Category Archives: fiesta food

South Africa

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Volunteer South Africa with Chris Onuorah

In the Philippi, a township in Cape Town, there are many street vendors in which you can buy braai (meat cooked over an open flame).  Generally speaking, many South Africans I met love meat in their diet (I met vegetarians too).  On this particular day when I was passing through Philippi we stopped at one of the vendors to purchase braai meat.  In this case a whole chicken was split in half and laid on the grill.  I was there with Sandiso, a tertiary student.  When we bought the chicken, it was split between three people: me, Sandiso, and our friend Sisipho.

Chris with chicken on the grill

Chris gathered round braai meat with his friends.

braai also a social event which is casual and laid-back, where family and friends converge on a picnic spot or someone’s home (normally the garden or verandah) with their own meat, salad, or side dish in hand. The men gather round the braai or braaistand (the grill) outdoors and cook the food, while women prepare the salad, dessert, and vegetables in the kitchen.

Philippie Township, Chicken on grill

Philippie Township braai, which we call a barbeque.

The braai is the popular way of grilling food that dates back from the trekking days, when all fresh foods were cooked over wood. Today most suburban houses have a braai area and they now use briquettes or charcoal instead of wood due to the convenience.

Budapest

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Budapest with Buffy, AIDE Abroad Program Manager

Buffy and meat stew at Hungarian Palinka festival Buda Castle, Budapest

Buffy and meat stew at the Hungarian Palinka Festival - Buda Castle, Budapest

In my first months in Budapest, I had to attend the Palinka and Sausage Festival located around the famous Buda Castle.   Palinka is an exceptionally strong fruit brandy that comes in many flavors.   However, no matter what the flavor, you are sure to make a face like you just took a shot of straight tequila!  Beware not to have more than two!  Sausage and cured meats are a staple in Hungarian cuisine and by the taste of them, you can tell they’ve been curing and stuffing for decades!  The meat melts in your mouth and has just the right amount of salt and Hungarian kick!  I have to admit that I did not brave the stew as I was certain there were parts of an animal in there that I was not ready to taste  Next time!

Sausage and Palinkas (fruit brandy) of Hungarian exceptional recipes

Hungarian sausage, meats and veggies

more information about festival is here

sausages and their centuries’ old traditions and exceptional recipes

Cured meats are dried on the premises

The Palinka & Sausage Festival at Buda Castle  takes place in October and featured Hungarian Palinkas (fruit brandy) and traditional sausages

the centuries’ old gastronomic Hungarian traditions

Century old gastronomic Hungarian traditions