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”.


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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!
    Akishya recently posted..The Significance Of Arowana In Feng Shui

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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!
    Nicholle recently posted..Timber Doors Brisbane

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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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