One of this year’s Top 30 finalists in the Miss South Africa competition is final year student Zimi Mabunzi, who hails from eQonce (King William’s Town) in the Eastern Cape.
The 26-year old, currently studying for her B.Com Law degree at the Nelson Mandela University in eGqeberha, is also a dab hand in the kitchen, especially when it comes to local dishes such as umphokoqo and umngqusho, two of her favourites.
Mabunzi says she got her love for cooking from sister, Yolisa.
“When I was young I barely spent much time cooking. Mine was to taste and wash the dishes. However, when my sister went to varsity, I had to step it up. I suddenly remembered all those times watching her make dishes for the family and all that tasting I did.
“My sister could and still makes the heartiest meals out of the least ingredients, that’s what I love most about cooking. She taught me so much and puts so much fun into cooking. I always look forward to cooking for the family and one day hosting dinner parties at my own place.”
For those who want to try Mabunzi’s umngqusho and beef stew recipe, here it is …