When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in March last year that the country would be under a 21-day lockdown, no one could have predicted that more than a year later the nation would still be in lockdown.
Most people, in a bid to keep themselves occupied during the initial lockdown, started new hobbies or did things they wouldn’t normally do.
This is exactly what Ingrid Jones, Mikateko Media content director and co-host of talk show Tussen Ons had in mind when she started the Lockdown Recipe Storytelling Book (LRSB) Facebook page in June last year.
Her idea was to document this unprecedented time South Africans (and the world) found themselves in.
Jones says: “During the initial lockdown everyone was bored and did things to keep themselves busy and while interacting with people on Facebook I noticed the one thing people all seemed to be doing was cooking or baking.
“The LRSB group is a unique community of empathy, there’s never an attack, there’s never negative comments. There are always people trying to assist other people. And its open to anyone.”
Jones explains that the page birthed a recipe book by the same name based on the recipes and komvandaan- (where you come from) stories shared by the members of the Facebook group.
Jones explains that the inspiring stories and recipes that were shared sparked the idea of a magazine. And so, the quarterly magazine Koe’sister came to be.
Jones says she cannot take all the credit and adds that she works with a talented group of people that helped her bring the LRSB and magazine to life.
The magazine’s third issue, which will be on the shelves soon, is dedicated to Salt River born veteran journalist and political commenator, Karima Brown. Brown, who was an active member of the LRSB group, died in March this year due to Covid-19 complications.
Jones says: “Karima was on there every day; you know that hardcore journalist you would see on TV, there was none of that, she was just this woman interested in telling other people’s food stories and telling her own food stories. She would comment on everyone’s post. When she fell ill, she took us on a journey with her.”
Jones says the latest edition is dedicated to Brown because they all feel like they knew her even though not having met her in person. Jones adds that they are saddened by Brown’s passing.
She explains that the magazine is unique because the contributors are everyday people from the LRSB Facebook group.
“Every recipe has a story and while trying out the recipe in your own kitchen, it’s almost as if you’re inviting that person into your home. Everyone and everything has a place, and this is really about everyday people who live everyday lives, but it’s an extraordinary life nonetheless.”
The latest Koe’sister (on shelves from 30 April) focuses on travel and food. With borders still closed, this issue hopes to connect its audience with flavours from places around the world.
Jones says: “This is our third issue of Koe’sister magazine. After much consulting with our intensely engaged Facebook community about what we should put on the cover, we’ve listened and this time around we’ve decided to go for a travel and food cover.”
She says travel and food go together; especially when visiting another country, food plays a major role.
“Members of the LRSB group were encouraged to share their travel-meet-food stories, and what they found interesting in other countries. Their fascinating accounts can be read in this issue,” she explains.
The LRSB currently has more than 3 000 members from all over world.
Koe’sister magazine can be purchased at selected Spar and Woolworths stores across the country for R50.
Jones adds that all the proceeds from the magazine will be donated to an organisation that members in the LRSB will select.