Sunday, 31 December 2017

GoodBye 2017

Well, what can I say...
one more year passes us by, 
too quickly for some, unbearably slow to others

But for us, 2017 has been a relatively quiet year
Elsa completed her undergraduate studies and moved on to 
doing a Masters' program and practice certificate.

On the home front, things were rather quiet.
It was not a good year for gardening 
- we were gifted with extreme weather conditions

This was also the year where politics got weird 
locally and internationally.

All I can say is my family and I won't be missing 2017 too much
Instead, we are hoping for a better year.

To all our friends out there, we would like to wish everyone of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!
May all your wishes come true
and may peace prevail

Friday, 22 December 2017

Winter Solstice

It's that time of year where it gets darker earlier and night-times are just a little bit longer.
It's also the time of year where I would have my nest 
dotted with the warm glow of candles; tiny tea lights, votive candles, pillars of all sizes 
- I love them all!
Whilst battery-operated LED candles are incredibly realistic-looking nowadays
and pose less safety issues, to me it lacks a certain je nais se quoi...
- there's something pleasing about watching the flickering flame of a candle
Plus, I do love the ritual of lighting them up and blowing them out at the end of the day...

Friday, 24 November 2017

Spicy Apple Chutney

Spicy Apple Chutney

20 medium-sized apples (I'm using my cox-style apples from the garden),
peeled, cored and chopped
3 large onions, chopped
1/4 cup minced ginger
3 cups apple juice
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
3 cups brown sugar (reduce, if preferred)
2 cups raisins
1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds
3 tbsp chili flakes

Combine all the ingredients in a large, heavy pot. 
Bring the mixture to a boil over a medium heat, then simmer uncovered, 
stirring frequently, for 30-40 minutes, or until thick. 
Remove from the heat, leave to cool and transfer to sterilised, clean, dry jars and seal.