Posted by Jasmyn (18.104.22.168) on December 21, 2001 at 15:33:49:
In Reply to: The Barbecue posted by Jasmyn on December 21, 2001 at 14:43:14:
Paco, I'm going to tell you my barbecue or braai story now because I am, I AM going to try and sleep TONIGHT. I'm an insomniac and haven't slept the past 3 nights, so I look like one of my night horses - to be politically correct.
I sometimes from udder or utter lack of sleep get my u and o's mixed up but I never seem to land a damn UFO.
In the now very sunny, at this moment starry, 10pm Southern Africa, hot and humid as hell, with no prediction of snow what-so-ever, in history for this time of the year, the best thing besides your road kill or barbecue is the real old fashioned SA braai.
Longest sentence in history just now past my computer literate fingers.
Back to the braai. The smell of these wood fires wave through the air. Yes, some people here are advanced enough to have Webers, but that's not very traditional and here we still very much like to stick to the plain & simple, unless you got one for Christmas - a Weber I mean not a stick.
We do not braai(barbecue) wieners, we use real meat. Chunks of it. Strangely the most popular is called a Texan steak, it's as big as a grill.
Then there is your lamb tjops, your pork tjops, your sosaties and your boere wors (big fat stuffed minced suasages).
We have to eat our meat with nothing else but pap, unless you're a "rooinek" - for some or other reason they never accuired the taste for pap.
Now pap is mielies (corn) that is ground finely into maize and boiled until stiff and then some more until it starts to crumble. Then we call it "Krummel pap".
This is then eaten with a delectible sauce called she-sheba which consists of mainly tomatoes, onions, peppers, chutney and some of your mothers - not literally your mother - secret ingredients.
Here in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the region in which I live, we have these braais morning, noon and night on the beach (It's mainly because of the unemployment rate and we have nothing else to do). This is also mostly our Christmas lunches and dinners.
We also love Ketchup, we just don't call it that, here it is called tomato sauce. We are a simple people, we give stuff simple names, we couldn't understand what tomato sauce had to do with catching something up?
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