Z checks in

It’s all very calm and peaceful at Norwich airport. I like it here. And there’s free wifi, so I can type on the iPad rather than have to tap away on the phone.

I’m going to Maastricht to visit my friend Irene for a few days. Extra help is in place at home so that all jobs are covered, so I can relax and not worry about things.

Charlotte, who grew up in the Netherlands, was helping me last night, when I was trying to find out the name of the delicious, chewy spiced gingerbreadish food that I remember from my childhood. It seems most likely to be TaaiTaai, which translates as tough-tough because of its chewiness, but there is a possibility it’s Speculatius. Charlotte doesn’t think so, because that’s German in origin. The other thing she and I both love –  and so do Ronan and Eloise – is salty liquorice. I have to say, I’m travelling very light, with a small piece of hand luggage, so there’s a limit on how much I can buy. I think I’ll be ok with a carrier bag in addition, though, or else I’ll just wear all my clothes in layers.  The forecast is 25° then 17° so I can’t just have the clothes I’m wearing.

Anyway, while I’m away I hope to have a bit of free time, morning and evening, as Irene needs to rest a lot. I have assured her that I am very good at entertaining myself, going out and exploring or sitting with my iPad at home. So it’s my hope that I can, at last, start to catch up on other blogs.


9 comments on “Z checks in

  1. 63mago

    Thorner Lebkuchen ? Also called Honigkuchen or Pfefferkuchen, close to the Nuernberg variant, but different. Speculatius as I know it, is more crunchy, another dough, a Mürbeteig (Sorry no idea how to translate this correctly ; the dictionaire says something like “short pastry”, but I have no idea & do not understand it).

    Enjoy your travel, return safe.

    1. Z Post author

      Short refers to the fat content – whether butter, lard or whatever, it’s called shortening in this context. So short pastry, or shortcrust as we usually call it, has a fairly high fat content (though not as high as puff pastry, which has as much butter as flour and is rolled many times, so that it bakes into layers)

    1. Z Post author

      That’s really kind, Mike. Irene and her sister Erica were surprised to hear I love salty liquorice, it seems that it’s not usually popular with the British.


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