The Weekend Edit: Home?
This week has me contemplating home. My versions of home. I went home for three weeks (South Africa) and came home (London) last week. This always leaves my soul a bit restless, a bit confused. Home has long since become a mish-mash of feelings, rather than a specific country, city or town. It’s family, friends, memories, rituals, habits, smells and food. It’s the joy and love of the new and now. The sad and missing of the then and old. For me it’s London (UK), Humansdorp (South Africa) and Swakopmund (Namibia). It’s all of these and none of these.
As I was contemplating and overthinking all of this, I heard the sad news that Johnny Clegg, a South African musician (Hero), had died after his long battle with cancer.
Playing his songs (songs I have not listened to in years), I was reminded that these musical gems, are the background music to my childhood and teenage years. His music was always playing on a radio station somewhere. Listening to these songs, I was transported to another world, another time…
And that is the power of memory. Of music and the stories we bring with us. So, as my restlessness and confusion ebbs, I am playing the music of my Southern African childhood in London on a warm, summer's night! Blending old and new. Then and now.
This week’s edit:
It was all about Johnny Clegg
I listened to a lot of Johnny Clegg (!!) this week and whilst his songs are still as beautiful today as they were in the 80’s and 90’s. This tribute, The Crossing, by Johnny Clegg and Friends tugged at my heart. It features more than 50 South African artists (including his son, Jesse) paying tribute to him and his music. .
I also liked this article/tribute in the Rolling Stone.
Midnight Chicken by Rosie Risbridger
This cookbook is my new obsession. I became aware of it a couple of months ago and instantly fell in love with the title. I requested it from the library and after what felt like an eternity, it arrived this week.
This is so much more than a cookbook and recipes. It’s got mega heart and soul. It’s a make yourself comfortable, with a cup of tea (and a whole lot of chocolate) and read it cover to cover, kind of a book. I love that each recipe has a story. A memory. A snippet of interest. A homage to chefs and family members who have inspired these meals.
Beautifully curated it also deals with Rosie’s depression, dark days and the beauty of hope and healing.
*I did made the mistake of reading the acknowledgements first (anyone else do this) and then realised that her partner died, whilst she was writing this, and it makes the whole read more poignant. Some stories don’t have happy endings and I cannot imagine her infinite loss and sadness at a time that should be deeply joyful.
Podcasts make my days better. I love the Late Night Woman’s Hour Podcast, which is basically four women sitting around a table, having a chat. The guests and topics change every month. Topics range from social media, politics, dating and everything in between! It’s real, funny and topical. The fact that each episode is never longer than 15 minutes is also a bonus when you don’t have too much time!
Marmite Peanut Butter
Yes. You read it right. It is a thing! I also feel this could (potentially) be more polarising than Brexit or Trump. I absolutely love it! What do you think? Hell yes or absolutely not…Let me know!