Watch: ‘Taste it here!’ together with Cilliers Brink


By Jhua-Nine Wyrley-Birch

Cilliers Brink, mayor of the Tshwane metro, and his wife, Mariska, visit together in the RNews kitchen for our own and unique cooking program, Try it here!

Try it here! is an informal cooking program where African celebrities, legends and influentials come to make a recipe that is close to their hearts.

In this episode, the mayor and his wife make a delicious steak and gluten-free mushroom sauce together, which is served with pan-fried beans.

Brink talks about what inspired him to enter the political landscape and tells how he maintains a balance between his role as mayor and family man.

Full episodes of this series can be seen on AfriForumTV, while guests’ recipes and a shorter episode with the highlights are available here on RNews.

What are you waiting for, come and taste here!

Cilliers Brink’s steak and mushroom sauce


For the steak

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  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • thyme (fresh)
  • 1 tbsp butter

For the sauce

  • 1/2 pack of mushrooms
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 t cornflour (Maizena)
  • 500 ml fresh cream
  • oil

For the beans

  • green beans
  • a handful of sunflower seeds
  • salt to taste
  • olive oil


  1. Brush the steak with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and thyme. Keep aside.
  2. Finely chop the mushrooms and garlic cloves.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry onions, mushrooms and garlic over low heat until light brown. Add cornflour and cream and stir. Let sauce simmer over low heat.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and fry green beans and sunflower seeds on low heat. Add salt to taste.
  5. Heat butter in a pan and fry steak for 4 minutes on one side, depending on the thickness of the cut.
  6. Cut the steak into strips and serve with sauce and beans.
  • Look here to the full episode on AfriForumTV.
  • Watch the shortened episode here: