A Taste of Africa

My dear hubby went on an amazing trip to South Africa, Botswana and Burkina Faso about a year and a half ago. Along with many wonderful photos and stories of his travels, he brought back some great batiked fabrics for me!

Well, I hoarded it for a year, and enjoyed looking at it in my stash, then decided it was time to start using it. For Christmas I surprised him with an apron sewn from some of the fabric. (Yes he can cook!) It turned out pretty nice, so of course I had to sew one for myself as well!

Do you have an apron that tells a story? I know you'll want to get your own apron out to try this recipe from one of the countries he visited, Botswana, from the Extending the Table cookbook. It looks really yummy:

Peach Chutney

Combine in heavy saucepan:
1 onion, grated
1 small apple, grated
1 hot chili pepper, minced
2 lb. peaches, peeled and finely chopped (1 kg) (approx. 6 medium peaches)
3/4 c. sugar (175 ml)
3/4 c. raisins (175 ml)
3/4 c. vinegar (175 ml)
1 tsp. salt (5 ml)
1 tsp. curry powder (5 ml)

Bring to a boil and simmer 2 hours, stirring frequently to prevent burning, and to enjoy the aroma. Pour in 1 cup or 1 pint sterilized canning jars (250-500 ml), leaving 1/4 inch space at top (.5 cm). Seal with lids and rings, then process in boiling water bath 5 minutes.

Makes 4 cups.


  1. they both look great. I like how the pattern is asymetrical on your headless husband's apron!

  2. wow....he brings you batik fabrics AND cooks, too?! yes, he's definitely a keeper...what a sweet man! and look how cute you are in your new apron! (hmmmm, would those batiks also look good on a book?!) :)

  3. oh! i love the extending the table cookbook! funny enough my husband bought me that as a gift one year (and he too uses it!). I also have a great book by MCC about living simply...
    great work on the aprons!

  4. Wonderful aprons! I have quite the collection of aprons, but none made with batik - I love yours :)

  5. the fabrics are wonderful. i love batik and would love to try it as a craft one day.

    i made matching xmas aprons for my mom, my daughter, her daughter and me a couple of years ago. we wear them when we make cookies together.


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