‘OUR CHRIST­MAS IS A MIX OF CUL­TURES’

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JOÃO DA FON­SECA, 30, known as J’some­thing, is a mu­si­cian, foodie, and judge on My Kitchen Rules SA. He lives in Parkview with wife Coco and their two-year-old son. He runs his own restau­rant, Some­thing’s Cook­ing by J.

Host or guest? I’m the host. My wife sighs be­cause she knows it’s more work, but I love cook­ing for peo­ple.

Plan­ner or pan­icker? Plan­ner – you have to be in the restau­rant busi­ness, and when plan­ning a cel­e­bra­tion, too.

Fes­tive tra­di­tions? Be­cause I work dur­ing the sea­son, we do Christ­mas in Jan­uary. I in­vite loved ones to our house – usu­ally about 20 peo­ple. Of course, it’s cen­tred on food. With my Por­tuguese roots and my wife’s Tswana her­itage, we’ll have tra­di­tional duck rice, and pap and chakalaka. It’s a mix of cul­tures.

Favourite Christ­mas treat? A creamy cus­tard dessert I call ‘Chama por mim’. My aunt used to make it the day be­fore Christ­mas, and my brother would sneak into the kitchen to eat spoon­fuls from the bowl when we were lit­tle. It’s now my spe­cialty, and I guard it un­til it’s served.

Christ­mas decor? We make the tree look beau­ti­ful. But noth­ing too over the top – you can still see bits of green.

Tipple of choice? In the mid­dle of sum­mer, noth­ing beats a re­fresh­ing G&T.

Fond­est Christ­mas mem­ory? When we were kids, my brother, cousins and I would try to stay up for as long as we could on the 24th, wait­ing for Santa.

The mo­ment you dread? I’m sad at the end, when ev­ery­one goes home.

What gets you in the fes­tive mood? Good mu­sic. In the day, we’ll have jazzy, in­stru­men­tal fes­tive tunes, then swap to soul­ful, mid-tempo house come evening.

Tip for en­ter­tain­ing? Don’t worry about plat­ing things per­fectly – less is more.

‘It just wouldn’t be the same with­out my creamy dessert’

Check out J’some­thing’s recipe for Por­tuguese duck rice at wom­anand­homemagazine.co.za >>

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