The National Braai Day TV show, Jan Braai vir Erfenis made its long awaited debut on Friday 8 Jule. It will air every Friday at 17:30 on kykNET, with repeats on Saturdays at 13:00, Sundays at 08:00 and Mondays at 03:00. We realise that you might want to do some of the things that we did on the show yourself. As such we will weekly post all the relevant info for each episode, here on www.braai.com
Day 1: Pick & Pay Cape Argus, Table Mountain
This year was my twentieth Argus tour. The Argus was first held in 1978 and goes right around the Cape Peninsula, in other words, it goes right around Table Mountain and thus also passes through large parts of the Table Mountain National Park. It was a fitting start to the tour as I could not only celebrate twenty years on the Argus tour but we could also braai in our first World Heritage Site of the tour, the Cape Floral Kingdom. If you want to enter the Argus tour, go to http://www.cycletour.co.za
After about 3 and a half hours of relaxed cycling I arrived at the top of the last hill of the tour Suikerbossie, where crew member Frans and cameraman Timmy were waiting with a braai. I jumped off the bike for a quick boerewors braai; ate a boerewors roll and then proceeded to the finish line of the cycle tour in Greenpoint.
After the race we went to the top of Table Mountain with the cable car to enjoy the spectacular views. As the sun started to dip we rode down to the lower cable way station where the CEO of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company, Sabine Lehmann and head of Table Mountain’s 7 Wonders campaign Fiona Furey hosted us to a braai. We mainly spoke about getting people to vote for Table Mountain in the 7 Natural Wonders of the World campaign. Go to www.votefortablemountain.com and cast your vote.
Before leaving Cape Town on the morning of day 2 we braaied with my friend Seth Rotherham, the man behind the hugely popular 2oceansvibe.com website and GQ’s best dressed man of 2010. He is the spokesman for the laid-back Cape Town lifestyle and has even had a Butlers pizza named after him. In this spirit we decided to launch the Rotherhamburger. It is a decadent chicken burger topped with feta, bacon, mozzarella and salami. Recipe for Rotherhamburger available here.
Next we headed out to Stellenbosch. It is a place very close to my heart as it is the place where my father taught me how to braai; where I meet up with my friends for a drink at De Akker and where the best wine in the world is made. We celebrated South Africa’s wine heritage at De Akker, one of the oldest bars in South Africa, where I had a braai with Valiant Swart. We stuck with a classic braai combination of lamb chops and Boerewors, provided by Eikeboom butchery.
On day three of the tour we went to Lamberts Bay, or as the locals for some reason call it, the “Diamond of the West Coast”. Here we celebrated the Seafood Heritage of South Africa with a braai at Muisbosskerm. And that evening we slept soundly at the Sir Lamberts Guesthouse.
- The awesome Isuzu bakkies we drove in was supplied by Barloworld Bruma.
- Freddy Hirsch was responsible for liasing with all the local butcheries who provided us with meat.
- Klipdrift is the official drink of any real man at a braai and made sure that we could always make ourselves at home, and keep our throats wet.
- All of the clothes worn by me (Jan Braai) on the show can be purchased at Cape Union Mart, and is good quality for money for any traveler, or braaier.