Scaling down is seriously a change in my household. Yes, all you need doing is to scroll and see the size of the 44 gallon drum that’s been a mainstay braaiing tool of this blog for ages. Then came Father’s Day. A few of the bold children decided I needed a portable appliance to keep me occupied during less hectic days…

I’ll allow you to judge for yourself… using this little green monster has merits… and obviously a few drawbacks. However, if you can’t move with the times then you can’t adapt to change!! FAN… sorry… FUN!!!!

Change they said... so I did!! DOWN!!


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!

The Burger Braai?

Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived a tribe who never stooped so low as to throw patties onto the coals. Well, they were misguided… some of the time. There are many other tribes across the world who specialise in the art of throwing said patties onto the coals.

Now… by definition there is a distinct excuse for the first mentioned tribe. They will freely admit that there is nothing wrong with said art of patties on the coals… they qualify the practice by saying when you do partake in the activity then you must call what you’re doing a… wait for it, a…


On the other hand, the Saffer tribe will claim that you are not allowed to braai burger patties. It is tribal tradition to do all sorts of meat and even vegetables on the braai but never are you allowed to do porkers and burgers on the braai.

OK, so what am I trying to say. Yesterday I broke the tradition. We inaugurated the 44 gallon drum braai by placing said patties on the coals. I will qualify, let’s just say it was a bit of cross cultural interaction. I will further qualify by saying this batch of patties was special. Real beef, made by a caring butcher.

And in that lies the justification for doing burgers on the braai. Not one of the patties broke asunder or turned to leather. Each and every one of them turned out as one would expect to find in the best burger joints… succulent and tasty! Yes, I did devour one… pity I only managed to get my hands on the last one for I tell you… the next time Fergie Lover pitches up with another batch of burgers I will gleefully slap them on the coals again…

Burger braai...

I will add… there was much other meat on the braai as well… steak, lamb ribs, chicken wings, pork chops…