National Braai Day (via The Slowvelder)

Such a great post from my friend over at the Slowvelder blog!

I was living in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2005 when the All Blacks took the Tri Nations championship away from the Springboks. It was one of the best sporting events I’ve ever witnessed (it was my first time at a professional rugby game). But the real beauty was the argument one of my Maori friends got into with a Springbok fan after the game. The guy from South Africa said that the Springboks might have been beaten but at least they knew how to cook with fire (braai). My Maori friend vehemently defended the Maori art of the hangi. It just about came to an all out fist fight… all over who’s method of fire cooking was more manly, and therefore superior.

Naturally, we ladies know better. ;)

National Braai Day Yes, that’s correct, South Africa has a public holiday tomorrow – and its National Braai Day. Tomorrow we celebrate one of South Africa’s proudest traditions – the braai. A braai is a South African barbecue – unique in its preparation and celebration – obviously, as I think we may be the only country in the world that has a public holiday in honour of a barbecue.  Many in this country see the braai as a sacred ritual, performed only by those to ‘ … Read More

via The Slowvelder


5 thoughts on “National Braai Day (via The Slowvelder)

  1. They are just plain weird in Sef Efrika. I mean, really, all that going indoors for beer, haven’t they heard of an Esky? And ‘braai’? Three vowels in a row? Where do they think they are, Hawaii? It’s a barby, the beer should be in the Esky, the women should be included (but not touch the tongs, let’s not get carried away with too much equality†), and yes, welcome to the 21st century, you can barbecue poultry‡ and seafood.

    †Something I’m afraid too many Sef Efrikan Braaimeisters may still agree with.
    ‡The bibliophile birds don’t read these comments, do they?


      • True. Our national emblem was almost the turkey, which would have been amazing (and tasty).

        Benjamin Franklin was a great proponent of the turkey as our emblem, writing to his daughter

        For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.

        With all this Injustice, he is never in good Case but like those among Men who live by Sharping & Robbing he is generally poor and often very lousy. Besides he is a rank Coward: The little King Bird not bigger than a Sparrow attacks him boldly and drives him out of the District. He is therefore by no means a proper Emblem for the brave and honest Cincinnati of America who have driven all the King birds from our Country . . .

        I am on this account not displeased that the Figure is not known as a Bald Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.

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