Liquid Heritage!

I took this photo a few years ago… on St Patrick’s Day. As a South African, living in Ireland, I couldn’t resist combining something representing the liquid heritage of both countries… you guessed… Guinness and Pinotage… both winners. Remember… don’t mix them… you’ll be rather ill if you attempted to drink that concoction!

Cook, Cook and Braai!!

Gosh, this blog has been dormant for so long that I’ve almost forgotten it exists. However, Ailsa’s challenge this week is “cook“… and her photos reminded me that she missed the South African angle. So, I’ll throw in a wee gallery to assist… past braais, past pleasure… great memories!!

Nostalgia?

There are days… and then there are days. Those days when you long for the days… yep, those days when days were days. Days when we long for the days of the past! All of those days… when we did things that now make us all teary-eyed and nostalgic… like a beach braai. Any South African will tell you that may be the ultimate outdoor experience. Only thing is… we’ve been living in Ireland for almost 16 years so that is a memory that only smells of the days when nostalgia was nostalgia. However… even in the wet and wonderful Ireland one can build nostalgia…

Happy 2016!!

As is the norm… as a Saffer, how about throwing a few bits of pork belly/ rib on the coals?? I mean… surely one can’t begin a new year without a decent feed? So… from me and mine, may your year be filled with pleasant eating experiences!!

Happy New Year!! May 2016 bring only joy and happiness!!

2016 New Year's day braai... why not? Even in Ireland!!

Braai Grid!!

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!

Cleaning the grid!! All good clean fun!!

No plants, animals or people were harmed in the filming of this post!

Happy St Patrick’s Day! (With an Irish/ South African Twist!)

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!

Happy St Patrick's Day... Irish Saffer style... !!

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…