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It’s Heritage Day, fondly known as Braai Day, on Friday, hopefully you get to spend the long weekend soaking up the sun. A braai is not a braai without a potato salad, and we found this delicious recipe that adds a twist to the traditional potato salad:


Biltong & Braaied Potato Salad


  • 6 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 100g butter, melted
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • large handful moist biltong, roughly chopped
  • handful fresh chives, chopped
  • handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • handful feta cheese, crumbled
  • small handful capers
  • mayonnaise (bought or homemade)


Start by par cooking the potatoes in a large pot of salted boiling water.
The trick is not to cook them too soft or they will fall apart on the braai — 3–5 mins should be good.
Drain the potatoes then brush with melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
Using a flip grid, braai the potatoes until cooked through and caramelised.
Once the potatoes are cool you can cut them into squares and place them into a large mixing bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients, including as much mayonnaise as you like, then gently fold everything together and season with salt and pepper.
If you’ve got time then let it rest in the fridge for a while to let the flavours get cosy.
If not, then tuck in!

Recipe extract from Beer Country’s Beer Food Fire by Karl Tessendorf and Greg Gilowey, published by Struik Lifestyle.


If you are on the lookout for a new book to read, we recommend The Promise by Damon Galgut. It’s always fantastic when South African authors make the Booker Prize shortlist. If you would like to win a copy of this book, please email and we will enter you into our lucky draw.

The Promise by Damon Galgut
Shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize

There is nothing unusual or remarkable about the Swart family, oh no, they resemble the family from the next farm and the one beyond that, just an ordinary bunch of white South Africans, and if you don’t believe it then listen to us speak…

The many voices of The Promise tell a story in four snapshots, each one centered on a family funeral, each one happening in a different decade. In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country, while in the foreground the family fights over what they call their farm, on a worthless piece of land outside Pretoria.

Over large jumps in time, people get older, faces and laws and lives all change, while a brother and sister circle around a promise made long ago, and never kept …

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