Friday, February 18, 2011


A woman standing in front of a braai, to the naked eye, might detract from the traditionally masculine associations linked to this long-established, deeply historic culinary activity. A preserve of the male, along with a dop and tjop, the act of braaing meat on an open flame is a sacred responsibility, integral in the workings of male socialisation. A woman should, and is expected to ( if she knew what's good for her) resign to the kitchen preparing salads and tame vegetable dishes and setting the table places. It would be a real shame for a women to take control of the tongs at a braai gathering, according to convention. Imagine a Muslim woman cooking  Halaal sausages in chakalaka spice
and then you'll have an entire minority group represented in one potluck party.

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