Sat Oct 22 23:48:48 SAST 2016

Kwela Tebza's take on mince pies

By unknown | Dec 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

They are a few years apart, but these three musketeers are inseparable. Mpho, 29, Tebogo, 27, and Tshepo, 26, Lorole are known as Kwela Tebza.

They are a few years apart, but these three musketeers are inseparable. Mpho, 29, Tebogo, 27, and Tshepo, 26, Lorole are known as Kwela Tebza.

South Africa's premier pennywhistling group, the brothers have added flavour to the South African music scene with the sound of the pennywhistle.

Having teamed up with hip-hop and kwaito musicians, they have added some old-school jazzy funk to new-age sounds.

Gearing up for the festive season, the brothers are preparing to work tirelessly performing across the country. Last week they performed at the Metro FM Awards and at an Aids benefit concert.

Big on family, the brothers can't wait for Christmas when they will be together with their family and close friends, enjoying each other's company and exchanging gifts.

"On Christmas Day the women are in the kitchen cooking while the men are sitting outside enjoying mince pies," says Tshepo.

So it's only fair that we get these mince pie aficionados to test which mince pies would make for a good dessert this Christmas.

Digging their teeth into the Spar brand mince pies Tebogo immediately likes the good taste of the icing sugar coated pies.

"They taste really nice and are full of raisins. Very fresh and they look nothing like traditional mince pies," says Tebogo.

His older brother disagrees. According to Mpho, the Spar pies are dry and have far too much icing.

Tshepo, on the other hand, thinks these pies are juicy and have a thick filling but agrees with Mpho on the over-coating of the icing sugar.

"They are also moist with a sweet and spicy taste," says Tshepo.

The pies from Woolworths didn't get the nod from the brothers. Tebogo deemed them too dry and not juicy at all.

"They have far too much sugar," Tshepo adds.

"The Woolies pies' filling is cavity causing sweet," proclaims Mpho.

Pick 'n Pay mince pies also didn't get the stamp of approval from Mpho.

"They are too dry and don't taste home-made," he says.

Tshepo says they are similar to the Woolworths pies but have a better bite size.

Tebogo enjoyed the smell of the cinnamon in these pies even though he thought they were a bit dry, but liked the way they were packaged in their little foil pie holders.

It was the mince pies from Fournos that got the standing ovation from the brothers.

"These are the best.

"They are nice and crunchy, the filling is nice and juicy and they have a real Christmas taste," says Mpho.

"They are full of raisins and have a subtle taste and are not too rich," Tebogo says.

"They taste more like pie, the filling is divine and they are easy on the gums," adds the youngest Kwela, Tshepo.

These self-confessed mama's boys sure know their way around food, and it looks like their mother has her work cut out for her this Christmas. - Lerato Matsaneng


Login OR Join up TO COMMENT