Justin Bonello and Jackie Cameron on Cooked shoot at Hartford House
(Photo : Cooked)
"You haven't experienced life if you haven't experienced Jackie's food."
BWANA CHRIS - I'm no food critic, let alone a foodie, my culinary skill and tastes have always been simple. Last night a lady in a remote rural area of Natal rocked my world.
I've lived in Kitwe, where food excellence is based on the standard of the newly opened Wimpy and my idea of a good meal was a grilled rump steak and chips and gourmet, the Greek salad side dish.
I first saw Jackie Cameron on an episode of Justin Bonello's"Cooked" and was impressed with her recipes and collection of recipes kept with great care from family and experience. I duly followed her on Twitter and hoped one day I'd have the opportunity to pass through Mooi River and experience her brilliance.
I've chatted to her for a few weeks, sent her Twitter followers and I'm excited to see the launch of her book in 2013.
You haven't experienced life if you haven't experienced Jackie's food. It is an item on your bucket list that needs to be ticked off.
There have been very few people in my life that have left me with absolute awe and amazement. I had neurosurgeon's, doctors and financial geniuses in my class at school. I played cricket in the same side as a Protea and future provincial players, I've met Springbok rugby captains and members of that Rugby World Cup '95 side and I've shaken the hand of Frankie Dettori, the world's greatest jockey. They just don't compare and each one of these experiences for me was very special.
My good fortune arose with my good friend Paulo Do Carmo coming down from Johannesburg and asking me to join him for the day at the KZN Mare and Weanling sale at Yellow Star Stud near Mooi River. The condition I attended was we have dinner at Hartford Hous and I booked a table for Paulo, Jonathan, Kathy and myself.