For the women…

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Kk Bu­lunga of Pre­to­ria writes As a young man, I’ve done two things this month that I never would have thought pos­si­ble in or­der to give my mother a rest. It’s Women’s Month, af­ter all, and this gives us an op­por­tu­nity to put our­selves in their shoes and show them that we ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery lit­tle thing.

I’ve been cook­ing sup­per at home, ev­ery night. I run out of ideas at times and won­der how my mom does it ev­ery night with ease. She is a self-taught nat­u­ral mas­ter of tra­di­tional South African food and never refers to a cook­book. I got so stressed at times and woke up in the mid­dle of the night, think­ing about what I was go­ing to cook the next day and how I could make it so my fam­ily would want to come back for sec­onds, like when it’s my mom cook­ing.

I sur­prised ev­ery­one on Women’s Day when I made the cur­ried lamb chops with co­conut rice from the Au­gust is­sue of Home (page 118). It came out per­fectly and, for the first time, my fam­ily asked for more.

I’ve now gained con­fi­dence and look for­ward to cook­ing ev­ery night. Even open­ing the freezer to de­cide what to cook is a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence. I’ve come to re­alise that maybe there is hope that I can ac­tu­ally be a good fa­ther one day. I even came up with names for my imag­i­nary chil­dren!

Thank you Home team; we had a fab­u­lous Women’s Day!

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