Were you really in quarantine if you didn’t bake Banana Bread?

Below you can find my recipe for Banana Bread with a couple of extras thrown in.

First, the ingredients…

Makes Two Loaves / 1 Large Tin

280g butter

280g caster sugar

280g self-raising flour

5 large eggs — beaten

5 ripe bananas — mashed

2 tsp Baking Powder (Backin)

>>> “Everything Mix”

I did this more by sight but included (approx.):

50–75g oats

50–75g seeds & nuts mix (I had toasted & flaked almonds and linseeds on hand)

50–75g chocolate chips (I used De Ruijter Curls ‘extra puur’ this…


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What matters is

a place to live

a cake to bake

a book to read

a walk to take

a bit of cash

a bit of chat

it’s down to that.


While doctors have long been known for their infamously bad handwriting, the Covid-19 crisis has brought a different communication flaw to my attention — the need for plain language when communicating.

Before mid-March 2020, very few of us could claim to be experts on respiratory conditions or viral diseases. A few weeks later, Twitter and WhatsApp are awash with misinformation. Now more than ever, we need plain language as well as clear and concise communication from reliable sources.

One of the principles of crisis communication is to keep messages short. Anxious people cannot always absorb complicated messages. Some experts say…


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For the first ten years of my life, I was an only child. I “hung out” with adults, though they may not have seen it that way. I was precocious, loved reading, and I delighted in contradicting my poor mother. I was sensible, serious, and I loved The Rules. (I still do — Just as long as they’re My Rules).

I was a bossy, extroverted child until the age of 9. Then I moved schools. I was new and didn’t fit in. Somebody else was The Boss, perhaps there were multiple Bosses, I can’t quite remember. …


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The novel coronavirus has brought many novelties. On Day 12 in Quarantine, I’m settling into a routine of working from home. It involves waking later, eating longer breakfasts, shorter lunches and a fraction of the regular commute. Trousers have transitioned from an obligation to an optional extra.

Blogs, podcasts and even TikToks have sprung up online with advice on how best to adjust to this “new normal”. For me, however, one of my greatest considerations, perhaps even deliberations, in recent days has been on the value of work, or more specifically, the value of certain jobs.

It feels as though…


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Until about a week ago, Instagram would’ve had me believe everybody I know is trekking around South-East Asia, the Horn of Africa or South America. Thanks to social media, I can follow their trips in real-time.

Travel is the done thing for 20-somethings and I’m not saying I don’t partake in the trend. I’ve been fortunate to have lived, worked and studies in 4 different countries, and with work and some weekending and a lot of delayed Ryanair flights, I’ve visited all the EU Member States except Malta, Slovenia and Czechia (but they’re on my 28-before-28 list).

Recently, an Irish…


I work for a network of regions and have the opportunity to visit these regions from time to time. It’s a bit like a regions gaff party, one region says “I want you all to come over to mine” and so they do. See the sights, talk about the issues affecting that region, things they have in common, things they can learn from one another, eat the regional specialities, that kind of thing.

Discover the regions of Europe with me!

ÖREBRO (Sweden)

credit: @ericaineuropeland on Instagram

LARNACA (Cyprus)


Somehow working in communications, or perhaps just working, means that I haven’t set aside enough time to write in the last couple of years.

As a student, I spent my days sipping coffee after coffee, having the chats and writing about the world around me. Over the Christmas holidays, I was set an ultimatum to clear out my old bedroom and I had the pleasure of re-reading some of my scribblings. The resulting emotions ranged from overwhelming cringe to “hold on a second, I wasn’t wrong about that”.

2019 was one of those years. Not the bestest, not the worst…


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I’m approaching four years of living & working in Belgium, working in Brussels, and almost three years of living outside of Brussels, in real-world Belgium.

While there are some downsides to living outside the city (Belgian rail mainly…), there are plenty of perks (fresh air, inexpensive rent, “working from home” when Belgian rail is on strike…).

Living with a real-life Belgian in real-life Belgium, I’ve learned a thing or two about how the country works, and in particular, how working in Belgium works. It’s a bit of a departure from back home, that’s for sure.

While there are some great…


The results of the flash Eurobarometer 480 on “Citizens’ awareness and perception of regional policy” were published on 7 October, just in time for the European Week of Regions & Cities.

The flash survey was carried out on a sample of 700 -1000 respondents in each EU Member State in June 2019.

4 in 10 European citizens are aware of projects funded by cohesion policy.

Erica Jane Lee

Professional Chatterbox. Hardened by the euro-babble, softened by the Belgian chocolate.

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