Celebrate Braai Day!

National Braai Day – 24 September

So I hope everyone has their braai thongs ready, because National Braai day is almost here!

In 2005, a media campaign sought to “re-brand” the holiday as National Braai Day, in recognition of the South African culinary tradition of holding informal backyard barbecues, or braais. On 5 September 2007, Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his appointment as patron of South Africa’s Braai Day, affirming it to be a unifying force in a divided country (by donning an apron and tucking into a boerewors sausage). Organiser Jan Scannell announced that the aim is not to have a mass braai, but smaller ones with friends and family.

I think it’s such a great way to unite South Africans of all races, languages and ages. Whether you braai meat, fish or veggies, you have no excuse not to pull out the braaier on 24 September 2012. And if you think the braaier is only for steaks, think again! In Jan Braai’s new book, Fireworks, you will discover an array of things to throw on the grid. From known recipes like the Traditional Braaibroodjies to recipes from abroad like the German classic, Bratkartoffeln. The one thing they all have in common? They are made on the braai!

Fireworks, by Jan Braai

Usually cooking books have only a few useful recipes with a lot of unknown ingredients, but not this one! All ingredients are readily available and the recipes are so simple! What’s more, the book has a personal touch with tips and tricks from Jan Braai, as well as a fridge full of humour!

“A braaibroodjie is your chance in life to have your bread buttered on both sides – use it” – Jan Braai

If you don’t own a copy yet, you can get it from Exclusives or Loot. It retails for about R257 and is definitely worth every sent!!

You can like Jan Braai’s Facebook page here and National Braai Day’s page here.

You can visit their website at http://www.braai.com

I already have a few ideas as to what we will be braaiing…what’s on your menu?



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. makeupmistress
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 21:38:57

    Yep, already planning a family get-together!


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