It was such a beautiful day today, the sun was out and the air smelt so fresh. And what better way to celebrate the outdoors than a braai or as some might call it, a barbecue.
My sister in law and her boys came over for the weekend, I’ve been looking forward to having them the whole week. We don’t see each other as often as we’d like to, my son adores his cousins, and this weekend seemed perfect. With the sun out, the boys went fishing on the beach, they didn’t catch anything, surprise, surprise😝. But good thing I had some fish in the freezer for the braai. And we were home sipping on cocktails. Lovely day!
For a braai or barberque, I like mixing and matching my meats. And this is a very good way of using all the meats you have in abundance or you want to get rid of before the expiry date, in your freezer. People can just pick and choose whatever meats they like. But I do always find that I end up overcatering, still better to overcater than undercater.
So we’re braa’ing beef fillet, pork sausages, pork chops and fish accompanied by bacon and chirizo potato salad, watermelon salad and homemade chakalaka. Chakalaka in South Africa is a vegetable relish everywhere else. A traditional chakalaka is made with baked beans but I’m not a big fan of baked beans, so I’m giving them a skip.
I know a braai at home would not be a braai without pap, but it’s so hot today I don’t feel like serving anything too rich and starchy and we already have the potato salad. We need a lighter braai.
What do you need? Serves 6
- Meat- 4 pork chops, pork sausage, 500g beef fillet, 3 sea bream fish
Potato salad- baby potatoes, 1 chorizo sausage, bacon, red onion, 100g cheddar cheese, 225 ml coconut milk, pinch of salt & pepper, parsley.
Watermelon salad- diced water melon, green leaves, halved cherry tomatoes, olive oil, lime juice, salt & pepper
Chakalaka- 1 carrot finely chopped, 2 whole tomatoes, 1 onion, half a green pepper, spring onion, parsley, olive oil, 1/2 cup of red wine, 1 beef stock cube.
What to do?
- Marinade for pork- 2 tbs of honey, 3 tbs soy sauce, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp sage, pinch of salt & pepper.
Marinade for beef- 1/2 tsp paprika, coriander powder, pinch on salt, 1/2 tsp white pepper, 3 tbs of Apple cider vinegar.
Marinade the pork and beef, and rest. Dry rub the pork sausage with salt & pepper, and also rest.
- The fish- descaled, degutted but still whole. Stuff with a knob of margarine, 1 tsp of garlic and 2 tbs of lemon juice. Rub the outside of the fish with salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and let it rest.
The potatoes- cut the baby potatoes into quarters and boil them in salted water until cooked, and strain. Then in a hot pan, crisp up 3 diced rashes of back bacon with a drizzle of olive oil.Then add half a red onion, diced and cook until soft. Then finely diced chorizo, and the boiled potatoes. Season with salt & pepper.
In the meantime, in a pot, add a cup of coconut milk, cheese and melt it while whisking frequently. When melted and the sauce creamy, season well with salt & pepper.
In an oven dish, add the potato and bacon mix with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20 min.
– The chakalaka- in a hot pan, sautee a normal, white, chopped onion until soft, then add 1 tbs of garlic, green pepper, carrot, tomatoes. Add 1 stock cube. Cook for 10 minutes, then add 1/2 cup of red wine. It should finish cooking in 15-20 minutes. When finished, add spring onion and chopped parsley, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Start grilling all your meat. Note: for medium rare steaks- grill for 5 min, then rest. Cook the fish in the foil, for 10 minutes.
When your meat is cooked, remember to deglaze it with the leftover marinades.
- The watermelon salad- I made this the other day with dinner. Start with making the citrus dressing with 1/3 citrus, in this case, lime juice; 2/3 olive oil then season with a pinch of salt & pepper.
Get your green leaves, throw in with halved cherry tomatoes and watermelon pieces( deseeded). Then dress with the citrus dressing.
Lay everything out in serving platters and bowls. Let everybody dig in and help themselves. This went down well with my family! 😊.