Second New Year

All over Cape Town people are preparing to celebrate “tweede Nuwe Jaar” or second New Year. The practice and comes from practices associated with the slavery and its history is linked with the Coon Carnival. In the mid- nineteenth century, the Cape slaves were given a day off from their duties on 2 January every year. During this alternate New Year celebration, the slaves would dress up as minstrels and dance rhythmically to the sounds of banjos, guitars, ghoema drums, whistles, trombones and tubas.

It is a day of great celebration.  I wish to see all the minstrels (Kaapse Klopse) one day.

Happy 1st and 2nd New year 😉

A South African New year

It is almost New Years eve and I am very excited. I am excited about what 2015 will bring. I am thankful for the year that’s passed but cannot wait for 2015.

It is summer in South Africa and it is HOT.

My hubby and I are going to spend a quiet evening at home and wait for the new year.

We will have a braai. But not any kind of braai we will have a snoek braai. A snoek is a fish that is found in the waters of the Southern Hemisphere.

Here is a snoek braai recipe


  • 1  snoek
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 150 ml apricot jam
  • 100 ml butter or olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon


Using a small pot on the fire, or on a stove, lightly fry the onions.  Then add the apricot jam and lemon juice.

A snoek should be braaied ‘open’. Smear the skin side of the snoek with oil so that it does not stick to the grid and now place in the grid, skin side down. Grind salt and pepper onto the flesh side of the snoek and lightly pat it onto the meat. Pack tomatoes on the open snoek. Then add the apricot jam and onion mix.

Place the grill on a medium fire.

Braaiing time is about 15-20 minutes. If the flesh flakes, the snoek is ready.

Snoek is traditionaly eaten with soetpatats. (sweet sweet potato)


Sweet potatoes




  • Peel sweet potatoes and cut into  blocks
  • Place butter and sugar in pot over medium heat.
  • Stir continuously till the sugar is lightly caramelised
  • Add sweet potato pieces, sprinkle with salt to your taste.
  • Turn the pieces once after about 15 – 20 min

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Take a look at this Pinterest board it has a lot of pins and ideas for new years eve.

Don’t know where in South Africa to celebrate the New Year?

I’ve looked all over the internet and came across some great sites and information about New Years eve events. I’m staying home this New Years and having a braai.

For those of you wanting to go out take a look here:

Getaway lists 27 New Years eve parties

Take a look at this Pinterest board it has a lot of pins and ideas for new years eve.

If you are in Johannesburg for New Years eve Hello Joburg! is hosting the best New Years eve party ever. I’ve been to their Relaunch party and judging by that experience those that are lucky enough to go is in for a treat.



A post about things to do at home during New Years eve will follow tomorrow. If you have a New Years post and you’d like to link up please leave a link under comments.