We’re back again with our next ‘braai’ weekend edition … amazing how time flies when you’re having fun 😊.
Just a reminder: “What is a braai”?
The word ‘braai’ is an Afrikaans word, meaning barbecue. This means you grill or roast (mostly) meat over the open coals – something South Africans love to do (especially over weekends).
We had a braai on Friday evening – to celebrate the start of the weekend and another one on Sunday (still, to celebrate the weekend 😁).
Friday evening kicked off with a big fire! And then it was time to prepare our Espetada. While Espetada is actually a traditional Portuguese cuisine (cooking food on skewers), we’ve put a South African twist to it … using prime sirloin steak, heaps of fresh garlic and bay leaves.
To add as a side dish, we’ve fried onion in a pan, then add young baby marrows and a can of diced tomatoes.
It was a great way starting our weekend and after putting ‘boerewors’ (traditional South African sausage) on the fire, we were ready to enjoy a fine meal!
While we are now entering the season of autumn, most of our days are still sunny and warm. This meant we could be heading straight for our outside braai.
As a side meal, we’ve once again turned to the trusted mushroom. We’ve filled the mushrooms with cheddar-, mozzarella- and cream cheese, baby spinach, chopped garlic and an egg. After baking in the oven for about 15 minutes, these were ready to be plated.
Our appetizer was in the form of ‘Angel Kisses’ – bacon strips filled with cherries. You are guaranteed to lick your fingers after eating these 😉.
Pork is currently selling at really affordable prizes here in South Africa. We’ve bought a few pork chops and after adding some braai spices, these were sizzling away on the coals.
Our wine for today, has a bit of history to it … we love dogs and had two golden cocker spaniels some years ago (they have passed on in the meantime, but we have wonderful memories of them). Our female spaniel was called Juliet … and when we saw the wine with the same name as our beloved dog, we just had to buy a bottle!
And so, we’ve ended another weekend braai with great food and good wine.
Next weekend, we are camping (again) … this time on a wine farm and we hope to show the beauty of this place to you, as well as some new braai recipes. Until then … 🔥