Dinner with Fry’s Family Foods

I’ve always dreamt of having a chef at home. To me cooking is an art and very few people can master it, unfortunately I’m not one of those. I’m really trying to enjoy my time in the kitchen by learning new recipes and trying different cooking methods.

When Fry’s family foods emailed asking if I would be interested in hosting a dinner party for 9 friends, why on earth would I say no?! This was an opportunity I would most probably get once in a lifetime! I quickly replied without even thinking about it and said a big YES! If you didn’t know, November is World Vegan month. Fry’s decided to use this opportunity to show people how vegetarian food can be tasty, healthy and pretty looking!

World Vegan Month is November every year, commemorating the coining of the term, ‘vegan’ and the founding of The Vegan Society in November 1944.  You can read more about the history here.

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About Fry’s Family Food: 

“From small innovative beginnings in the Fry’s Family kitchen, Fry’s has become an international success. In an effort to seek vegetarian varieties Wally and Debbie Fry, both committed vegetarians, began making protein alternatives or meat analogues for their own consumption. In 1992, just one year later, these ideas formed the canvas for innovative discovery which led to the establishment of Fry Group Foods. Fry Group Foods is still owned and run, passionately, by the Fry’s Family and has grown in product and stature to where it is today.”

I’m not a vegetarian and I don’t think I will ever be but that doesn’t mean I wont eat a full course vegetarian meal. My biggest problem is getting flavors that work together. I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to learn from the best and get some tips.

Planning the dinner party was easy, my husband and I smsed (actually whatsapped) friends and found a few that were available on the date we set. I was super excited for this; I’ve never had a chef in my small kitchen before and I was so eager to eat vegetarian food (can you believe it?).

Everyone that attended wasn’t sure what was happening or why we were hosting this but we filled them in as soon as they arrived. A few of my friends were confused on how vegetarian food can be served as fine dining but by the end of the night they were sold!

Chef Pieter arrived first, it was an honour to meet a man who is so talented and clean in the kitchen. He started preparing and I was already impressed by his knife techniques and multitasking.

Chef Peter

The kitchen was filled with a variety of ingredients which I never thought could be used together. The aroma of these flavours filled the house as my guests arrived eagerly waiting to learn more about Fry’s.While Chef Pieter was busy with the first course, we mingled and had a catch up session with friends we haven’t seen in ages. Kitana was super excited to have company over and she definitely used that to her advantage. My guests were taken to her playroom for some “high tea” before dinner was served.


First course – Warm Sesame Toasted Strips 

I’ve never eaten Fry’s chicken strips before so it was something I was nervous about since I’m quite picky with taste. I loved that it wasn’t overwhelming to the palette! It was light and refreshing. I think this would be one of the easier dishes to make from the 3 we tasted. The pomegranate added flavour to all the dishes prepared.

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Second course – Tooti Fruity Chicken Burger 

Chef used the chicken style burgers for this dish. It was simple but yet sooo filling! Definitely my favorite from the night. It’s a dish I would have on a monday or friday if I’m really tired and don’t feeling like cooking a big meal. It’s healthy and tasty so why not?!

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Third Course – Zesty C-Food Coconut 

This was a spicy Thai curry using meat-free crispy prawns. Vije (My husband) really enjoyed this while it was my least favorite. It was a bit too spicy for me and that’s why the non Sri Lankan in the room didn’t like it. Once again the chef demonstrated you can cook healthy food with ingredients found in your kitchen.

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By the end of the third course, everyone was too full to even think about dessert and decided to relax and laugh at Vije’s weird jokes instead of eating the “non healthy” (swiss roll) option which I provided for the night.

I want to compliment Chef Pieter for creating outstanding dishes and working exceptionally well in the kitchen. He definitely grabbed everyone’s attention in the room and it made the guys realise it isn’t that difficult to cook after all. Let’s hope Vije cooks one of these dishes for me.

To Fry’s Family Foods and the team, thank you for including me in this beautiful journey. It’s definitely one of the highlights for my first year of blogging and it’s a night I will never forget.

You created memories around the dinner table with a group of friends and now you’ve become a part of the family to everyone who indulged.

To my readers, you can download a free e-book from the Fry’s food website. The eCookbook has over 30 delicious meat free recipes using their products and has contributions from Debbie and Wally Fry as well as South Africa’s first MasterChef, Deena Naidoo.

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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m an entrepreneur and a sucker for good adventures. I was listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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  1. 2014-11-21 / 11:11

    I would LOVE to try the warm sesame seed strips, they sound absolutely delicious! 🙂

  2. Masshole Mommy
    2014-11-21 / 15:10

    Look at all that amazing food!! I would love those sesame chicken strips!

  3. 2014-11-21 / 16:54

    This all looks so delicious!

  4. 2014-11-21 / 17:38

    Everything looks delicious! Especially those sesame seed strips!

  5. 2014-11-21 / 18:17

    I don’t know if I could eat something that looks like good. Like you said, its like art. It looks too good to be eaten. Hehe

  6. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    2014-11-21 / 20:06

    This looks like such delicious food. I love the look of that chicken burger, so delicious!

  7. 2014-11-21 / 20:14

    I would love for him to come cook in my home too! Every night 😀 Your pictures look so yummy!

  8. Catherine S
    2014-11-21 / 20:36

    The food looks really good. I would like to try the sesame seed strips they sound interesting.

  9. 2014-11-21 / 22:04

    What a nice showcase.. I did not know November is a Vegan month! I am a vegetarian.. and have tired to become a vegan.. but quite unsuccessful!

  10. 2014-11-21 / 22:43

    This is so awesome. I would love to have a chef in the kitchen. The dishes looked rather appealing 🙂

  11. 2014-11-21 / 23:04

    Gorgeous foods 🙂 They look so good and beautifully presented!

  12. 2014-11-21 / 23:23

    The meals look so delicious. It would be amazing to have a chef come in and cook for me!

  13. 2014-11-21 / 23:58

    these are things i can eat.. i am not veagan but i am eating clean.

  14. 2014-11-22 / 01:36

    I could eat this, at least try it, what delicious looking food. Perfect presentation that makes my belly growl 🙂

  15. 2014-11-22 / 01:46

    That’s some super fancy food! I’d love to give it a try.

  16. Elizabeth O.
    2014-11-22 / 02:54

    I think this is a perfect lunch or dinner food entree with your love one. And being served with a culinary expert like Chef Pieter can be an add up special!

  17. 2014-11-22 / 04:05

    I need to try the sesame toasted strips. My life won’t be complete until then.

  18. 2014-11-22 / 04:34

    The chicken burger looks really tasty. Id love to have a cook once in a while.

  19. 2014-11-22 / 05:54

    I’ve been eating less meat these days and I’m always looking for meatless meals. Everything looks great, want to try the chicken burger.

  20. Sandy
    2014-11-22 / 07:31

    Tutti Fruity chicken burger looks delicious. It is so cool that you got to host Fry’s dinner at your place!! I would love having a chef at my place. 🙂

  21. 2014-11-22 / 20:21

    That sounds like an amazing experience! Glad that I had lunch already because this post was delicious.

  22. 2014-11-22 / 20:39

    This photos look delicious. Thank you for sharing about this event with us.

  23. 2014-11-22 / 23:46

    Wow what I would give to have a chef come to my house to make a delicious dinner I could never made myself! This looks sooo good!

  24. 2014-11-22 / 23:57

    This is just a fantastic post! My mom is a vegan and it is so hard to cook for her! This looks so fun and absolutely delicious.

  25. 2014-11-23 / 01:10

    If I won the lotto I’d totally hire a FT chef. 🙂 I am a vegetarian, but I cook meat every day for the family. My husband doesn’t think it’s a meal if it does’t have that meat.

  26. Mrs. Mashed Up
    2014-11-23 / 04:27

    I’m not a vegetarian either, however I would try this. That chicken sandwich looks yummy.

  27. 2014-11-23 / 05:04

    I did not know that November was Vegan Month. I love seeing your photos – beautifully plated entrees just make you want to eat them no matter what ingredients are used.

  28. 2014-11-23 / 13:07

    wow! Chef Pieter did a great job.. love to try the tooti fruity chicken burger 🙂

    • 2014-11-25 / 08:31

      It was soooo yummy! Thanks for reading.

  29. 2014-11-23 / 14:53

    This looks amazing! Really want to try and have a chef come at my house and cook a great meal for my family.

  30. 2014-11-23 / 15:50

    Wow! Where you able to walk away or did you have to be rolled away! That was a ton of delicious food! (BTW – I had no idea this was Vegan Month). Loved the recap!

    • 2014-11-25 / 08:30

      Lol, I just made it to walk! What an experience.

  31. 2014-11-23 / 16:08

    Omg, that sounds like sooo much fun!! I’m not a vegetarian myself but aspire to be every few weeks, lol. I’m convinced that if I got better at cooking vegetarian entrees that I would be so much happier. This is a great resource! Thanks for the info!

  32. Melissa Smith
    2014-11-23 / 19:15

    I’m not vegetarian or vegan, but I could definitely eat that food every day! Everything looks so incredibly delicious!

  33. 2014-11-23 / 19:20

    We have a few Vegan family members. We always make a few different Vegan options for them. I have a few recipes i have converted to Vegan.

  34. 2014-11-23 / 23:23

    I mostly eat vegan even though I’m a vegetarian, so that’s good news to hear that it’s vegan month. This is my first time hearing about that!


  35. 2014-11-24 / 00:20

    I am a veggie and love seeing food like this so good what they can come up with.

  36. 2014-11-24 / 01:47

    I have never had a chicken burger before but it look amazing. I would love to try this.

  37. 2014-11-24 / 15:57

    I dream of having a chef at home too. I surely would gain weight if that happens. LOL. I’m drooling over your photos. They all look yummy!

  38. 2014-11-24 / 18:47

    I would love this!!! I’m a vegetarian, and I also don’t have a gift for cooking. I wish I did, but I wing it. Food looks great! Peace, Debbie

  39. 2014-11-24 / 19:40

    What a cool night you had! And the food looks absolutely yummylicious! Wish I had been invited… 😉

    • 2014-11-25 / 08:32

      Next time 😉 I shall skype you hehe!

  40. 2014-11-24 / 21:53

    I love finding things like this. It all looks amazing.

  41. Heather
    2014-12-02 / 21:47

    wow lucky fish that sounds yummy! :0

    • 2014-12-04 / 09:47

      What an experience.

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