Here are some of Gaynor's suggestions
Take an empty cooldrink can and fill with water. Place inside your braai
(between the coals) when you put your meat on to braai - this way you will
never have a flame start up that causes the "burnt" flavour in your meat!
My husband and I learnt that from the locals in Tzaneen.
When you buy "flatties" (chicken cut through one half and opened out, that
you usually buy in a vacuum packed bag) - put the whole flattie on the braai - bag and all - keep turning while chicken cooks in the marinade -
after about 20 minutes, remove chicken from the bag and place back onto the
braai and braai until browned. Because the chicken has cooked in the marinade, it turns out absolutely tasty and finger licking good!! This same
method can also be done with "Texan steaks" (huge portion of steak with spices and marinade, sealed in a vacuum packed bag). Delicious!
Hobo wors - take a piece of wors and roll up tightly in newspaper - place in
coals. It does not catch fire!! Remove after 10 to 15 minutes, unroll and
eat. The wors has a wonderful smoked flavour!
2 kg of chuck beef (fat and gristle removed)
750 de-boned thick rib of pork
200 g of pork fat (spek)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons salt
a good pinch of nutmeg
½ cup vinegar
About 90g of pork casings (ask your butcher for some or ask him where you can buy it)
Cut the meat and spek into small cubes. Sprinkle the seasoning over the meat, mix well and then mince together. Add the vinegar and mix lightly, but thoroughly. Stuff into casing and refrigerate for 24 hours in a covered, non-metal container.
Now this is where you become famous and create "your" boerewors by experimenting and adding your own "secret" ingredients. Try adding some curry powder or chopped and finely crushed garlic as an example. If you are unable to get sausage casings you could even make meat patties and grill for hamburger fillings, although my fellow South Africans would regard that as sacrilege, just imagine, boerewors in hamburgers!!! I am bound to be deported to the States for that suggestion!
However, boerewors in conjunction with a breadroll, gives you the South African equivalent to a hotdog, the "boerieroll"!!
Sosaties - kebabs with a unique South African
1kg lamb cut into 1" pieces
500g pork cut into ½" cubes
1 garlic clove, peeled
4 tbsp oil
1 cup onions, chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp tamarind paste
2 cups white vinegar
2 tbsp apricot jam
2 tbsp cornstarch dissolved in
2 tbsp red wine
½ pound dried apricots
½ cup dry sherry
1. Place the lamb and pork pieces in a large bowl that has been rubbed
with the clove of garlic.
2. Season with salt and pepper, and toss.
3. In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the onions and sautè for 5-6 minutes,
then add the curry powder and garlic.
4. Sautè for another minute. Add the sugar, tamarind paste, vinegar, and
jam and stir well.
5. Stir the cornstarch mixture and add it to the onions, and cook,
stirring constantly, until it thickens.
6. This should take about 3 minutes. Cool, then add to the meat and toss
well. Marinate for 2-3 days.
7. One day before preparing the sosaties, combine the dried apricots and
sherry in a small bowl, cover, and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.
8. Drain meat from sauce and reserve. Thread lamb, pork, and apricots on
9. Grill over charcoal until browned on all sides. Serve with heated
Very easy to prepare and a hit with the kids!
500 ml self raising flour
5 ml salt
50 ml cooking oil
Sift the flour and salt together. Break the egg in a 250 ml measuring cup and add the oil. Fill the cup to the 250 ml mark with a mixture of milk and water. Beat well.
Mix the flour and liquid to a form of dough. Shape into little balls and flatten them with your hand. bake the cakes for 12-15 minutes on a
griddle over the coals, turning them once.
Serve hot with butter and syrup.
125 ml cooking or olive oil
375 ml dry red or white wine
1 clove garlic crushed
freshly ground black pepper to taste
5 ml dried or 15 ml chopped fresh herbs
Combine all the ingredients. Baste with a
small brush or sprig of herbs.