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…

Change!!

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!!

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!

Connected???

Bread and berries… connected? How? I’m going to show you a few photos to get the ball rolling…

On the make... toasted sarmie... yum!

The makings of a toasted sandwich or two…

The beauty of berries... on a few levels!!

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??

Summer berry loaf... too hot to handle... too good to pass by!!