* Apples & Thyme


About ten days into the first Apples & Thyme event in November 2007, it became clear to Jeni from The Passionate Palate, and I that this was an event that touched a huge amount of people. We had a fantastic response, not just in numbers, but in the raw emotional honesty of the posts, and the high quality of recipes and memories which came pouring in.

Apples & Thyme is a celebration of time in the kitchen with mothers and grandmothers (or anyone else you wish to blog about). The rules aren’t that strenuous – we just want to collect stories of kitchens and cooking, and the women (or men) who moulded how you view your own kitchen.

Food and our enjoyment of it is so wildly subjective and memories, nostalgia and emotional attachment all play such an important role in how we view food and cooking, that Jeni and I were convinced that there was a vast untapped wealth of such stories out there in the big bad blogosphere.

To many of us this tradition of passing on knowledge, tips and advice from mother to daughter is the sourdough starter of our lives. It has to be fed, loved and nurtured if it is to survive and flourish so that it can sustain the next generation. We were inspired to get these stories into print, not only for ourselves, but for the future generations, before some of them were irrevocably lost.

Unlike most food blogging events the challenge is not to cook a specific dish. We don’t mind what recipes you share with us, as long as they come with a memory or story celebrating time spent in the kitchen with our mothers and grandmothers and what they did or did not pass on to us that influenced how we cook and eat today.

So if you have stories of wise women, tears or laughter, along with a healthy helping of food, we would love you to enter and share with us a person and a dish that celebrates your relationship with them. The closing date is 20th of each month with the roundup being posted at the end of the month.

Event rules are as follows:

1. Post on your blog by 20th of each month about your mother or grandmother (or any other person special to you) and time spent with them in the kitchen that influenced how you cook and eat.

2. Include a dish which reflects the relationship.

3. Take a picture of the dish and/or person.

4. Include the words Apples & Thyme in your blog title.

5. Add a link to this post or to my fabulous co-host Jeni’s blog.

6.Please send an email to africanvanielje(at)vanielje(dot)com or passionatepalate(at)gmail(dot)com with the following details:
Your name,URL of blog,URL of your Apples & Thyme post and a 100 x 100 pixel picture for your entry in the round-up.

Don’t worry if you are a few days late with your entry. Jeni and I are both working women and we know what happens to the best laid plans. We will either add them to the roundup if we can or hold them over for the next month’s roundup.

Please feel free to post the logo on your blog and let as many people as possible know about this event as I can think of no better celebration of life than to honour the women who made us what we are today.

…browse through previous Apples & Thyme collections

A&T #1

A&T #2

A&T #3

A&T #4

… or re-read my Apples & Thyme posts

The Delectable, Unforgettable Valerie Crunchie Recipe

Kitchen Alchemist

The Truly Remarkable Once A Year Cake

On The Banks of the Umgezi

Apples & Thyme – A celebration of mothers and grandmothers and time spent with them in the kitchen


7 Responses to “* Apples & Thyme”

  1. on 02 Feb 2008 at 7:10 pm Jeni

    Fantastic! Professional! Creative! I love it.

  2. on 16 Feb 2008 at 11:44 am dianne

    I’ve only just found this post, and will never be able to get a post together in time for the 20th, I’ll write one for next month!

  3. on 02 Mar 2008 at 5:48 pm sara

    I just found this site today and I am so excited! I will post on March 20th! Fantastic!

  4. on 26 Apr 2008 at 11:05 am Saturday Blogsurfing…Be Whisked Away.

    […] Apples & Thyme we are encouraged to blog about a special person who inspired our cooking. It is due on the 20th of […]

  5. on 03 Sep 2009 at 3:03 am Halloumi for my mum

    […] me because I cannot be there with my other family and share our memories together, so when I saw Apples and Thymes hosting an event about mothers and grandmothers, I thought what a nice opportunity to make my own […]

  6. […] me down a path of research into an era that profoundly influenced my grandparents and my parents. Apples & Thyme is a food blogging event that celebrates time in the kitchen with our mother’s and […]

  7. […] from Melecotte is guest hosting this month’s Apple and Thyme event (created by the ladies of Vanielje Kitchen and The Passionate Palate), so I had to submit this story to her. Chris also writes lovingly about […]

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