Mealie pap – white maize meal porridge

By |2020-01-30T15:15:22+02:00September 11th, 2019|Africa, Featured Article, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, History, Published, recipe, Recipes, Reported Work, South Africa, Travel in Africa|

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 milk and sugar, and occasionally, a [...]

Curry Traditions Across South Africa

By |2020-06-10T12:20:51+02:00February 10th, 2018|Africa, Cape Town, Cities, Durban, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Johannesburg, SA Curry Book, South Africa, Travel and Culture, What to eat|

Traveling across South Africa, Ishay Govender goes in search of a curry that defines the nation. Written for Fine Dining Lovers.   Gilbert's Lamb Curry Is there one definitive dish that South Africans love and prepare? It’s common knowledge that the country comprises a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious groups, with as many [...]

Havana – Dining on Nostalgia

By |2017-07-03T20:05:02+02:00June 19th, 2017|Cities, Cuba, Featured Articles, Food, Food & Travel, Food Culture, Havana, People, Travel, Travel and Culture, Travel in Central America|

Nostalgia, for a homeland long departed, lies at the core of the Cuban diaspora’s quest for cultural identity. Dishing out memories at the kitchen table is one way that the legacy is passed on. Written for Financial Mail Travel Magazine, May 2017

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 [...]

Tracing a Lineage Across Continents – Sour Porridge

By |2017-04-04T15:11:40+02:00August 15th, 2016|Africa, Featured Articles, Food, Food Culture, History, Published|

South Indian Sour Porridge in South Africa Sunlight streams in the early morning over the vessels on the wood fire outside; the drums with water heating for bathing, the pots with the day’s lunch. A version of this appears on Roads & Kingdoms, August 2016.    sour porridge with spring onions Sunlight streams in [...]

Sugar, Spice and a Question of Identity – Réunion Island Food

By |2017-04-05T12:53:42+02:00February 14th, 2016|Africa, Coffee, Featured Articles, Portfolio, Published, Review, Travel, Travel in Africa|

Réunion Island Food, where culinary and cultural exploration meet Culinary and cultural exploration are deeply fused, Ishay Govender-Ypma (@IshayGovender) discovers on a visit to the volcanic French island, Réunion. For The National UAE, 4 Feb 2016. Author (2nd left) with a family of local farmers - they titled this: "The Malabar returns home" - [...]

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