There is no better way to celebrate the start of summer (even if it is was a bit of a shaky start) than to have a good old-fashioned South African favourite - a braai. Here in the UK, a braai is called a "barbecue". This involves gas, coals (not much flame) and hamburger patties...yes, you read correctly, hamburger patties. One of the reasons given for using patties is that meat is very expensive. For us, money is no object when it comes to food, especially red meat - sizzling over red hot coals. We shared our first barbecue with our friends, Jo and her sister, Kate (South Africans who have been staying in the UK for about 10 years) and their friends. George and I agreed (after our initial surprise) that burger patties are a really good option and have included them in our grocery list.