The Jan Braai rules

29 August 2012 - 02:10 By Times LIVE
Jan Scannell doing what he does best Picture: MARK WESSELS
Jan Scannell doing what he does best Picture: MARK WESSELS

Jan Scannell, aka Jan Braai, the driving force behind our National Braai Day, wants us all united around braais with family and friends. His first book, 'Fireworks', tells you everything you need to know about braaiing. For starters, there are 10 braai rules:

1. Nothing beats a real wood fire.

2. Gas is Afrikaans for a guest at your braai, not something you braai with.

3. Braaiing is the only fat-negative way of cooking food. Even when you steam food, the fat in it stays behind. When you braai, the fat drips out. Be healthy and braai.

4. Never braai with indigenous wood. Alien vegetation, like Rooikrans and black wattle, drink lots of ground water, so rather burn them. Besides, after all the sports world cups they've knocked us out of, it feels good to burn Australian rubbish.

5. Braaiing is a direct form of energy use, from the coals to your meat. With conventional electricity, there is a lot of spillage between the power plant, power lines, electricity box, wires, stove and pan. If you love the earth, braai.

6. Have enough ice at your braai. Use it for your Klippies and Coke.

7. Smoke flies to pretty people.

8. Animals eat grass, leaves and vegetables and convert them to meat. Eating meat is like eating vitamin pills.

9. A cow must only be killed once. Do not braai your steak until the flavour is dead.

10. A braaibroodjie is your chance to have your bread buttered on both sides.

  • 'Fireworks' is published by Pan Macmillan and available in English and Afrikaans from Exclusive Books for R257