South African Dutch, Dutch, modern AfrikaansShow more South African Dutch, a choice piece of meat, a gift of meat after slaughtering, from Dutch karbonaadje, diminutive form of karbonade grilled meat. (Although karbonatje is used in modern Afrikaans, karmenaadjie (see karmenaadjie) is more common.)
Meat grilled over an open fire: a.A chop or other choice piece of meat; karmenaadjie sense 1.b.Small pieces of meat skewered on a stick.
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 514My only food was ‘karbonadjes’ of hippopotamus, without bread or salt.
1826A.G. BainJrnls (1949) 149After eating a small ‘carbonatje’, we again prepared to resume our journey.
a1827D. Carmichael inW.J. HookerBotanical Misc. (1831) II. 278They..cut it (sc. their meat) into steaks and broil it over the coals. The latter they call ‘Carbonatjie’, a term of extensive import. You have it in the various forms of beef-steak, mutton-chop, veal-cutlet, and pork-relish.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. into Int.I. 197We..took our coffee and karbonatje (or pieces of meat roasted on twigs) in the evening.
1875J.J. BissetSport & War 203The Prince enjoyed nothing more than the cup of coffee, or bit of carabenatje which was always ready for him on these occasions.
1891W. SelwynCape Carols 3Carbonaitje, The Colonial designation of a piece of mutton roasted on a forked stick or live coals, in the absence of the more civilized gridiron.
1891H.J. DuckittHilda’s ‘Where Is It?’p.ixAnyone who has travelled in South Africa will remember how good was the ‘Sasatie’ (Kabob) or ‘Carbonatje’ (Mutton Chop), steaming hot from the gridiron on wood coals, or two-pronged fork held against the coals.
1910D. FairbridgeThat Which Hath Been (1913) 53Karbonatjes, grilled by the skilful hand of the Widow Tas over the embers of a wood fire.
1945M. HoneSarah-Elizabeth 37They always stopped half-way for an alfresco meal of karbonaadjies, Boer beskuit, and coffee.
1949L.G. GreenIn Land of Afternoon 127Coffee and sausages, biscuits and ash cakes, meat for karbonaatjes (grilled chops) — such was the wagon’s larder.
1958A. JacksonTrader on Veld 44‘Sosaties’, a meat dish roasted on sticks, ‘karbonatjes’ (a sort of cutlet — quite a palatable dish).
1968F.G. ButlerCape Charade 6Karbonatjie? Let me see. It’s mos meat you fries over a fire — not on a stove. It’s very lekker.
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