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Braai the Beloved Country – South Africa’s National Heritage Day

September 24, 2011

The delightful Jeanne over at Cooksister blog has an annual event that she invites anyone to attend via the blogs. Called Braai the Beloved Country it is in celebration of National Heritage Day/National Braai Day in South Africa. Now we all know that everyone loves a barbecue in the summer but we South Africans enjoy our braais all year round….I know some people who stand under an umbrella (mostly to protect the fire and the meat or braaibroodjies from becoming soaked and not actually the one brandishing the tongs 🙂 ) in the pouring rain and cold in the middle of winter just so that they can have their beloved braai and beer!!  Well, today we needed no excuse at all to fire up the braais. We have a national holiday celebrating our wonderful South African heritage and all over the country fires were lit and the smell of delicious meat being grilled over an open fire filled the air. Happy laughter and music wafted over on the breeze to tickle the ears…including much of ours….because you see…..the brownie family also had a big braai party to celebrate our heritage and partake in a bit of braaied meat, salads, breads and of course some beers for the boys and chilled wine for us girls and a yummy South African pudding to round off the party. Delightful fun for all……here is a brilliant video that I found on youtube to celebrate braai day and I share it with you all….

Right then, so on with the braai!

On our fire we had some of the ever present boerewors (loosely translated as farmers sausage), some wonderfully tender, aged rump steaks that we bought from Woolworths and a few little lamb chops for the grandsons who just love them. Unfortunately lamb is so expensive in this country now that we don’t buy it too often anymore, but today was a special occasion. For myself of course there was some lovely oak smoked rainbow trout because, although I have progressed slightly from a liquid diet, I am still unable to get my jaws around a good piece of steak. We treat our braai meat simply before putting it on the coals, just a good rubbing of olive oil with my hands and a massage of good quality spice rub. The newly launched NoMU Jan Braai spice  eluded me so I had to make do with NoMU’s delicious Barbecue Rub instead. These are then braaied to perfection over hot coals and served with some country bread (or pre baked Portuguese rolls that  I drizzle with a fruity extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with a bit of sea salt flakes and then finish off in the oven while the meat is cooking, giving you delicious warm fresh rolls), a salad or two and a carb dish….today’s one was one of my very favourite ones that I inherited from a fellow blogger over at about 2 years ago……sweet potatoes baked in their skins and then given a special treatment under the hot grill….. so so delicious!


To make this delightful dish you will need:

6 Medium sized Sweet Potatoes – scrubbed well under running water

Tin Foil

1 ClemenGold (or other mandarin/naartjie) – zest and juice

2 Lemons – zest and juice

60g Butter

Dark Brown Sugar – about 15mls per sweet potato

Freshly ground Black Peppercorns


Wrap the washed sweet potatoes in a double layer of  foil then bake in the coals or on top of the fire until they are soft enough for a knife to go through them easily.

Remove from fire and allow to cool slightly until you can handle them. Place them in a heat proof dish, cut a cross in each one then push them fairly wide open as you would for a baked potato

Grate the zest from the lemons and ClemenGold over each sweet potato then squeeze all the juice over

Place 10g butter into each open potato then sprinkle a good bit of dark brown sugar over each one.

Grind a decent amount (and I mean a lot!) of black pepper over the dish then place under the hot grill until they are caramelized and bubbling.

Serve hot with your meats and salads!

For the rainbow trout I use a recipe that I got from my sister a long time ago. It is another firm favourite of mine…works well with salmon as well…I usually do this dish in the oven but today it was done over the coals and it was also really delicious



1 side of Oak Smoked Rainbow Trout

5ml Thick Soy Sauce

5ml Runny Honey

Juice of 1/2 a ClemenGold and 1/2 a lemon

Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 ClemenGold

5ml Grated Ginger

1 small Red Chilli – deseeded and finely chopped

1/2 Garlic Clove – finely chopped or grated

5ml Finely chopped Coriander leaves (Cilantro)


Place the trout onto a greased sheet of tin foil and fold it up around the fish to make a bowl for the marinade

 Mix all the other ingredients in a small just then pour it over the fish

Bring the sides of the foil together and seal up as a loosely wrapped parcel.

Place over medium coals right at the end of the braai time for the other meat. You only need about 7-10 minutes to cook this.

Open up the foil parcel, place briefly under a hot grill to lightly brown the top if you want to, and serve immediately

All the meat was served with a colourful garden salad and then for dessert I made a wonderful milk tart that I have not made in a looooong time. I took out my very first recipe book that I wrote for myself as a young bride and was paging through it last night when I came across this very easy no bake milk tart recipe that I used to make and then forget about it along the way. Such a pity really as it is another winner.  Here is a teaser…….

I will give you the recipe next time…..very soon because I have a few friends baying for it over on facebook 🙂

This is my entry into Cooksister’s event Braai, The Beloved Country. You have until tomorrow to put up your braai day posts if you would like to participate! Thank you Jeanne, such a lovely event!

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browniegirl xx

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2011 12:11 AM

    Glad you have progressed to trout and look forward to a post that tells of you eating a lamb tjoppie. my friend. Come now with the tart recipe!!!

    • September 25, 2011 12:16 AM

      Thank you! I look forward to that day too 🙂 Hehe….I will try and post it tomorrow…or Monday at the latest. Im behind on my work!! Going away on holiday and trying to catch up! Love you xxx

  2. September 25, 2011 10:32 AM

    It all looks lovely but the sweet potatoes really do it for me, I want some!

    • September 25, 2011 12:50 PM

      Thank you Sue. That sweet potato dish is divine 🙂 xx

  3. September 25, 2011 10:51 AM

    Looking forward to that milk-tart recipe, O Captain, my Captain! xxx

  4. September 25, 2011 11:48 AM

    Oh, Colly, this looks so fabulously delicious! I have to make these! All of it – and hurry with that milk tart recipe. Those sweet potatoes are driving me crazy! And congrats on National Heritage Braai Day! Jeanne introduced me to this great tradition and I look forward to a braai whenever I go to London or, yes, Cape Town… xoxo

    Hope you and all the Brownies are well… and you have healed. Love you, doll!

    • September 25, 2011 12:53 PM

      Hey Jamie…good to see you back again. Hope that the whole experience of Nola was superb for you. Congrats! Hope all was good at home!! And thank you so much. Yes, I know you are a braai convert heehee! The brownies are all good. Im battling a bit still with stuff but we are going away for 3 weeks holiday so looking forward to that. Hugs and love to you xxx

  5. September 25, 2011 3:39 PM

    I love the sound of your sweet potato recipe, delicious!
    We are braaing today instead – just getting it ready now then I’ll quickly put up a post to join in the event. We love lamb chops too, but the prices have gone crazy… but I ended up splashing out on ostrich instead, which is even more expensive! Blame it on the blog!

  6. September 25, 2011 7:35 PM

    What a wonderful feast you enjoyed Colleen. So pleased you have progressed from a liquid diet. It’s going to be the best celebration when you can get your teeth into a piece of steak or chop. 😀
    Have a happy week and looking forward to your no bake milk tart recipe.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. September 26, 2011 8:48 AM

    sounds like you had a great braai weekend 🙂

  8. September 26, 2011 9:09 AM

    YUM! yum yum yum….

  9. September 27, 2011 2:16 AM

    How fantastic. Love a good tradition, and this here sounds fantastic. South African pudding. Mmmmmmm

  10. September 27, 2011 8:44 PM

    As always blogMamma, you are a star… not one but TWO dishes! And two of my favourites as well… Those soetpatats look absolutely deeeevine! And I am in love with that braai anthem – may nick it for use in my roundup post too! Thanks for joining in and look forward to the day when we can braai together in the same country!!

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