I am Nomfundo Ngcobo and I’ve been working at Letcee as a cook for a few months now. Although I haven’t been here long, the happiness and joy that I have here is amazing. It feels like my home – everybody has welcomed me with warm hands. I am happy.
The most important thing about what I do at Letcee, is the cooking. I love cooking and baking, it really is my passion! This also means that I really enjoy my job. My job involves cooking for the students in our hostel, but also for any staff functions. I prefer cooking for staff events because that is where I am able to show my creativity. When cooking for staff, I get the chance to show some different kinds of food and garnish it nicely. For staff, I often find that there are some guests there. Maybe they will recognise me and maybe someday hire me for their events.
My dream is to be a well-known chef. In the future I would also love to have my own restaurant or have my own catering and decor company. My first baking and cooking experience was when I was around 14 or 15 years old. I remember my aunt calling me when she was working in the kitchen and always teaching me.
Working at Letcee is the first time that I’m seeing people who are so loving, kind and always smiling. I’ve never seem anyone showing a funny face towards me. Another thing that keeps on pushing me, is that every time I baked or cooked something, I always get good compliments from everybody. I really appreciate that and it makes me proud of my work. Even when I’m cleaning the offices sometimes, some staff members help me…
The togetherness and love that I see amongst Letcee staff members make me happy every time I think about coming to work. It brings a smile every morning when I wake up. Oh! I love being here at Letcee!
My favourite thing to cook is cottage pie and I love baking carrot cake. So here is a recipe for you:
- 500g mince
- 250g frozen mixed veg
- 1 onion
- Peppers (green/red/yellow)
- Spices to taste
- Oil for frying
- 5 mashed potatoes (depending on the size)
- Optional: Imana soya mince
Fry your onions, peppers and spices in the pan. Add the mince to brown. Place the cooked mince in a big oven dish – the mince should fill the dish about three quarters. Mix in the frozen vegetables. Top it up with mashed potatoes. Bake for about 20 minutes at 180’C or until the mash is golden brown.
Hope you enjoy that as much as I do!
Written by: Nomfundo Ngcobo