Sunday, January 14, 2018

MOROCCAN SPICE BLEND


morrocan spice blend


This amount makes 2 tablespoons.

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
PREPARATION

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl until combined well. A fork or hand whisk works well. Keep in an air tight jar or container.  I usually make X 4 the recipe ingredients to get a good amount so you aren’t making it up all the time.

100 WORDS CH 2 of the 1st Bk in the Ryxin Series

Chapter Two
Next morning Curtis drove to the Onyx property, which turned out to be the only house in Ngahere Road. There it stood at the end of a long driveway where some sheep were grazing at the edges. As he approached them they took fright and bolted somewhere to the back of the homestead, one leaping in the air as it ran.
Curtis climbed the wide, sweeping concrete steps and knocked on the front door when a woman’s voice called, “I’m round the side of the house.”
He went in the direction of the voice and saw a woman hanging washing

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Introduction to the 1st Book of the Ryxin Trilogy - MURDER ON MURITAI

I will be posting the first 100 words from the first six chapters so that you, the reader can get the feel/flavour/quality etc of the book and see if it’s something you might like to read...       

CHAPTER ONE


Curtis listened carefully as his first client told him her story.
“It was no accident, Mr McCoy. Roscoe’s throat was cut. To be precise, his left carotid artery – and that was before his van went over the edge. I’m telling you, he was murdered. And I had a dream the other night: Roscoe was trying to communicate with me and he told me that blood was gushing from his neck and he had tried to stop it. But then he said he’d passed out even before the van became airborne and hit the rocks at the bottom of the cliff.

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The Ventricle of Memory: A memoir by Shelagh Duckham Cox

The Ventricle of Memory: A memoir
by Shelagh Duckham Cox (
http://www.flaxroots.com/flaxflower )

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Born just prior to WW2, the author starts her story with her early memories of growing up then having to be evacuated to North Wales as the attacks on Britain escalated.
  There she spent the rest of the war until in 1945, with her family, she sailed to America where her Father was employed. She describes the wonder of America after the austere years of the war in Britain and then their return to Britain in 1950 where rationing was still in effect and the country still looked drab and bleak.



Friday, January 12, 2018

Mint Sauce Recipe

MINT SAUCE

500g/1 lb Brown Sugar                    600ml/1 pint Malt Vinegar
1 Cup chopped Mint

Boil sugar and vinegar together for 5mins, add mint and bottle.
This keeps indefinitely.

Taste mixture and see that it is not too sweet, as brown sugar can be when using it for bottling things like Mint or Beetroot.
You can halve or even quarter the quantity amounts if you only want a small amount. I usually try and make a few bottles as it does keep for ages.


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

First 100 words Chapter Five

CHAPTER FIVE
Three days later, as the sun shone through the cracks in the blind, Curtis sat up in bed and looked down on the sleeping Janux. She was the woman he loved, but their situation made him sad. They could never have a child together because of the breeding laws. That was why Janux was taking contraception. To refuse would incur heavy penalties and regular visits from a specially appointed government official.

He quietly got out of bed and went to the kitchen. While waiting for the coffee maker to finish, Curtis picked up the report Janux had typed out the ...

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Friday, January 05, 2018

A Short Excerpt from Chpt 4

CHAPTER FOUR
Curtis unscrewed the cap on the bottle of whisky he’d bought in the village, then took down two glasses from the kitchen cupboard and poured them both half.
   “What have you found out about the bank hold-up, my lovely assistant?” He took a long drink and reached for the jar of salted peanuts.
   “Just about everything. Want me to start?”
   “Yes. Your drink’s on the sideboard.”
   Janux took a sip then held up the piece of paper she’d printed out the night before. “This is what Alys said in her statement to the police.”
   It was a Wednesday in the ...

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