Hello dear blog reader! Remember me? Don’t blame you if you don’t….sometimes I don’t remember me either haha! I have been going through a rather torrid time of late but I won’t bore you with the details. Instead I will try to captivate you with a delicious recipe for the braai!
Fellow food blogger and friend, Jeanne from Cooksister! fame, is once again hosting that fabulous annual event that coincides with South Africa’s Heritage Day on 24 September, Braai The Beloved Country. Please do pop over and read all about it and you have exactly 6 days left if you would like to participate. This year there is even a fabulous prize up for grabs, “Braai Masters from the Cape Winelands”, a truly wonderful cookbook and tribute from Wines of South Africa (WOSA) to our country’s favourite pastime. Featuring inspiring, tried and tested recipes from 29 top wine makers (including wine pairing tips) this is a wonderful book to add to your collection of cookbooks and I have been eyeballing it for a little while now, hoping to add it to my growing stash of beautiful books.
Now we all know that a public holiday is all about the braai…any excuse for a braai really is the saying. I see that the Cape weather forecast is not so grand for this coming long weekend but then again, I have a brother who is known to build his fire and braai his chops and boerewors in the midst of a howling Cape north westerly storm!! Nothing separates a real braai-crazed South African from his fire and grid!
I am still on my oral reconstructive journey and am not able to chew anything as such. The last 18 months has been quite a journey in a lot of ways and I have had to be quite ingenious with my meals as a result, but I have found that there ARE ways and means to enjoy a good meal without having to stick to smoothies, soups (as much as I do enjoy both) or pureed food. Fish is one of those meals that I can enjoy and is also delicious on the braai. Coupled with a delicious marinade or rub you can braai your fish in a number of ways. This time I chose to do kebabs and served them with steamed rice and a zingy citrus salsa made absolutely delicious by the addition of that little orange orb of sweet delight that I love so much, the ClemenGold
FISH AND BAY KEBABS WITH A SPICY CLEMENGOLD SALSA
2 Fresh Fish Fillets – skinned and cut into cubes – use firm white fish
Fresh Bay Leaves for threading between the fish
50ml Olive Oil
1 ClemenGold – juice and zest
½ Lemon or Lime – Juice
½ Red Chilli – finely chopped (optional)
2,5cm Fresh Ginger – peeled and finely grated
Few Fresh Coriander Sprigs – finely chopped
Black Pepper and Salt to season
Mix all together and pour over fish in a bowl, cover and marinade for ½ to 2 hours
In the meantime you can soak your 4 kebab sticks in cold water to stop them from burning over the coals
For the ClemenGold Salsa
½ Small Red Onion – finely chopped
½ Small Red Pepper – finely chopped
1 ClemenGold – segmented with all pith and membranes removed and chopped
1 Small Cucumber – finely diced
1 Small Red Chilli – deseeded and finely chopped
Small bunch of fresh Coriander and Mint leaves – finely chopped
Dress with the juice from the ClemenGold that you catch when segmenting, 15ml Olive Oil, juice from ½ lime, salt and freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of honey if needed
Set aside until needed
Thread your fish cubes and bay leaves onto the prepared skewers then grill over hot coals until just cooked through, basting with the marinade as you cook them
Serve on a bed of rice with the salsa on the side
Drizzle some balsamic reduction over the cooked kebabs before serving
Or you can remove the kebabs from the skewers and serve with some shredded lettuce and the salsa inside some pita bread or wraps for a lovely al fresco meal
This was a delightful meal served with the deliciously crisp, tropical fruity flavoured Tangled Tree Tropical Sauvignon Blanc , definitely a wine for any occasion!
Whatever you do to celebrate National Braai Day on the 24th, make sure you have a braai! Rock those Webers, bring on the old vine wood or rooikrans and Blitz…and celebrate!! We sure celebrated great sunny skies yesterday with a family braai. Below is a collage made up of random pics taken during the afternoon!
This is my entry into Cooksister’s event BRAAI THE BELOVED COUNTRY.
I hope you are also entering!! Remember that great prize that is waiting for some lucky person. Thank you Jeanne for hosting this fun event once again
I shall be back very soon (like this week) with some awesome news for browniegirl blog followers! No, I am not telling you now….that would spoil my fun wouldn’t it? :)
Late Edit: OK so it is taking rather longer than expected……so I do apologize for leading you on by telling you I will be back with some awesome news about my blog. Please bear with me just a little longer….I am impatient myself now too