No matter where we move, we South Africans will always take a little bit of the homeland with us. The braai is more than just a way to cook food, it is a ritual enshrined in tradition. Igniting the fire and getting the coals ready is a rite of passage to all South Africans, no matter which side of the colour spectrum you reside.
Whether it’s the weekend, Puza Thursday or
As high-tech and easy as gas braais are, we don’t consider that braaing… sorry, boet, but anyone can open the burner and click the pilot light into place. Besides, gas does not add any flavour to the chops or steak, boerie or ribs. YouTubers, Wines of South Africa have put together a brilliant and easy to follow guide on how to make a fire using wood (see video below).
A braai has the ability to bring friends and families, and even strangers, together. We have all stood next to a braai with a beer in hand, looking at the hot coals and making small talk with new acquaintances about the UEFA Cup or America’s Top Model. If you think about it, braais are happy occasions: time to blow off steam, not worry about work or your shrinking savings account. Even the smell of your neighbours braaing has the ability to lift your mood.
So, in conclusion, and seeing as Heritage Day is coming up (at the time of writing, at least) why not go check out new
By Shawn Greyling
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