Pics: Isidingo’s 15th Birthday Celebrations
Last week Isidingo hosted a star studded party in celebration of their 15th birthday. The event was held at Katy’s Palace in Sandton and attended by the cast and former cast members of the award winning soapie.
Guests feasted on a 15 course meal with each course built around the character of an existing cast member. The meal kicked off with a Barker Haines inspired dish – “Liquid nitrogen poached cocktail of vodka and lime with citrus glass shards to represent both cold and cutting nature of the character”, and ended with a traditional birthday cake inspired by Zeb Matabane (Full menu below).
To kick off the birthday campaign, the Isidingo cast members donated their time and a substantial amount of groceries to the C.H.A.N.C.E centre in Springs on Thursday 18 July 2013.
With over 3000 episodes in the bag, Isidingo promises to continue showcasing its ONE NATION VIEWING tag with an intriguing storyline that includes people from all walks of life – from mine shaft workers to wealthy executives – and serves as a reflection of South Africa in the new millennium.
Their words, not ours.
Here are the stars at the event:
Letoya Mangezi and the show creator Gray Hofmeyr
Jamie Bartlett, Linda Sokhulu and Vusi Kunene.
Letoya with Pearl Thusi
Arno Marais who plays Benjamin…
Keketso Semoko with her on screen hubby, Don Mlangeni
Top Billing’s Lorna Maseko was there….
Jamie being gangsta!
The fifteen course menu for each Isidingo character:
COURSE 1: BARKER HAINES (cold, calculating and vicious)
Nitrogen poached meringues – Vodka and lime with citrus glass shards.
Liquid nitrogen poached cocktail of vodka and lime with citrus glass shards to represent both cold and cutting nature of the character
COURSE 2: JEFFERSON SIBEKO (strong silent type)
Tomato espuma. Chilli dukkah. Pickled squid. Dried flower salad?.
The tomato espuma is a creamy mousse which is neutral, but strong in flavour, followed by a kick from the chilli jam and pickled squid to represent the strength beneath the silence
COURSE 3: SKHUMBUSO (the player)
Smooth and silky. Spherical mojito with cigar.
The cigar filled with smoked pork, mustard and sweet cheese is the quintessential ladies man ensign. Salty and sweet with lots of flavour. Mojito bubble that pops in the mouth releasing smooth flavour of white rum, sugar and lime, neutralizes the cigar.
COURSE 4: PRADA (flamboyant and eccentric)
Indian?Clementine sponge. Red curry ‘gems’. Lemon pudding. Micro coriander cream. Puffed brown rice.
Being that he is Indian, I thought curry would be great. The sponge offers lightness and melts away in the mouth to leave an eccentric take on curry and rice.
COURSE 5: NIKIWE
Olive Caviar – Champagne Jelly and Crème fraiche custard.
I thought seen as Pearl plays the part, olive gel balls (pearls) for saltiness like caviar. Crème fraiche and onion custard. Champagne jelly cubes offer sophistication and youthful zest in the same mouthfeel.
COURSE 6: EDDIE (policeman, procedural)
Coffee and Donuts.
Choux buns filled with aerated coffee custard and finished with a sprinkling of coffee dust.
COURSE 7: RAJESH KUMAR (traditionalist)
Conservative Cheese and wine.
Consomme of Chicken as a cappuccino (chicken soup with mature Cheddar cream topping as a cappuccino), with assorted breads
COURSE 8: FRANK XAVIER (Mr News, gets to the core of the story)
Meat fruit. Duck fibres?.
Crème caramel of foie gras in mandarin jelly that looks like an orange. Presented on bark of crunchy duck confit fibres with charcoal salt and leek ash
COURSE 9: LERATO (pure and innocent)
Classic veloute of seafood. Edible sea sand. Seascape.
An all white dish with hints of pure colour from the seafood present the pure and innocent nature of the character through classic cooking style
COURSE 10: SECHABA MOLOI (innovative and ambitious)
White fish, Pork and Cabbage. Grained Mustard. Soy. Onion varieties.
The pairing of fish and pork with cabbage is unlikely, but the innovation creates a great tasting, unexpected outcome.? We can sub pork for the Halaal guests.
COURSE 11: AGNES MATABANE (motherly, stable, reliable)
Beef fillet sous vide. Pearl barley risotto. Mature Cheddar. Garlic foam.
A hearty, homely dish that warms and offers the features of comfort food, wrapped in a soft foamy cloud
COURSE 12: CALVIN XAVIER (colourful, full of spirit)
Springbok loin. Beetroot. Goats cheese. Candy of dates and pistachio. Truffle powder. Edible flower salad.
A colourful, vibrant, flavour packed dish that is visibly and texturally flamboyant
COURSE 13: KATLEGO (bitchy)
Citrus sour. Pastry, custard and marshmallow with lots of sour twists.
All the elements of a lemon meringue deconstructed into separate aspects to show two faced, bitchiness with lots of sour elements to enhance the nastiness
COURSE 14 BEN LE ROUX (dark and dangerous)
A deceiving course of chocolate elements that are made with different percentage cocoa content. Looks sweet but presents as a savoury course.
COURSE 15: ZEB MATABANE
Traditional Birthday Cake.
Can’t help but wonder if the guests managed to eat ALL of that!