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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).

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