Meet new people: Lumai de Smidt!
Lumai’s passion for raw food was born out of her personal experience with food allergies, when she discovered that she was dairy and gluten-intolerant. This began her family’s quests to seek out alternative ingredients, superfoods and raw vegan foods. Through experimenting with flavours and textures, Lumai has developed her own range of vegan and raw gourmet recipes! As she began to see food as natural medicine, she became keenly aware that healthy food must be balanced with great flavours to encourage sustained dietary habit change. A huge fan of desserts, Lumai has recreated her favourite ice cream and cheesecake – dairy & gluten-free!
Wearing many hats, Lumai is a chef, food stylist, editor, and photographer! Find her at Spades & Spoons Deli in Plumstead, or join her at markets around Cape Town. Follow Lumai’s delicious adventures on her Raw Food Religion blog, Facebook and Twitter!
Get to know Lumai
- What brought you to Cape Town?
I was born in Cape Town and have lived in the Southern Suburbs all my life.
- What’s keeping you in Cape Town?
Everything! Especially the magic of going from suburbs and malls to mountain wilderness in minutes, and then to the ocean and dunes.
- I am a guest at your dinner party. If you could serve me any meal that represents you, what will that be?
To start, a tropical salad that is a feast for the senses; full of colour, fruit, veg, sprouts and seeds. Then a vegetable quick fry, with lovely ginger and tamari flavours.
- Alright then, you are hosting your dream dinner party and you can invite 3 guests, dead or alive. Who will you invite & why?
To my dream dinner party I would invite Emma Watson, because I am a Harry Potter fan and growing up I admired her. Donna Hay, because I adore that magazine. And Regina Spektor, her quirky and melancholy music is the soundtrack to my life.
- You’ve had a bad day and are craving comfort food, what will you eat?
My comfort food is dark chocolate, particularly raw chocolate, because it is a superfood and gives you a nice little kick.
- Share a happy memory you have about food
My family often takes road trips into the Cederberg mountains. One day we drove out, planning to stop somewhere along the road for lunch. We were hoping to see lots of wild flowers; on the contrary there were few flowers, and the weather was grey. Wind whipping around the car, we pulled off the road to have our lunch. It was too terrible to sit outside of the car so we huddled inside. My mom fried eggs on the tiny butane stove – inside the car between the seats. I don’t eat eggs anymore, but to this day those were the best eggs I’ve ever had. My family still talks about that meal with great fondness.
- What would be a traditional family meal in your house?
A traditional family meal in our house would be our Christmas Lunch. We started the tradition three years ago: having a sea food platter of fried prawns, calamari, salmon, and salads every Christmas.
- What’s on your Food bucket list?
For me, on my journey now, it would be to create all my favourite desserts in raw. I can tick off cheese cake and ice cream, but I love cup cakes and I haven’t created a satisfying gluten, sugar and dairy free recipe yet.
- Tell me about your kitchen’s 5 senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touch
Often I hear blenders going. I see the green of our garden and the mountain through the window. I taste the Dhal Curry my Mom is making and then the cashew nut cream I am making – my taste buds are used to crazy combinations. The smell would probably be vegan carrot cakes baking. I am often holding a wooden spoon or bright pink spatula.
- Finally, what is the best dining experience you’ve had in Cape Town and why?
I recently had lunch at Hemelhuijs: the service was great, presentation beautiful and food tasty.