Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nou gaan ons braai...

"NOW WE ARE GOING TO BARBECUE"
is the literal translation of the title of this posting.
HOWEVER, it sounds MUCH better in Afrikaans.

No matter which of the eleven official South African languages you speak,
it will always be a *BRAAI*



Every "braai-master" has a preference of what they use for their fire.
In my case it is usually a mix of wood and charcoal
We have a small circular braai at home.
It will do enough to serve four people.

Every time I braai, I collide with this.
Invariably I have to hit my head at least once
before I remember to take it down

Our local butchery makes the BEST chicken kebabs.
Marinated and ready to go...

You can skewer "wors" and do it in a spiral.
Personally, I prefer to cut it up

Ready for the fire...

Even though I have several sets of braai tongs,
this is STILL my favourite

You HAVE to have Baked Beans at a braai.
It says so in the rule book!

Another braai rule: There has to be smoke.
And it HAS to be blowing in YOUR direction,
no matter where you move.

OK, the fire might have been a little hot,
but my wife was hungry...and that is my excuse for starting too soon

Up close and personal...

Lunch is ready,the chicken was a little overcooked.
Hence it not making the final pictures.
It was delicious never the less

Baked beans, coleslaw and wors...
A meal for a champ!
I was going to do potatoes but I forgot.
And the chicken kebabs were VERY tasty.
We have enough left over for supper tonight.
Nothing like cold braai meat...

The final braai rule:
Someone will ALWAYS walk past the now cooling fire on their way home,
and their parting shot as they head for their car...
"Now the fire is ready"...

My manager...keeping an eye on proceedings

Even "Modom" came out to see what was going on.

If you are looking for braai equipment, visit Barry Hilton's website:


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Travel & Things, the broadcast. 24/01/2014


Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00

This was the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that aired between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 24/01/2015
This unsolicited comment came from an International travel writer:
"Your show is really engaging because it is real people talking knowledgeably about places and happenings that matter, with humour and warmth and with no hype".



1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi

10h00-10h15:
She's baaaaaaaaack!
Marie-Lais Emond, chatted about "Hidden in plain sight".
Places in Johannesburg that we see every day and never stop to investigate.

The Michael Olivier minute has returned .
Food lover and wine guru,
Michael will continue to chat about what is new and "hot".
10h15-10h30:
Tossie Stander, co-owner of the Bun Clody Guest house
in Hanover, Northern Cape chatted to me.
My daughter and I adopted her as a new "Tannie"
Contact her on : 053 643 0256 / 072 600 5930.
To see more about Hanover and the guest house:

10h30-10h45:
Auntie Kate Turkington.
You cannot keep a good broadcaster down.
Kate will be a regular on my show, travels permitting.
Today we spoke about travel being not only for the young and restless.
Follow Kate via her Blog: www.kateturkington.com

10h45-11h00:
Barry Hilton...nou gaan ons braai!
And boy, did we Braai!
Check out the routine that started this:

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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Cheese Gourmet...Linden



It has been awhile since I visited this establishment.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPN3KTtrnZM
It always reminds me of the Monty Python "Cheese Shop" sketch.
But without the bouzouki...
And they are almost guaranteed to have the cheese of your choice.


I wondered about the snail, as I know that they do not produce cheese.
But I figured that as the shop is part of the Slow Food movement,
this sculpture was apt.


It is not only cheese that can be purchased.
Anything that can be seen as an "accompaniment"can be purchased.
A veritable "one-stop-shop" for all your delicious deli delights


Cheese straws are almost a comfort food...


Peanut butter CERTAINLY is.
Put that into a biscuit and you have an almost perfect "food".


And with cheese, you have to have at least ONE of these.


However, THIS is what the customers keep coming back for.
CHEESE...of all kinds.


They have goat cheese on offer.
Not a big variety, but more than enough to keep a gourmet happy


This, I believe, is one of their best sellers.
They offer more than 140 different cheeses to choose from.
Many of them Award winners!


A tool of the trade.


And delicious home made bread to fill with a cheese of your choosing.


And something to drink?


There are a variety of Olive oils on sale.


In December, 2014, the shop underwent a major overhaul.
New floor tiles, and a slight rearranging of the shop fittings.
While I was there, I was interested to hear the compliments of the customers


The shop also has a coffee shop attached.
All the exterior tiling was redone at the time as the interior.
Breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed here.
The venue is available for hire for private functions.


You never know WHO you might bump into.
Linden is home to many TV and film actors.
In this case, Ian Roberts of Radio Kalahari Orkes fame.
Find out about their touring schedule:
https://www.facebook.com/RadioKalahari?fref=ts
(Not to mention a plethora of film and TV roles).


The Cheese Gourmet does wedding cakes,
made of cheese.
A sort of "cheese" cheese cake.
This can be used for pre ceremony drinks etc.
You can order platters, gifts etc for special or corporate occassions


A prospective client discussing what is on offer.
Jenny was very quick to show her the "brag-book" of cakes,
large and small.
Add something different to that special occasion,
have a cake of cheese...


The shop can be found on the corner of 7th Street and 3rd Ave, Linden
It is open Monday(08h00-17h00) - Saturday(08h00- 15h00),
but closed on a Sunday


I did exactly as the sign said and
spent MY morning finding out about cheese.


Contact details:
Phone: 011 888 5384
Mobile: 083 656 5209
Website: cheesegourmet.co.za
Keep updated on the specials on offer:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cheese-Gourmet/687841264633318?fref=ts
You can also follow them on Twitter

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