Tue 25 Sep 2012

National Braai Day


RobertsonThe adopted name for South Africa’s Heritage Day yesterday, a national holiday making a long family weekend heralding the end of winter. It feels that way today anyway, in bright warm sunshine in the picturesque Robertson valley, where many of the surrounding hills still have traces of snow glistening in the distance, a reminder that winter is not long gone. I have never been so cold in the Cape as over the last couple of days, especially in constant heavy rain much of yesterday.

So the sight of the fire on the terrace at Quando on Friday evening was both heart-warming and bone-warming! Michelle and Roelf du Preez of Bon Cap, friends of Quando’s Fanus, Martin & Estelle Bruwer, brought along delicious bottles of their sparkling Chardonnay and The Perfect Blend 2009 red and, in addition to Fanus’ lovely Quando Sauvignon, all enjoyed his delightful new Pinot (selling like hot cakes on the local market).

BraaiMichelle’s birthday, and the Braai-cooking skills of our kind hosts were toasted; the wines made delicious accompaniments to certainly one of the best braais I have ever enjoyed. Home-made pizza baked beneath the embers was a first for me, and a fabulous rack of pork ribs, basted with olive oil, lemon juice and coriander seeds was sensationally good. With Quando specialising also in citrus fruit, even the lemons were home grown! Braai hospitality at its best.

Jo Locke MW
Society Buyer


  1. Guy Nash says:

    I was also in Paarl for braai day and had suffered the cold weather, getting back to UK this morning. If you are still in the Cape could I suggest you try the Black Pearl from Rhenosterkop farm. We rounded off our four weeks in SA at a braai in Paarl and had a lovely sunny afternoon following the rain.

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