Find the Perfect Cut of Steak

Red meat is good for you, as long as you eat it as part of a balanced diet. It’s rich in protein, iron, zinc, vitamins B6 and B12. Eat it a couple of times a week in small quantities and get some protein from other sources. Keep intake of fruit, veg and grains up and […]

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5 Must-Try Recipes

1 CHICKEN WITH CITRUS SAUCE For the sauce, warm the zest and juice of a lemon, plus the sections of another lemon, an orange and a grapefruit, in a pan. Add ¼ cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, ½ teaspoon minced garlic, a small minced onion, salt and pepper. Rub boneless chicken pieces […]

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Skewer the Fat

In an age of microwave meals, few foods feel more primal and effortless than meat on a stick. Skewer some protein and throw it on the braai and you’ve created a prompt summer meal. But give kebabs a bit more attention – a home-made marinade, some well-chosen add-ons, a sauce alongside – and you can […]

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Fresh Lamb Burger with Harissa and Scallions

Feast on this meal this Braai Day What you’ll need 450g lamb sirloin, ground (see Skill 1) ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp freshly ground pepper 2 tsp salt 1 tbsp mayonnaise 1 tbsp sour cream 1 tbsp milk 1 tbsp harissa paste (find it in the international section of the supermarket) 4 slices Gruyere […]

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Cook the Perfect Burger

Buy the Beef For super juicy, tender burgers, pick 80 percent lean chuck and ask for it “twice ground” Prep the Grill Crank the heat to high. (For a charcoal braai, skip lighter fluid. Heat coals in a chimney starter until they’re lightly coated with ash.) Hold your hand just over the grill; if you […]

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Master Chef, Master Skills

These tips will make your meal tastier and your meat juicier. Chill out Avoid braaiing meat straight from the fridge. Take it out with enough time to be room temperature before you grill it. Forget marinade Most store-bought sauces are sugar-filled syrups that’ll overwhelm your meat. Rather baste in a little Worcestershire sauce 5 minutes […]

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Ham-and-Pear Stuffed Pork Loin

What you’ll need 1 boneless centre-cut pork loin (1.8kg) 2 tbsp thyme salt (equal amounts of dried thyme and salt mixed together) 3 tbsp unsalted butter ⅓ 150g ham, roughly chopped 3 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced 2 pears, peeled and diced 1 cup apple cider 1 bunch fresh thyme, stemmed and chopped 3 fresh […]

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Your Best Backyard Bash

Put on a party that people will still be talking about next year – know who to invite, what to serve and play the perfect tunes. Craft an A-list Choose a mix of couples, singles and people of varying professions. Don’t be afraid of
mixing your social circles: your wackiest school mate may just hit it […]

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Summer Myths Busted

Dunk an open wound into the sea because salt water aids healing VERDICT FALSE The sea is full of bacteria, which can enter your cut and cause sores and fever. CLEAN FAST Spit on it. “A digestive enzyme in saliva can clean wounds and kill micro-organisms,” says professor of dermatology Dr Adnan Nasir. Then apply […]

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3 Awesome Braai Sides

Why limit your summer grilling to the old standbys? Ignite your braai with these flame-licked alternatives Snack Braaied salt-and-vinegar potato chips Add 4 large scrubbed yellow potatoes to a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil; then lower the heat and simmer until the spuds are slightly tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the […]

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