As you probably already know, I try to return to Northern Ireland as often as I can. It’s the ideal opportunity to mix business with pleasure. The former most often involves cookery demos at the AGA Shop, Belfast, where the staff strike the right balance between discreet professionalism and good craic, as we say back home. I know that I will be in good hands when I receive a call to present there, that the staff will without fail supply the correct ingredients and utensils, so I don’t end up attempting to make a peach clafoutis with some baking soda and a packet of dried raisins. Find yourself in that situation at home and you can laugh it off; do so in a room crowded with potential customers and it is rather embarrassing. Continue reading
Yes, I know.
I’m sorry. I know it’s been a long while since I last checked in. A long, long while. I’m loathe to check the date tag on my blog post to confirm just how long it has actually been. The reason that I’ve neglected this site, as you might expect, is that I’ve been travelling, partly for work purposes and partly for a much needed rest. I recently inspected my passport, which isn’t as egocentric an activity as you might expect, and was delighted to see just how many stamps and visa slips are included in there. Not all airports in the world will mark your passport, so I am always pleasantly surprised when they do. If I’m feeling bolshy, then I will ask them to do so, but that very much depends on how fierce the officials at the passport desk look.