I have to be honest. I’m still unclear about the difference between a ruck and a maul and cannot pretend to be on top of my game with all the rules. Perhaps it’s the vibe I love more than the game itself. The build-up, the gees and the passion of a nation united in victory or defeat. Not least, I love the essential all South African pairing of good company, a great game of rugby and a braai.
It’s more than a cultural past time. The ritual of firing up the perfect coals, the nurturing and grilling is an art form in its self. That said I’m not here to shed light on how to braai however even I, a mere mortal have some steadfast rules of engagement for bagging the perfect match day braai and coveted bragging rights (even if the Bokke lose).
If you’re hosting
Win or lose, huddling around a fire and enjoying the flames and ambiance is the perfect round up to the evening. Stock up on fire wood, turn up the volume to your favourite tunes and celebrate or commiserate in good company.
How to score big
Christian Stewart, “worlds fastest centre with no Achilles tendons” and former WP Stormer, Springbok and Canadian golden boy weighs in on how to avoid a red card.
“Never…never arrive with cheap red wine. Never bring a WAG who knows more about rugby than you (other guests will lose respect for you). Never get aroused when Eben Etsebeth appears in a medium sized shirt (instead of a quadruple XL). Never ask how Robbie Fleck can only be 41 (he has his feelings) and never state the obvious (like Dylan Leyds needs to get a haircut).”
THE ULTIMATE BACON BOERRIE ROLL TWO WAYS
While a fat juicy steak or chop wouldn’t go amiss, for me there’s nothing quite as satisfying than a succulent and spicy boerrie roll. Much has been written and tried to give the humble sausage a makeover but I’m a purist at heart and will happily indulge in the more traditional and time honoured version albeit with a little twist.
Always choose the best quality Boerewors you can buy. Braai Wors is not boerrie. If you’re unsure ask your local or supermarket butcher for advice. You can absolutely use soft white rolls but I prefer the crunch and chewiness of a fresh crispy baguette cut into lengths.
Written by Sandy - the Commander HQ Stylist, Contributor and a Proudly South African Springbok fan.
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