Jamon. Photo: Voer
An interview with the two bloggers behind Voer is featured today on the South African Food and Wine Directory - itself authored by Jeanne, of Cook Sister!
As anyone who is familiar with my meagre blogroll will know, Voer is a regular read of mine. Co-authored by a 25-year-old Pretoria-based filmmaker, who goes by the blogging name of Arcadia (which is a suburb of Pretoria, and often the subject of her personal blog, Passing the Open Windows) and jvdh, a 28-year-old Southampton-based engineer and PhD candidate - who happen to be romantically involved with each other - Voer is a transcontinental love affair with food and language. Both bloggers write with a finely perceptive clarity that leaves readers not merely hungry but also conscious of having traveled swiftly to another place entirely.
Posts are written in English and Afrikaans, with Arcadia favouring the latter, and reading these is for me a great pleasure, as I grew up, despite my Afrikaans name, going to English speaking schools and speaking mostly English at home. I spoke Afrikaans to my father, but we certainly never talked about food, unless it was to the effect of, Please pass the salt, or Why are you eating the lamb bone that was promised to me?
So onwards and upwards for these two web friends of mine out there. The fact that both cite this blog as inspiration makes me feel quite complicated and very touched. We have not met in person, perhaps one day we will, and perhaps not, but it is a sweet and happy connection. I know I am the better for it.