It’s funny how often you come across words you’ve never heard before twice in one day. There was an interview on the radio about the plans to welcome back the Open winner, Louis Oosthuizen, to South Africa and they said they were planning a braai.
That would have meant nothing to me if I hadn’t spoken to my daughter in Cape Town earlier in the day to wish her a happy birthday. When asked how she planned to celebrate and she said they were having a barbeque, “or braai as they call it here”.
And was she planning to eat zebra I asked. “No, just a sheep.”
Braai [pron: bry] from the Afrikaans braaivleis meaning barbeque or roast, a social custom in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia. And from the description, there is more likely to be a whole sheep being cooked than our usual burgers and bangers.