What to braai with family – easy fun and delicious tips

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My Mom was visiting last week to attend my Brother and Sis in Law’s graduation. We had so much fun and on Saturday we decided to have a braai (more like a South African version of BBQ).

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We decided to go to a spot at the Blouberg beach and just enjoy nature and the beautiful Mother City while creating wonderful memories.

 

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The menu was easy to make as no one wanted to spend lots of time in the kitchen prepping. So we had the following:

Peri Peri Prawns – Large prawns, de-veined and cleaned, seasoned with salt and pepper and thoroughly coated with a good peri peri sauce. Lemon and herb sauce can be used if spicy is not your thing. Then put on the braai, turning until cooked while basting in between.

Garlic butter mushrooms – I always love to have sides that can be cooked on the braai. So we packed a cast iron pan. We melted lots of butter in the pan on the braai, added crushed garlic and mixed herbs and exotic mushroom and stirred occasionally until cooked. We also used some large mushrooms straight on the braai topped these with knobs of butter, garlic and seasoned with salt, herbs and pepper. Then we mixed both mushrooms together to serve– it was YUM!

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Sweet corn – simple with salt and pepper and you could serve them with a sour cream dip.

 

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Garlic Bread in foil on the braai – easy!

Spicy Butterfly chicken – you can season it anyway you like. Garlic and herb or smoked paprika or even a BBQ chicken could do.

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A Fresh salad to serve and you could also add in chicken kebabs and smoked fish in the mix….I know it’s a lot of food right.

Then the nature canvas of the sea, Table Mountain and Robin Island and great family company just made it extra special

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When going outdoor Braai away from home – make sure you pack the little things such as cloths to clean, an extra rubbish bags, lots of water, in-between snacks and cold drinks, picnic blankets and a stress free attitude (try and enjoy the moment with loved ones or friends).

 

I hope your next Braai will be wonderful outdoors.

We got in just in time before the very cold weather started J

Sour dough bread lesson in Cape Town.

Photographs by Thulisa Martins

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My dear reader as I am sitting and having a gorgeous memory of my sour dough bread lesson in the heart of long street Cape Town at the loaves on long. It was such an inspiring moment to be in this rather charming space.

We arrived in the morning to attend what had panned itself to be a very humbling experience – making sour dough and thankfully the starter dough was already made by our host. Yet she explain how to make our own in such a way that I felt like – YAY – I can do this!

 

It is not just baking – it is a craft making this beautiful and rewarding bread. We had coffee on arrival then went on to do our thing – well bread making course off course. With the ready-made dough – we shaped and baked and then made new dough from and took that home.

I must say the kneading process was therapeutic. If you are ever in Cape Town its worth trying.

Best Banana and caramel dessert

I really do not enjoy banana desserts that much, yet this one I love. Its so easy to make and its enjoyed by kids too.

Its creamy with lovely buttery crunch from the cereal and that yummy caramel that is gooey and sweet just adds the final touch and perfect match to the bananas.

Banana and caramel Treat

Recipe & Styling by Thulisa Martins

Photograph by Msimelelo Fana

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Recipe

serves 6-8

3 cups wholegrain banana flavoured cereal, roughly crushed

1/3 cup butter, melted

750ml fresh cream

45ml caster sugar

4 gelatin leaves, soaked in cold water

1/3 hot water in a medium bowl

360g caramel treat, lightly whipped

Three fresh bananas

To Garnish

1 fresh banana to garnish

1 tbsp. light brown sugar

 

Method

1.Mix the cereal with butter and press into a lightly oiled 20 cm cake pan and refrigerate to set – at least 20 minutes.

2.Whip the cream until foamy, add the caster sugar and then whip until stiff peaks form.

3.Scoop out the gelatin from the cold water (its best to do this delicately with your hands to get any excess water off) and stir it in the hot water until dissolved. Feel this mixture, when its look warm then fold it into the cream mixture.

4.Peel and slice the three bananas and mix with the caramel treat in a medium sized bowl.

5.Take the set butter and layer with  half of the cream mixture on top, the layer with half of the banana and caramel mixture. Repeat with the remainder of the ingredients. Place in the fridge to firm up (this will not set completely as it is a light set.

6.When ready to serve, peel the banana to garnish and slice it. Sprinkle with brown sugar and blow torch to caramelize. Scoop the dessert treat into serving glasses or bowls and top with caramelized banana slices.

Tip: you can use shortbread cookies if you are not fond of cereal.

 

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Banana and caramel treat
Enjoy!

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