Tolkien, artist

Hmmmm...What to Do?

I don't cook. I can microwave very well, and I exist on salads, frozen meals, tortillas with cheese or other lovely things inside them, and oatmeal for breakfast. But I don't cook.

This coming month's challenge story is a recipie story. I was assigned an element to have appear in the story, but that's easy. But I have to include a recipie as part of the story and also give the full recipie. I know what I'm looking for, but I have spent far too long on a variety of on-line recipie websites searching for the perfect one that will have the ingredients I am looking for. I am rather astonished at how many recipies call for prepared materials - Worcester sauce, cornstarch, ketchup, tabasco sauce, bouillon cubes. For goodness sakes, my characters can't just go to the corner store and pick up some Wyler's Boullion Cubes to put into their soup, sauce or stew. It's turning into an interesting hunt and I think I'll be able to figure out a good recipie soon. Then I just need to figure out a story to build around it.

I mentioned yesterday how amazed I was at the gift my LC friends gave me by giving me constructive criticism on my latest drabble, "A Prize Catch". I began a major revision of my H-verse novel yesterday with their commentary in mind. I hope to make it a more dymanic tale and tighten it up. It still is nowhere close to seeing the light of day, and it may never be more than a personal story that I want to write about a character that I dearly love, but I'll keep working at it. I would love to tell Helyanwe's tale someday. So, on this Friday, have a wonderfully creative day and a perfectly beautiful Autumn weekend.
For goodness sakes, my characters can't just go to the corner store and pick up some Wyler's Boullion Cubes to put into their soup, sauce or stew.

Lol. Yes. That's why I keep food simple in my stories. (which isn't hard when people are traveling for instance; they'd trap or if they prepared would have the equivalent of pemmican, biltong and dried fruits/nuts.) I do think obviously that they could create nice sauces and so on, since people have been doing that for a very long time, and Medieval-type feasts could be many courses long! but no-one's calling for more Worcester Sauce for their chips.

I am not on LC, but if I advised any-one on writing, (and bearing in mind that I am only speaking for myself and what I like to read, not every-one) I would only say: 'Show, don't tell. Telling has its place, but the last book I read which was all 'She watched tv, she ate some dinner, she made a phone call' I chucked in the bin because it did not deserve to be recycled. Atmosphere there was none! It was supposed to be a crime thriller, and it was unreadable!

I love showing, and intense emotions, which tends to mean intense characters.

Have a good day. I think I must mow the lawn, maybe for the last time.

Oh yes. I think I've figured out the recipies, or at least what can be reasonably substituted and still taste good. Now I need to figure out whether I want to make this First Age or 4th+ Age for the timeframe. There are some serious differences there - LOL. I'm actually leaning towards the latter...

- Erulisse (one L)
Both of them are interesting websites. I think I actually have narrowed down my recipie, now I need to figure out what time frame I want for my character's interactions.

- Erulisse (one L)
I adore that website. They are actually publishing a book based on what they have come up with so far. I want the book!! Fascinating look at medieval cooking and, if one is interested, they have the option of more modern (often more palatable to our taste) versions. I love it. I am obsessed with food, as is my entire household and the one where I grew up as well.
It is an interesting one. I knew what ingredients I wanted to feature, so for me it was easier to use the "recipies by ingredients" websites to find ones that would either work or that could be altered to be appropriate. Even though I don't cook, I used to cook a lot and actually can turn out some very good things :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I think some food must have been very bland in past times when there was a lack of seasonings. Local herbs, if any, might not have cut it.
Food was much more seasonal. We have a much broader and faster transportation system, things like refrigeration, and other things that allow us to bring items from far away within reasonable time frames. I used to cook, a long time ago. I can do this - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
Thanks for the cooking reference. So kind of you to add to my knowledge base when you're so busy :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I can't cook either so I won't be entering the challenge!

Edited at 2011-10-22 11:26 pm (UTC)
The way that my story has come together in my head, cooking won't be necessary. We'll see if I can actually get it together though :-)

- Erulisse (one L)