Twin bloggers Tebogo and Lebogang Ndala are chefs by profession who came, who cooked and who conquered.
We were born and bred in Pretoria. After studying at the beautiful Hurst Campus on the Backsberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, our love of food drove us to becoming professional and private chefs, pop-up restaurateurs, food bloggers, assistant food editors and aspiring food stylists.
Our mom has always been a good cook and, when we were little, we loved helping her in the kitchen – that’s where the passion took flight. But it was our high school Hospitality teacher, Mrs Le Roux at Hoërskool Hendrik Verwoerd, Pretoria, who made the rage more fierce!
We always told our friends we could cook very well, but they never believed us. So, we started sharing pics of our food to prove our abilities. Our mentor, Ragmah Abrahams, told us to create a blog to keep a record of everything we make. And so, we started off by blogging on Tumblr.
The secret to blogging success is to be consistent – as easy as pie. Be constant and uniform in your work and posts alike – even on the bad days.
We’re besotted with Thai food, so we tend to add a dash of Thai curry paste to everything – be it butternut soup or pea soup. We’ll bring Thailand home, to any dish, at any chance we get.
We love cooking for our friends; they get excited to try our dishes! At the end of the day, that’s all that matters and the reason we cook: to make people happy.
Apart from spending time in the kitchen and taking food photographs, we’re obsessed with keeping fit and finding interesting new workout spots. Oh, and we delight in reading. Cuisine, hikes and books equal: The Twins.
We simply adore the crisp roast duck recipe on our blog. We work regularly with Ma’am Dorah Sitole and this is her recipe. She’s so sweet and always allows us to use her creations. We like preparing food that’s not intimidating and that’s why we love this dish. You can effortlessly impress your guests, without having to work yourself into a spin in the kitchen. Plus, it’s a foolproof recipe that’s super-delicious.