REDI TLHABI – JOURNALIST
Why do you love braaiing?
It’s very different from any other food environment. It’s more relaxed and there’s always fellowship and laughter. Brian (her husband) and I host an annual braai every year. It’s actually (daughter) Neo’s birthday but it’s our party. We invite friends to enjoy our garden. I love hearing laughter in my home, and creating memories. I also love dressing up. You’ll usually find the ladies look very nice even if it’s a casual affair! And, of course, there’s the champagne. Last year we’d just had (youngest daughter) Khumo so we hired a company to do a spit braai. Our lives are meaningless if we can’t share these moments. Formal dinners and restaurants are nice but there’s nothing like braaiing meat in your own yard. A braai is a journey . . . when you go to a restaurant you don’t see the food being made. But with the braai, you’re there and you’re part of the journey.
What is your braai must-have and what makes it so special?
Most of my friends love to cook so they always bring a special salad. There’s one friend who took me to a butchery on the outskirts of town which has the best meat. That’s how our braais come together.