South Africa celebrated National Braai Day yesterday.  I was disappointed that there was no initiative to encourage the nation to burn alien vegetation and so to preserve our indigenous trees, my personal choice was my trusty gas griller. 

Ours was a low-key affair, the household members had things to do and places to go; the children chose to have lunch in the pool, the men munched intermittently around the snooker table.


My sauce stole the show, thank you Tandy.

(I added cream and green peppercorns from my precious little bottle that came to me all the way from Madagascar.)

I was especially homesick for my hometown, but the eponymous wine went some way to soothing my longing.


Today lies ahead, with no commitments; I think a trip to the Good Food & Wine Expo is a good idea …


39 Comments Add yours

  1. halfp1nt says:

    There was no point to braaing in the Halfy household yesterday with my Giant Rat not here. I tend to be a wee bit of a pyromaniac, and with the winds in Durban yesterday, I may have ended up setting fire to the house instead!

    Enjoy the Good Food and Wine Expo; it sounds like a marvelous idea 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have to go and say hello to Jenny Morris, I get to see her far too seldom for my liking.

  2. nina says:

    Good morning Cin, These vleisies look so awesome…I also had a very low key braai day! Have a fab day Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m going to Nins, hope to come home with some nice loot.

  3. Adeeyoyo says:

    I’m sure you enjoyed the day! The Food and Wine Expo sounds like a good idea!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hopefully the outing provides some good blog fodder, adee 🙂

  4. Jamie Dedes says:

    I had to look up braai day … I thought maybe like our July 4th (Independence Day) – but that would be May 31 there??? … so it’s only like the 4th in terms of food and is a cultural holiday. Interesting. And had to look up “snooker table” – something like billards … and aparently there’s an American form. Wow! Learn something new every day.

    Thanks, Cindy … the bbq has me salivating. Sauce looks yum!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Funny, I never thought to provide an explanation, the wonder of blogging is the constant cross-cultural exchange 🙂

  5. Supa says:

    I would love to go to the foodie show, take lots of photos please.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I promise I will, Supa 🙂

  6. souldipper says:

    Hmmm – wood in S. Africa. That would be a concern. I remember the Park Guides showing us how elephants decimate trees. At my home, though we are constantly keeping nature from encroaching, we are very vigilant about tree cutting. My winter wood is a tree that fell during a major wind storm. Amongst the cedars, I have a grand old Yew and an ornamental cherry in my yard.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I would love to see a cedar tree, souldipper. I have a small chest made from cedarwood and love its smell; does the live tree smell the same?

      1. souldipper says:

        The needles have the scent, Cin, but it’s when the tree is cut that the true bouquet is released.

        I was in Havana, Cuba a few years ago. The cigar factory has a room specially built for people to go and test all these fine cigars. All around the room, there are photos of Castro with various dignitaries and heads of state from all over the world – smoking all these cigars. Suddenly I noticed there was NO smell of cigar smoke. None. There was no fan, no air currents. Then I saw…the entire room was encased in Cedar. The furnishings were all cedar. I was amazed.

        My house has cedar siding. Let’s hope this does something for the freshness in my house! 🙂

      2. theonlycin says:

        I’d love to smell that room 🙂

        At our local flea market you can buy cedar chips for you laundry drawers; 10 chips (about 1cm x 3cm) for about US$12!

      3. nrhatch says:

        We had a walk-in cedar closet in NJ (size of a small bathroom) for storing woolens, linens etc.

        Great to keep the moths away.

        And we used to buy big bags of cedar chips for the doghouse. Our Great Danes always smelled like gerbils. 8)

      4. theonlycin says:

        That closest is such a luxury :O

  7. Madmom says:

    NO Braai day for us either with Maddad away up north and sons busy elsewhere. Dort not helpful being a veggie. 🙂
    Enjoy the show – might pop in as the veggie is nagging to go.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m going to leave my credit card at home and make a determined effort to avoid the Yuppie Chef stand …

  8. where is it on? sounds like a good odea, if i can fit it in

    1. theonlycin says:

      At the Coca Cola Dome.

  9. Paula says:

    Seeing those photos of delicious grilled meat (sorry, Nancy!) reminds me of something my Dad did for a large party one day many, many years ago (I was 14 yrs. old, I think). He purchased two whole tenderloins of beef – must have been a total of 20 lbs, or more (guess he felt rich that day!). He marinated them in a sauce that he concocted on the spot – he never had a recipe for those barbeque sauces – and then slow roasted them in a covered smoker grill. I

    I can remember to this day the taste of that meat. It quite literally melted in your mouth. It still was a bit rare in the center, and each slice could be cut with the edge of your fork. So, thanks for dredging up that memory!

    My salivary glands are in fine working order…wish I could satisfy them with more than the memory of that meal, but the memory does have fewer calories!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sounds like a very fine memory 🙂

  10. Tandy says:

    You are welcome! I am making a green peppercorn sauce to go with the supper I am cooking for JustMe tonight. Hope you enjoy the show, I nearly came up for it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope you lot had a fine visit together, I’m sure supper was fit for kings 🙂

  11. nrhatch says:

    See if you can guess which of the three photos appealed to me most? 8)

    Have a fantabulous day, Ms. Fish Hoek

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s not funny 😉

      1. nrhatch says:

        You made me laugh!

  12. There’s nothing like a good sauce to elevate things, is there? I am envious, and must stop by Tandy’s site to pick up the recipe. No peppercorns from Madagascar for me, though….
    Enjoy the food expo. I imagine that must mean a lot of sampling. They always have to roll me home from that kind of event.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’ve no idea what pigs people make of themselves with the samplng, It’s the new gadgets I go to see, missed it yesterday; will go today.

  13. granny1947 says:

    I think it is high time you came down for another visit…you can always stay with me!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m working on a plan, granny!

  14. slpmartin says:

    Sounds like a very relaxed day for everyone but the chef…suspect the wine helped with that though. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh, cooking is my relaxation 🙂

  15. Bee says:

    The sauce looks fantastic. I hope you enjoyed the Good Food and Wine Expo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Going today, yeterday got a bit lazy and I was too late getting myself going 🙂

  16. Artswebshow says:

    Sounds and looks like you braii’s are way nicer than our barbeque’s

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve never experienced an English barbeque and would love to know how you lot do it 🙂

  17. buttercup600 says:

    You have my mouth watering so early on a Monday morning!! Nothing in this world like a BRAAI!!!! Mwah xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eenday braai ons saam, maatjie!

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