As always this is male domain because the men BBQ the meat but the females nearby (in this case, only one - moi!) have to make the salads, toasties and ugali/ crumbly maize porridge and tomato sauce. Fortunately I had a team of brilliant chefs, cooks and helpers who worked with me from Friday morning until 6pm to get it exactly right!
In the kitchen we had Salome (seated), James, Paul and Regina cooking the donuts - the best in the world - for dessert that evening
In the scullery, Pendo and Armani valiantly cleaned mountains of preparation dishes, pots and pans
In the garden at the braai area I had Mataluma, Madui and Edward helping me with seating, tables and preparing the fires
We were a group of 23 people enjoying the African evening and friendly ambiance
Grant lights the braai fire. A rugby series has just begun in SA; this night was the first match. So the TV and cable connection was set up on the refreshments table so that anyone interested could follow the game!
I'm sorry I didn't take photos of the food table. Between me and the chefs, we'd prepared Greek Salad, a three-bean salad (does anyone other than South Africans know this salad?) ugali and tomato sauce, toastie cheese and tomato breads, Coleslaw, which were the accompaniments to boerewors (SA farmer's sausage) BBQ -flavoured chicken for the South Africans; very, very spicy chicken legs (Indian style) for the Indians; T-bone steaks, rump steaks and Mishkaki/ kebabs. Marnitz and Thys BBQ'd the SA meats while Dipen grilled the spicy chicken legs on a separate grid. (If we don't do this, the normal mortals eating ordinary meat have their taste-buds attacked by fiery hot spices on the grill, which
clings t o rubs off onto the red meat portions)
Of course the most exciting for me, was that my two friends, Amanda and Nsia were also there! We were all wearing cowl-necked blouses which caused great mirth while Grant took a photo of us three!
Amanda, Nsia and Jo
A wonderful time was had by all and we hope to repeat this get-together at our Guest House at a later date this year.
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