It is so easy to make your own barbecue salt. I make this as I don’t like what goes into the commercial ones. Most have them have maize as a filler, and include sugar. Some of them even contain MSG and all sorts of colourings. With Christmas a month away you could make this up for friends to give as edible gifts.
I have lived more than a third of my life in Gordons Bay. The wind is fierce and most days in summer it blows. This ranges from a gentle breeze to gale force strength. But it cools the air and is a necessity we live. And it does not bother me at all as I am used to it. The first night it blows I might have trouble falling asleep. And when it suddenly stops in the middle of the night, the quiet wakes me. Thankfully we don’t get the winter wind as that brings with it the cold weather and rain. On our second day in Maratea the wind started howling. Straight away my eustachian tubes were blocked. I could barely hear what was being said around me. And I could hear my own voice echoing in my head.
To make it worse, I could feel the wind pounding in my head. I was not in any pain which was a good thing. But it was so uncomfortable and affected my balance. I totally understood why people say the wind drives them mad. And there was no escaping the wind. Thankfully at home we can sort of escape the wind. Our house is built to take the brunt of it, leaving us with a sheltered patio. We can sit outside in summer, and do what South Africans like to do every night, braai. We have two barbecues at home. One is a gas braai underneath the patio roof, and the other is what I call a boys braai. It is a barbecue that uses wood, and is perfect for when we are socializing. No matter which one we use, we always season our food with barbecue salt.
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- 30mls salt flakes
- 15mls black peppercorns
- 10mls smoked paprika
- 10mls dried ginger
- 10mls ground coriander
- 5mls ground turmeric
- 5mls ground cumin
- 5mls ground cloves
- 5mls ground cinnamon
- 5mls ground allspice
- Place all of the ingredients into a non stick frying pan
- Lightly toast over a low temperature
- Once toasted, place into a spice grinder and grind till smooth
- Place into a bottle to store, and use as needed