Spotlight on Simply Delicious

SimplyDelishFive years ago, Alida Ryder of Simply Delicious did not know what food blogs were, let alone think about starting her own.  What started out as a way for her to record and share recipes with friends and family in other cities has grown beyond her wildest dreams and today she is one of South Africa’s most popular food bloggers, with a recipe book in print and a hugely talented food photographer and stylist. Let’s get to know her a little better.
1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?

I live and blog in Pretoria, South Africa.
2. How long have you been blogging?

Since October 2009. It started as a way for me to give my family and friends my recipes, and has now turned into a full-time job.

3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?

I think I enjoy reading other people’s blogs the most. As well as getting the comments about my recipes and photography. It’s really great to see people trying your recipes and really loving them.

4. Any downsides or frustrations?


5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?

I love working with fresh, seasonal produce and when I see something in the grocery store ideas immediately pop into my head. I think the people that inspire me to cook are definitely my family and they are very happy to be the taste-testers.

6. Where and when do you like to blog?

I write my blog posts in the morning after I have breakfast with the twins and I blog from the office I share with my husband.

7. What’s your signature dish or favourite wine?

I think I’m too young to have a signature dish but I am constantly asked to make my cheesecake/brownies/condensed milk tart so I guess for now, it must be one of those. I’ve grown to enjoy wine over the last few months and I must say I’m really enjoying Kleine Zalze’s Sauv Blanc and Adoro’s Mourvedre.

8. What other food or wine blogs do you read?

I adore reading the inspiring What Katie Ate, Not Without Salt and Always with Butter.

9. Favourite restaurant?

In Pretoria it’s definitely Kream. By far the most beautiful restaurant I’ve EVER seen and the food is to-die-for. In Cape Town at the moment I’d have to say Wafu because I’m going through a bit of a Dim Sum phase and their Crispy Prawn Puffs are addictive!

10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…

It would be a VERY long meal. Buttery Bruschetta with fresh tomatoes & basil, Butternut Risotto with Feta & Chilli, Oxtail potjie, Prawns with peri-peri sauce and end the meal with a giant bowl of Creme Brulee.

About Cooksister

Food & travel writer, photographer, blogger, recipe writer and speaker. South African by birth, Londoner by choice.
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