Food and a Hot Flash — bomp bomp #vegan #recipes

Today is the first of the month, which means a new Hot Flash on the Hot Flash page.

It’s also Wednesday, so I’m sharing food.

Delicious Veg

Delicious Veg

Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am not a vegetarian!

The other day at church (yes, I attend and no, the roof doesn’t fall in), a friend said, “I thought you were vegetarian! Seems like every food picture you post on Facebook is vegetarian stuff.”

OKAY YES I POST FOOD PICTURES ON FACEBOOK!!!

I said no.

Her husband said, “The vegetarians ought to love me. I saw a deer eating some of their vegetables and I shot it and ate it.”

I was like, “Well done, that man.” We don’t even bother to plant a garden anymore, and now they’re starting in on the flowers.

ANYWAY, this is fried potatoes, roast okra, and boiled kale.

FRIED POTATOES

Cut the potatoes up into little cubes. Heat some oil or vegan margarine. Dump in the potatoes and stir them around to coat them. Sprinkle them with Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt and stir them again. Turn the heat down to low and cover them for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take the cover off, increase the heat to moderate, and cook uncovered, stirring often, until the potatoes brown (about 10 more minutes).

Roast Okra

Toss the okra in oil and salt. Put in a shallow pan in a hot (450F) oven for about 30 minutes. The okra is really better when it’s small, but these were the smallest we could find at the farmers market. We planted okra last year but guess who ate it.

Boiled Kale

Wash the kale and tear the leaves off the stalks. Or leave the stalks on, if you like them. Stuff the kale into a pot just big enough to hold it. If the kale doesn’t have any water clinging to its leaves from its bath, add a little. Add salt, a little oil, a clove of garlic, some salt, and some chopped onion or onion powder. [If you don’t want to do this vegan, you can add some chopped bacon instead of the oil and garlic. ALWAYS DELICIOUS.] Cook over moderate heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook it longer if you like it totally limp.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: An animal destroys something your character has earmarked for themselves.

MA

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Toothy Tuesday

This has been my month for antibiotics-giving.

ToothMom had a cracked molar and I took her to the wonderful Dr. Crowley to have it extracted. He had it popped out and stuffed with gauze before I finished filling out the paperwork. Good thing I agreed to the surgery on paper! He is AMAZING.

After the surgery, Mom had to take antibiotics round-the-clock, so I spent the nights at her house for the duration. Three in the morning is a mean time to get up and do something responsible.

Then I took Munchkin in because he’s been sneezing and he’s stopped eating. Turns out he has an abscessed tooth or two, and he’s on antibiotics to get the inflammation down enough for them to be extracted. Then he’ll probably be on antibiotics afterwards. Lucky for me, he only takes his twice a day.

I’m happy to report that, once the antibiotics kicked in AND I discovered that he goes for tuna mixed with his cat food, he started eating again. Spoiled? Nah!

I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies with another broccoli salad, this one vegan and so delicious!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character has to have a tooth out. Jane … !! ??

MA

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Two Trans Girls #Trans #Steampunk #Western

Two of my friends have new books out, and both these books are about trans women, both set in the wild west! Well, Victor’s book isn’t new new, but it’s newly reissued.

Victor J. Banis‘ book Lola Dances is out for Kindle and in paperback. Here’s the blurb:

LolaSometimes funny, sometimes tragic and often bawdy, Lola Dances ranges from the 1850 slums of the Bowery to the mining camps of California and Montana, to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco.

Little Terry Murphy, pretty and effeminate, dreams of becoming a dancer. Raped by a drunken profligate and threatened with prison, Terry flees the Bowery to disappear into the wilderness of the West. In the rugged settlement of Alder Gulch, he stands out like a sore thumb among the camp’s macho inhabitants – until the day he puts on a dress and dances for the unsuspecting miners. As beautiful Lola Valdez, fame and fortune are within reach, and so, ultimately, is love.

I haven’t read the whole book, but I’ve read extended excerpts, and I can tell you it’s beautifully written. It does just what good fiction is supposed to do: puts you inside someone else’s experience.

Chris Garrison‘s wonderfully named Girl in the Gears (Trans-Continental Book 1) is set in an alternate West, one with the states not having united, with autogyros and such.

gearsActress Ida Stillwell may have been born her father’s son, but she rejected the role society cast her in. With the North American Republics on the brink of war, Ida flees her home and joins a carnival to pursue her dreams.

There she meets tomboy steam engine mechanic Duffy Hollowood. Though they become fast friends, Duffy has her own secrets. As their troubled pasts catch up with them, will Ida and Duffy make an escape together, or will they take their chances alone?

Again, I haven’t read all of the book yet. It’s quite different in tone from Lola: more action-adventure and light-hearted. It has in common with it, though, the virtue of putting the reader in someone else’s place, fearing what they fear, hoping what they hope.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Here’s one of my favorite exercises — Write the same scene from the points of view of two very different characters.

MA

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