Reza's African Kitchen

May 2018

Season 1 Episode 10 - Zanzibar Spice

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The Zanzibar archipelago, also known as the Spice Islands, has a myriad of cultural influences originally brought to the islands by the Arabs and Persians and later by the Portuguese merchants and traders who used the Islands as a base for their travels. These traders also introduced valuable ingredients, most notably the huge variety of spices that are still grown there to this day. Reza Mahammad explores the island's offerings by beginning at a spice plantation where he is invited to see wher...

Season 1 Episode 9 - Cape Town

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Cape Town is South Africa's oldest town. Originally known as 'The Tavern of the Seas', it was a supply station for weary sailors travelling between the East and West. With its history steeped in food and fresh produce it's no wonder that today it has a vibrant food scene, celebrating a confetti of influences and flavours. Reza Mahammad's visit to Cape Town starts off with a bang at Signal Hill where every day a canon is fired to signal noon. He then heads to the Bo-Kaap to experience one of Cap...

Season 1 Episode 8 - Namibia

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Although Namibia is home to the oldest desert in the world, it has a rich bounty of food. With the interior of the country dedicated to meat farming and the coastline brimming with seafood, there's plenty for Reza Mahammad to sink his teeth into. On a farm owned by a Herero family, Reza is introduced to a variety of outdoor cooking styles including the potjie and the braai. He then travels to the coastal town of Luderitz where his host catches fresh rock lobster, serves him up fresh sea oysters...

Season 1 Episode 7 - Durban

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Reza Mahammad is in tropical, heady, exotic Durban, home to the largest Indian population outside of Asia and he's on a mission to find out how the local Indian food differs from that of the sub-continent. With local chef Deena Naidoo as his guide, Reza is never short of a new experience. Starting on the beachfront as spectators of the sardine run, Reza and Deena are able to get their hands on a few fresh sardines which Deena cooks up on the beach. After a visit to an Indian spice market where ...

Season 1 Episode 6 - Zambia

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In Zambia, Reza Mahammad makes a go at trying to catch his own dinner. Fortunately a few locals are on hand to assist him and they treat him to a meal made entirely of ingredients sourced from the Zambezi River. Many of these old food traditions survive in Zambia today but alongside these, the growth in tourism has seen an influx of international influences. There is no better example of this fusion than on The Royal Livingston Express, a luxury fine-dining experience on board a steam train whi...

Season 1 Episode 5 - Karoo

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The semi-desert area in the Western Cape of South Africa known as the Karoo has a history of lamb and ostrich farming, and more recently, olive oil production. Reza Mahammad is eager to experience these local specialities for himself. With its snow-capped mountains and breath-taking vistas, the Karoo has also become a sought-after area for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. In the Karoo, food is at the centre of good country living. Reza experiences farm hospitality fir...
April 2018

Season 1 Episode 4 - Zanzibar: Fish

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Located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar and its people have always survived off the abundant sea life its waters have to offer. Reza Mahammad begins his journey through the archipelago in a local village kitchen, learning how the locals prepare their simple, yet delicious seafood dishes. He then takes to the waters on a traditional dhow and challenges himself to try snorkelling for a first-hand view of the bountiful sea life. He then heads to a night market to experience...

Season 1 Episode 3 - Johannesburg

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Johannesburg is a bustling city filled with exciting cuisine, from the traditional to the modern, and everything in between. As the commercial hub of South Africa, its food is influenced by the numerous peoples that travel here from all over Africa and beyond. Reza Mahammad begins his exploration of Johannesburg at an inner-city artisan food market, where he gets a heady sense of what an eclectic and cosmopolitan city Jo'burg really is. He then travels to the leafy suburbs to a typically South ...

Season 1 Episode 2 - Botswana

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Botswana's greatest assets are its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Reza Mahammad explores the Okavango Delta on horseback and gets up close and personal with a few of the Big Five. He is also curious to find out how the local people prepare gourmet food in an oasis of winding water channels, open flood plains and small islands, where most produce has to be brought in via either plane or boat. Local women demonstrate an array of traditional cooking methods and Reza gets a first-hand taste ...

Season 1 Episode 1 - West Coast

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Exploring the rugged Cape West Coast of South Africa, Reza Mahammad discovers that the people are as hardy and resilient as the landscape. Starting in the fishing village Paternoster, he meets a local chef who takes him foraging for mussels in the icy Atlantic waters. She then teaches him about a variety of wild flora that can be harvested for the table. Reza then moves on to Velddrif where he visits a salt farm, goes to sea with local fisherman in a small boat and has a lesson in making West C...