Scrumptious pioneered recipe blogging in South Africa since its launch in 2007 to today. Created by Jane-Anne Hobbs—cookbook author, recipe developer and media professional—it features Instagram-worthy dishes guaranteed to wow a crowd.
Describe your cooking style in three words: Patience. Passion. Perfection.
What’s your signature dish? Christmas Gammon with a Pomegranate & Pink Peppercorn Glaze.
What do you think is the most underrated ingredient? White pepper.
What’s the best cooking advice you’re ever received? “Imagining, having, say, a Roux brother to dinner fleshes out the worry of inviting someone to your house whose knowledge and skills in connection with food you assume to be vastly superior to your own. What you must keep in mind when faced with this scenario is that professional cooks and chefs value well-sourced, wholesome ingredients treated simply and respectfully. In their own life they come across too much teased and tormented “luxury” food... And they like nothing better than a dish such as plainly roasted chicken served with its buttery juices and a watercress salad and a homely pudding such as a carefully made creamy rice pudding.” — Fay Maschler & Elizabeth Jane Howard in their book Cooking for Occasions.
If you could share a meal with anyone in history who would it be? Nelson Mandela, because he inspired millions around the world, and because he loved traditional South African food.
Pears en Papillote Photograph by Michael Le Grange, courtesy Random House Struik