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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

What’s in your fridge?

Blog every day in May, day 24: Describe and/or photograph what is in your fridge right now. Be honest!



2 small bottles and 2 cans of beer. I think they’ve probably been in there ever since we bought the flat. We’re not big drinkers.

2 squeezy bottles of real lemon juice. For the days you can’t be bothered to actually squeeze a lemon.

1 jar of unsweetened chestnut purée. Moldy (now in the bin).

1 jar of half-used pasta sauce. Probably moldy (not yet in the bin).

1 jar of gherkins. One of Amélie and Charlie’s favorite treats. Because they’re odd.

1 jar of strawberry jam.

1 jar of tamarinde sauce.

3 bottles of sports drink. We’re running the Brussels 20k tomorrow. Will need hydration.

1 jar of store-bought pesto. Yuck.

1 jar of capers. Probably also rather past their use-by date.

1 jar of homemade apricot jam.

1 jar of homemade butterscotch. Hanno made it to use in a butterscotch cake he baked for me on my birthday. Because he’s that kind of lovely.

1 large jar of plain yogurt.


1 tub of spreadable butter.

4 blocks of cheddar cheese. It’s what I asked my step-mum to bring over from England for us.

1/2 a lemon. We love middle-eastern and north african food. Lots of lemon.

4 Belgian chocolate mousses.

1 jar of homemade marmalade.

1 jar of cranberry compote. For when we make swedish meatballs. Yum.

1 box of eggs. Contents: 4 eggs.


1 box of eggs. Contents: 6 eggs, including one blue egg. Fancy chickens.

1 parmesan rind and one block of parmesan.

1 block of cheddar, open.

1 pack of Wensleydale with ginger. Absolutely foul.

Fresh ginger.

1 Jar of apple purée.

1 box of yogurt tubes. A yogurt in a pot is a healthy desert. Stick it in a tube and suddenly you have a treat. Children are so easy to trick.

1 pack of cherry tomatoes, on the vine.

1 pack of large tomatoes.


2 red, 1 green and 2 yellow chilies.

1 tub of garlic and herb Philadelphia.

1 bunch of chives.

1 box of eggs. Contents: 5 eggs. Why we need so many eggs, I really don’t know.

1 jar of mango chutney.

1 tub of whole preserved lemons.


1 bag of leeks.

1 bunch of celery.

1 bag of carrots.

2 red and 1 green peppers.


6 rubber eggs. The fridge was the only place we could hide them away from Charlie’s throwy arms.

2 nearly finished sticks of butter.

1 pouch of apple purée. I think it was part of a child’s meal somewhere and I have been keeping it “in case of emergency” for at least a year.

1 can of tonic water. Just in case I should have a sudden urge for gin and tonic. It happens once every four or five years.

2 bottles of fancy-pants dressing.

1 jar of harissa.

1 jar of dijon mustard.

1 jar of half-used pasta sauce. Yes, another one. I think it’s what Hanno has for lunch while I’m at work. Pasta with sauce. Not just the sauce.

1 jar of grilled peppers in oil.

1 small bottle of beer. I think we buy beer when we have guests and then no-one drinks it so it just quietly accumulates. We need more boozy friends.

1 jar of tahini.

1 bottle of reggae sauce. Don’t ask. I have no clue.

1 bottle of barbecue sauce.

1 small bottle of single cream.

1 bottle of full-fat milk.

1 bottle of half-fat milk.

1 nearly empty bottle of grape juice.


There you have it. Wasn’t that fascinating? What do you have in your refrigerators?




7 June 2013 - 3:58 AM Amelie - Ahah now that's quite a list! I see we're not the only ones with tons of weird stuff in our fridge. I am always surprised when I see that some people actually have an empty fridge. There are stuff in mine I am pretty sure we moved from Germany (5 years ago), to our temporary place in Lyon, and then to this place. Also reading about gherkins, I think I'm going to head to my fridge and have one right now. At 5AM.

7 June 2013 - 4:03 AM Amelie - Feeling much better now, post gherkin. What a great idea! Please give my thanks to Charlie and Amélie for me, will you? :)

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