Sisters Annalie Nel and Zuretha Roos grew up in the lovely Hex River Valley where their great-great-grandfather settled as a farmer during the middle of the 19th century. They have enduring memories of Ouma Sannie’s farm kitchen and the food and lavish dinners she prepared. Their mother was a splendid cook and had a wide repertoire of dishes, some of which are included here. One of her pièces de résistance was her succulent, roast Muscovy duck, served as a fortnightly Sunday feast with crispy potatoes and home-grown veggies.
The sisters fondly remember the golden-brown bird that adorned their Sunday dinner table. With these culinary doyennes preceding them, it’s no wonder that an enthusiasm for food is embedded in their genes. Annalie prefers the more traditional, family recipes and is the custodian of the heirloom recipes, while Zuretha tends to experiment with new tastes. Their differing approaches to food ensure that Roast Duck on Sunday includes a wide variety of sumptuous recipes, from comforting soups and traditional roasts to zesty salads and surprisingly simple desserts.