Operation Whale…Part 1 of probably quite a few

I was fat. No possibility of denying it in the end. I looked in the mirror and noted the increasing barrel around my middle. It wasn't really there. I ate a bit less. Nothing changed. Middle aged spread. I didn't like it but I wasn't gross. Really. Well lockdown changed that. I had an interesting … Continue reading Operation Whale…Part 1 of probably quite a few

After The Deluge… Part8: Fish Traps

An odd subject I know but.one that has an odd fascination for me: fish traps. These labour saving devices have been independently invented by cultures all over the world and have a very ancient pedigree. At their most basic they are baskets that a set in a strong current to catch fish that seek to … Continue reading After The Deluge… Part8: Fish Traps

Apologies…

cartoon unwell hedgehog

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness the poet called it. I call it the season of hideous colds and shivering misery. Hence the lack of posts in the last couple of weeks, time off work sick and generally mostly being asleep has kept me from the keyboard. Which is a bad thing... apparently.

Soups Of Joy… Pea & Ham

pea ham soup white bowl on slate background

Food and mood. I think the two are inextricably linked. I have used food scenes as a way of putting the brakes on the pace of my writing. Eating and cooking implies a pause, a steadying of the narrative pace, a time to take stock - literally in the case of soup. 'Renaissance' is set … Continue reading Soups Of Joy… Pea & Ham

Ancient Food… Part 2

flatbread naan

Since I can't beat this one, I will join them - I loved this article on grilled flat breads, baked over an open fire. This is definitely something that people did in the past all over the world and still do today. The Romans and the Vikings both made flat breads this way when on … Continue reading Ancient Food… Part 2

Ancient Food… Part 1

Libum Roman cheesecake

In thinking about a post-apocalyptic world I spent quite a lot of time thinking about food. Nothing new then! Food and the enjoyment of food, as I have observed before, is a universal human trait. What sort of food might people in such an England enjoy? One thing is for certain; that mass produced, packaged … Continue reading Ancient Food… Part 1

After The Deluge…Part 3: Food

grilled sardines on metal plate painted wood background

Post-apocalyptic food. Is it ever mentioned? Rarely, except where it has been reduced to a joyless protein pill that meets all a human's nutritional needs or the terrifying Soylent Green. Speaking personally food is one of the great pleasures. I am sure, even in these neurotic times, I am not alone. Why should a recovering … Continue reading After The Deluge…Part 3: Food