Monday, 29 August 2016

Apricot Chutney

A batch of freshly made apricot blatjang simmering in a cast iron pot.
The end of summer always means an abundance of cheap fruits and vegetables. To make the most of this, I typically stock up on fruits and prepare them in a way so I can store them either in the freezer or in my pantry using Weck jars. I make jelly and all sorts of chutneys for the winter, because in Europe exotic fruits cost a fortune during that time of the year. So today I am making Apricot Blatjang, which is an apricot-raisin chutney which you can eat with roast or bobotie.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Five Ways to Fight the Winter Blues

Image: Morguefile (CC)
Many people, including myself, don't feel that chipper during the winter. It's not a downright depression, but things aren't just going as smoothly in the winter compared to the summer. I think my lower mood has to do with a disturbed sleep pattern, and judging from my Facebook newsfeed, I'm not the only one.

The BBC website ran an article in February 2012 called 'The Myth of the eight-hour sleep". I've also seen a LiveScience article on the same topic from 2011 making its rounds. For some reason they are being shared a lot right now. I think the authors are right, segmented sleep is more natural, but it's much harder to implement in our modern society that keeps office hours.