Photo: The Sector
As we sit at home, the world finds itself in the most unusual of circumstances, and many of us are fearful and uncertain of what future times may bring, both for ourselves as professionals, and for our children.
As these feelings run through many of us, we need to all take a step back and look what these times are offering us. A quote that came at the right time, that has given us a bit of thought, a bit of hope and a bit of clarity - “When fisherman can’t go to sea, they mend their nets.”
This quote reiterates that there’s always something we can be doing, even when it’s not what we may expect to be doing. Many of us can apply this to ourselves and our own circumstances. We all know that there are days where we fish and there are days where there’s no point even putting the boat in the water. However, on the days when we can’t fish, it doesn’t mean that progress cannot be made. This is the time to focus on mending your net for a bit. The idea of ‘mending the net’ means using these downtimes and interruptions to bolster the “tools of the trade”.
We all have different nets that need mending. We cannot give up during mending time. When things are not going well, we cannot afford to throw our nets away.
We all have our up and down days, days where we have all the energy to get everything done and days where we don’t have the energy to get out of bed. Much like Cape Town goes through all 4 seasons in one day, we, now more than ever, can go through many emotions and energy levels in one day. It is important to understand that this is normal, and this is okay.
As we have mentioned in one of our previous blogs (http://www.peakacademy.co.za/blog/smile-and-wave-boys-smile-and-wave) Covid-19 is giving us the gift of time. Time to mend our nets, time to take care of ourselves and time to learn something new.
Pay attention to yourself. Consider using this time to really examine what you do and how you do it. Could there be a better way? It has often been said that “Time is not the enemy of practice. Practice is.”
As hard as it is now, we will soon go back to our favourite spots and we will discover new ones.
So, let’s all mend our nets to make sure that when we start up again, we have not just made the best of the situation, but the most of the situation. It isn’t called a silver lining for nothing.
Have you been to the shops, tried to get hot cross buns, but couldn’t find any? Probably, and the reason for that could either be because it is Easter weekend, or people added them to their cart when they panic bought everything. However, Easter weekend is just not the same without hot cross buns, so we have provided a recipe for them - delicious, sticky and delightful.
We all love hot cross buns, but do we actually know what they signify? Different parts of the bun have different meanings. The cross on top represents the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices used signify the spices used to embalm him.
Hot cross buns, even though they are sold throughout the year to enjoy, were once only sold to enjoy on this very day (Good Friday) and throughout the weekend to indicate its significance. However, back then in many countries hot cross buns were actually banned until this special weekend. Due to this and the fact that hot cross buns are too good to only have once a year, people started baking them at home; so let's join in.
5 ml salt
10ml mixed spice
45ml butter or sunflower oil
50 ml sugar
15ml dried yeast
190ml tepid water
190ml fruitcake mixture or raisins
100ml cake flour
5ml sunflower oil
Pinch of salt
Pinch of baking powder
Quite significant buns, aren't these? We would love to see your creations! Tag us in your photos of your hot cross buns.
Lock Down Day 12 : Are you surviving the lock down?
I don't know about you and your "lockdown" family, but I have noticed today after 12 days the novality of being couped up is wearing off. In our house we are still trying to keep "what once was" afloat and trying to keep ourselves busy. Lucky for me I have been quite busy with school stuff so I haven't really had time to sit and watch the clock tick by, but today... today I see we need to start checking in with our own tempers( you can't say that you can't relate).
I think its time to do some slight adjustments if we are to survive the next half of this "lockdown". In the past 12 days we have built a 1000 piece puzzle ( well to be honest it ended up being a 999 piece puzzle), I have joined the facebook crowd making a random silly mind numbing video clips, figured out how to use technology a little better and have found a new appreciation for my Home Executive (Domestic worker). Now that school has started again and virtual lessons are going on as if we have been doing it for years. I have a feeling parents might start pulling out their hair as they now embark on supervising their kid's learning. If we had a teenager in this house during this time it would be bitter sweet. The sweet part would be that I would not have to pick up after the dogs, but the Bitter part would be that I am sure we would realise just how much the teachers have to put up with.
.... moving on swiftly .....
Here are some ideas (if you haven't already implemented them) for you to consider as a teacher- parent as we enter the second half of this "lockdown" period.
I am no guru on how to get through the "lockdown", but these ideas are just some points that came to mind while trying very hard to hide from piling emails and whatsapps, the dishwasher and family members who need me to go to the shops. I am confident that you will survive it and be able to tell the story one day. I better stop procrastinating and go and empty that dishwasher now.
The world is going mad and the weather is getting colder, two perfect reasons to stay in bed and hide under the covers. However, we aren’t quite ready yet to say goodbye to the warm, summer weather. So, we have the perfect recipe for all these feels – date ice cream.
Everybody loves ice cream, but why exactly? Well, firstly, ice cream is a good treat during every season. In the summer, ice cream cools you off, and in the winter, ice cream is best accompanied by a fresh slice of hot pie. Secondly, ice cream makes sadness go away - we think we could all do with a tub of ice cream round about now. We did some research and found that it has been scientifically proven that ice cream heals the heart and eases tough times. It sure does help lighten up ones mood.
We found a few fun facts about ice cream that we bet you didn’t know:
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 egg yolks
Pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
120g Pitted Medjool Dates
1. Combine the milk, cream, brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat the milk mixture over medium high heat until scalding hot.
2. While the milk heats up, whisk together the yolks, salt and vanilla in a small bowl.
3. Once the milk mixture is scalding hot, pour a little bit into the bowl with the egg yolks and whisk to combine. This is done so that the eggs won't curdle and so that it is tempered properly.
4. Then add the egg yolks into the milk mixture.
5. Return the entire mixture to the saucepan and heat over medium low heat, stirring constantly. Cook the custard until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spatula or wooden spoon. Do not allow it to come to a boil. Remove from the heat and strain into a bowl.
6. Chop up the dates finely and add it to your custard. Cover the bowl and chill until very cold, at least 4-5 hours.
7. Freeze according to the directions for your ice cream machine. (If you don't have an ice cream machine you are able to put in an air tight container and freeze until firm. )
(Ice cream machine) - When the ice cream is ready, scoop it into a container and smooth to an even layer. cover tightly and freeze until firm.
We would love to see your date ice cream creations, so post a picture of them and tag us!