Wise is a wonderful initiative – a continuous professional development course organised by interpreters for interpreters. It is not intended for students, but for professionals who wish to get some practice in with colleagues in an informal, relaxed environment. Wise has been going on for a few years now, but this year sounded like the perfect year for me to give it a go. The organisers – JJ, Joe and José – offered two separate weeks in Brussels and one in Valencia. I only applied for Brussels because, well, we have a place to stay here 😉 I only focused … Continue reading WISE(r)

Bought the wrong fish – now what –> Almond crusted rainbow trout

We usually buy our fish at the farmers’ market on Sunday, but sometimes when it’s discounted we resort to the supermarket. Because the label “discounted” was so large, I miserably failed to notice that what I thought was salmon was really a rainbow trout. When I found out that I had bought the wrong fish it was of course too late to return the fish. How was I going to cook this thing?! Because necessity is the mother of invention, I basically made up a recipe with what I fancied and what I had at home. And it turned out spectacular! … Continue reading Bought the wrong fish – now what –> Almond crusted rainbow trout

Chili bean shrimp bowl

Belgium has been spoiling us for a while now. We’ve had two months of sunny, warm weather, and even though we’ve had to postpone our holidays because there was more work than we expected we are enjoying our summer. One thing I noticed is that I have been craving lighter, fresher meals. We have a few favourites that we never say no to, but I have been wanting to experiment a little bit more and try something that can be eaten cold, or not necessarily steaming hot. I also wanted something that escaped the traditional categorisation of either “main” or … Continue reading Chili bean shrimp bowl

A very special pasta recipe

I am a very atypical Italian. I don’t drink coffee, or wine, and I don’t particularly like pasta. I have lived for years without feeling the need to have pasta: saying no to pizza and bread was harder, but pasta, I can live without. Well, since I married a pasta lover, and since love is compromise, we sometimes have pasta. Not very often though, and it’s got to be special. This pasta is special. It is meant to be eaten cold, and given the hot and sunny weather that Belgium is unexpectedly spoiling us with, I thought it would be … Continue reading A very special pasta recipe