Happy Birthday - BraaiBoy Turns 5

by BraaiBoy 15. April 2014 21:36
If you've been following this blog (or my twitter or facebook accounts), you'd know that the 17th April marks year number 5 that I've been on this little adventure of mine.

In addition, you'd also know that I never let an opportunity for a party pass me by, and what better reason for some serious celebrations than a birthday.

The 17th April also marks the start of the Otterlake Easter Festival 2014. Since Otterlake takes place from 17 to 21 April, I'll be celebrating my birthday over the course of 5 days. 5 days... turning 5... if that isn't fate, then I don't know what is.

Otterlake Easter Festival Line-Up 2014
Otterlake Easter Festival 2014 Line-up
As you can see from the line-up, there's more than enough reason to be there for the whole weekend (tickets available on the Otterlake website for just R350). However, if you choose to do so, you can get yourself a day-pass to the festivities for just R100.

BraaiBoy Crystal Park Giveaway Bring & Braai Every Day
If you're too drunk, hungover or just plain lazy, head on over to my braai stand every day with your meat at around 12h00. I'll have a couple extra braais going where you can either braai and chill out with us, or I'll even braai your lunch for you.

Easter BraaiBroodjies with Crystal Park
Crystal Park are taking to the stage on Friday @ 17h30, and because it also happens to be their birthday in April, we've teamed up to offer you some snacks during their show as well. Never tasted a bacon & cheese hot cross bun braaibroodjie? Neither have I, so make sure you get to the main stage at 17h30 on Friday and let me know what you think.

a top secret VIP party
OK, so it's not THAT top secret. Inbox me on any of my channels and I'll send you a link to the invite ;-)


Looking for discounted tickets?
If it happens to be your birthday during April, then pop me a message on facebook, twitter or via my contact page with your full names & ID number and I'll put your name onto a list and you'll get 50% off your ticket when you buy it at the gate on Thursday.

Looking for FREE tickets?
You're in luck again... I happen to have a set of double tickets to give away. How do you lay your hands on them? Easy... Comment on this post and/or send me a tweet and/or post on my facebook wall letting me know who your favourite band is at Otterlake this year (remember to tag @BraaiBoy and @Otterlake_Fest) and I'll pick a random winner tomorrow (16 April at 12h00).


Got any questions? Please get in touch, or give me a shout on twitter or facebook... otherwise I'll see you at the party!



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Braai time at the cricket

by BraaiBoy 14. January 2014 16:56
On Sunday (19th Jan) the Titans are taking on the Knights at SuperSport Park. Yeah, OK... and why am I telling you this? Well, because in addition to some awesome T20 action, there's going to be a little braai competition as well.

Titans/SuperSport Park T20 Cricket Shisa Nyama My good friends over at Ridgeback Village have invited me to represent them in this braai competition... and we're on the hunt for some cheerleaders/supporters. So, if you're keen on cricket (and of course braaing), then here's your chance to score some free tickets to the game and come cheer us on in the braai-off.

What do you need to do?


1) Post a picture of you in braai and/or cricket mode to my facebook page: BraaiBoy Facebook

2) I'll pick 5 of the coolest pics (pics with a lot of likes might sway my opinion)

The 5 winners (and a buddy each) will join us at SuperSport Park on Sunday (19th) for a braai, a couple beers and then watch the Titans klap the Knights.

P.s. In order to qualify you would need to actually like the Ridgeback Facebook Page as well.


Questions? Comments? Or just feeling lonely and wanna chat? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below... or you can give me a shout on twitter @BraaiBoy or facebook as well.

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Kicking off Park Acoustics 2014

by BraaiBoy 8. January 2014 23:01
Park Acoustics is not going to be easing into 2014 with the January line-up, and it will have been nearly a month since your New Year's hangover, so you've got no reason to either.

Park Acoustics - January 2014

Headlining this month's main stage is none other than Fokofpolisiekar. But it's being held on top at the fort I hear you say. There's only place for about 2, 000 people I hear you say as well. That is correct folks, so make sure you buy your tickets early. I have it on good authority that there aren't going to be any tickets available at the gates this month, so if you want to join the party, then book your tickets online at www.parkacoustics.co.za. Hurry up... sommer go there right now... Don't come crying to me if they are sold out before you get yours!

Having just advised you not to delay... just because you guys are so awesome, here's a chance for you to win 5 tickets to this month's Park Acoustics:
(let's keep it quick & simple though, so that if you don't win, there's hopefully still some time to buy some tickets)
a) for a chance to win 1 of 3 tickets: Send a tweet, tagging @ParkAcoustics, @BraaiBoy and your favourite band/comedian that's gonna be there... get creative... and of course make sure you're actually following the handles you mention :-)

b) You can also RT this tweet for a chance to win another set of double tickets.

    Rules, T's & C's etc.
  • Winners are drawn at random from a list of all correct entries.
  • You may enter as many times as you like on each of the platforms
  • All entries close Monday, 13 Jan 2014 at 12h00, winners will be announced shortly thereafter
  • You need to claim your prize and send your details to the event organisers before Friday (17th Jan)
  • The prize is a general admission ticket to Park Acoustics, January 2014
  • The event takes place in Pretoria, so if you're not in the area, you will need to get there yourself
  • Where applicable, the Standard Competition Rules apply. If any of those rules conflict with a rule mentioned above, the above rule takes precedence.

Reminder: You are more than welcome to bring your own picnic basket, and even alcohol, but please leave the glass bottles behind. Borries and I will of course be on duty with boerie rolls and pulled pork burgers and there's a very large bar, so make sure you bring cash if you don't bring your own food & drink.

Park Acoustics - November 2013
Bring a tjop or two and I'll even braai it for you
Park Acoustics - November 2013
Park Acoustics, November 2013


Questions? Comments? Or just feeling lonely and wanna chat? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below... or you can give me a shout on twitter @BraaiBoy or facebook as well.

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Movember 2013 - MOgress

by BraaiBoy 18. November 2013 18:31
So I've been a little slow out of the blocks this year with raising funds for Movember, but I'm hoping that the fact that I was in other timezones with little or no access to Internet (and WAY too many distractions) will afford me a little leeway.

If you are growing a Mo this year, you should have quite a bit to show. The uncomfortable, itchy early days are now a thing of the past and smoother days lie ahead.

BraaiBoy Movember 2013 MOgress
Here's my MOgress


Gillete got involved with Movember this year and put together and awesome Mobile Barber Shop. I was fortunate enough to pop into one of their mobile shaping sessions and for some professional Mo-love.

Gillette Mobile Barber Shop Gillette Mobile Barber Shop Gillette Mobile Barber Shop


Of course as much fun and silliness as Movember is, the main reason we do what we do every year is to raise funds and awareness for male health issues. For more information and health stats go check out Movember's website

For the second time this year, we're hosting a Bowl's day at Zwartkop Country Club.

Movember 2013 Bowls


A R50 donation lets you play bowls the whole day, a free boerie and some Aqua Vita to wash it down. We've also hooked up some live entertainment at the bar afterwards. A lot of spot prizes (aka fines) and much more. There's even going to be a kissing booth with some beautiful ladies, that love a man with a Mo. Check the facebook event for more info.

Reminder:You can also support my Mo by donating a couple bucks on my Mo Space

Questions? Comments? Or just feeling lonely and wanna chat? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below... or you also give me a shout on twitter @BraaiBoy or facebook as well.

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One Small Victory

by BraaiBoy 16. November 2013 12:58
Braaing is better than Frying, and the folks over at Novo Nordisk South Africa agree. They even decided to give me an award for doing so. How kind of them :-)

One Small Victory Award
One small Victory Award - click for larger image


To create awareness around both diabetes and the importance of maintaining good health, Novo Nordisk has launched a campaign that reasons one daily win, anytime, is a win for good health. Consistent daily wins make a big difference to our health, and help lessen the chances of type 2 diabetes.

Changing Diabetes


Going for a walk, saying no to office cake, doing some push-ups – whatever your healthy action is, it is One Small Victory to celebrate. Got questions? Ask an expert

If you feel that you've done something deserving of a "#OneSmallVictory High-5" let me know and you can win R1, 000 Nike voucher by sharing your one small victory with me:
Visit One Small Victory and share your daily win, then tweet me using #OneSmallVictory. e.g.
"#OneSmallVictory @BraaiBoy I haven't smoked in 2 days” or
"#OneSmallVictory @BraaiBoy I tasted my steak BEFORE adding more salt"
or whatever you feel is deserving of that High-5.

One Small Victory

No matter how big or small the victory, simply let me know and you'll stand a chance to win the voucher. Competition closes on Monday morning... so own that victory, let me know and win the voucher.

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November Park Acoustics

by BraaiBoy 16. November 2013 10:55

I missed October's Park Acoustics (I was living it up in Las Vegas with the rest of the Braai-B-Que team), and thank you everyone for the tweets saying that you missed me too, but rest assured there is no way I'm missing November's event.

In typical Park Acoustics fashion the last event for the year is going to be epic. This year, Mango Groove will be entertaining the crowds. Formed in 1984, Mango Groove is the only band in SA to have had an album on the sales chart for over a year. Along with numerous international awards, they've had 12 number-one hits in SA and won almost every SA music award that's ever existed.

Park Acoustics November

Supporting Mango Groove are a ton of awesome other acts on 4 stages including the likes of aKing, Mix 'n Blend, The Rudimentals, Napalma, Mathew Mole and many many more. After all the good music, the Comedy stage will entertain the crowds as usual from 17h00 headlined by John Vlismas. Check www.ParkAcoustics.co.za for the full line-up. Tickets are available on the site for just R150, or you can get your ticket at the gate for R200. Heads up though: If history is anything to go by though, if you want to get tickets at the gate, you're going to need to get there really early as they'll be selling out fast.


Park Acoustics November Park Acoustics September
a braai with a view


Park Acoustics September
a little Jack Honey for the soul



Bring a Mango, get free food!


Borries & I will be at our usual spots serving up some Boerie Rolls and Pulled Pork Burgers. However... instead of requiring you to send us a tweet for free food this month, the first 50 people to bring us a Mango will get either a boerie roll or pork burger (with or without mango atchar). Yes, that's a lot of Mango going on at Park Acoustics this month - but what sort of person doesn't like Mangoes (or Mango Groove) :-)

Win Free Tickets!!!


For this month's free tickets I'm going to ask you to tweet me a picture of a mango - easy as that. I'll pick 2 people at random on Monday morning.

Update: RT This tweet and you can win 1 of 3 tickets as well:



Questions? Comments? Or just feeling lonely and wanna chat? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below... or you can give me a shout on twitter @BraaiBoy or facebook as well.

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Movember 2013

by BraaiBoy 1. November 2013 17:48
As if we weren't having enough fun on our #BraaiUSA trip, 1 November also falls smack-bang in the middle of our trip, and by now, I'm sure you all know that means it's the start of #Movember

I managed to convince the whole Braai-B-Que team to join in and support the cause. Unfortunately we found ourselves in the middle of the desert on the 1st which meant we had to do a little improv when it came to the shaving off ceremony. Wath the video to see what I mean.



BraaiBoy Movember 2013 I've even adopted a new haircut for the occasion, but still need to decide on which style Mo to match it with. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

If you haven't already done so, please remember to join Team #BraaiMo and follow both Justin (@Justin_Bonello) and myself (@BraaiBoy) on twitter. We're having a bit of a Mo-Off at the end of the month.

Of course there's a serious side behind all this fun as well: South African men have a 1 in 23 lifetime risk for prostate cancer, around 5 men die from prostate cancer each day in South Africa – calculated based on 2000 men dying yearly. The whole idea is for men around the world to grow a moustache, with the support of the women in their lives, to raise awareness and funds for men’s health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health.

In 2012, over 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised over R1.2 billion globally and in South Africa there were over 30,000 participants raising over R7.1 million. Let's make 2013 even bigger. Go read up more on www.movember.com and register (for free).

Questions? Comments? Or just feeling lonely and wanna chat? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below... or you also give me a shout on twitter @BraaiBoy or facebook as well.

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Team Chesanyama Braai-B-Que - The adventure starts

by BraaiBoy 30. October 2013 18:07
On the 17th October, 9 relative strangers got together for a 4-day bootcamp. The goal was to prepare for our upcoming #BraaiUSA tour. We very quickly got to know each other and got on like a house on fire. No pun intended.


We even managed to work in an all-nighter smoking session (the exact same thing we'd be doing in Lynchburg and Las Vegas). We lit our first fire at 23h00 and completed the last dish at 14h00 the next afternoon. The reason for this is because a brisket takes up to 12 hours of "low and slow" smoking and then another 4 hours+ of resting. The result is a brisket so soft and tender that it pulls apart just by looking at it.
Pork
Chicken Ribs Brisket

After 4 days we'd practiced and fine-tuned all our recipes and were full of confidence. Bags packed and biltong vacuum sealed we headed for the airport. We thought we were going to be a man short for a while when Deon got held back by security. It was his own fault though, the deal was though that everyone would be in full uniform, makarapas and all. He stood out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately this wouldn't be the last time and he'd go through another security screening once we reach the USA.

A short little 17-hour flight and we landed in Atlanta, took a connecting flight to Nashville for another hour, and collected our RV's (our home for the next 3 weeks).




Questions? Comments? Or just feeling lonely and wanna chat? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below... or you also give me a shout on twitter @BraaiBoy or facebook as well.
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Cream Genius Strawberry

by BraaiBoy 24. October 2013 07:20
The other day I shared my mission to find a recipe using Four Cousins' Marula cream. In the same box that got delivered, there was a strawberry cream liqueur as well.

You may have noticed that there was a salad in that post (I used the Marula Cream to make a creamy pepper sauce). Today I'd like to share the recipe for the salad dressing using the Strawberry Cream Liqueur.

Four Cousins Creamy Salad Dressing
Four Cousins Creamy (Strawberry) Salad Dressing

"WTF?!? A strawberry cream salad dressing???" I hear you ask... Have no fear, it's very lekker... trust me.

I'm not really big on salads, so I'm not even going to bother trying to bore you with the ingredients of the salad. The dressing however goes a little something like this:

Ingredients
  • 50ml Four Cousins Strawberry Cream
  • 50ml Olive Oil
  • 30ml White Wine Vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornflour


Method
Mix all the ingredients and drip, drizzle or splash on your salad, depending on your style.

Four Cousins Strawberry Cream Salad Dressing


Questions? Comments? Or just feeling lonely and wanna chat? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below... or you also give me a shout on twitter @BraaiBoy or facebook as well. Also, please don't forget to connect with #CreamGenius on facebook - I think there may be a competition or two involved once all the recipes have been shared.

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CreamGenius

by BraaiBoy 20. October 2013 18:12
The fine folk over at Four Cousins got in touch and asked if I'd be interested in experimenting with a couple of braai recipes using their Four Cousins cream as one of the ingredients. Along with 7 other bloggers and foodies, I accepted their #CreamGenius challenge, and a short while later a box of their Marula & Strawberry creams were delivered to my door.
 
Four Cousins Cream Gift Box Four Cousins Cream
 
My first instinct was to drink the bottle and tan a chop while under the inspiration of the Marula cream, but I figured that would be stretching the definition of "using Four Cousins cream as an ingredient"... my next thought was to make some sort of dessert using the Strawberry Cream, but then I remembered that I don't really have a sweet tooth and would probably be way out of my depth on that one anyway.
 
Finally, I went with something that made sense and that I was comfortable with: a creamy mushroom sauce (it looked a lot like this one: Mushroom Sauce Recipe). Now while the sauce worked great, while I was at it I sommer experimented with a creamy pepper sauce... and man alive was that lekker! So that is the recipe I'll be sharing with you guys:
 
Four Cousins Creamy Marula Pepper Sauce
Four Cousins Creamy Marula Pepper Sauce

Ingredients
  • 15ml oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 75ml Four Cousins Marula Cream
  • 150ml Milk
Four Cousins Creamy Pepper Sauce

Method
Chop the onion, crush the garlic and mix all the remaining ingredients on a relatively high heat on the stove.
Braai your steak just the way you like it and smother with some delicious creamy pepper sauce.
Four Cousins Creamy Pepper Sauce


and voila! as easy as falling out of a tree...

Four Cousins Creamy Pepper Sauce
Dinner is served with Four Cousins Creamy Pepper Sauce

Oh yes, You probably noticed the salad and strawberry cream in the shot too? Well, I'll share that recipe with you in a day or two as well... Watch This Space ;-)

Update:The Strawberry salad dressing recipe is here: http://www.braaiboy.co.za/post/2013/10/24/CreamGeniusStrawberry.aspx

Update:There's a chance for you to win 1 of 3 hampers as well. Just go like my recipe here on facebook (http://on.fb.me/HQjDWH) and you'll be entered.

Questions? Comments? Or just feeling lonely and wanna chat? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below... or you also give me a shout on twitter @BraaiBoy or facebook as well. Also, please don't forget to connect with #CreamGenius on facebook - I think there may be a competition or two involved once all the recipes have been shared.

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