As previously mentioned, I'm a big fan of Mexican food (I also like Tex Mex, but preference is towards Mexican). Starting about a year ago, unless I'm in the mood for a naughty, quick and easy Old El Paso taco kit, I make my tortillas from scratch using masa harina. It takes a bit of … Continue reading Double helping of taco filling
Working Chapter 9 of my Is it for us alone? novel in progress Routines had always been part of humans’ lives despite some valiant efforts to divorce ourselves from them. They helped us tick along when we weren’t quite sure that we wanted to and allowed the days to turn into years. There was nothing particularly … Continue reading What is a decade?
I wrote about a week ago that I was taking on a challenge. Essentially it boils down to writing a piece of adventure fiction that clocks in at a minimum of 50,000 words. I'll do it with the view to entering, but for me the big personal prize will be to (hopefully) finish a piece. … Continue reading Challenge update
Working Chapter 8 of my Is it for us alone? novel in progress Nothing happened at first. This was to be expected of course – after all, the Earth is large and it even takes a wave of energy some time to circumnavigate it, but the delay wouldn’t be too long. Eventually, or rather within a … Continue reading Clouds
A theme in a lot of my cooking is something that is a horror to any professional and an absolute nightmare for any chain - inconsistency. Now, I don't try to be inconsistent, it's just the way it is sometimes. Certain days I'll have lots of basil and no spinach, pecorino and no Parmesan, kidney … Continue reading The never consistent Tomato
Working Chapter 7 of my Is it for us alone? novel in progress Fears can often take hold of a person when there is no logical or practical reason for them to exist at all. They covertly take hold and make the strongest people doubt themselves into failure. Even conquering such a fear may not lead … Continue reading Arachnophobia
If I had to pick my favourite country origin for food, it would be Mexican, hands down. I'm lucky enough to live in a place where you're not limited to one, so if I got to pick a second, it would be Italian. Who doesn't like a pizza, lasagne, other beautiful pastas and all of … Continue reading Glorious green Italian pesto
I love Mexican food and I got very excited when I was able to find more types of chilies at Whole Foods. Your average grocery store in the UK has green and red chilies and nothing in between. Let me tell you though, if you google 'chilies' you'll find a ton more varieties than that. … Continue reading Chilli can be cool too
Working Chapter 6 of my Is it for us alone? novel in progress “I am speaking to myself father,” Anders had once hissed, “I have no interest in conversation – it is droll and exhausting to listen to the opinions of others and the mindless episodes of their lives.” It was many years ago when Ander’s … Continue reading Seven
I made up in my mind that I'd enter at least one writing competition this year. I'm not delusional - the probability I'll win is low, but the rewards are there anyway. I'll finish something. I'll learn to edit. I'll write almost every day (I'll have to go get to the 50k word count for … Continue reading Competition or challenge?