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Beer, Braai, Bacon and Boerie – How we do Heritage Day

Sorry that you were not able to spend Braai Day with us. If you had, you would’ve had some damn good food. I’m sure your own Heritage Day celebrations where just “fine”. As fine as anything that doesn’t end with ice cream sandwiches can be!

I’m not posting any recipes this Braai Day, instead I am going to share some of my favorite recipes, spots in Pretoria giving you everything you need for a good braai, and a couple of photo’s of our exploits.

Beer and Bacon Mac and Cheese recipe courtesy of Simply Delicious

I buy my meat from Kings Meat Deli

Coals provided by some well-lit Charka Brickets

I get my Ice Cream from Royal Danish, which if you haven’t been there, is a real must! Even if you need to drive to Pretoria just to try it!

And for the photos:

‘n Lekker stukkie wors!

Getting the chicken espetada ready

Beer and Bacon Mac and Cheese

How did that sneak in there?

There at least has to be one healthy item on the table.

Royal English Toffee from Royal Danish

Closing braai day with ice cream sandwiches

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Heritage Day and celebrating the braai!

Everyone has traditions. Like in my family we believe in traditional medicine, which means that when we get a headache, we take a Disprin, because that is what we’ve done for generations.

On the 24th of September, South African’s celebrate Heritage Day, which means each South African gets to celebrate their own unique heritage. A lot of South Africans choose to do this by doing something that has become synonymous with being South African, and that is to crack open an ice-cold beer, and getting a “lekker stuk of wors” on the braai.

So in celebration of Heritage Day, here are some videos that celebrate the braai!

BraaiBoy breaks the current record for the longest braai

Know your wood from you wood with Jan and Neels

Ons gaan nou braai!” (which also explains the South African definition of “Now now”)

Bringing the girls to the braai

And have a look at my favorites from last year.

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Chop, Dop and Roll – part 2

I have finally recovered enough from my Malva induced coma to actually be able to sit up in front of my pc for longer than 5 minutes at a time.

Which means that I get to think back on the part 2 of our 2 part Braai Day weekend.

As any “tong-master” worth half his meat knows, bread is as compulsory at a braai as a decent pair of braai tongs, a bowl of biltong and a cold six-pack are.

Everyone knows that the humble bread roll can in some cases be substituted, normally for: a brown bread roll; or maybe for a seed bun; and sometimes even, when people are feeling unusually adventurous, maybe a seed loaf.

In the interest of spicing things up a little bit, and also as October and Halloween are swiftly approaching (almost as quickly as temporary costume shops should now be popping up in NYC) the LIB decided that this would be the perfect time to introduce some pumpkin to the traditional South African braai bread.

On to the menu then!

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Chop, Dop and Roll – part 1

On account of the fact that I missed out on Braai Day (Heritage Day) last year, and seeing as though it fell on a Saturday this year, it just made sense that instead of a Braai Day, we would rather have a braai weekend (Yes I know, sometimes I even amaze myself)!

We were lucky enough this year to actually be invited to the braai’s, and at neither of these did we have to supply the meat, so instead I ensure that the Live In Baker (LIB) focused her attention on areas that she is far better suited towards, and that of course is baking.

The first item on the menu was Malva Pudding, the dessert for the first braai. The decision to make Malva went something like this:

LIB: “You know, you haven’t had any Malva Pudding since before you left for the US.”

Me: “Impossible, don’t be silly!”

LIB: “Seriously, think about it.”

Me: “That decides it, you’ll be making Malva!”

Some decisions are easier to make than others!

The LIB gives a trade secret away, "Custard is just better if it comes out of a box"

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Its Braai Day!

The 24th of September heralds Heritage Day here in South Africa. In a nut shell this is when we  remember the cultural heritage of the many different cultures that make up the population of South Africa.

And for the past couple of years, there has been a move to celebrate one tradition, that spans all the different cultures in our country, and that is to Braai (lending Heritage Day its other name – Braai Day)!

In the spirit of Braai Day, I thought I’d share some links, which will hopefully result in a clearer understanding of this proud event:

1. Sorry Rebecca Black, but yes, even your song has been improved and adapted for Braai Day.

2. Understanding the complexities behind braai culture (ladies, I suggest you take notes)

3. The official anthem of braai day.

Now, the braai is traditionally the domain of Man, so I’ve let the LIB take the day off. I’ve made sure there is a 6-pack (or ten) in the fridge. The wors is defrosted, the steaks are marinated! Normally I would also make sure that the coals are hot, but even I have given into to a gas braai (check me, embracing technology).

Now all that’s left is to decide is, do I wear slops or do I go barefoot?

 

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