Yes, it was indeed a ‘galore’ braai weekend … we had a braai on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 😁.
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).
A (very LONG) weekend away:
This was a celebration of our 25th anniversary and of course, we could think of no better way of celebrating this amazing milestone than in beautiful places next to a fire.
We have spent our first night in a wonderful hotel (and had one of the most delicious dinners ever), but the rest of our 5-day trip was quality time for my husband and me next to the fire in nature … we will show you more of these places in future posts … but now, it’s back to our braai weekends!
- Thursday – De Zeekoe Guest House Farm (Soetdoring Stone Cottages):
What an amazing place! We wish we had more time here – the views are spectacular and the cottage way too cute for words!
We had a very simple meal, but then, it would have been very difficult to have a braai that is equally as wonderful as our view! We’ve decided on a salad out of a bottle (yes!), the famous South African ‘braai broodjie’ (the melted cheese sandwich – you can read about it here) and a HUGE piece of steak.
The setting for our first night’s braai was perfect! The farm is just 7km (4.3 miles) out of town, but it feels as if we were far away from civilization!
After dinner, we sat next to the fire for a very long time. While sipping on a glass of wine, we felt blessed to have such a wonderful time together.
- Friday till Monday – Gamkaskloof, Die Hel (Die Stalletjie):
Yes indeed, translated it means ‘The Hell’ … don’t miss our future posts about this trip to fully understand why this place is called ‘Die Hel’!
Our little house, Die Stalletjie (meaning ‘small stable’), was indeed an old horse stable that was renovated into a tiny holiday house … we were super impressed with this accommodation and were happy that we had the opportunity to spent 3 nights here!
We were tired (no, the right word is probably EXHUASTED) after a ‘hell of a drive’ to get here … so, once again, our braai was pretty simple! For now, it was all about relaxing next to the fire!
Tonight, on the menu: Chicken, Angel kisses (remember those cherries wrapped in bacon mentioned in our braai post # 3), more braai broodjies and some of the leftover curry green bean salad.
After we’ve taken long walks in nature and exploring our surroundings, we were happy to make another fire for dinner.
We’ve found pork kebabs in the town we’ve left yesterday and they looked really tasty – so, tonight we will have them grilled on the fire. Berto also found a bag of ‘roosterkoek’ mix which we will enjoy together with the pork kebabs.
‘Roosterkoek’ … what is that, you might ask. Well, if you google this word, you will find the following: ‘Roosterkoek (literally grill cake – say “roos-stir-cook” and try to roll those r’s!) is the traditional bread to accompany a braai. The roosterkoek are simply balls of bread dough cooked on a grid over the coals and are best eaten piping hot and straight off the grill’.
We’ve decided that tonight would be a great time to start celebrating our 25th anniversary (it was still a couple of days before our actual date), but who’s looking at the calendar ☺️. We’ve celebrated with a well-known drink in South Africa … namely Amarula.
Amarula is a cream liqueur from South Africa. It is made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea) which is also locally called the Elephant tree or the Marriage Tree … see, very appropriate!
Today was a lazy day! It was quite hot and we’ve put our chairs under the shade of a tree close to the fire, got our reading books out and just enjoyed the moment … all of this, while Berto was making a delicious ‘potjie’ (the traditional South African dish cooked in a round cast iron black pot).
This was our last day in ‘Die Hel’ and we’ve used almost all of our food by now … and with the nearest town approximately 3 hours away, we could not pay a visit to the shop quickly. So, we had to make the best from what we had left over. A lamb potjie with sausage, carrots and potatoes sounded like a good idea!
We had a wonderful time, seeing new places and experiencing (sometimes hair raising) adventures … look out for our complete posts on this road trip where we’ve celebrated our 25th anniversary!