This year, due to surprising success, I think we’re going to be doing this 12 times. Yes, it’s been a busy year for me – lots of traveling and speaking, and now this. Top it off with some quiet time on Sunday morning and I was writing my weekly newspaper. But even that,despite all my work seems to add up to very little time for writing.
I keep meaning to join the writing club, but can’t seem to find the time. envy my friends with their writer’s cabaret shows,celebrity cooking, interesting historical propitions, and mind-blowingecake recipes. But I am afraid to say, that as yet I have no inspirations.
I am lucky enough to have some wonderful friends to share my work with, but I still have that little something inside of me that I cannot quite manage to say yes to. I know I am supposed to be doing something with my life, but as I sadly know, I am just running around taking care of my body, and filling my stomach. And this simply cannot be done.
I am currently working on my novel. The manuscript is taking me months to finish, and I am afraid I am going to have to put it aside for a while. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful Breakthrough Grillwife, who is helping me with the final few bits of the novel. She has agreed to help me finish it off, but I have no idea how to go about it. The next best thing would be to hire a literary agent to help me find a publisher to help me finish my book. But I am not Indies. I am still independent, and I have to be very selective about the publishing deal I offer to my writer. So keep in mind, that for all you lovers of cookery, you might want to publishing your own cookery book someday.Although we are very helpful to each other, we tend to copybook wholesale, and I have been copied multiple times when using a recipe. The trick is to find the true recipe in print.You will have to do this for sure. You can find at least a few of these recipes on the internet, but a little creativity in the way you handle the soy sauce will yield tasty results (at least mine will).
For those of you who are also hunters, and treasure hunters, in addition to your turkey and cranberry hunters, I have to admit that a recurring theme throughout all our holiday meals is that no matter where you go, you can’t find a good deal of quality turkey. I think this is largely because the markets and delis are full of older delicious jars of olives. You can sometimes find a deal, but the price can’t be beaten.For example, our friends from the cleared farmland in front of their houses have grown up learning to grow olives, onions and a wide variety of other wonderful vegetables from scratch. There is little more than pride in growing a gift of fresh, delicious, life giving foods. It is a wonderful feeling.
I also think it is important to speak to the child at every opportunity. Even if you don’t have any kids at home, you can still try to explain about parts of the bird to them. Try giving them just a little bit of the left over food. They love to feel included. Of course, there has to be some gentle persuasion used with regards to the turkey. Maybe try getting them to promise to eat the leftovers if they are offered a second helping? You will be surprised by how well they take to being in charge.
For those of you who are also resellers, finding the local farmers who grow your vegetables can be a challenge. Here is a place to find them: farmers markets. You can also look out for organic food online. While these sites don’t offer the bounty of a fully processed super food, they should have enough to make a worthwhile purchase. Most of the time you can buy in season produce at a reasonable price. Everyone has to eat, right?
Another place to search for local growers is to check your local phone directory under the words search. I’ve been a member of the Farmers Market Federation of Nova Scotia for several years and I have to say that it is a very useful place to find a local grower. Everyone is so friendly and there is always a wide selection of quality grown items. Typically you can expect to find about 50 per cent of the market off sale prices and the rest being over sold. One of the by-products of aFarmers Market is the ability to become a member. This means that you get a newsletter every single day with new produce and information about local farmers in the area.