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Food not only gives us sustenance; it plays a huge emotional role in our lives and family histories. Many of our favourite recipes and dishes come with layers of meaning and memories of special celebratory times.

With the festive feasts of the holidays (or the simple braais and salads of summer) still fresh in our minds, we invite you to join us for a workshop ‘Recipes and Memories’ to help you collect your family’s best-loved recipes, with their stories attached.

Artfully record your family recipes

Helen Moffett, veteran of the South African publishing and writing scene, will guide you through how to write recipes (it’s quite an art!), the different platforms you might like to use (blogs, diaries, even family newsletters), practical considerations (illustrations, measurements, acknowledging sources, and so on).

“We’ll also focus on how working with a recipe can prompt a unique memory or tradition. Does your dish have a special story? We’ll help you write those down, too,” says Helen. 

“This workshop is for everyone – no writing experience needed (beginner cooks welcome too!),” she adds. “The idea is to have fun, learn a little about food writing and the practical skills involved in producing a recipe, and record some memories attached to favourite dishes.”

“One goal you might like to set is to record one family recipe and memory a week for the rest of the year, collate them into an attractive folder – or even a book – to give as gifts to your family next holiday season.”

All you need to bring is yourself, pen and a notebook (or a laptop), and a favourite recipe to share with the group.

A little bit about Helen Moffett

Helen Moffett has decades of experience in the local publishing industry and has authored or co-authored more than twenty books. She brings her wealth of knowledge and infectious enthusiasm to the table to help you create art with your treasured family recipes. 

Helen Moffett

Recipes and memories workshop details

Date: 26 January, 5.30pm sharp. The workshop will run for approximately three hours, and light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: R900.

Note: special discount for seniors! If you are over 65, or live in any of the retirement villages in the Deep South, you can attend for only R500.

Payment in advance must be made by Monday 23 January. If after paying, you’re unable to attend because of illness or crisis, we’ll give you a credit towards a future workshop of your choice.

All bookings and payments to be made through Noordhoek Art Point: or call 083 564 2493.

Space is limited, so don’t delay. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there aren’t enough warm bodies.

The gallery itself is wheelchair accessible, but you will need assistance to use the bathroom.

Got a question about this event or interested in a particular piece you’ve seen? Get in touch with us at or call 0835642493.