Inspiration is a tricky beast.
Last week, I shared this Tumbler meme on my Facebook page:
I was kidding. Mostly. Then Friday morning I realized the submission deadline for the Word Count Podcast was coming up hard. I stared at the prompt photo for a bit, completely devoid of ideas, and then BOOM! Inspiration by way of Tumbler meme. What if there was a time agency of some sort that had a costume designer and there was something about an ice-locked ship…
What came out in the end was a little bit of both, and a bunch of something else entirely, but it was super fun to write and record.
You can find the listen link for the ‘cast on R.B. Wood’s site.
I went in to tell my reader group about the finished podcast, and started rambling away. By then end of the post, I’d likened my muse to Karen from Will&Grace.
“Always around, seldom intentionally helpful, a little drunk, lovable and a little mean.”
If you need us, Karen and I will be over here working on the third book in Thornton series. In the meantime, Sweet Pease is free for a limited time, so if you haven’t grabbed it, don’t delay!
Something a little hot just for you!
A few fictional years have passed since Nan Grady was feeding her friends at the Damselfly Inn, but she’s still very much a voice in my head. Married now, and going by Nan Fuller, and still feeding her friends. I imagine them gathered around the big farm table in her kitchen, guests out enjoying the art museum or a play at the college, or warming up by the fire in the parlor. It’s cold and snowy outside. The pastures are white; the Fuller herd is in the barns. The sun goes down early, so the sky outside is dark, but the lights are burning bright in the yellow Victorian on County Road, and soup is on the menu.
Nan likes easy comfort food, but with a little something spicy and unexpected, so this recipe is one I can easily see her making. Pull up a seat at her table, and enjoy!
- 2 T. coconut oil (olive is fine, too)
- 1 small onion, diced
- fresh grated ginger to taste (I used a couple of tablespoons)*
- 1 T. Thai red curry paste*
- 2 T. Vietnamese chili garlic sauce (Tuong Ot Toi)*
- 1 t. salt
- 2 T. finely chopped garlic*
- 1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes*
- 2 tsp whole cumin seeds*
- 3/4 tsp ground coriander*
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric*
- 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, do not drain
- 4 c. vegetable or chicken stock/broth
- 1 c. red lentils
- good pinch of saffron threads*
- chopped fresh cilantro (if you’re into that)
- plain greek yogurt, sour cream, or crème fraîche
Heat the coconut oil over medium heat, then sauté the onions until they are softened and translucent, but not browned. Add everything from the ginger to the turmeric and sauté for a minute. Dump in the tomatoes, broth, and lentils. Give it a stir, then add the saffron threads. Simmer for about 15 minutes. If you like, you can immersion blend it at the end for smoothness, but it’s not necessary.
Serve topped with cilantro and yogurt (or other dairy). Yum!
*Basically, adjust all the flavors to suit what you like.
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