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2014-10-23 05:00

Johannesburg – Not only can he sing and bust some impressive moves, but J’Something, the vocalist from one of SA’s hottest bands MiCasa also knows his way around the kitchen.

The singer will showcase his culinary talent on his cooking show, Somethings Cooking every Wednesday at 19:00 on Msanzi Magic (DStv 161).

We had a quickie with J about his passion for food, whether he wears an apron and what his meat preference is.

A Channel24 quickie is a brief or spontaneous episode consisting of frisky questions in which celebs and Channel24 have a brief frolic leaving all parties involved feeling satisfied and craving a cigarette.


Where did your love for cooking stem from?

My love for cooking has always been there. I’m Portuguese and one thing that I remember growing up is that the table was never there to eat on, it was there to lay all the food on. You had to grab a chair and a find a space to eat because there was no space at the table to actually eat. The cooking passion has developed since I was 17, but the passion for food and being exposed to good food has always been there.

What can viewers expect to see on the show?

I am very excited! People can expect to see me. They will see a different side of me. The whole idea about the cooking show was that I wanted to give back to the people who have made me who I am and allow an extra window to another part of my life. My kitchen: where I relax and have a lot of fun outside of music. It’s not a strictly a cooking show. It’s a cooking show/slice of my life. You’re not going to see random celebrities popping in at my house. You’re going to see my friends and my family people that I actually interact with and not a random celebrity chopping things. You’re going to see me making food. I am not a chef we’re all just people who like food and sometimes when I want to make something I do check out recipe books, go online and phone my mom or my cousin where ever I can get advice from and take a little bit of this and that and make my own dish. That is what the show is about, showing people that if J from Micasa can make a pork sandwich or leg of lamb in the oven or fresh pasta or pizza at home, so can I. I want to throw away the terminology and show you visually that it’s not necessarily about the science it’s about the love and passion for food. It’s showing people the passion that I have. The one is music and the other one is making food.

If you were to write a song about food, what would you call it?

It would be a gospel song, I would call it ‘Thank You Lord for food’!

What would you cook to impress a lady?

I would make fresh pasta in front of her. I would fry up some garlic and onions in olive oil and add fresh herbs. And if she likes pancetta I’d add that. I would make a carbonara and have some red wine with it. For desert I would make a crème bruelle and have some coffee afterwards. 

Do you cook with an apron or without one?

It depends on what I’m cooking. If I’m making some pizza and pasta I might. But most of the time I don’t wear an apron.

Mild, hot or extra hot?


Channel24: When it comes to meat, are you a breast or thigh man?

I actually like wings, I’m a wing man. If I had to choose between the two I would probably go for the breast. 

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