Tomato Salsa

It’s September, and that means an abundance of succulent, savory-sweet, drip-down-your-chin tomatoes. One of my favourite pleasures is to be in the garden, weeding, harvesting, and to pick a tomato from the vine, bite into that wonderful fruit warm from the sun, and just let all that flavour burst in my mouth. It feels sinful. And isn’t. Among my many tomato strategies is to make salsa, which I often ended up using not just as…

Review: The Inheritance Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin

The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 5 of 5 stars It would appear there is a new star in the celestial body of my favourite authors, and that is N.K. Jemisin. Having been impressed with her Broken Earth trilogy, I was curious about her other works, and delved into The Inheritance Trilogy. I am very glad I did. Here is a fantasy unlike any other. Jemisin, who has now received three Hugo Awards,…

The health side of writing

It is no secret I’m obese. Have been most of my life but for a few years between the ages of 14-23. Yes, yes, I know many of you will say TESTIFY, or IF YOU’D ONLY WATCH WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH, or, YOU SHOULD EXERCISE. And it will do no good for me to say I’ve done all of that. Over and over. It is the sad litany of so many of us who battle bodies that just want…

Civil Liberties

For your reading pleasure, a short story I penned a little while ago I thought I’d share here, just for you. Civil Liberties The first time I ask Mom for my own neural link she says, “No, son. Isn’t gonna happen.” “But, Mom, it’s not like – ” “Dulal, not open for discussion.” I thought she’d at least ask me why. I watch her for a bit. I feel weird. I want her to listen,…

We’re cooking again!

Either Friday or Saturday evening Gary and I plan a special evening: yummy food, music or a movie. This week my culinary adventures took me to Ontario organically raised lamb, and domestic salad. I give you: Spicy honey marinated lamb chops, along with kale and blueberry salad the Lamb 4/person lamb loin chops The Marinade (for service for two) 1/2 cup Ontario honey 3 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon chili flakes (or fresh chili,…

Yes, yes, I know I never call you

It’s been a month and nothing but silence from me, I know, I know. But despite the fact I can talk to a crowd of hundreds and not bat an eye, in fact never shut up, creating blog posts is more intimate, like having a phone conversation, or curling up in comfortable chairs and chatting. I detest the phone. And in fact I detest having to talk. Out loud. That’s what a blog post is:…

Catfish Ceviche

Summer Dining with Catfish Ceviche When it looks like it’s just going to be too hot to cook, either on the range or the barbecue, a little forethought can provide you with a deliciously savoury and cool dinner. In this case, the main event is ceviche, a quick-pickled fish concoction which is purported to be as old as 2000 years in Peru, but more likely of Moorish origins when Spanish conquistadors colonized the area. However,…

In the aftermath of Ontario’s provincial election

It almost feels like the morning after a binge. Headache. Disbelief. A feeling you’re going to lose your cookies if you’re not very careful. Vague sense of paranoia, and just wishing everyone would duct-tape their mouths. You’re tired of hearing about it. Tired of looking up with the conviction the sky is going to fall. But you know what? You’re not going to lose your cookies. People shouldn’t employ duct-tape on body parts. And we…

A website is no longer just throwing together HTML

I’m no expert. Not by a long-shot. But I can tell you, having to maintain three websites, that the world of creating and maintaining a website is now highly complex, fraught with frustration, imperiled by hackers and spammers and all manner of roguish ruffians. Recently my website was invaded by hackers who planted malicious code, hijacking visitors off to all manner of disreputable sites. It’s taken me weeks of lost hair in finally clean the…

Contemplating Caliban’s Reviews

It’s one thing for me to review a novel or book. It’s quite another to receive a review of one of my own works. I’m always trying to decode them. Sure, it would be easy to default to the assumption I’m tetchy when it comes to reviews of my novels. But what I’m honestly trying to do is figure out if a negative review is the result of my own failing, or of a lazy,…