I know we had a huge braai post last week, but that doesn’t mean we should not have another braai weekend … 😊.
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).
As most of you know, we’ve recently had our 25th wedding anniversary trip … but on the 4th of May we (eventually) celebrated our wedding day. And what better way, than next to the fire – of course, you would say 😁.
Our favourite braai food was on the grid … some of which you already know very well by now! Our favourite snack – yes, you’ve guessed it – ‘oepsies’ (the skewered bacon sticks), yummy lamb chops and another favourite ‘braai broodjies’ (those delicious grilled cheese/tomato/onion sandwiches).
We don’t (often) have too many starchy foods on one plate, but I could not resist in making a potato salad as a side dish (one of Berto’s favourite salads … and we are celebrating after all!)
And what would a celebration be, without dessert? We both love baked puddings and as winter is approaching here in South Africa, I could think of no better pudding than a hot one. The choice fell on ‘Jan Ellis’ pudding. Jan Ellis pudding is a South African dessert named after a much-loved rugby player (Jan Ellis). It is a baked pudding and drenched in a delicious syrup, served warm from the oven with either custard or ice-cream.
Family visit over the weekend in Cape Town:
Since Cape Town is relatively close to us, we took the opportunity to visit family we haven’t seen for some time. And how did they welcome us … with a braai of course!
They’ve prepared a snack we have not made before … jalapeno poppers on the coals. I’m sure most of you would know these: Jalapeno peppers filled with cream cheese and covered with bacon.
Back at home, we bought a chicken flattie at our local store – this chicken takes any braai to the next level. The chicken was already marinated in a barbeque sauce and just had to be braaied to perfection – which was the case with our braai master – it was juicy and tasty!
Back home and no Sunday blues:
After a great time with our family, we drove back home the next day. We decided on one last braai for the weekend. And no surprises here … the braai started with … ‘oepsies’ 😋.
After a weekend of many braai recipes, it was difficult to have something on the fire we have not yet made. Then we remembered the pork chops in our fridge – I just love a good pork chop!
Our side dishes were prepared in the kitchen. Some of you will remember the fresh salad of tomato/basil/mozzarella – that is always a winner with any braai. And since we also had left over mushrooms in the fridge, it was a good time to prepare garlic mushrooms.
I think you know by now that one can never have too many braais during a weekend 😁 … see you again at the next one!