Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mutated Grunyons!

Life -

Leeks. What an odd veggie. We made what is shaping up to be a spectacular lunch today, a mushroom and leek tart with Gruyere cheese and a handmade crust. I just put it in the oven, and my lordy does it look grand. Leeks however, kind of freak me out. I've never cooked with them before, in fact, until we bought 'em for this recipe, I think I can securely say I've never held one. I'm not an onion man. Back in the day, I wouldn't eat them at all. Now, I use them a lot in my cooking, but that's it. Raw is a no-go, but I usually use regular green onions or other types of onions. Leeks have an interesting flavor... almost "Herbier" than others.

The thing that freaks me out though is that they feel and look like I should be cutting a green onion, just a mutated, giant green space onion. So naturally, while they freak me out, they also geek me out.

Back to work tonight. Bah.

Writing -

I got about 5,000 words written in Graves and I'm starting to get to the good part, so it's becoming a bit easier to write too.

I'm hoping to get a lot of revision work done on The Whispering Ferns this week, in jots and jabs at work and before bed. It's September now, so I expect a rejection letter from the contest any day now. I'd love to have it ready to send out by the time that happens.

The Last Sentence -

The girl in the blood-spattered white smock looks up.
From "Graves" (WIP)


randymeiss said...

You've really whet my appetite with that graves novel. I can't wait to read the whole thing. I've always been fascinated by leeks but have never cooked with them, I've always whimped out and substituted green onions. Another veg I'd love to try is fennel, supposedly tastes like black licorice. The tart sounds amazing, hope it's good.

Kristopher and Crew said...

Fennel is interesting, it really does have a licorice flavor. My grandmother used to chew on them during church, actually.

I usually substituted Green Onions too, and frankly, I don't know that I would have noticed a dramatic difefrence once they had been sauteed in butter, seasoned and baked in a tart.

I'm hoping to finish Graves by around Halloween, and naturally, you'll be one of the first to get a copy!