Longest day of the year

Edgar’s Blog: Longest day of the year

Almost 17 hours is the longest day of the year.

The 21st of June is the longest day of the year. Of course it still counts 24 hours but on this day the sun comes up the earliest and goes under the latest. From 05:19 until 22:04 the sun is on our side and that makes it a 16 hour and 44 minute long day. Half a year later the sun will be up for just 7 hours and 43 minutes…. That is 9 hours deference!

On the 21st of June there are always a lot of activities. On this day it’s International Yoga day, it’s World music day and it is the first day of the Glastonbury music festival.

I think everybody feels very energized on this day. You get a lot of vitamin D and your body doesn’t need that much sleep. The perfect time to enjoy life and hang out with friends. Especially with the warm and very sunny days coming up life can’t get any better! Yet there is one group of people who wouldn’t mind a few extra hours of night at the moment. The Ramadan has started this year on 27st of May and continues to the 25st of June – only a little over 7 hours to have dinner sleep and have breakfast. So while many of us are enjoying these warm days with up to 30 degrees Celsius some of our friends are facing an incredibly difficult time with no water and food for more than 16 hours. Respect is the word! Luckily for them the nights are getting longer in the upcoming Ramadan’s.

Although we are going down in sun hours after June 21st the summer really starts here. People are going on vacation, schools are out and the sea water is getting warm. This might be my favourite time of the year!

tea for foodies

Edgar’s Blog: Tea for Foodies

Tea for Foodies

Just like wine,  good tea is about drinking it on a moment you will enjoy it to it’s maximum. It should make you feel special whatever the occasion, whatever the time. At the same time tea is something that is deeply comforting, deeply ordinary, deeply compassionate. In fact as a tea lover tea is so much part of you it belongs to you and  not only in a teapot, a wine glass or a tea mug but also in your food.  Have you ever tried cooking with tea? By splashing some left over morning brew into a hot pan of dark browned meat and mushrooms for the evenings beef casserole?  Or better still saving that cold tea and using it to make a delicious barmbrack. Who says baking real cake takes time. This cake takes less time to make than drinking a cup of tea. Try it.

Just like wine it is easy to go on for hours about the finesse of different quality teas and I just love to do that but I also love to cook with my teas, to experiment and see what flavours match my delicious brews. Try it and you will find that tea is as much a good cooking ingredient than the other herbs you use in the kitchen. A pinch of tea leaves can do so much more. During the coming weeks I will be giving you a few interesting tea recipes so watch this space…