruining your make-up, hangovers and snakebites ('don’t bite back'), as well as preparing face masks.

Tannie Evita Bezhuidenhout Tannie Evita Bezhuidenhout

It includes a colourful cast of Tannie Evita's acquaintances, as well as Tannie Evita posing with well-known South Africans in exotic locations.

The foreword is written by film star Charlize Theron, who states, with good reason: 'With someone full of so many wonderful surprises, I’m sure we can all expect the same from her cookbook.'

The 200-odd recipes are easy to prepare and the ingredients easily sourced. The book is published by Umuzi and is currently on sale at all major bookstores.

* Waterblommetjies (meaning 'little water flowers' when translated directly from Afrikaans) are small flowers indigenous to the Western Cape that appear in dams and ponds during spring and winter.

Category: Food & Wine

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