Food and Update

It’s the first of the month, so there’s a new Hot Flash (micro-mini story) on the Hot Flashes page. You might have to think about it for a minute, especially if you haven’t had your morning cuppa.

Next, I’m happy to announce I’ve given birth to a bouncing baby science fiction romance story posted at the Race to the Hugo Award. Mitchell Allen and Holly Jahangiri are both in there working and posting, too. I must have been subliminally influenced by new blog follower Nicholle, because I gave the main characters the last name of Brisbane. My mind is such a rag-bag!

And, since Wednesday is Food Day here, I have a “recipe”, if you want to call something so simple by that name.


  • bok choi, cut into bite-size pieces
  • oranges, cut into bite-size pieces
  • almonds, toasted in a skillet

And that’s it. I should have tossed it before I took the picture, because it looks all garnish and no salad. We used Honey-French dressing, but you could use anything you think would taste good with it. An Asian-Ginger would be nice. Rice vinegar and sesame oil would be VERY nice.

Hope your February is as wonderful as February ever gets!

WRITING PROMPT: Make a list of first names and a list of last names and organize them by “sounds like a good guy”, “sounds like a bad guy” and “neutral”.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Food and Update

  1. Jane

    February 1, 2012 at 10:45am

    Hey, I like your writing prompt. Since I’ve been writing again, Ive had to come up with a bunch of names, and I have to agree that some names are just NOT going to be the hero’s name.

    Oh, Oh, I almost forgot, sure I already told you, but my favorite real-life appropriate, full-on Dickensian name is that of a teller at the Kroger bank store. Her nameplate read: Ms. Klinkscales.

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      Marian Allen

      February 1, 2012 at 12:53pm

      OMG! Ms. Klinkscales, the bank teller. If that isn’t perfect, I don’t know what is!

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  2. Akishya

    February 3, 2012 at 10:51pm

    Bok Choi is one of my favorite green leafy vegetables. Beef stew and Bok choi are perfect combination. You should try it.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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      Marian Allen

      February 4, 2012 at 8:31am

      Bok choi IN beef stew, or cooked as a side dish, or raw as a side dish? It all sounds good! 🙂

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  3. Nicholle

    February 5, 2012 at 8:38pm

    Bok choi is a member of cabbage family and you can cook it as you would a cabbage. I love bok choi when it was cooked with Stir-fried Fish Fillets, hmmm so yummy!

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      Marian Allen

      February 5, 2012 at 9:39pm

      I’ve always had bok choi in stir fry or raw in a salad. Roasting it was new for me, and I loved it that way, too.

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  4. Dean Diaz

    February 8, 2012 at 10:23pm

    This is my first time to see and bok choi but thanks to nicholle as she explains it. 🙂 For sure this dish is awesome! Great post Ma’am!

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