Here’s another doesn’t-take-long vegetarian supper for the lazy–I mean, busy.
- chopped onions or onion powder
- cream of mushroom soup (or make your own, if that’s how you roll)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cube Not-Beef bouillon (non-vegetarians can use beef)
- flat noodles
Cut up mushrooms and cook with minimal stirring in a dry skillet until they’re browned and toasty. Add butter. Add onions and paprika and stir until onions are soft. Add cream of mushroom soup OR add tablespoon of flour then cup of milk or cream. Add bouillon cube and gradually stir in water until sauce is smooth and hot through.
Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions.
REALLY GOOD! Even my meat-loving mother likes it.
I’m way behind on where I want to be in drafting PICKLE IN A PEAR TREE. I took yesterday off to work on plot points and, thanks to my beloved and brilliant nephew, Joshua Allen (who says he was channeling Syd Field), I came up with some hooks to pull me up the slope to the climax. So I may very well catch up before the end of the month. 🙂
WRITING PROMPT: A younger relative teacher your character something about your character’s chosen hobby/work/obsession.
I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about books with food in that I enjoyed as I grew up, even though I was the world’s pickiest eater. My mother would say, “It’s all going to the same place; what’s it matter if it touches on your plate?” She also told me that the red cabbage in my salad was orchids; that some man in South America had risked his life climbing a tree to harvest it just for me. It worked, too. Mom had no scruples about lying to an innocent little child. Or about hiding the good candy from her, either.
Anyway, my NaNoWriMo project this year has food in it, of course. Most of what I write has some kind of food in it. Food is a marker for a lot of things, so I use it. One of the main characters in PICKLE IN A PEAR TREE is a widow who now shares a home with her unmarried brother. Her late husband was a meat and potatoes man, as is her brother. She and her husband lived all over the world, but she cooked plain American meat and potatoes for him. Now, as her brother complains to his girlfriend, suddenly she’s Miss International Kitchen.
I don’t plan to insert recipes in this one, though I may do so in another book of the Spadena Street series, but I just might put some in the back.
What do you think? Do you like books with recipes in the text or at the back or no recipes at all?
WRITING PROMPT: What kind of books does your main character read?
I’m coming across more and more writers who are neither “outliners” nor “pantsers”, but combine writing plans with seat-of-the-pants writing. I’m one of those. I love the rush of plunging head-first into a blank screen or sheet of paper, but I reach a point at which outlining–or at least minimal plotting–becomes necessary.
I’m losing words on my NaNoWriMo project today because I have to go back and look through what I’ve done so far and pick up threads, eliminate contradictions and add scenes I meant to put in but missed in my fever to write words.
The result will be a better idea of where I want to go and what I want to do, and the relult of that will be faster writing after the outline is done.
What I’m doing is making a very brief note of each scene–who’s in it, whose point-of-view, bit characters appearing–and writing bits as I go, tying into things I know I want to lead to in subsequent chapters. The story is beginning to take shape, you see, so I want to help that along.
When I reach the end of what I’ve already written, I’ll see if I’m far enough along to see an arc. If so, I’ll note some of the scenes I’ll need to do in order for that arc to happen. If not, I’ll go back to writing at random, outlining each scene as I write it, so I’ll have a handle on what I’ve done. That will make it easier to see what I have to work with, assuming I write at random through the whole of November.
If this process does nothing else, it will keep me from the nagging fear that I’m wasting time and energy babbling aimlessly into my keyboard.
WRITING PROMPT: Does your main character like to be spontaneous or like to plan things out? Has he/she always been this way? Is he/she always this way, or are there exceptions?