23 September 2016:

So:  Thyme means ‘courage’.  They say it’s from the Latin word ‘Cor’, meaning ‘heart’.  With the original definition:  to tell the story of who you are, with all your heart …

Today I met an interesting guy.  His name is John Sanei.  He brands himself as an optimist, a trend specialist, a business innovation strategist, an entrepreneur and a speaker.  He ends his emails with:   “Upwards, John Sanei” and he tells his story, with all his heart.

He told me to STOP IT.  To stop being the victim.  To turn being depressed, anxious and fearful, into excitement, ease and love.  Love for others, love for new ideas and love for earning, so that you can give to others.  He also talks about abundance and standing on your own feet.

He saw me for who I am at the moment and also for who I can be.  When we parted, he greeted me with:  “ … start living your brand …”.

Therefore, in celebration of abundance, my brand … and  National ‘braaidag’ (just a day early), we are having a Friday night braai.   Here are the recipes:


This meal is enough for 5 adults.

Total cost without marinade sauce ingredients as we had this in our pantry:  R131

Streaky bacon, pineapple and chicken on special at Checkers – therefore we could buy beer J (beer not included in the R131).



  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup beer
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon ginger and ½ teaspoon turmeric (because we did not have 1 teaspoon mustard as in the original recipe)
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into small cubes (700 grams, enough for 6 sosaties)


  1. Cut chicken in small pieces, about 1½ inch cubes.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk all the ingredients together. Add chicken, there should be enough marinade to cover the chicken. (Keep some of the marinade apart to brush over the chicken).   Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge. Let it marinate for at least 2 hours to 24 hours. (We did not have ‘thyme’ for this so we only marinated it for 1 hour)
  3. Thread chicken on skewers, about 5 pieces per skewer and braai.

Recipe inspired by  http://www.jocooks.com/healthy-eating/beer-and-honey-bbq-chicken-skewers/ and transformed by Mom on Thyme.


Line the bacon with basil.  The original recipe ads jalapeno peppers as well ,but one of our family members made a jalapeno sandwich with all the leftover jalapeno’s and therefore, unfortunately no jalapeno’s for the ‘mielies’.  Then wrap the bacon & basil lining around the corn. The bacon crisps and the corn steams inside. Some of that smoky flavor penetrates, and as you bite into the corn, you get bright bursts of aromatic basil … and you miss the sweet heat of the jalapeno’s. The ‘mielies’ can actually be a meal all by itself.

Recipe inspired by http://cookbooks.about.com/od/Recipes-from-Cookbooks/r/Bacon-Wrapped-Corn-on-the-Cob.htm and transformed by Mom on Thyme.


Cut pineapple in long slices (not pineapple rings), outer skin removed.  Braai and season with freshly ground black pepper.  The sweetness and acidity of pineapple is removed by the heat of the coals, leaving only warm tropical flavours.

Add tomatoes sliced in quarters with a bit of fresh thyme (courage) …

Enjoy, as we did!

Will journal soon again.


Thyme greetings!

Liesl – Mom on Thyme


Liesl is a life-and business coach with her own coaching company named Thyme2B.