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SuzelleDIY, South Africa’s favourite DIY enthusiast, is returning to TV screens to host Comedy Central’s viral video reaction show, Most Ridiculous.
We sat down for an interview with Suzelle to find out more about the show, the new celebrity friends she’s made and some of her go-to DIY tips.
On Most Ridiculous…
This season is a bit different [the show is back for it’s third season] because they’ve invited me, Suzelle, to be the host – it will bring a real South African flavour to the show. Also, I love YouTube and we’re watching videos and fail videos and shame, people falling off things and hurting themselves. It’s a lot of fun.
Her favourite guests on the show…
There were so many wonderful guests from all different arenas. We had a few comedians like Schalk Bezuidenhout, whom I love! Jason Goliath was another great one. Rugby personalities like Peter De Villiers – he was crazy, and Chester Williams is a stunning guy. Other TV personalities like Riaan Cruywagen whom I adore, he’s just so stunning and we had a lot of fun. And then of course Tumi Morake – she is one of my best. We were crying with laughter when we were together.
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Things are about to get pretty RIDICULOUS guys!! ? My friends at @comedycentralaf invited me to be the star of their new MOST RIDICULOUS show. ⭐️ It starts this Monday, 12 August on Comedy Central. Get ready for some serious lols people. SO excited! #comedycentral #mostridiculous #ccshows
What she enjoyed most…
Meeting new people has really been a highlight for me. Some of these people I would never have dreamed of meeting in my life and it’s really been fun to see another side to them. Making new best friends, obviously, was also fun. I’ve got so many new friends now, celebrity friends. I’ve got all of their numbers and we took Suzelfies. Marianne is going to be so jealous!
Funny behind the scenes moments…
On a show like Most Ridiculous, anything can happen! There were some technical issues – earpieces popping out, guests’ phones ringing in the middle of an interview (not naming any names, Danny K!), Pearl Thusi needed to take a call while we were shooting but you know what, they’re busy people so I understand. It added to the realism of the show.
Her go-to DIY tool for any situation…
In terms of power tools, a drill can help you in any situation. My drill is basically my best friend but I also have other items that I use all the time.
Duct tape, for example, is another one that’s brilliant. I’ve fixed so many things with duct tape and you can do creative things with it. There are different colours, even leopard print! I’ve heard other people made wallets out of duct tape and I’m going to do it: a SuzelleDIY leopard print duct tape wallet. I can’t wait! I love accessories, especially a DIY one. I’m going to get Marianne on it.
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Mark your calendars, guys! It’s almost time for the launch of my new book, Recipes by SuzelleDIY! ? It has everything from my fancy take on Paptert to Bobotie Balls and delicious recipes for your braai. ????✨ Come get your very own copy (and I’ll sign it for you) at one of the spectacular events below! RSVP at the link in my bio — and I’ll see you there, guys! ? . BOOK TOUR DATES: Saturday September 22 Exclusive Books, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town 10:00am – 12:00pm . Saturday September 29 Exclusive Books, Somerset Mall, Somerset West 10:00am – 12:00pm . Friday October 5 Exclusive Books, Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria 3:00pm – 5:00pm . Saturday October 6 Exclusive Books, Sandton City, Johannesburg 10:00am – 12:00pm . There’s it! #SuzelleDIY #RecipeBookTour
Her favourite DIY project for spring…
In terms of spring DIY, a bit of spring cleaning is great. I know it doesn’t sound fun but I love organising! People love that spring cleaning, Marie Kondo kind of thing. She’s amazing; she taught me how to fold t-shirts so you can stack them on their side so when you open the drawer you can see everything. That is brilliant and I’m very inspired by her.
The biggest DIY trend at the moment?
There are so many that I can think of but one that’s still going, which blows my mind, is slime. All the kids love making slime; I was introduced to it by some young Suzelle fans when they asked me to make a video about it and I was just like, “What is this?” I did some research and entered the world of slime and it is huge, let me tell you. I’ve been experimenting at home with different kinds of slime.
Another one is those DIY plant hangers. I love that kind of thing and it’s also great for spring.
The one life hack everyone needs to know?
How to change a plug – that’s very important. There’s a very easy way to remember because it gets confusing with all those wires. The only thing you need to remember is the two important wires; brown and blue. Brown starts with the letter ‘BR’ which means it must go in the bottom right corner. Then blue, which starts with ‘BL’ goes in the bottom left corner. It’s a game-changer.
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A lot of people ask me, “Suzelle, what can I do with all that couscous in my cupboard?” This recipe is really outside the box and I know you’re going to love it! These make a simple and delicious meal on their own served with a crunchy side salad – or why not pop one onto a burger bun to make the ultimate veggie burger! ?? . Serves 6–8 Easy peasy Vegetarian YOu WILL nEED 300 g couscous 350 ml vegetable stock 200 g halloumi, sliced, about 6 slices 250 g sweet potato, cooked 2 tsp fresh mint, chopped drizzle of olive oil 1 large free-range egg, beaten sunflower oil for shallow frying METhOD Place the couscous in a bowl and pour over the hot vegetable stock. Cover with a plate and allow to steam for at least 10 minutes. Fry the halloumi in a non-stick pan until it is nicely browned on both sides. (About 2 minutes per side.) Chop the halloumi into little cubes. Fluff up the couscous with a fork and mash up the sweet potato. Mix the mash together with the haloumi and mint and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add a small drizzle of extra virgin olive oil before adding the beaten egg. Shape the mixture into patty shapes with your hands. They should be firm. Heat some sun ower oil on a medium heat in a medium pan and cook the patties for about 4 minutes per side or until they are golden brown. Don’t crowd the pan! I like to serve these in a burger bun with lettuce, avo, tzatziki and mazavaroo. ??
Catch SuzelleDIY and all her new friends in Season Three of Most Ridiculous, airing exclusively on Comedy Central, DStv Channel 122, every Monday at 21:30.
By Features Writer, Julia Bain