I had a taste for Indian last night, but I live in the sticks, and you just can’t run out for Indian food when you live in the sticks. Unless, of course, you live in the sticks in India. Or maybe England. Not here, anyway.
So I cooked some broccoli and cauliflower and steamed some fish and made this sauce to put over it:
APPROXIMATELY INDIAN SAUCE
- garam masala powder
- ground cashews
- tomato paste
- salt and pepper
Melt butter. Add garam masala and cashews and stir until they smell toasty. Add milk, tomato paste, salt and pepper, and stir until sauce is thick. Takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. Tasty. I wish I had put some chopped raisins in it, too, but I didn’t think of it until just now.
Another good recipe is to put lima beans and LOTS of dill weed into a rice cooker along with jasmine or basmati rice, water, butter and salt.
I’m nearly done with my edits on FORCE OF HABIT. I’ve done three passes, now: rainbow edits, eliminating most of my “had”, “was”, “were” and “that” overuses; this one, responding to my editor’s suggested changes (make almost all of them and some she didn’t suggest) and eliminating most of my remaining overuses; and the third one, changing attributed thoughts to italicized thoughts (instead of “I really don’t want him to knock my face off onto the floor, Bel mused.” changing it to “Bel weighed the consequences. I really don’t want him to knock my face off onto the floor.“) That isn’t an actual line from the book, but it could be. The possibility exists, at one point.
When I finish this pass, I’ll send the ms back to my editor, and she’ll go over it and catch all the mistakes I made during the rewrites. Then I’ll go over it again, then I’ll submit it, then I’ll get the proofs and go over it AGAIN. Yes, it takes a lot of time, but I’m expecting people to pay money to read my book. They worked hard for that money, and I owe them the respect of working hard to earn it, too.
WRITING PROMPT: Does your main character ever eat in a public food dispensary? If not, why not? If so, what kind?