The week when I…(2)

Wouldn’t the return to school have been much easier if we all had chocolate pencils from Leonidas? I should have written something in between this week’s summary and last week, but instead I: Wrote: a Brussels food and drink guide for TheTaste (thanks to Erica for putting in a word for me). There are so…

The week when I…

My memory is patchy. I’ll hang on to knowledge that is only useful for a pub quiz, but forget what my boyfriend looks like (cue awkward airport reunions). When it comes to making recommendations of things to do, I lose my head completely. Lists are my friends. So hopefully this is the start of a good…

A crumbled weekend

It’s a lazy Sunday evening and the TV is on strike. We streamed The Grand Budapest Hotel, but now that’s over, the past hour has been spent mindlessly turning the Sky Box on and off and pressing each and every button. It’s not an addiction, you understand, but once we give up, the weekend will…

Breakfast at White Chocolate Tiffin

Let’s not focus on how long it has been since I last posted something here (one month and three weeks) and instead be happy that I am posting at all, shall we? Not only that, but I am posting the recipe for the most delicious white chocolate tiffin bars that you could possibly harvest from…

I’ve Got You Under My Skin: Devil’s Food Cake

I’m having a bad skin day. I have contact eczema, which is usually kept under control but sometimes flares up with no warning. Today it flared up for all the reasons: detergent, nail varnish, cleaning products and heating. I didn’t use these products for the first time today or yesterday, but they must have all…

Ladies Who Lunch: Orange and lemon cake

Technically, this should be called Ladies Who Dine, but that’s not how Elaine Stritch would have put it. This was the dessert that I made for the girls this week, which is quite close to the orange, ginger and allspice cake that I made last year. The idea behind having this light cake in the…

Show Me: Sachertorte

Earlier this year, I signed up for the Great Brussels Bake-Off, organised on behalf of the YouthStart charity by the British Chamber of Commerce. It’s not the first time I’ve participated in a baking competition, but this time was different. My colleagues and I were part of a team (the Rolling Scones) and, somewhat symbolically,…

Just You Wait: Banana, blueberry and pecan bread

I was going to try to finish off my post about the visit to the Magritte Museum, but as usual, I’m leaving things until the last minute. While you are waiting for that piece of scintillating cultural goodness, you can read about M. Magritte on Wikipedia and follow my recipe for banana, blueberry and pecan…

Anniversary Time: Chocolate and Raspberry Tart

1st May is a big day. 20 years ago today, Ireland won the Eurovision for the sixth time with the song Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids. For a Eurovision song, it was and still is very listenable. The same night, Riverdance was unleashed on the world. What a night that was. I was 9 and the…

To my Uncle: chocolate fudge cupcakes

This blog entry is inspired by Jane’s ode to her mother, the Great Mary Brennan, on Mothers Day last weekend. A genius idea. Now, there is no doubt that my own mother, the Unstoppable Mary McCarthy, deserves to be written about (not to mention numerous other family members), but they are all very generous and loving people and…

What’s another year?: White chocolate and cranberry cookies

When I lived in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t that big a deal. The parade in Cork was always cold and rainy and the only memory I have of the day as a teenager was when everyone in my class was given 300 lines to write over the bank holiday weekend. Dismal. This means that St….

January in the Ardennes: chocolate raspberry brownies

I didn’t get swine flu this Christmas. I didn’t get regular flu. I didn’t even get food poisoning. So now I have a half-assed sniffle and a cough that is keeping me awake at night. Thankfully this is my plan-free Brussels weekend, after weekends in the Ardennes and London and before weekends in Paris and…