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Let Me Cook For You makes homemade, halaal food – think lobster sliders, beef fillet and tandoori chicken – so you don’t have to
“There is a difference between wanting to cook and having to cook,” says Nadia Slamang, owner of home-based cooking service Let Me Cook For You, which saves you the hassle of making home-cooked food, when all you want to do after a busy day is get home and onto the couch.
HER HAPPY PLACE
Nadia loves experimenting in the kitchen and recreating dishes in her own way. “My father and I always dreamt and spoke about opening an underground coffee shop or bistro where we wouldn’t have set menus, just meals of the day’.”
The dream started to take shape for Nadia after her father passed away in 2015. “We used to have our own version of Come Dine with Me at home. Subsequently, one of the dishes we made is now one of the most popular dishes that I sell – beef fillet with creamy mushroom sauce.”
WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS, MAKE TANDOORI
Two years ago, after suffering migraines for some time, Nadia discovered she had a brain tumour. She had the tumour removed in October 2017 and during recovery, she battled with her weight and the side effects of the medication. In January 2018, Nadia started the Banting diet and loved experimenting with new dishes. Her tandoori-style chicken made over hot coals with low-carb avo salad was so good, her family suggested that she sell it. In 2018, she started trading from home on Friday nights and progressed to trading at My Gourmet Market in Paarden Eiland until Let Me Cook For You was born.
WATCH: NADIA COOKS BOLLAS, QUICHE, SAUSAGE ROLLS AND SOUP
What’s on the fully halaal menu? Nadia usually checks the weather for the week and then decides what to put on the line-up (no one wants salad for dinner on cold wintry nights). She loves using cream in her cooking and she’s constantly improving her recipes.
It seems Nadia’s efforts are paying off. Customers can’t get enough of her butter chicken and roti. Other meals include the beef fillet, curries, roasts, rice dishes, braaied meats, bredies, a deconstructed Beef Wellington, mixed grills and lasagne. Light meals include lobster sliders, prawn and avo sliders (coming soon) and beef and chicken sliders made with black and orange-coloured buns. Nadia bakes the buns herself and colours the black ones with activated charcoal and the orange ones with saffron strings and a colour gel. Her dessert offerings might include chocolate-covered strawberries, mini peppermint puddings, mini trifles and other mini puddings.
Nadia typically makes meals during the week for working families who don’t have time to cook. Meals usually range from R250 – R300 for a family of four. On weekends, the “takeout crowd” come to collect.
She also caters for private functions – next time you’re having guests over and don’t want to cook, let Nadia cook for you. She offers a variety of platters which can be tailored to your needs.
WATCH: NADIA COOKS A LEKKER PRAWN DISH
PLEASE COOK FOR ME!
How does Let Me Cook For You work? You contact them via phone or email (website coming soon, see their other contact details below), place your order, and collect your food from Nadia’s home in Surrey Estate. Delivery for platters and catered functions can be arranged. Let Me Cook For You offers card facilities thanks to Yoco.
You might catch Nadia trading at markets like the Revere Market which occasionally pops up in various locations and intimate markets in Crawford at Raglan Studios. Contact Nadia to find out where and when you can pop by and try her legendary tandoori chicken with avo salad (and tempt the kids with sliders).
LET ME COOK FOR YOU
Address: 64 Pluto Road Surrey Estate, Athlone Cape Town
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, +27(0)83 551 1552, Facebook, Instagram
Hours: Mon – Fri 9am–6pm; weekend availability is upon request
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