My office in the wintertime is not a happy place. It’s on the side of the house that loses the sunlight first and in the early afternoons the temperatures drop so that it becomes colder than the proverbial witch’s wotchit.

I far prefer the kitchen and like to get the windows fuggy with steam, have the radio on and cook shamelessly indulgent food. The smell of roasting garlic and bubbling tomatoes goes someway to making the weather bearable. With a windfall of a bag of bringals (eggplant, aubergine), I made malenzane over the weekend, using Jamie Oliver’s recipe. What a feast of flavours …

Life got in the way of blogging over the past two days and, with great anxiety, I see that I have 87 blog posts to read. This caused me no amount of worry when I opened my email inbox this morning, but I have taken a step back and thought about it; blogging should cause only pleasure. Things happen and – from time to time – it’s inevitable that we will miss out on a few posts of our friends, isn’t it?
Anyhow, what I am trying to say is that it is unlikely that I can catch up, but I will try.
The year seems to be speeding by at a scary rate of knots, it seems like yesterday that we welcomed our friends who’d come to stay for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. I look at my archives and – sure enough – there is my June 14th post; a snapshot memory of a very happy time.


62 Comments Add yours

  1. souldipper says:

    Oh, Cin, I’ve been there so often…huge numbers of blog post. Thankfully, I see that blogging friends do forgive. I have had the exact same sense that this is a pleasure-trip not a guilt-trip.

    I hope you have a chance to see my response to your last comment on my blog. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      It made my day, Amy 🙂

  2. Life often gets in the way of our plans. I am sure I am not the only one who would say – don’t stress about it, just delete the 87 past post emails – there will be another 87 soon enough for you to read.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I always feel so bad …

  3. Food looks amazing: I love Jamie Oliver’s stuff. As to missing a few blog posts, life comes first!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, Kate, I guess so.

  4. Leeswammes says:

    Such a pity it’s going to be winter where you are, but I guess it happens to us all once a year!

    Don’t worry about missing posts, can’t read them all. One that you might find interesting is my guest post on Irisonbooks’ blog about Dutch literature – but if you’re not interested or you don’t have time – just go on to the 1,000 other things that you still have to do.

    I feel a bit stressed today, but at least I have hardly any deadlines to worry about.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the link, it was good to read. I am floundering about like a headless chicken today 😦

  5. yes it’s a year. a busy one and eventful.

    don’t stress. that’s why i refuse to let things like blogging block up my e-mail. I go and see things when i have the time, not because an overflowing in-box demands it.

    i’m reducing my ‘demands’ flow all the time and like the feeling.

    1. theonlycin says:

      ‘demands flow’ … I like that!

  6. nzwaa says:

    Kinda missed you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Missing you too, life is just hectic! xxx

  7. Tandy says:

    Sometimes life just has a way of interfering with blogging! I love the term “witch’s wotchit” which is what my hands feel like right now! Have a great day 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Put on some gloves 🙂

  8. Tilly Bud says:

    I’ve been in the same position. I am in the same position today 🙂 Just read the ones you want to read and delete the rest. Or click the Like button to show you’ve been.

    BTW, if you don’t comment on every one of my posts that you missed…there’s not much I can do about it 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, Tilly I have no hope in hades of catching up with you 😉

  9. leigh says:

    It would be fun to work in the kitchen in winter?

  10. ooh I love Malenzane! wow! yours looks wonderful!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very good, but a rich dish best served in small portions.

  11. adeeyoyo says:

    Don’t beat yourself up. I know exactly how you feel, Cin, but it can’t be helped. Don’t let blogging become a chore – enjoy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks adee, don’t like to offend people.

  12. I LOVE baked garlic!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it is magic 🙂

  13. nursemyra says:

    My office/bedroom is freezing in winter too. Right now I’m blogging while wrapped in a blanket 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hope your vacation soon is going to be somewhere warm, Myra?

  14. colonialist says:

    I know what you mean – one gets this feeling of guilt at missing any post of one’s friends. Inevitable sometimes, though.
    Er, aren’t you afraid the caption might be regarded as an invitation rather than a comment? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Matter of a missing comma … Slowpoke, me … or Me, slowpoke 😉

  15. earlybird says:

    Fantastic photos – yum!

    I know exactly how you feel about the in-box when you haven’t had time. I think everyone understands that real life is (sometimes!) more important. I love Sidey’s ‘demands flow’ phrase. I’ve temporarily suspended all my subscriptions because I was getting totally stressed out with 100s of emails in my box which I didn’t necessarily have time to deal with. (It doesn’t mean I’m not interested/won’t come by but, at the moment, it just means I have too many other commitments to give the sort of time to blogging that I have for the last 6 months. I’ll re-instate them when things are calmer.) You could try doing the same when you’re really busy. I’ve found it helps the ‘demands flow’. AND DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, perhaps I should consider doing that too …

  16. mairedubhtx says:

    I love the photos of your food. I blog usually in the morning and although they aren’t breakfast foods, no matter. They look delicious. Has it really been a year since the World Cup? My, how fast time goes by.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Incredible really!

  17. I am the same!!! Feel awful about it….but what can you do?
    That meal looks amazing!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks bokkie 🙂

  18. granny1947 says:

    I want to know how you cook such marveloous stuff and stay so tiny???????

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha … small portions often, and I seldom eat after dark …

  19. nrhatch says:

    The prolific nature of my blogging friends sometimes runs me into a tailspin as well. And I don’t have my fingers in nearly as many “pies” as you do.

    I’ve taken to being a bit more “selective” about where I aim my attention in the blogosphere.

    Stay warm!
    Drink Merlot!

    1. theonlycin says:

      My problem is that I absolutely love all the bloggers I follow!

  20. SuziCate says:

    That looks absolutely delish…I must make it!!!! Thanks for including the link. Don’t worry about catching up. It happens to all of us. I don’t blog on the weekends. Somteimes I catch up on my weekend blogs…sometimes I hit the delete button and start over on Monday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m going to work on sharing your attitude, suzicate!

  21. slpmartin says:

    Oh…that’s what I’ve been doing wrong…”small portions often…” and nothing “after dark”. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahaha Charlie 🙂

  22. I agree with you, Cindy. We shouldn’t let our blogs become our taskmasters. Slack off when we must, and our friends will rally when we return. I know how long it takes me to post and to make the rounds. We need to keep it a pleasure.

    The eggplant delicacy looks delicious! I’ve never roasted garlic. I must. I use a ton of it chopped. I must roast it! Blessings to you…

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s delicious, Carol 🙂

  23. lifeinarecipe says:

    Finally, I am here to visit and what do I see…roasted garlic! A girl after me own heart! Don’t fret over lagging on the this day of technology one would have to forgo too many things in life, like sleep, just to keep up! With my recent illness, I fretted over the same thing, but one just has to learn to let go and pick up where things left off.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am going to take your advice, Cindy. Thanks 🙂

  24. bluebee says:

    Very saucy title, Cin – hope Old Spouse took you up on the offer 😉

  25. Kathy says:

    If those pics are of melanzane(?) then it looks delicious! I guess I’ll just have to check out JO’s recipe.
    Don’t worry about the catching up — do what you can when you can — I’ve learned that the hard way this past year.
    Stay warm!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Kathy 🙂

  26. Found you through Granny’s blog and believe I will enjoy coming by! Love, Me

    1. theonlycin says:

      On my way to return the visit 🙂

  27. I say don’t worry about it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll try, Linda 🙂

  28. Yep, life gets in the way for sure, and the year is a skipping by – I do like the sound of your winter kitchen though Cindy, roasting garlic & tomato…. yes please!

  29. Liane says:

    Yes, time flies. I keep thinking that it should be autumn but it is so cold… then I remember it IS mid June already. Maybe it is SUPPOSED to be cold already, yes? A warm kitchen… hmmm… maybe that will be one of your daughter’s best winter memories of you whenever she spends time in the kitchen. Are you by any chance following Masterchef Australia? It’s on M-Net every night (Monday to Thursday) at 6:30pm. Everytime I see some of the adventurous things they throw together I think of you. That is almost all of the time 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s so sweet, Lee, love it. I do sometimes watch.

  30. Jamie Dedes says:

    Missing posts is okay. No worries. No stress. Just fun and friendly.

    Meanwhile – bringals – new to me. Rather like that. Am savoring it on the tongue right now.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Blogging lets us learn new things all the time 🙂

  31. dearrosie says:

    I was away for a week visiting my Mom and decided not to take my computer with me and when I came back there were hundreds of emails in my inbox plus several dozen blog posts (not 87 – good gracious!) which means I’m staying up too late trying to read and answer … so I was glad to know I wasn’t alone, that you too were struggling to catch up. I agree that blogging should cause only pleasure and if we sometimes miss a post it doesn’t mean we don’t care.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes Rosie, it is certainly not worth it if it causes anxiety. Welcome back 🙂

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