When it is Summer in South Africa we like to spend the time outside and have a braai!
A South African Braai Culture Tradition:
What makes a braai truly South African are the traditions that have become common practise in a vast majority of households in this beautiful country. It is so much more than just the cooking of food but also the gathering of friends and loved ones. The atmosphere and VIBE of the braai is what makes it such a special event for all South Africans.
“The word braaivleis is Afrikaans for “roasted meat.”
The word braai (pronounced “bry”, rhyming with the word “cry”; plural braais) is Afrikaans for “barbecue” or “roast” and is a social custom in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It originated with the Afrikaner people, but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic backgrounds. The word vleis is Afrikaans for “meat”.
The word has been adopted by English-speaking South Africans and can be regarded as another word for barbecue, in that it serves as a verb when describing how food is cooked and a noun when describing the cooking equipment, such as a grill. The traditions around a braai can be considerably different from a barbecue, however, even if the method of food preparation is very similar. Wikipedia
Christmas dinner is the primary meal traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Christmas dinner around the world may differ and the traditions can reflect the culture of the respective country it is being celebrated in. Turkey is present in a fair number of these meals. We as a family are celebrating Christmas with cold meat and salads, which are more suitable for our hot summer days.
Here is one of my mom’s “traditional” salads she used to make for Christmas.
1 kg small onions 1 cup (250 ml) brown sugar
1 cup brown vinegar 1 t mustard powder
1 egg, whisked
Peel the onions, taking care to keep them whole.
Boil the onions in salted water for 15 minutes or until just tender. Drain.
For the sauce combine the mustard powder, sugar and vinegar over heat until the sugar is dissolved and then boil for 5 minutes.
Let the mixture cool down add whisked egg into the cooled mixture.
Slowly bring it to a low simmer over low heat while whisking. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Remove from the stove immediately, pour over the onions and leave to cool.
½ cup cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup fried bacon bits
¼ cup greenpepper (can use yellow, red and green)
¼ cup finely chopped onions.
Whisk the eggs and cream in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the cheese, bacon, greenpepper and onion.Spray and cook a 20 cm square dish and pour the mixture into that.
Bake at 200˚Celsius for 20 min or until golden brown. Serves 6 people