Another weekend and another opportunity to invite friends round and to have a Braai.
But how do South Africans Braai? Well some swear by wood, others by coals, all seem to have their favourite way of doing things and keen to share their hints and tips with you. But what about the protocols of holding or attending a braai?
Give me strength, there are no set rules. Well none I can find anyway.
In the UK if you invite someone round for a BBQ and they say 'can I bring anything' you usually reply...'No, its all organised' and you end up with left overs for a week. Your guest will usually turn up with a bottle of wine or maybe some flowers.
In South Africa things are different.
We've been invited to Braais where the host has added 'please bring your own meat/drinks'
We've been invited to Braais where the host has added 'please don't bring anything'
We've been invited to Braais and asked 'can we bring anything?' and the host has responded with 'bring meat/drinks/ice/swimsuit'
So how do we issue our Braai invite?
'Would you like to come for a Braai' 'Must I bring anything?' 'Yes, your own meat, we will supply the rest oh and maybe some ice'
I'm not sure if we're doing it right, but to date it seems to have worked ok.
We had a Braai in January with 20+ people. One woman turned up with a cooler box, her own chair, all her own food, including crockery, a bottle of gin, tonic water and a sharp knife to cut a lemon slice, she even brought an individual desert.
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