Sharing, conversation and laughter are all things we associate with cooking and eating outdoors. Our primal memory turns to fire to cook our food, and friends and family gather to enjoy each other’s company. With our wonderful South African weather, we socialise all the more often and our braai areas become extensions of our home and garden. In this supplement, The Gardener has set out to explore our favourite pastime by looking at the various cooking options available, the accessories out there that make the experience more pleasant and, for the adventurous, step-by-step DIY building projects. We have also tapped into some excellent cookbooks to bring you recipes from South Africa’s stars of the braai, with our gardening writers adding their own favourite recipes to the mix for a range of great dishes for you to try out.
This wouldn’t be The Gardener without adding some elements of gardening, so we have rounded up the best herbs to use for cooking outdoors, how to grow them and how to use them in your cooking. We encourage you to keep your pots of herbs close to the braai and to taste the benefits of using fresh herbs in your dishes. Whether you go big and build your own pizza oven or keep compact and cook on your patio table, this supplement will get you going in the right direction.