The Unforeseen Consequences of Lockdown..

April 2020:

March 20th Beautiful Belfast (7)

Empty streets..

We’ve all had a few weeks now to get used to our new way of living.

Weather: Good; Traffic: light; Coffee consumption: High; Ambient noise: light; Phone calls: Many

Cooking: endless; Eating: Non-stop.. :)

Shop once a week? Naturally

Queue to get into the shops? No bother.

Staying close to home? Ditto.

Birdsong: Loving it!


As we took our local and socially-distanced walk this morning, Mr Sat Night and I remarked on unforeseen results to our lives in lockdown.

Here we go:

  • We’re much more aware of people around us – in my case, I can spot a fellow pedestrian at 100 paces and immediately consider my social distancing options. Better not step out onto the road when that articulated lorry is bearing down on me though..#lessonlearned
  • Everyone now has ‘hobbies’. Painting by numbers/ embroidery/ gardening/ *insert hobby here*
  • ‘Hobbies’ may or may not include home ‘wine-tasting’ evenings.. 😉
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Sure it’d be rude not to..

  • The art of the virtual dinner party, cocktail hour and family quiz night has been perfected.
  • No one gets a ‘Sorry we missed you’ card because, unless you’re one of the newly-minted official Heroes of the Virus, you’re home for all deliveries.
  • We all hope that we’re going to fit into that Posh Frock we bought for the postponed wedding.
  • We’re seriously cheesed off to see said Posh Frock at half price in on-line sales – and no, I didn’t keep the paperwork..
  • When you ‘see a penny’, you don’t ‘pick it up’  because – CV19. I think we’ve been lucky enough if no one belonging to us has had a brush with the virus. Leave that penny alone!
  • NHS/HSE staff may never have to buy a coffee ever again. Mr Sat Night has left a few at our local bakery for you..
  • I appear to be the only person who hasn’t made banana Bread so far.
  • Here’s a link to my Banana bread recipe
  • Here’s a picture of Banana Bread:

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  • I cried buckets – no, seriously – buckets – listening to Saoirse Ronan speaking ‘When this will all end..’
  • There are butterflies and bees everywhere..The planet appears to have taken a deep breath – and the lack of road and air traffic has allowed us to hear the birds chirping away in the trees more clearly than ever before. A lone Magpie has adopted our back garden – fortunately our cats are so lazy they haven’t noticed yet..

Not. A. Clue.

  • We’ve all tidied at least one box of old photographs and letters – I rediscovered my Grandfather’s letters to a teenage me – I wish he was still here to know how glad I am that I kept them.
  • A plane going overhead is a reason to take a picture..

March 28th Walking from home (4)

  • I still can’t manage Zoom.
  • And no, it’s not too soon to dig out the remains of last-year’s Aperol and Pimm’s – I mean it’s almost Summer, right?
  • ‘Stay safe’- is still the best signing-off tag of 2020. :)

I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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