Braai Day eats meet Old Fashion Sosatie Marinade from The Cooksister – ‘cause you can’t beat a classic

Braai Day eats meet Old Fashion Sosatie Marinade from The Cooksister – ‘cause you can’t beat a classic

Mama always said that the secret to succulent Braai Day meats is a good marinade – and she wasn’t wrong. So with our Braai Day-themed Market Box, we wouldn’t leave you (or your meats) out to dry – that’s why we’ve included a bottle of Old Fashion Sosatie Marinade from Cape-based food business The Cooksister.

The marinade in this week’s boxes is made using the marinade magic formula: 1 part acid + 3 parts fat + seasonings and contains the following locally sourced, all-natural ingredients – spirit vinegar, sugar, onion, garlic, spices, herbs, and apricot chutney. 

In creating her marinades, founder Rimona Kirshenbaum explains that ultimate flavour is her goal.

“The flavours reflect the diverse range of culinary traditions embodied by the various communities of our country” she explains. And flavour is certainly something you’ll find in the bottle of marinade in your box. Chef’s tip: your marinade already contains herbs and spices, so hold back on the salt – it’s best to do a taste test first, then add salt to your meats (if needed) just before grilling.    

On her favourite Braai Day meal, Rimona explains that she absolutely loves sosatie marinated lamb kebabs and chops, “that’s the reason why I had to make it part of The Cook Sister range and this week’s Market Boxes”. We’re excited to have this tasty addition as part of the Market Box family. 

And in case you were wondering, it’s just one sister behind the brand – the name The Cooksister is a play on words expressing Rimona’s love for cooking and her Afrikaans heritage. 

“I am The Cooksister. I grew up with both parents that love food and cooking so I always got involved. I started baking my own cakes for school bake sales in primary school already! Today, baking and icing a cake with great precision relaxes me – although it’s something I only do for my family and friends”. 

The Cooksister also makes jams, marmalades, relishes, and preserved goods (in addition to marinades) using recipes from her grandmother. Get a taste of Old Fashion Sosatie Marinade from The Cooksister by placing your Market Box order today for special delivery today and use the recipe below from Chef Rimona herself, to create your own marinade magic this Braai Day.


Old Fashion Sosaties Recipe

What you’ll need:

1.5 kg leg of lamb – cut into 5 cm blocks 

24 dried peaches or apricots – soaked in warm water 

24 fresh lemon leaves 

Salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste 

12 bamboo skewers – soaked in water 


  • Prepare the meat, removing any sinew and bone. Leave as much fat as you prefer. 
  • Then skewer the meat, alternating with peaches or apricots and fresh lemon leaves. Season to taste and arrange in one layer preferably, in a glass, plastic or ceramic container. 
  • Pour The Cooksister Old Fashion Sosatie Marinade over the meat. Marinate in the fridge overnight, turning two or three times. 
  • Leave in the marinade up to 3 days for the best flavour (The sosaties also freeze well, uncooked and in the marinade). 
  • Allow to thaw if frozen, and bring to room temperature before braaing. 
  • Braai over moderate coals for about 20 minutes – the meat should be browned on the outside and slightly pink in the middle. 

Chef’s tip: 

If you don’t have days to marinade, a few hours are also good. Lamb can also be replaced with chicken breast or thighs.