Braai on the Beach
Not a standard Saturday in the office, after the meeting last week, a smaller group decided to gather by the beach, thanks to Julia's flash of genius! As Quintin was the chef in charge, the gathering transformed from a barbecue to a South African Braai, for obvious reasons as he's originally from Cape Town.
A braai is something special compared to a barbecue as it's more a process revolving around the fire and the food, of course you use a grill like in barbecues but you won't find gas, South Africans only use wood to fire up the grill and in rare cases briquettes when they braai. If you have any expertise on making a barbecue you might know that to get the fire going with wood takes significantly longer, but that's the point of a Braai, having an experience while enjoying good company and tasty food.
Oh food, South African Braai are all about flavor and hotdogs are forbidden! After Quintin fired up the Braai Captain Kyeran took over the Master Chef position and prepared for five hours straight all kinds of steak, we started from lamp, pork and chicken, we ended with grilled seafood and octopus all garnished with lots of vegetables. A tip for a succesful Braai is to spice everything with cloves, coriander seed, pepper, nutmeg and allspice. In addition it cannot be a Braai without Dop and a dessert, so we bought plenty of beer and Katya prepared a finger likin' brownie covered with salty caramel.
To complete the perfect Saturday outdoor we went for a swim, played football and a frisbee match with Chris, while the ladies were entertaining André Leon near the fire. As you might understand there is no proper description for a South African Braai, until you don't experience one you won't understand the pleasure of sitting nearby the warm glow of the fire with a cold dop in hand.
Until next time geniet jouself!