Meet new people: Anade Situma!
Anade Situma is host to our next Food and Chatter experience!
Anade was born in Harere, Zimbabwe to a Tanzanian mother and Kenyan father. Her family then moved to the Eastern Cape and this diverse background contributed to Anade’s curiosity and passion for African nations’ inter-connectedness. She is a social entrepreneur and dreams to become a political journalist. Working towards that dream, Anade has been selected as a delegate to attend the One Young World 2013 Summit! At the summit, Anade will join young leaders from around the globe to network and formulate solutions for global issues. You can read more about her passion, actions and current projects at her OYW profile.
Get to know Anade
- What brought you to Cape Town?
My studies, I got accepted into UCT and headed this way straight after high school.
- What’s keeping you in Cape Town?
I am currently studying a MA in Political Communication at UCT; though if I am honest I could study anywhere. I think it’s the fact that this city loves to live well; the live music, the wine estates, the markets, the theater, the food…quality of life reigns supreme here.
- I am a guest at your dinner party. If you could serve me any meal that represents you, what will that be?
Garlic and Rosemary Roast Lamb, with crispy garlic butter potatoes, honey sweet-potatoes mash, long beans and sweet corn. I like hearty meals, Sunday lunches are the things my dreams are made of.
- Alright then, you are hosting your dream dinner party and you can invite 3 guests, dead or alive. Who will you invite & why?
1. Annie Leibovitz, because she has an incredible way of seeing into the heart of even the most complex and guarded person and then bringing their essence to the surface.
2. Tyler Brûlé, because he has started a journalism trend I have always dreamed off being part of, he has made conversations about development aesthetically pleasing and commercial without losing their seriousness.
3. Chris Rock, because who doesn’t love a comedian with a social conscious?
- You’ve had a bad day and are craving comfort food, what will you eat?
If the bad day happens near pay-day, macaroons for sure! If not… then I will default to Rooibos tea. There is nothing that can’t be fixed with a good cup of Rooibos tea.
- Share a happy memory you have about food
I was born in Zimbabwe and we moved to South Africa when I was 6. I remember while we lived in Harare, we would always do the week’s grocery shopping on Sunday morning after Church and then go home to make the most glorious Sunday breakfast/brunch. It would always have bacon, sausages, eggs (made according to personal preferences) fried tomatoes and sometimes even scones. The smell of fresh Kenyan coffee simultaneously permeating through the entire house while 90s RnB blasted from the radio in the kitchen.
- What would be a traditional family meal in your house?
My dad is Kenyan and my mom is Tanzanian, so our traditional family meals are very East-African. It will either be a Pilau and Kachumbari or Chapati with stew.
- What’s on your Food bucket list?
I want to compile a recipe book of people who have passed through my life. Learn a new recipe from every friend I make, or person I live with or new family member I gain and remember the connections I have made or places I have been through food. So far I have about 10 recipes
- Tell me about your kitchen’s 5 senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touch
I never cook or eat without music, the sounds of my kitchen are somewhere between Jessie Ware, TLC and Corinne Bailey Rea. You will always see a cup of tea, smell the fresh air gentle making its way through the always open windows, taste a slight hint of garlic and feel the undeniable magic that comes with cooking from intuition (following a recipe usually guarantees my creation is doomed)
- Finally, what is the best dining experience you’ve had in Cape Town and why?
My ex-housemate, Luët; her best-friend, Dané and I used to get dressed up and go wine tasting every public holiday. On our first trip (Human Rights Day 2012), we had lunch at Tokara Wine Estate’s deli. That day, that sunshine, those friends, that drive and that food…one of my best memories.