gibberlicious is about all the vegetarian food we cook at home. It is also in honour of my wonderful grandmother (Amaranthe Sitas) who we all miss: the puppeteer and Cypriot cook extraordinaire (see Kopiaste, a seminal Cypriot cook book, much like Indian Delights here).
This use of the word ‘gibber’ comes from one of my siblings and means the stuffing of one’s face. Or the fattening of one’s neck until it wobbles like a turkey. None of us have any formal training in foodery, but we are a family of cookers and eaters. We give each other gibber boxes for birthdays.
In the interest of environmental sustainability, and supporting local industries, we mostly buy fresh produce from local markets and veg stores that stock seasonal vegetables grown locally. Not the larney expensive organic hoo ha places, that charge a million rand for a piece of garlic, grown in Ethiopia, then flown and refrigerated and stifled in plastic, but rather places like the Early Morning Market (Warwick Junction) and Everfresh (both in Durban).
gibberlicious is a collection of things we cook on a daily basis. The food is not really all that fancy, and the photos are not styled (the lighting in my kitchen is terrible). The main point of the blog is to share some of the things we cook and eat. It is mostly quick, easy and cheap to buy and make.
Although I like reading recipes, I never use them when I cook. I like rummaging and seeing what happens. Baking is another story. Baking is maths and science and I am a little nervous of both of these animals to improvise. For those of you who don’t know me (Rike Sitas), other than lecturing, this is what I get up to the rest of my time: http://www.dala.org.za.
Dean Henning (aka captain asthma) tends to prefer starting with a recipe the first time he makes something, and then generally forgetting where he put it, improvises from there. During the day you will find Dean lecturing multimedia and any free time, he is in his studio, the Iron Lung, making music. See http://www.thesoundofand.co.za.
Wherever we use other people’s recipes we will credit our sources.
The rest of the family are preparing to contribute, and as soon as they do I will introduce them and their madnesses and shenanigans as well.
So, this is what we like to gibber…