Mealie pap – white maize meal porridge

By |2019-09-11T14:28:29+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Featured Article, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, History, Published, recipe, Recipes, Reported Work, South Africa, Travel in Africa|

Shot by Claire Gunn Mealie Pap. A South African Breakfast For All (@IshayGovender), For Extra Crispy My Recipes, April 2018 On cold mornings, I recall my mother bustling about in our suburban South African kitchen, ladling out bowls of creamy mealie meal papor porridge. Hot from the saucepan, she’d stir in a little more [...]

Matsvnis Soup – a Georgian Centenarian Secret

By |2019-09-11T14:28:39+02:00September 11th, 2019|Cities, Europe, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Georgia, Published, recipe, Recipes, Reported Work, Travel, Travel and Culture|

Matsoni, the miracle soup. This Georgian soup is said to boost longevity and battle hangovers (@IshayGovender) for, Culture Cheese Mag, April 2018 Want to live to be over 100? In the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, a region with no shortage of centenarians, one rumored key to longevity is a thin, mildly tart fermented [...]

Chef Gaggan Anand: Pursuit of Perfection

By |2019-09-11T14:28:48+02:00September 11th, 2019|Asia, Asian Food, Australia, Bangkok, Chefs, Cities, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Profile, Published, Reported Work, Travel, Travel and Culture|

Pursuit of Perfection with chef Gaggan Anand, written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for Singapore Airlines Priority Magazine, 22 April 2018. In response to his intention to close Gaggan for good in 2020, Anand insists it’s best to “finish at your peak.” Passionate about the technique and produce of Japan, Anand, and his friend and frequent collaborator, [...]

The dark, Complicated History of Durban Curry

By |2019-09-11T14:28:56+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Cities, Curries & Casseroles, Durban, Featured Articles, Food, Food Culture, History, India, Indian Food Easy Peasy, Nostalgia, Published, Reported Work, South Africa, Travel and Culture|

Fish curry, tripe curry, mutton curry, you name it, Durban's got it and it's all mouth-watering. One writer traces the evolution of Durban Indian cuisine, and the role her indentured ancestors played in shaping the city’s culinary and cultural landscape (@IshayGovender), for MIC, October 2018 On South Africa’s palm tree-lined east coast, within [...]

Lisbon – A Feast of Many Nations

By |2019-09-11T14:29:05+02:00September 11th, 2019|Adventure, Cities, Destination Meals, Europe, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Published, Reported Work, Road Trip, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Europe|

More tourists are flocking to Lisbon each year As Portugal’s economy strengthens, more visitors are supporting restaurants old and new. (@IshayGovender), For Business Day, May 2018 Strewn across the Seven Hills, Lisbon’s azulejo (ceramic tile)-covered buildings stack together forming countless arches through which the famous yellow eléctricos, or trams pass, rickety over the cobblestones [...]

An Ode to Rooibos 

By |2019-09-11T14:29:14+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Destination Meals, Drinks, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Home, Published, Reported Work, South Africa, South African Tourism, Travel, Travel and Culture|

An ode to Rooibos. Image: Shutterstock An elderly Khoi woman follows a trail of ants, watching them roll miniscule rooibos seeds into a nest underground. She stoops to her knees. Inside these anthills, she discovers Lilliputin granaries of seeds. Returning with a matchbox full, the doctor hands her a shilling. She will return [...]

Curry for Breakfast

By |2019-09-11T14:29:24+02:00September 11th, 2019|Featured Articles, Food, Food Culture, History, India, Indian Food Easy Peasy, Published, Reported Work, SA Curry Book, South Africa|

As they say, curry is always better the next day. Lamb chops in chutney, curried tinned pilchards, leftover chicken curry shredded and served on toast. We look at the South African Indian breakfasts that shaped Ishay Govender-Ypma’s childhood as she makes a case for curry for breakfast. (@IshayGovender), For Extra Crispy My Recipes, August [...]

Sicily: A Culinary Road Trip

By |2017-06-09T20:40:18+02:00June 1st, 2017|Europe, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Portfolio, Published, Travel in Europe|

Drive the country from coast-to-coast searching for the best in street food, cheese, convent pastries and cannoli. Ishay Govender-Ypma explores Sicily on a culinary road trip. This article was written for SAA Sawubona inflight magazine, June 2017. A ghostly mist settles over Erice on Sicily’s hilly western face, once a medieval fortress town and the [...]

Évian-les-Bains

By |2018-08-20T06:45:06+02:00May 18th, 2017|Europe, Featured Articles, French, Published, Tourism, Travel in Europe|

On the southern shore of Lake Geneva, the pretty French belle époque town of Évian-les-Bains, an hour away from Switzerland’s Geneva, offers slow walks along the promenade and healing treatments with therapeutic Évian water. Written by Ishay Govender-Ypma for SAA Sawubona. From the Source At Source Cachat, in the spa town of Évian-les Bains, I’m [...]

Berlin’s Eco-Friendly Future

By |2018-08-19T17:05:36+02:00May 18th, 2017|Europe, Featured Articles, Food & Travel, People, Published, Travel in Europe|

Green Berlin is not the future, it is happening today. Berliners are propagating the message that cramped urban cities can transform to accommodate a safer, more sustainable future. Ishay Govender-Ypma examines three projects in progressive Kreuzberg. In 2011 former French Minister of Culture Jack Lang remarked: “Paris is always Paris, but Berlin is never Berlin.” Berlin is, [...]