Tributes have poured in from across the country after Bonteheuwel’s beloved cook and author, Florence Schrikker, 67, died on Saturday September 12.
Auntie Flori, as she was affectionately known, died after complications from a heart-bypass operation.
Her sister, Brenda Carlson, said the family was grateful for all the care she had received while in hospital for several weeks.
“Medically, the doctors did whatever they could to save her, but unfortunately her kidneys were damaged and she needed dialysis. She also developed pneumonia.”
Her sister had been a people’s person who had loved to do public speaking and motivational talks, she said.
“Diabetes took a toll on her body, but even after her leg was amputated, she did not allow that to stop her. She loved cooking and she loved her hats. Whenever we were looking for her at any occasion, we would always look out for her hat to find her,” she said.
Auntie Flori and her friend, Koelsoem Kamalie (affectionately known as Auntie Koelie), gained international recognition for their award-winning cook books, Kook Saam Kaaps, and Soettand. The two also had a television show. It all started when Auntie Koelie’s son, Riaz, wrote to radio presenter Amore Bekker to tell her of his mother’s excellent cooking.
Her show, Tjailatyd, on Radio Sonder Grense, then invited Auntie Koelie to share some of her recipes. Soon Auntie Flori joined her, and the two became regular contributors to the show.
Together, Auntie Flori and Auntie Koelie captured the hearts of many. Auntie Koelie died of kidney failure in April.
The MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, was among those who paid tribute to Auntie Flori.
“When one thinks of Flori, you automatically also think of Koelsoem, as these two neighbours took all of us with them on their journey from their homes to various stages and screens across the country. They became synonymous with good food, warm welcomes and many entertaining moments. Most of all, they were always extremely authentic and kind to all of those they met. The Western Cape is certainly poorer with the loss of both of these great women. Flori will always be remembered as a true legend of Bonteheuwel and in the province.
“We express our heartfelt condolences to Auntie Flori’s family, friends and all the fans she made over the last years. We know she has touched many hearts and brought inspiration to all those around her. Her recipes will still continue to bring a smile to many for years to come,” Ms Marais said.
Ward councillor Angus McKenzie described Auntie Flori as a stalwart and a hero.
“She will be sorely missed for her amazing heart, giving nature and amazing dishes she cooked. Auntie Flori’s passing is a huge shock to the community, and in our sadness we want to thank her family for sharing her, her talents and her love with each and everyone of us,” Mr McKenzie said.