Standerton 1997: Toney and Cynthia my neighbours decided to have a braai and invite some of the neighbours in the area to attend the braai. We were six couples: Sarel and Martha: I and my spouse and Tony and Cynthia. This was to celebrate Cynthia’s birthday. Tony was from the uk and South African ways of doing things were rather remote from what he was used to. The tray carrying the quarts of beer was the original container.
No sir, in the UK this is how the beer is dispensed: Away with 350ml bottles, we go for the quarts. Soon the fire was roaring under the competent hands of Sarel who appeared quite happy and enjoying his new-found occupation. The huge steaks were sizzling on the rooster and the aroma was heavenly. Fortunately his quart was on the ground and waiting for the immanent to happen. The talk as is the case like this sways from the mine and its evils to home and the usual better jobs. Tony usually on about the UK and better conditions which nobody believed anyway.
Sarel was at the helm of the cooking department or shall I say the braai-department, quite happy. He was using the normal tools like a pair of tongs and a large knife. Only trouble is the knife was about the size of Arthurs Brand Excalibur but much sharper. While holding the meat down with his tongs the knife slipped and cut his thumb back to the bone. His first reaction was to shake his hand to get rid of the blood. That blood was now being sprinkled onto the remaining meat on the rooster as in a man-made marinade.
The women folk fled to the kitchen while Tony and myself sorted Sarels thumb out with a band-aid and electrical insulation tape (blue) Tony, then went to increase the volume of Black Sabbath on the CD player.
The meat was still sizzling on the rooster but now it had its own supply of blood. Better than Horse meat, I dare say old chap.
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