It has been said, that the first thing South Africans think about when it comes to food, is a good braai. We celebrate life with a braai party with loads of friends and family or just a cozy braai for two, and wonder if we should join some very intense braai people for the 365-day braai challenge, or just stick to once or twice a week. Whatever our thoughts, we welcome the aroma of food being cooked outdoors on an open fire, and take pleasure in preparing our favourite dishes for all to enjoy. And while the traditional way of doing things is still high on the list, our job for this magazine is to push the boundaries and see where it takes us. Hence, our features on veggies and a few simply and tasty desserts all cooked on the fire. A braai for us is a time for celebration and so we found ourselves at a southern US inspired BBQ, and a paella party and for the kiddies (and the big kids) we made a S’mores Bar. For our ‘day’ jobs, if you can call it that, our magazines focus on gardening and growing food, so this magazine wouldn’t be ours without touching on growing food on your patio or braaiing with flavourful herbs and it wouldn’t be us without a few great DIY projects to tackle, like a beautiful prep bench and kitchen sink, or a storage cabin for the braai wood. We take great pleasure in putting this magazine together and we hope you enjoy every tasty mouthful as you take the journey with us.
The Gardener Team
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A trend that has taken America by storm and is sure to be a hit at home is a S’mores Bar Party. Along with a build-your own burger or hot-dog bar, a s’mores bar is a great way to entertain adults and kids alike in your own backyard. For kid’s parties it’s a winner and a reasonably inexpensive way to feed the masses – under supervision, of course!
What you need:
• A wooden box – we used 18mm pine cut into 2 x 45mm x 135mm lengths and 2 x 45mm x 915mm lengths plus a base board measuring 170mm x 915mm. Assemble the frame using panel pins (22) and wood glue, and secure onto the base board. Leave it natural or paint it like we did.
• 5 x S’mores tins – Fuel 21 Sustainable Sugarcane Ethanol Fuel comes in sizes for the number of hours you want it to burn. So these are 2-hour-burning tins filled with eco-friendly gel that, very importantly, will not contaminate the marshmallows when cooking. DO NOT
use any product containing harmful chemicals. These eco-gel cans are available from Greenheat South Africa (www.greenheat.co.za).
• A bag of pebbles.
What you do:
Place the fuel-gel tins on the base of the box and fill around them with pebbles. Position the box so that people can melt their marshmallows without burning themselves on the lit fuel gel. And for the fun part, put out a selection of goodies to add to melted marshmallows squeezed between two biscuits.