'I have never been a fan of plastic wrap, so I would cover all our dishes with tea towels while entertaining or preparing a meal for my family.’ The problem arose when I needed to bring a salad or dessert to someone else’s house, or if I wanted to keep a dish refrigerated. I experimented with some tying and wrapping techniques that proved to be very bulky and fussy. What I really wanted was something light and breathable that would stretch around the sizes and shapes of my dishes. A lightbulb went on and I started making dish covers. When I could no longer keep up with demand, I started looking for women who could sew in their homes....
Spaza products are made by women in various communities around Cape Town. Producers, from Mitchells Plain, discuss working from a successful home-based business.
The question that I get most about our dish covers is, do they keep your food fresh like plastic? As mother nature would have it, fresh is related to time. The theory that plastic can 'lock-in freshness' was discovered around an advertising agency's boardroom table and not in a science lab.
Earlier this year we sent a call-out on our social media channels for young South African designers to pitch a design proposal for a festive-themed series of dish covers. In the end, we chose Mokgadi Masipa's very clean and contemporary design. We felt Mokgadi's concept was universal and it made us smile.
Here is a vegetable sprinkle to take your braai veggies from token to moreish! Your vegetarian and vegan friends will really appreciate your effort and this is a really simple mix to have at hand. Mix in a shaker if you have one or a small bowl and your fingers work will work just as well. Brush veggies with cooking quality olive oil and sprinkle with a mix of paprika, garlic salt or garlic flakes and crushed salt, ground cumin and a tad of cinnamon. Use it on any vegetables but it is especially great on squash and sweet potatoes.