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Creamy Beef Potjie

    Food24's most popular braai recipe!     Ingredients: 1 tbs butter 4 leeks, only the white parts, sliced into discs 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 cups brown mushrooms, chopped 1 cube beef stock 1 kg stewing beef, cubed, but keep the fatty pieces 200 ml semi-sweet red wine 1 tub cream cheese 1 handful of parsley, finely chopped   Method: Melt the butter in a potjie over the coals. Add the leeks and garlic, season with black pepper and let it sweat for about 10 minutes until the leeks are tender. Add the mushrooms, Read More...

An open fire or a closed combustion fireplace? Which is best?

  A fireplace not only brings cosy cheer on a chilly winter’s night, it also adds value to your home. So choosing the right one should take some careful consideration. Let’s start with the first question you’re likely to ask yourself: Which fireplace system would suit my home best? An open or a closed combustion fireplace? Wood burning stoves (free-standing closed system fireplaces) have become extremely popular. The way a wood burning stove and its flue works offers major advantages over Read More...

Know Your Braai Wood

The wood you choose can make all the difference to your braai experience. A good quality braai wood should be:   Clean burning It should not generate a lot of smoke.  Dense and hard The wood will burn at a slower rate, making your braai last longer.  Low in moisture Wet wood spits and you’ll have a hard time keeping your fire going.  Aromatic This adds the smoky flavour to your braaied food.     These woods are especially good for braaiing:   Kameeldoring generates almost no smoke. Read More...

4 Ways to Add Chocolate to Your Easter Braai

Why not try something new this Easter weekend: chocolate on your braai? We've found four ways to use chocolate over your coals, and they're not all desserts. How about Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Rib or Coffee-Chili Crusted Steak with Savoury Chocolate Sauce followed by a Chocolate Braai Pie or Chocolate Baked Bananas? Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Rib (serves 4 - 6) (Recipe from Saveur) Ingredients: 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup light brown sugar 3 tbs chilli powder 2 tbs salt 2 tbs granulated onion 1 tbsp mustard powder 2 tsp ground Read More...

Delicious greens for your St Patrick’s Day braai

Three extraordinary salads: one for chicken, one for beef, one for lamb. Roast Pepper and Caper Salad Ingredients: 6 large red, yellow and green peppers 100 ml extra virgin olive oil 1 clove fresh garlic, peeled 15 ml fresh lemon juice 2.5 ml Tabasco sauce Salt and ground black pepper 30 ml capers A handful of fresh basil leaves Method: Preheat the oven to 220oC. Put the whole peppers, stalks and all, on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the skin starts to blacken in places. Now turn down the heat Read More...

Gas Fireplace Maintenance: Is it Important?

Yes. Yes. Yes. The best way to ensure your gas fireplace works safely and efficiently when you need it, is to maintain it when you don’t. Although gas-powered fireplaces are considerably the safest and cleanest of all, they require regular servicing, and your fireplace should be inspected and serviced by a certified technician in the summer months. 5 Reasons to Service Your Gas Fireplace Trouble shooting The technician will be able to identify any problems. He’ll check your burners, pilot lights, ignition Read More...
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The 8 Rules for Proper Installation of Your Fire Place

The Fire Works recommends the installation of all fire places according to European Installation Standards. Why? Well, correct installation prevents any risk of harm to your loved ones and your home. Plus there’s the added benefits of greater effectiveness and efficiency and less need for constant maintenance. Three good reasons to follow these 8 basic rules for proper installation.

 Feel free to pass these specifications on to your fire place installer to ensure many years of safe and effective Read More...

How to braai perfect steak

Kamado Jan shared this quick and easy way to braai perfect steak with us. All you'll need is: A good quality cut of steak Course sea salt Crushed black pepper A touch of cayenne pepper Clarified butter/ghee Watch the video (WARNING! IT'S MOUTH-WATERING!) and give it a go. #LightUpSummer with with a great steak. (Click on this link to find out more about Kamado Jan: Learn more.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDB4Vg_jLSg Read More...

IT’S PIZZA NIGHT. LIGHT YOUR FIRES!

Pizza! One more reason to light a fire. Now pizza night can also be braai night. Try this recipe on your braai for a delicious wood-fired pizza. Pizza (Serves 4) Ingredients: For the pizza dough: 3 cups flour, 2 tsp yeast 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp oil 1 cup lukewarm water For the topping: Sprinkle on your choice of ingredients, but don't overload your pizza or the cheese won't melt. Method: Sprinkle the yeast into the water. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Once the yeast has activated, combine the water, Read More...
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