It’s been a busy few months, after a wonderful 2 week holiday at the beginning of August I came back to work with a bang. We had our General Assembly followed by the EuroHockey Championships = 11 days in a row, of approximately 12-14 hours work per day, this included such exciting incidents as a flat tire and a 4am Airport drop-off to Charleroi (because I am a great sister).
Unlike my colleagues who took their holidays after the event, I was straight back to the office leading into a September of 2 additional weekends of work, and the other weekends taken up with Electric Picnic, a football tournament in Paris and a weekend at home for my Mammy’s birthday. Ok I know that those last 3 events are actually enjoyable so I’m not looking for sympathy really, but still I was kind of looking forward to a semi-chilled out weekend.
This weekend was the Belgium GAA ‘All Stars’ Weekend. Also the 10 Year Anniversary of Belgium GAA. Also the Race Night Fundraiser for Belgium GAA. I was very much looking forward to it, it all happened from 14.00 on Saturday till… the wee small hours of Sunday! Ok not very chilled out I admit.
However, in addition to that my good friend Dave was running a GAA Coaching Course Level 1 on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Now, I did foundation level last year, it was great, and I was initially very interested in doing Level 2 (even though I haven’t actually used many of my coaching skills yet).
When I saw that it was this weekend though I weakened. I took my name off the list, I just wanted to relax. But I wasn’t the only one, so the numbers dwindled, Dave sent an email around basically saying what a great opportunity it is and how they really needed people to attend, the guilt got to me and I put my name back on the list. And I really enjoyed it, so delighted I did it, it was a lovely group of people and the Saturday morning session was almost all outside, I think I even got a little bit of sun!
However, I decided that I would need something to help me stay concentrated after a long week in work, and everyone knows that sugar is good for that.
So on Wed evening I made some Tiffin Biscuits (post to follow with recipe) and Thursday night I made these bad boys.
- 225g (8oz) softened butter
- 225g (8oz) caster sugar
- 275g (10oz) self raising flour
- 2 level teaspoons baking powder
- 4 large eggs
- 4 tbsps milk
- grated rind 2 unwaxed lemons
For the icing
- 3 tbsps lemon juice
- 225g (8oz) sifted icing sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/Fan 160 C/Gas Mark 4
- Grease and line a 30 x 23 cm (12 x 9 in) traybake tin.
- Measure all the cake ingredients into a large bowl and beat until well blended. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the cake has shrunk away from the sides of the tin and springs bake when pressed. Leave to cool in the tin.
- Mix together the lemon juice and icing sugar to give a runny consistency. Spread out evenly over the cake and leave to set before cutting into pieces.
They don’t look very pretty as I forgot to take the photo before stuffing them into a tupperware…. but they tasted good!
Friday night: Shane coaches Caoimhe the ‘throwing a ball of paper over your shoulder into the waste paper basket’ skill.
She got it first try – legend.
Saturday morning: this session took place in the International School of Brussels, we were in Jenny’s classroom for it.
She teaches ‘Math’ as they call it in Canada. According to the sign on her door Math Club is fun. And sure why wouldn’t it be with Jenny as your teacher?
This is me at her desk: