We’re not sure where our (slight) addiction to charred food comes from. I personally blame my Dad. Growing up in South Africa, he was pretty much brought up on brai, aka barbecue, which is part of everyday life there. Although he has left his home country many decades ago, this practice still endures and as soon as the snow has melted and the first rays of sunshine come through, he’ll get the barbecue going – I think we once had one in late February!
To give him some credit though, grilling food does taste absolutely fantastic. Its distinct charcoal-like flavours just seem to intensify the flavours of every meat, fish or vegetables.