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…

Fill Me Up Buttercup

I skipped a day of blogging, partly because I had run out of things to write, partly because I was feeling a bit glum and lethargic. The weather wasn’t even inspiring me, it was gloomy and dull. But now the sun is out again and I’ve been for a walk with the dogs, who were their…

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…

Get me to the church on time (spicy chicken and apricot stew)

This summer, my friend Sally got married to a very nice man called Andy. Their story was all very meet-cute and if you know them, get them to tell you how it all happened. Even better, try to hear the story while drinking a bottle of limoncello made for wedding favours by Sally’s dad. Almost exactly ten…

Summer with Jack: chicken, tomato and basil bake

I started drafting this post ages ago, when Jack was still working in Belgium, so a lot had to be deleted in the end. I fear that this may have been his last summer in Brussels, which is fine as long as he continues to come back to visit.   Incidentally, we went up the…

What resolution?: Spicy Winter Root Vegetable Soup

Thankfully “blog more often” wasn’t one of my New Year’s resolutions (NYR). Otherwise I would be hanging my head in shame. I had another post planned, but then made this soup and raved so much about it on Whatsapp (“NYR #1 – Don’t use Whatsapp at work” is going well, so I have to catch…

Five Recipes Ginger: Red pepper and ginger soup

The ginger theme is getting tired, but I’ve committed to it now. Let’s get this one out of the way, shall we? Not to belittle it, it is very tasty and handy to have in the freezer for those cold Brussels evenings after training, but I have other plans on the way. So without further…

Five Recipes Ginger: Soy Salmon with Sesame Stir Fry

With some serious thought, I’ve decided to stick with the ginger theme. I haven’t made this for a few years, but back in the days of Warwick, it was a reliable go-to recipe. And it has ginger in it. So that meant that I had to make this series a five-parter. Now there don’t seem…

Five Recipes Ginger: rhubarb and ginger jam

I love ginger. It is my favourite spice (for the record, basil is my favourite herb). I discovered this love during my Erasmus year in Paris, when my friends would deposit their pickled ginger on my plate when we went for sushi. I lived near Rue Monsieur-Le-Prince and some of the girls lived right above…

The Return: Cajun Chicken and Quinoa

The author of this blog is what is commonly known as “a dawdler”. This condition has evolved over the years. At this moment, after a three-month lull, I have decided to write a new post even though I should be packing my case to go to Zurich for tomorrow’s camogie tournament. The current excuses include:…