Despite being wined and dined by the great and the good, Mandela preferred ukutya kwasekhaya – or “home food” – when at home. And no one made it better than his long-time cook Xoliswa Ndoyiya.
According to Ndoyiya, some of his favourite dishes included tripe and samp and beans.
Ndoyiya was introduced to Mandela in the the early 1990s.
When he asked her if she could cook, she replied: “I could cook ukutya kwasekhaya. And that was that.”
“Madiba is happiest with traditional food – if you don’t give it to him for a few days he will ask, ‘What’s wrong? Why are you not feeding me well?’” she said in a 2012 interview when she published her book Ukutya Kwasekhaya: Tastes from Nelson Mandela’s Kitchen,
The book includes 60 of his favourite recipes, including umqusho (samp and beans), umsila wenkomo (oxtail) and dombolo (dumplings).