What I… Alida Ryder from Simply Delicious

oday I am super excited to interview Alida from Simply Delicious – one of the most popular food blogs in South Africa.

Alida grew up in food-adoring family and I became a really good cook through trial and error. The name of her blog was born out of her twins reactions to her food…. “mmmm delicious”. The food she makes is always simple with flavour, texture and quality always high on the priority list.

Here she shares her answers to my “What I…” questions


What I…


I know that life if short and precious. I know that being kind is probably the best thing you can be and I know that having a sense of humour is a blessing and one that not too many people are lucky enough to have. I know that without my family I would probably be nothing.


I love my wonderful family, food, shoes, make-up, visits to my hair dresser, lunch with my best friend, afternoon naps and Summer days spent by the pool. I love that my husband and I still make each other laugh until our stomachs hurt, that my children are happy and healthy and that I am building a career for myself while doing what I love.


Anything by Marian Keyes and Dean Koontz. I was also completely infatuated with the 50 Shades series.


I want my children to grow up to be kind, compassionate adults who will remember to not take themselves too seriously. I want a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, I want a food-focussed trip to NYC and I want to lie on a beach drinking cocktails with my husband.


I wear mostly jeans, tops and pumps/sandals but sometimes like to dress my jeans up with pretty tops and heels. I am lucky enough that I work from home so I get to be casual most of the time.


Even though I feel like I need a lot of things, I’ve realised that the only thing I really need is laughter and my family. I am lucky to be surrounded by a humorous family so I laugh a lot.


Simple and Delicious book


Alida’s blog might be just over 2 years old but through it she has realized some amazing things and has just published her first cook book with Penguin Books SA called Simple and Delicious: Recipes from the heart. It is being published in Afrikaans too as Heerlik & Maklik: Hartskos. Look out for it in good book stores around South Africa.

She also works as a freelancer in the food industry as a stylist, photographer and doing recipe development (her main passion).


Images: Alida Ryder

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.