Where it all started
It started way back in 2003 (18th of May to be specific). I know it was with some friends from church, a picnic with the cell group at Helderberg Nature Reserve. One of those typical May weekends in Cape Town, warm days while the winter is snugging in and pancakes & soup is the general food in most houses.
We were still young in our relationship, and, just maybe, I (Franco) still wanted to impress Anneke. But I also wanted to stay true to myself.
So the picnic was packed with little jars with different food and interesting flavours, and some friends started calling us the “botteltjie-mense” (the jar-people). And still to this day you can always find interesting jars (some small, some bigger) with interesting foods and flavours, some maybe pass the use-by date, in our fridge.
So, why not bring all these flavours together and share it with friends. Hunt bargains and make them available for all to share. If I must think where it all started, it was maybe unintentionally with that basket with different jars on the grass in Helderberg Nature Reserve, living life with friends that are as close as family.