Megan Rodseth, owner of The Gypsy Kitchen Vegan Bakery, Jozi’s only 100% vegan bakery, shares her Green Route
The Gypsy Kitchen is Johannesburg’s only 100% vegan bakery and owner, Megan Rodseth, runs the bakery, baking and creating every single cake, cookie and baked good on her own.
The bakery came about when Megan met her partner, Norman, who loved sweet things but, as a vegan, he struggled to find vegan baked goods. In a bid to impress him Megan, and his daughter Bayley, used to bake together on Sundays.
Megan used to bake for friends out of her home but soon found that combining her full-time job as a swimming coach and baking, became too much. She decided to quit her swimming job and open up The Gypsy Kitchen.
Here Megan shares her Green Route, her five favourite green spaces and places in and around Johannesburg (and Magoebaskloof).
The Gypsy Kitchen
The Gypsy Kitchen is my creative space, a space that I am so proud of because along with my dad we built it with our hands and every day I get to help people with 100% vegan and allergy-free treats. I get to be creative and push my creative boundaries using food. I get to see kids and adults faces light up when handing over their custom celebration cakes. I love that I get to support other small local businesses by using and stocking their products.
The Joburg Fresh Produce Market
The Joburg Fresh Produce market can be found in City Deep, Johannesburg city centre and it is quite an experience. You cannot leave there without a buzz. You have to go early as the fresh produce gets sold out pretty quickly. We arrive at about 5am and then it’s all systems go. There is a system we have got down as it can be quite overwhelming. There are sheds and sheds of fresh produce, forklifts moving at crazy speeds, beeps of cars and trucks, people from all walks of life from street vendors to restaurant owners to big local supermarkets. We go to stock up on fruits and vegetables for our family. Being vegan we eat a lot of fresh produce and together with two other couples our veggie run is way more cost effective and the experience itself is something everyone should experience at least once. We don’t leave without a fresh pap and beans from the ladies who have food stalls there, eaten on the bonnet of our car as the sun comes up. Joburg Market
Leafy Greens Cafe
Leafy Greens Cafe, a hidden gem, can be found on the Casalinga grounds in Muldersdrift. It’s a small restaurant run by Antonia and her team. Leafy Greens cater for vegan and vegetarian foodies. They have a dedicated menu but their buffet is our go-to. We like to go early on a Sunday so we get to see them bringing up the day’s picks from their enormous gardens to be prepared for the buffet. We love to walk through the gardens at the end of our meal and see how it changes throughout the seasons. They have the most beautiful flower garden to attract bees so that the bees can help pollinate the veggies and the cycle goes on. Leafy Greens Cafe
Read Antonia’s Leafy Greens Cafe Green Route here
Our garden has taken us about four years to yield some amazing fruit and vegetables. I will admit I definitely don’t have green fingers, I help in the garden but all the credit goes to my partner, Norman. We have kale, spinach, broccoli, turmeric and ginger. Pink and purple potatoes, Malawi cucumbers and chillies. Custard apples, figs, apples, lemons and limes, avo trees and pomegranates and one of our favourite trees that has just taken off, papaya. Being vegan isn’t just about what we eat so we use all our offcuts and put them in a container which we put in our earthworm box and then transfer into our soil to help our garden grow.
Our Farm: Blueberry Heights
Our family farm in Magoebaskloof is our favourite place to visit. With no electricity, no cell phone reception, just rolling mountains, avo, mango and litchi plantations. Blue gum forests and fresh mountain air. This is where we come to refresh our minds and bodies. Our absolute favourite place to go here is Blueberry Heights at The Mountain Sanctuary restaurant. It’s an organic blueberry farm where you can pick your own blueberries. Rows and rows of blueberry bushes, it’s magical.
The Gypsy Kitchen Vegan Bakery can be found at the Sunninghill Village shopping centre. Corner Maxwell Drive and Edison Crescent.