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Girls have decided that they too can fire up a braai and do some really good braaiing. In her book Girls on Fire, Camilla Comins does just that and adds her own special flair to the braai.

The recipes are different, fun, sometimes healthy, and there is something for everyone, including the kids. Here is an excerpt from Girls on Fire.

Toebas is a little bit messy to make, but kids just love it. It’s kind of the way Americans do their grilled cheese sandwiches, and I picked up the taste for cooking them on the fire when I worked in the States as a private chef.

Girls on Fire is published by Jacana Media and available at bookstores countrywide.

Ingredients for Toebas

  • 12 slices white sandwich bread
  • Butter
  • 60ml mayo
  • 6 slices of sandwich ham
  • 12 slices of gherkin
  • 500ml grated cheddar cheese


Butter each slice of the bread. Now turn the slices over and work on the un-buttered side. Place 5ml (1 teaspoon) of mayo on each slice. Put a slice of ham, two gherkin slices and a bunch of cheddar on six of the bread slices. Use the remaining bread to close the sandwiches. So the butter is now on the outside of each toebas. Use an egg lifter to place the toebas on the grill. As soon as they start to cook, the melting cheese should hold them together so you can flip them quite easily. The smoky taste with the cheese and ham is fantastic and our friends’ kids love them.

Note: The gherkin and mayo are optional. In fact, you can do just about anything as long as there’s cheese in there to hold it all together.

The Gardener