A R200 Braai for 4 people – Recipe

5 May R200 (5)

Legendary lover of The Braai, BraaiBoy, challenged a bunch of bloggers to prepare a meal for 4 people.
The catch being that the maximum budget for the meal was R200.

Now, R200 is a shitload 2-min Noodles. But this meal had to be awesome, so I went ahead and created Awesome.
I went to Spar, bought my ingredients and surprised myself not only with good food, but also an interesting life lesson.

This is my recipe. Let me know what you think (and don’t forget to go check out all the entries on BraaiBoy’s Facebook page):

Baas de Beer’s Chilli Mince & Sosatie madness:

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The meal consists of the following:

  • Chilli & Garlic Mince served in a hollowed out pepper (in this case green &red), as well as on a bed of lightly flavoured Couscous
  • A bacon-wrapped chicken sosatie/skewer
  • Braai-mielie (Corn on the cob)

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Ingredients:

  • Extra Lean Mince – 700-800g
  • Chicken & Bacon Sosatie x 4
  • Sweetcorn x4
  • 150g Cheddar Cheese
  • Mixed Chillies & Garlic pack
  • Fresh Parsley
  • 250g Couscous
  • 4 Large Peppers (I like the green & red more than yellow)
  • Spices: Salt, white pepper, black pepper, Aromat
  • A swig of milk and a spoon of butter
  • Water

Process:

  1. Grab a beer with a mate, and light the fireR200 (21)
  2. Chop stuff:
    1. Chillies (quite a fine chop, but not mush)
    2. Parsley (also quite a fine chop)
  3. Hollow out big peppers by just cutting through the connecting bits and twisting out the centre (tip: use sharp, round tipped knife. Pointy ends make holes and that is bad)
  4. Crush the garlic (I added salt as you do, but also some white pepper)
  5. Wash your hands (Tip: Rub hands with salt and stroke with flat side of stainless steel knife. No more garlic smell)
  6. Finely grate cheese (Yummy tip: Take the bits of cheese that fall outside the grater, ad a tiny pinch of garlic and eat)
  7. Peal the corn
  8. Make sure to check your fire, should be halfway ready now, and time for another beer.R200 (22)
  9. Work your peppers, garlic and 95% of your parsley into the mince. Add salt (a decent sprinkle over all the mince)
    Chilli Tip: Not too much. I was in the mood for a sinus-clearing, earth shattering chilli, so I added quite about 4 times more than a normal human should serve. On average, I would say about 2 green/red, 4 yellow/orange will be good)
  10. Boil water (about 1 litre should do)
  11. Add lump of butter into pot, heat on full and add mince when warm.
  12. Quickly stir mince to brown a bit, and add water to mince level.
  13. Let this boil, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Turn down to a hectic simmer.
  14. By now your fire should be ready. Grab a beer and put your corn & sosaties on the fireR200 (17)
    1. Corn – You can pre-prep them in the microwave for about 8 minutes on high, inside a clean plastic bag. This saves time on the fire, but does take some of the authentic fire-taste away. When on the fire, do turn regularly.
      You CAN salt the corn on the fire, but seeing as this is a quite a spicy meal, I like to have the corn as is.
    2. Sosaties – Remember, there’s chicken in there, so you don’t want to dry it out too much. You won’t get crispy bacon anyway, so don’t aim for that. When almost done, pour some of the sosatie marinade/sauce over the sosaties.
  15. While braai is happening, go back to the mince and add a swig of milk. By now the mince water level in the mince should have substantially subsided.
  16. Also add the remainder of the sosatie marinade/sauce to the mince. Taste test, and add salt if needed. Stir.
  17. Make CousCous (this literally takes less than 5 minutes)
    1. Very important: Ignore what they tell you on the pack (they want you to make couscous yucky and gross)
    2. Lubricate saucepan/skillet with butter, add about 1 cm of warm water (ie water that boiled, but about 5 minutes ago) and add Couscous to water.
    3. Stir, and add water as needed to get almost a mash-texture. Remember, the heat is on, stir a LOT.
    4. Add ,some ground black pepper, salt and Aromat. Don’t over-flavour, as this will be a bit of a neutralising agent for the severity of the chillies.
    5. Stir some more, until it resembles course putu pap. Remove from heat.
  18. Put a layer of Couscous inside the hollowed out peppers. Not too much.R200 (18)
  19. Fill peppers with mince (strain as you do, don’t want sloppy peppers) and sprinkle cheese over top.
    1. Wrap peppers in foil, put in mostly dead fire for about 2 minutes. OR, if you (like me) forgot that you didn’t have foil at home, simply pop them into the microwave for a minute, just to melt the cheese.
    2. Sprinkle remainder of Parsley over the cheese.
  20. Once your sosaties are solid, and your cobs brown, remove and place on plates, alongside peppers. Spoon some Couscous and the remainder of the mince onto the plates.
  21. Voila! A Meal for Four for Less Than R200.

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My suggestion would be to pair this meal with a red wine, but not an expensive one, seeing as your very chilli mouth will not appreciate it. I went fora Café Culture Coffee Mocha 2014 Pinotage. Coz that’s what my mate Charlie brought over.

The thing I realised in doing this, was that you can really prepare a decent meal on quite  small budget.
In real life, I would say that you can ditch the ornamental peppers, buys some more mince, corn and add an onion to the mince. This would easily feed 8 people for under R250. As things are, I have enough Couscous, chillies, garlic and parsley left to make another interesting dish.

What do you think of my first attempt at food blogging?
Also, my first written recipe. Ever.
Do drop a comment below and feel free to tell BraaiBoy I am awesome.

Lastly, for the doubters:
Here’s a pic of the till slip to prove that it was all under R200

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Blood Brothers – The most epic event SA has ever staged

24 Apr Blood Brothers - Ten

Blood Brothers10 of South Africa’s biggest music heroes.

One stage.

3 Hours of non-stop power hits.

Blood Brothers is ready to fight for their rightful rock legacy as South Africa’s first ever super group.

South Africa has a legion of rock legends and local talent – in the fight against cancer, and we’ve picked ten to take us to war. As one band, they’ll unite to conquer in their biggest struggle yet. They’ll perform the major hits that made them famous, plus they’ll take on songs from the international bands that influenced their sound. Never before have so many local legends agreed to partake in a venture of this magnitude for a good cause. History has been made even before the bloody battle begins.

Each Super Group band member has been cherry picked from our country’s premier crop of musicians and bands. The choices are bold, the talent undeniable, the result – unforgettable. Raw, razor sharp and ready for battle are 5 vicious vocalists: Arno Carstens, Albert Frost, Francois Van Coke, George van der Spuy and Kobus De Kock jnr. Bare-knuckled and armed with the ultimate artillery of guitars and bass, are Hunter Kennedy, Rian Zietsman and Loedi Van Reenen while Jason Hinch and Isaac Klawansky dirty up the drums as they lead their comrades into combat.

This ten-strong Super Group is a fearless and formidable force to be reckoned with as Blood Brothers blows up at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City on the 18th July 2015. Vrede Foundation is an initiative that aims to educate young people about cancer. By combining the toughest of the tough, this Super Group stands shoulder-to-shoulder in a sheer show of talent and rock glory for an excellent cause.

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As Blood Brothers become brutes, may the chaos commence.

Blood Brothers are:

Vocals:

Francois Van Coke – Fokofpolisiekar / VanCoke Kartel
Kobus de Kock jnr – Black Cat Bones
Arno Carstens – Springbok Nude Girls
George Van Der Spuy – Taxi Violence, Goodnight Wembley
Albert Frost – Blues Broers

Guitars:

Hunter Kennedy – Fokofpolisiekar/Heuwels Fantasties
Rian Zietsman – Taxi Violence/Beast

Bass & Guitars

Loedi Van Reenen – Taxi Violence

Drums:

Jason Hinch – Black Cat Bones

Isaac Klawansky – Shadowclub

Tickets will go on sale from Tuesday 28 April.  (The Cape Town event’s details will follow soon)

In the meantime you can follow and like and go crazy:
Blood Brothers Facebook | @BloodBrothersSA (twitter)


Now I for one can’t wait for this gig.
I do believe that if you -like me- love good music, you will be there.

And when you see me there, don’t bug me, I’ll be so into the music I won’t even notice you ;)


All photos by André Badenhorst. Check him out on Facebook and Tumbler.
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Karen Zoid is drowning out the noise

23 Apr Karen Zoid mid shot - Morne van Zyl

DROWN OUT THE NOISE-KAREN ZOIDKaren Zoid is back with a new album, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

The news of this album reached me shortly after Karen’s runaway success with Francois van Coke on Francois’ solo album with the song “Toe vind ek jou” (pushing 325 000 views on YouTube as I am writing this). Epic timing, if you ask me… Even better, she has since surpassed Francois’ album to take the number one spot for album downloads on iTunes in South Africa!

The album is called Drown Out The Noise, and these are the songs on it:

  1. Drown out the Noise.
  2. Secrets and Lies.
  3. Troublemaker. (with Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground.)
  4. We`re all gonna die Someday.
  5. Smile. (with Francois van Coke.)
  6. Where there`s a will.
  7. You can show it.
  8. Justice! Justice!
  9. Nightingale
  10. People Never Learn.

These songs were written and recorded over an entire year, and we can be sure of her typical cleverly worded lyrics combined with soulful, honest vocals. Karen has never been one to beat around the bush when it comes to saying what she wants to say, so why should this album be any different? Man, I love this woman’s music! (Just had to put it in there (No, don’t make that joke now, I know what you’re thinking))

On the production side of things, Zoid teamed up with the legendary Theo Crous again, who is well known for his super-but-not-over-produced production skills.

I have been quite adamant about my stance that artists should shy away from full albums, and focus more on regular singles. However, Karen’s argument for a full album is rather compelling: “It will be sad if everyone just records singles. It doesn`t allow for a complete story to take shape.”
I hear what she’s saying. If you bring out an entire album, you have the opportunity to not only pop out great songs, but also to add meaning to those songs by making it part of a collective. The whole in this instance being greater than the sum of the parts thereof. A challenge indeed, but one I am sure that Karen Zoid, Queen of South African Rock, is more than capable of meeting.

Karen Zoid mid shot - Morne van ZylWill this be the same Zoid I fell in love with back in 2001?
No, it won’t, and there was a time in my life when this fact would have saddened me.
I grew up, however, and realised that artists *gasp shock horror* need to do that too. I have learnt to appreciate not only the nostalgia old songs bring, but the depth new material can carry with it.

Karen Zoid is drowning out the noise with songs that say something, in a way that only she can. I look forward to hearing the entire album, and join The Zoid on this next stretch of her musical journey.

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