At this stage half the planet must know what a braai is! Yes, it’s the name South Africans have given the ubiquitous BBQ. A Saffer braais while the rest of the world bbq’s! However, the braai grid needs to get cleaned before every braai so this is me burning it clean! Little did I know the photo will be so good and the creeper trellis in the background will add to the effect!
No plants, animals or people were harmed in the filming of this post!
Bread and berries… connected? How? I’m going to show you a few photos to get the ball rolling…
The makings of a toasted sandwich or two…
Berries in a bowl. Connected? Not on your life. How would the two mix? Essentially they can’t and don’t. Until you take a step back. No… don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest you put berries on your toastie.
Both are foodstuffs… both are the basics for something good. On this day both were being prepared in the same kitchen. My good lady was making brunch while I was cleaning the berries… to add into a few loaves. There’s another connection. The berries came about 100 kms. The grand-kids helped with the picking, in their own garden. So, as a reward, one of the loaves went back to where the berries originated.
That’s food for you… it connects people. It connects cultures. Yep, even when things look totally unrelated they can be connected. Now, I’m wondering… could a berry toastie be an option? Nice and warm… with a dollop of rum and raisin ice cream splodged on top??
I’ve spent many hours in the past working on the food and photos to accompany a post for this blog. However, I’m prone to forget about my good intentions until a weekly photo challenge arrives on a Friday afternoon. The title for this post has been sitting dormant since early in the month.
So, why not show you a gallery and tie it to this week’s challenge? After all, you’ll have to agree with me, if you’ve enjoyed a simple yet great feed then you must surely have had a good day! (The photos are sequential so click on them for the captions, from left top onward!)
Food, for so many, is the inspiration for many of life’s activities! Just think of all the TV programs dedicated to food and it’s production. Think of all the books and magazines, the recipes you see that may spark an idea. I often find inspiration just by seeing a word or picture. A word like peri-peri… combine that with chicken.
Lemon and garlic… combine that with fish. Whatever you enjoy, there can be little as satisfying as a great bit of food cooked to perfection on the braai! But, before we get meat to the bbq we first have to prepare the marinade… even the colours are inspiring!
I’ll have to confess… I’ve neglected this blog!! If I’d paid as much attention to my eating habits I’d long be dead. So… why don’t I show you a loving close up… ala Floyd, of the makings of a lemon, herb and honey chicken marinade I’ve been working on in the last while… fun!
Who could deny that an outdoors braai is way better than an indoors oven roast? Well, some may say you’d better do it outdoors otherwise you’ll burn the house down and to be honest, there’s most certainly a grain of truth in that line of thought. However, apart from protecting the roof over one’s head the food just tastes about 327.3975% better!
South African friend Rider wished me a Happy St Patrick’s day… and suggested he’d be getting himself a few cans of Guinness to join the celebrations… from a distance. Not long after my reply to his comment he responded by saying he’d managed to secure the last two cans of Guinness at his local provider.
You have to remember… he’s sitting about 10 thousand miles from the source so even getting two cans is a win-win! So, I meekly pointed out that he could celebrate in good SA tradition… with a good Pinotage!
Rider liked the idea so I agreed to take up the challenge myself… as they say in the classics… another Irish South African tradition is born!
Don’t get me wrong… I’m sure Rider enjoyed a good Pinotage… I just had to make do with the best I could find in Ireland at short notice… 2014 screw-cap… aaah well, it’s red and the label says South Africa!