Heritage Day 2020: Let’s fire up the braai!
Ideas for your best Heritage Day to date
Tomorrow, Thursday, 24 September is Heritage Day! If you’re still looking at ways to mark the occasion, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve.
Chill the wine and light the braai
It was Desmond Tutu who said: “We have 11 different official languages, but only one word for the wonderful institution of braai, in Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, whatever.”
If you’re planning to gather around the braai, pop into Stellenbosch and discover the best places to buy your meat. From long-standing, traditional butcheries like Birdstreet Butchery (since 1956), Eikeboom Butchery (the best boerewors in town!) and Joostenberg (run by the Myburgh family since 1948), to new kids on the block like Ryan Boon Specialty Meats (at De Warenmarkt) and The Fat Butcher, we’ve got all your braai day needs covered.
Alternatively, Overture at Home has produced ‘Bertus se Braaibox’ – a gourmet braai box of epic proportions. Get a taste of this:
Santa Anna’s nacho chip & dip.
Chalmar sirloin and spice rub, lamb sausage and sweet mustard, half a chicken with peri-peri or lemon & herb.
The ultimate braaibroodjie, potato salad like your mother made it and traditional Caesar salad.
Pavlova with berry compote.
‘Bertus se Braaibox’ is R595 for two and deliveries take place on Wednesday to Saturday (order by 12pm for next day delivery), with pick up on a Sunday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 076 377 5720. More info on www.bertusbasson.com.
Try a new recipe
A great South African braai is so much more than ‘chop & dop’. It’s heritage, tradition, a social gathering and a truly Mzansi vibe. It’s a chance to gather with friends and family to celebrate life, love and everything else. And even though Heritage Day this year will feel a little different (and socially-distanced) we can still have a little fun and enjoy good food and drink!
Here are a couple of proudly South African recipes to try:
Khanyisa Kay Mhlakaza’s Umphokoqo ( Xhosa cold salad) for the summer season
This creamy side can even be enjoyed as breakfast, lunch or dinner during summer!
- 1 litre water
- 500g maize meal
- 10g salt
- 1 carton Amasi
- Bring a pot of water to boil, add maize meal and simmer for 45 minutes
- Add salt and stir continuously to prevent lumps, simmer for approximately 30 minutes (but continue to stir every 10 minutes in between)
- Use a fork to stir until crumbly
- Dish your umphokoqo into a big bowl, and cool if off for about 30 minutes
- Use small or medium bowls to dish for your family
- Serve with Amasi
Isophu Yombona (mealies and bean soup) – perfect for family bonding moments
Not in the mood for a braai? Try your hand at hearty pot of isophu yombona, a traditional Xhosa soup from the Eastern Cape. It is made from dried mealie kernels and sugar beans, which are simmered for hours until soft and then finished with a touch of seasoning.
For Khanyisa Kay Mhlakaza, a bowl of isophu yombona holds special memories: “This soup takes me back to the good old days when it was cooked in cast iron pots on a fire situated in the centre of a thatched roof rondavel with windows the size of a fist! Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit here …. the windows were the size of a rugby ball! This way of cooking warmed up the room during the cold winter days and everyone would gather around the fire while the soup was cooking.
“The soup takes a long time to cook and is slow cooked. This long cooking procedure usually presented an opportunity for storytelling. The grandmother would narrate the stories. In those days, most households did not have television sets, this encouraged the children to use their imagination. Most often the stories would have a wolf and a jackal. In all these stories the jackal was portrayed as wise and the wolf as stupid. Those were good days, as we never knew how a wolf looked like, however you imagined a fool. Hehehe! Good old days indeed!”
- 250ml dry meal kernels
- 250ml sugar beans
- 3 litres boiling water
- 3 spring onions, chopped
- 200ml -250ml bacon, diced
- 5ml salt
- 1 stock cube
- 2ml black pepper
- 5ml olive oil
- 1-2 garlic, chopped
- Soak the beans in just enough water to cover them. Throw away the soaking water.
- Add 2L of the water and simmer at low heat until the beans and the kernels are soft.
- Add the rest of the water and continue simmering then add seasoning, bacon and chopped spring onions.
- Serve. (Serves 4)
Brunch on the Braai
Danie Steytler from Kaapzight loves to go on camping weekends with friends. Their all-time favourite meal? Brunch, because then it is acceptable to serve some bubbles, or even a sneaky glass of Chenin Blanc!
Brunch (or breakfast) burrito in a nutshell:
- Burrito done on the fire
- Mexican bean and tomato stew
- Creamy scrambled eggs
- Crunchy grilled corn salsa
- Garnish all with sour cream, avocado, lime juice, coriander
Mexican bean, chorizo and tomato stew (Danie’s version of refried beans)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- Chorizo/bacon – not both (greedy pig)
- Red pepper (finely chopped)
- Chilli for some spice
- 2 tins of good quality chopped tomatoes
- Salt, pepper, some ground cumin and a pinch of smoked paprika
- Beans (from a tin or cooked…whatever you feel up to)
Crunchy grilled corn salad
- 4 mielies – steam and brown on braai
- Rosa tomatoes – 1 small punnet – halved
- ½ red onion finely chopped
- 1 handful fresh coriander leaves – chopped
- ½ red chilli, chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
- Juice of 1 lime
Creamy scrambled egg
- 6-8 eggs
- salt and pepper
Enjoyed with tortillas on the braai!
Watch Danie put it all together here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf-0dCnNHeY
Take in a concert
Although current times dictate that we can’t gather in a concert hall, livestreams and virtual concerts make it possible for more people to attend different and exciting events (always a silver lining!). And Stellenbosch on Stage’s virtual Heritage Day concert will be extra special.
Featuring veteran Afrikaans songstress Laurika Rauch, gifted cellist Sunday Kelechi, comedian Stuart Taylor, Jan Braai (the man behind National Braai Day), and the Stellenbosch University Choir, the event promises a selection of hits and all-round entertainment.
Tickets are now available from Computicket and the video is accessible for seven days after the show. Even better? Each ticket comes with a complimentary R100 Support Stellenbosch SnapScan voucher, redeemable at participating restaurants and shops in Stellenbosch.
Celebrate in the winelands
As always, you can’t beat a trip into Stellenbosch. Here are just five ways to spend Heritage Day in the winelands:
Zevenwacht Wine Estate
Picnics are available from Tuesdays to Sundays, with a variety of picnic menus to choose from.
Don’t forget to book your Heritage Day braai picnic before all the spots are taken! The Farmhouse Braai Basket comes with everything you need to make your own braai under the shade of their oak trees. Wood, firelighters and a braai grid are all provided with the Braai Basket.
Bookings can be made at email@example.com
Kom vier saam! Celebrate Heritage Day this Thursday at De Warenmarkt. You can build your own pita with rotisserie lamb, tzatziki and tomato salsa (R105) or you can go traditionally South African with a boerie roll and chips (R65).
Join in the Boerebraai fun at Middelvlei, where their resident braai expert will prepare your chops, boerewors and chicken sosaties to perfection. And if the appetising aromas of potbrood and braaibroodjies were not enough, Ben’s homemade pâté and Ouma Annie’s pumpkin fritters have placed the Middelvlei Braai in a league of its own.
Booking is essential.
Reservation information: 021 883 2565 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mont Marie is laying on a delicious family-style braai especially for Heritage Day!
Cost: R395 pp and R100 per child under 12
Booking is essential.
Reservation information: 021 880 0777 or email email@example.com
Devon Valley Hotel
Head over to Devon Valley for a legendary Heritage Day braai buffet – complete with all your local favourite dishes!
Cost: R220 per person
Book on 021 865 2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Pommier’s unique South African Food & Wine Pairing will bring you hearty warm flavours that are true to Le Pommier’s style. Look forward to traditional chicken pie with Le Pommier Sauvignon Blanc; a South African favourite, bobotie, paired with Le Pommier Rosé; and beef carpaccio, pickled Shimeji mushrooms and parmesan shavings alongside Le Pommier MAC Cabernet Franc/Malbec Blend!
Cost: R95 per person
Booking is advisable, call 021 885 1269