Braais in the South African Climate
More often than not in South Africa, the question ‘What shall we do next weekend?’ is followed by the response, ‘Let’s have a braai.’ Braais are the way that we choose to entertain as it provides a convenient way to cater for our guests. Whether the gathering is small or large or whether you prefer to eat red meat, chicken or fish, a braai can cover all your guests’ needs. You can even provide your guests with gourmet meals such as smoked duck instead of the usual steak, chops and boerewors. And then of course there is every-ones favourite, the prawn braai. For every occasion or event, braais are the way to go to minimise your time spent in the kitchen cooking and there is the added benefit of having less cleaning and washing up to do the next day.
In our sunny climate a braai is not just convenient but it is actually an expected social more. Most camping, fishing or vacation resorts come with braai areas to fulfil every South Africans’ need to cook their food on a fire. The other advantage of braais is that it is an outdoor activity that the entire family can get involved in. The kids can play games outside or swim and have fun while their parents sit around the fire, drink in hand, relaxing. And what child does not look forward to marshmallows braaied over the open coals on a stick after dinner.
The braai is also no longer restricted to just cooking the meat. No baked potato tastes as great as one that is wrapped in foil and placed directly on the coals. Onions and sweet corn can be cooked in the same way and is a wonderful alternative to conventional cooking. Vegetable skewers and packets are all the rage placed on the grill of the braai.
Make sure that you can call yourself proudly South African and make your braais for all occasions, no matter the amount of people you are catering for or the type of cuisine you wish to serve. For further information on these products and services, please contact us.