Heritage Day is South Africa is fondly known to locals as ‘Braai Day’. On this day, we recognise and celebrate the cultural diversity and richness of our country. It’s a day filled with pride across provinces, towns, communities and homes. The braai (our style of barbeque in South Africa) is one of the country’s unifying traditions that transcends cultures and unites communities. It has become a symbol of unity for the nation, and on Heritage Day, homes across South Africa ignite fires and grill their food together. And at Brookdale Estate too, we will be braai’ing with family, friends and guests.
One ingredient that embodies South African cuisine to me is the humble mielie, or ‘corn’. I constantly find myself reminiscing about the mielie peddler that used to ride on a bicycle or push a cart around our neighbourhood whistling and shouting “Mielies, Mielies!” You knew that at dinner there would be delicious steaming hot buttered pile of delicious kernels on the cob. And so, my first recipe explores the humble mielie as a part of our heritage in South Africa, a staple food in many homes.
My next recipe for the perfect braai side is charred broccoli which perfectly compliments the braaied corn. This is a delicious side for anything you might have on your grill this weekend. I hope you enjoy the recipes and find something to complement your braai this weekend!