Chicken Like Nando’s?

I’ve had a craving for Nando’s for a while now. We do have a franchise a few miles away but I’m never there so my craving remains… until you find a recipe to make your own. So, the internet’s box of tricks again came up with the goods. Do click here to see the recipe I based my makings on.

I had a bright moment and part cooked the chicken on the braai in the foil tubs (covered with foil). This meant the pieces were evenly cooked through so they didn’t need too much fiddling on the hot coals!!

Lessons Learned?

  • when I do this recipe again I’ll have the pieces smaller and won’t part cook them quite as long at this time
  • I’ll make the hot mix hotter… there was too little Tabasco and chilly in this mix!
  • as always… try and marinade the meat as long as possible… in this case 24 hours would have been better than the 15 I had at my disposal…
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The 21st Braai!

Well, actually we had 2 braai’s… one on Friday night and one on Saturday evening for the family that couldn’t make it on Friday. As it’s always a bit of an issue when one braai’s for many folk, who bring their own meat, it’s difficult to get the evening synchronised. So, to get the ball rolling, we did chicken wings and cocktail sausages for starters. The birthday boy requested steak and marinated pork belly ribs so that followed the starters. Fortunately, most folk brought steak and chicken so it made life easier. I do notice that there’s no photo of the ribs… believe me, they went a long way to filling the grid on their own!

Later in the evening the lad had to blow out the candles!! 

Blow lad... blow!!

On Saturday evening the main course was pork chops, another of the birthday boy’s favourites. The pic shows some of the mix and match again… the ever popular spicy wings and porkies for snacks along with beef burgers for the kids. To the right of the picture are 2 beef kebabs… for birthday boy’s expecting sister. Just to the left of the kebabs are 3 large chicken breasts marinated in a Caribbean sauce, specially for birthday boy’s sister’s partner. Then some of the pork chops in their initial stages of browning…

Another wonderfully laden grid!!

Believe me when I say we all enjoyed the fun! Thanks to everyone for a very memorable weekend! Thanks too the GLW for all her help!!

PS – No, we ate balanced meals… veggies, potato bake, bread, salad… even cake for dessert! We’re more Paleo that carnivore, that I promise!

Lamb Sosaties…

Whoopy!! We have meat on the braai again! No baking skills today… just real carnivorous culinary delights!

On Saturday we had a wee celebratory braai. If you really must know the reason, yours truly completed another orbit around the sun. I wanted to add a bit of variety so I did some homework. We usually have steak for birthdays but I went off to our friendly butcher last Thursday evening to discuss my options. On Saturday morning the GLW collected all the bits and pieces I’d ordered. Lamb chunks, chicken wings and the necessary steak.

I think, those who know me, will by now know that for me the preparation is just as much fun as the actual braaiing. Some will say that’s because I indulge in a sup or two… just like my first telly food hero, the inimitable Sir Keith Floyd! That man was a legend, there’s no arguing the fact. OK, back to the ingredients. The good lady picked up some fresh veggies as well so after trimming the meat I diced a few peppers, an onion and tomatoes.

Once the meat had been prepared I placed it in a bowl and doctored it with juices of my choice. Lemon, white wine… garlic and herbs. Another tip I learned some time ago, place the skewer sticks in water to soak them thoroughly… that helps prevent them burning away on the hot coals. Then, once all the cutting, slicing and dicing is complete one can begin assembling the sosaties… here goes a gallery to illustrate…

Happy Birthday!

Yes, I know I’m still owing part two of the ribs in tomato sauce braai but as today is Junior Son’s 18th birthday I’ll show you the lad putting the finishing touches to the braai in his honour last night. Steak and ribs… really stepping out, we were!

Turn... don't burn!!

Turn… don’t burn!!

It’s HOT me pappy… it’s hot!!

Yes my so… that’s life! 😉