Culture? WPhotoC…

I was looking through a few other blogger’s latest posts which is a habit formed over my blogging travels. I usually don’t delete ‘like’ notifications and then when I have a bit of free time I visit each blogger’s pages to read and reciprocate likes.

I had no idea how I was going to approach this challenge. I’d contemplated skipping it this week because I have so many other on-goings but after seeing Livvy’s take on things and then going off to visit Pat’s blog when I realised blogging was the means for us to see and experience culture at the ordinary level.

Culture is such an emotive topic. What is it really? Things we find strange are actually quite normal for others. Imagine the death rituals important to so many folk across the globe… imagine the strange foods eaten by some and scorned by others.

These days we don’t need to be rich to experience different cultures. All we need to do is blog. Following other blogs is not only entertaining but also informative. I love seeing how distant folk interpret life around them. Blogging gives us a glimpse of the real culture… real people doing what comes naturally, wherever they are on the planet. No contrived touristy shows.

OK, all that said, what do I show you as a photo? I know just the correct flavour for the day. Something that cries identity is usually the food of a tribe or nation. Look at the results of any diaspora… the recipes these travelers take with them eventually becomes assimilated in the new environment. This is our 13th year in Ireland yet we still crave the food of South Africa. So much so that I’m now experimenting with making my own traditional SA dishes.

One dish that is almost more South African than the flag or the protea is boerewors! Sausage. Simple, succulent, satisfying, savoury sausage. Many folk have their take on the matter but fundamentally the process developed as the hinterland of South Africa was opened up in the 19th century.

The origins are as divers, or restrictive, as the folk who made those initial forays into the interior but as venison and beef were the most abundant meats available that is where the emphasis developed. Predominantly beef these days.

I think it’s the spices that make it distinctive. Roasted coriander and cloves together with salt, black pepper and a few other things such as brown sugar, vinegar, water or red wine form the core ingredients of something unforgettable. OK… enough of a lesson. How does one culture’s habits transfer to another land?

One example… this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Kilcock saw me doing the boerewors rolls for the first time. A really special honour. Yes, we sold out in not much more than an hour or so. Testament of how the taste has become known in the area. I’m often asked about the availability of the sausage and as the product that we’ve been using in the last few years comes from quite far away I am developing our own taste. I will add, the boerewors we’ve become accustomed to is really great. However, practicality has forced me to investigate my own option.

Wow… from not going to do a post for this week’s challenge I have digressed in all sorts of directions… from blogging to wors and the idea of a great braai with friends. The next best thing to a bit of physical cultural cross-pollination is sharing blogging friendship… my way! No… not that fellow’s way, my way… over hot coals, savouring the taste of South Africa, even here in far away Ireland…

Boerewors on the braai... more Saffer you cannot get!

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21 Responses to Culture? WPhotoC…

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  6. 🙂 Fun.



  7. Great post 🙂 Blogging CAN be a challenge -keeping up with the rest of the blogging world anyway but yes, it can indeed enlighten us. definitely well worth the extra effort 🙂


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    • aj vosse says:

      Actually, you’ve added the one word I was going to include below the photo!! Thanks! 😉

      On 28 April 2013 17:00, Ouch!! My back hurts!!


  9. Pat says:

    Oh my, as I scrolled down into your photo, I could actually smell them. This is a wonderful post – and thanks for mentioning my blog. I agree with your statement that we have an opportunity to travel and learn about other cultures through our blogging. I am new to the blogging scene – just coming up to my first blogthday – and thought about posting content a lot. I realized that I enjoyed hearing about other’s worlds/neighborhoods so much that I would photograph and write about my corner of the world as I see it.
    By the way, I love how you write – I enjoy your writing voice. You also write well so it is fun to read.


    • aj vosse says:

      Thank you… thank you, thank you! AND, thank you again! I hope that covers all the blushes you have brought me today! 😉

      Yes… blogging adds value, I believe… unlike other social media which to my mind can be time robbing and uninspiring, not to mention downright degrading!

      Keep on blogging! 😛

      On 28 April 2013 12:58, Ouch!! My back hurts!!


  10. livvy30 says:

    These look fabulous. If only we had nice SA weather to go with outdoor cooking, we’d be sorted!


    • aj vosse says:

      Oh well. we can dream, can we not! 😉 I have a very large ‘beach’ umbrella that comes in handy quite often! 😛

      On 28 April 2013 09:04, Ouch!! My back hurts!!


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  12. restlessjo says:

    I have a good friend who lived for many years in Zim and still talks about the braiis.
    Yes, I do the same with inbox notifications too. Sooner or later we catch up- right? Or the inbox explodes. 🙂


    • aj vosse says:

      Yep… I’m reaching inbox explore critical destructive mass again so maybe if I go over to your blog very quickly the moment will pass! 😉

      On 28 April 2013 07:33, Ouch!! My back hurts!!


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