"My South African heritage has helped me embrace diverse food options"


Thursday, 15th August 2019, 3:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st August 2019, 4:13 pm
Kathija Wood, the operations assistant at City Hearts. She lives in Sheffield with her husband and their 11 year old twins.

Are you a cook?

I’ve always had a keen interest in cooking in which my mum and sisters have played an important part. My South African heritage has helped me embrace diverse food options. The cuisine of South Africa is mainly meat based and we are well known to light up the braai (BBQ) on any occasion.

Any cooking tips?

Be generous with garlic. Garlic adds so much flavour to food and has healing properties. Don’t forget to apologise to anyone you plan on kissing!

What’s your favourite dish?

Seafood linguine. A tender mix of prawns, mussels and squid cooked with garlic, chilli and sweet tomatoes for a zingy sauce. This dish reminds me of sunshine and holidays.

And a drink to go with it?

Glenwood unwooded Chardonnay. This crisp frisky Chardonnay comes from the Franschhoek Valley in South Africa and is a must with seafood.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

I really like Zizzi’s for family celebrations. My kids love the pizza and the outdoor space. Silversmiths on Arundel Street for special occasions and London Road for a huge choice of international cuisine.

And pub?

The Devonshire Cat for its relaxed friendly environment, the excellent choice of craft beers and amazing gin selection. I also like the locally sourced food: it’s all fresh and homemade and their Sunday dinners are amazing.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

The Fish Market Sharks’ Bay in Egypt. The seafood choice is out of this world in a unique setting overlooking the Red sea. Perfect service, super fresh food, very tasty and good quality.

Your favourite TV cook?

It has to be Ainsley Harriot. He’s charming, down to earth and entertaining. I love his cheeky dance moves and he makes cooking fun.

What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?

The food scene has changed for the better over the past 10 years. There’s so much variety from quaint afternoon tea spots to cosy English pubs and awesome curry houses, as well as international cuisine.