I'm Racquel Mafura-Roberts, founder of Pepper and Stew. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and now live in the UK with my husband.
I love African food.
When I came to the UK back in 2001, the love of food connected me to home and to new friends. I met people from all over Africa and discovered new dishes I’d never tried: Egusi spinach stew, palmnut soup and my favourite of all, jollof rice.
I realised I didn’t know much about African food. There were so many new things to try. I also noticed that most people I came across had either never tried African food, or just had knowledge about food from their home country (they’re missing out)! And, most of all, I found that some African food takes a lot of time to make.
So, I’ve set out to change all that.
I started Pepper and Stew to introduce African food to people who’ve never tried it, to offer fans of African food a place to try more of it, and to simplify the process of cooking it.
Well, first of all, it’s delicious. But beyond the taste buds...
It's a way of seeing people. I hope to share with you - and perhaps in the process make a few discoveries of my own - knowledge of different African cultures through its cuisine. My dream is to travel through sub-Saharan Africa and write about the food and culture from each country. For now, I hope you and I can create an awesome community of African food lovers here.
Where to start?
You can’t go wrong with my Jollof rice with Boerewors dish ( takes under 30 minutes, and it’s the first thing to get devoured at every dinner party.) To me this recipe is special because it fuses together Southern and Western African cooking techniques into one scrumptious dish. Click here to see the recipe and get cooking!
I’ll wind up with one of my favourite quotes:
About Pepper and Stew
If you've ever had a meal at an African home, restaurant or party and wondered how to make it yourself (without sweating over it for hours), then you’re in the right place! Pepper and Stew is where I share my favourite, most successful recipes learnt and tried over the years.
Stock up on Pepper and Stew!
On the products page you can order Pepper and Stew’s own brand of cooking sauces to make some of these stellar African dishes quickly and easily!
Our award-winning products are made from scratch using finest quality, fresh and natural ingredients and do not contain any artificial preservatives whatsoever. Up to date, they have graced the shelves of Partridges, Harrods, Dean and Deluca - Middle East and The British Library Shop. We also have them available in a few delicatessens and gourmet food stores. Our Egusi sauce won a Great Taste Star Award and our Jollof sauce was nominated for the Free from Food Awards. All our products come with recipes for you to try so you’re not left in the dark.
Want to get creative?
We’d love for you to share your creations using Pepper and Stew products. Just take a picture of your culinary masterpiece and post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use #mypepperandstew. We’ll pick and spotlight winning creations for our Pepper and Stew ‘Pic of the Month’ so, be on the lookout for an email - this month’s winner could just be you!
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