SUNDAY DINE LOSING ESSENCE
By: Menelisi Ndwandwe
Back in the days it was a norm that on Sundays, families will sit together and eat a cooked meal. That tradition in a way did not apply for students.
During lunchtime at Seaboard Hotel, a residence for the Durban University of Technology students, there are long queues in the cafeterias as students are buying goods sold by Alpine Food Services.
Thandeka Mhlongo, a town and regional planning student said that she hardly cooks at her room and she doesn’t like a proper cooked meal.
“I do buy grocery but cooking sometimes is the problem. If I’m still able to use my student card to purchase food, I certainly don’t bother myself with cooking. The only time I eat a cooked meal is when I am home. I know my mother will cook a delicious meal,” said Mhlongo.
According to Simphiwe Mtsweni, a life coach, Sunday lunches unite the families.
“It is said that where there is good food, there is love,” said Mtsweni.
One of the students, Zethu Makhaza, said that she will not enforce the tradition of Sunday lunch on her kids.
Students may have forgotten about this tradition, but are has everyone forgotten?
Sipho Mthembu, 32, from Illovu Township reckons that at his home they value the importance of the tradition.
“When I grew up, I used to eat rice and chicken on Sundays and that was the best meal in those days. I carried that practise, my wife goes all out when she cooks on this special day,” said Mthembu.
“My wife Nobuhle, watches channel 178 on DSTV. She takes the recipes and does the implementation on Sundays,” added Mthembu.
James Martin of BBC Good Food has a website with all kinds of recipes for Sunday meals.
Martin says on his site, “Readers can try warm spring vegetables. This vibrant green side dish is a delicious way to serve vegetables alongside your Sunday roast.”
The MEC of Health in KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, said that he encourages people to limit themselves from fast-food and take-ways due to the health reasons.