Archive for January, 2011

Back to the braai basics- Lamb sosaties

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, Food, South Africa on January 28, 2011 by ribshackred

Ok, it is back to the braai basics. I’ve tried a few braai recipes and most of them turned out to be a winner. For this weekend I’m going to braai one of my old favourite South African sosatie recipes.  

I’m usually mild on the spice/curry, but it’s up to you to increase the ‘woema’ of the spice.


500g deboned and cubed lamb about 3cm cubes (leg or shoulder)
2 Onions, 1 grated and 1 cut into chunks for the skewers
Splash of Sunflower oil, about 2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons garlic
1 tablespoon curry powder (mild unless you like them hot)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon brown sugar
4 dried bay leaves
Juice of half a small lemon or about 1 tablespoon
100ml beef stock
125g dried apricots
1 large green or red pepper cut into squares (similar size to the meat cubes)
Wooden or bamboo skewers

The process

Soak the skewers in water while you cut up all of the ingredients, then thread the skewers with a piece of meat, an apricot, a piece of green pepper and a piece of onion, repeating until the kewers are full and faily well packed. (If you have fresh bay leaves, add one or two onto the skewers)

Place them in a large dish and prepare the marinade.

In a pan on a medium heat, add the oil and the butter, then add the grated onion, garlic and curry powder. Allow to cook for about 3 minutes or so, stirring every now and then.

Now add the turmeric, the lemon juice and the stock, bring it all to the boil, turn down the heat, add the sugar and bay leaves and simmer for about another 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Pour the whole lot over the sosaties, shake them about a bit to ensure that each sosatie is covered with the marinade, then cover with cling film and allow to marinate in the fridge over night.

In the morning, or before you go to bed, give them another shake about to cover the sosaties again.

Braai them over hot coals and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.


Study found that on average couples argue 312 times a year

Posted in Men, Useless info on January 26, 2011 by ribshackred

I recent study found that on average couples argue 312 times a year and mostly on Thursday at 8pm for ten minutes.

According to the researchers, women tend to become more frustrated with their partner’s habits than men.

The most common complaints include loo roll not being replaced, lights that aren’t switched off, channel hopping and the lavatory seat being left up. But men aren’t immune to getting irritated either.

They grit their teeth when their partner takes too long to get ready, clogs up the plughole with hair or nags them about chores.

According to the study the Top 10 things that make men annoyed are:

1. Taking too long to get ready

2. Nagging about chores

3. Leaving lights on

4. Hair in the plughole

5. Hoarding stuff

6. Overfilling bins

7. Leaving tissues around the house

8. Leaving dirty cups around the house

9. Flicking TV channels

10. Watching soaps

It is strange that the In-Laws did not make the list.

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What happens when men bake cookies?

Posted in Men on January 21, 2011 by ribshackred

Friday funny pic: What happens when men bake cookies?…. see image

What to braai with the ODI?

Posted in Braai, Braai Recipes, Food, Rib Shack Red, South Africa, Sport, Wine and dine on January 17, 2011 by ribshackred

The cricket was horrendous as the Proteas managed to throw away a cruising victory. I nearly choked (no pun intended) on my chop as the last wickets tumbled.

But the series is now alive and I’m looking forward to the next match in Cape Town.

Being bit superstitions, I’m not going to use the same braai recipe for the next match. Who knows,  maybe my curry chops jinxed the Proteas.  

So for Tuesday’s ODI  I’m going to braai a steak. The steak must have a red wine base as the game is played in the Cape and wine is part and parcel of the Cape of Good Hope.

Let’s hope it is not the Cape of Choke for the Proteas!

Here is the recipe

Steak with Red Wine Marinade


  • 4 – 3cm thick steaks (Rump or Sirloin will be the best)
  • 1 cup dry red wine –  Use Rib Shack Red  and the other 2 cups in the bottle is yours- You deserve it.
  • 2 teaspoons garlic herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper


Place steaks in a large food storage bag. Add remaining ingredients. Marinate for 2 to 4 hours, turning occasionally to keep the steaks coated with liquid.

Braai it your way!