Two diabetic pensioners who recently published their own cookbook have received another feather in their cap.
The aunties from Bonteheuwel, who wrote Kook Saam Kaaps, won an ATKV WoordTROfees award in Stellenbosch on Monday.
Florri Schrikker and Koelsoem Kamalie was skoons lam geskrik when they were announced the winners of the Gewildste Boek: Leefstyl category, and needed help getting up on stage.
The “Veertjies” are highly sought after, and other winners on Monday night included songbird Yvonne Chaka Chaka who won the Kontemporêre Musiek, Solo award for her song The Princess of Africa.
The WOW Skool van die Jaar went to Strand Secondary School in Strand.
Auntie Florri and Auntie Koelsoem says they were lured to the ceremony at the Stellenbosch town hall under false pretences.
Auntie Florri says they were invited to come and cook for mense and launch their book at the ATKV Woordfees which was held over the weekend in the town.
They were then asked to come along to the awards ceremony as a thank you.
The book prize goes to the best-selling book at the Woordfees.
Aunty Florri says they maar got dressed up, and when they got there, were taken to sit right in front.
“I did not know what was going on, but my daughter and Tania from Lapa Uitgewers were acting very suspiciously. Then Japie Gouws was called up to announce the award for Gewildste Boek: Leefstyl and he called myself and Koelsoem to the stage,” she says.
Auntie Koelsoem adds: “We are from Bonteheuwel. Ek hettie gewiet watte kant toe nie.”
The future for these oumas looks especially bright – not only will they be bringing out a new cookbook, but they will also be making their debut on television.
Auntie Florri says: “We have a 13-episode cooking show airing from 2 May on VIA on DStv. We are very excited.”