Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Story, Laptop

Woo hoo – I have had two poems printed in my life and now I have a story in an Indie Writers Anthology. Writers were invited to submit time travel stories – I thought that would be interesting but had no intention of submitting anything, I am not a writer. I have a Jane AustenKindle and when it’s ‘asleep’ it often shows pictures of authors including one of Jane Austen. I was looking at the picture one day and thought “what about all the thousands of writers in her time who didn’t get a chance to publish?”. Thus was born my story. I had the idea but not really the knowledge to put it down on paper so I asked a friend, Jeffery Hargett, to help me. He did. He also submitted a story under his own name. So now both of us are included in the anthology which is available at the link above. I even got a mention in Alex J. Cavenaugh’s blog this week too. Everyone seems to think that now I’ve started, I will keep on writing. I don’t think so. In all the years I have wanted to write, this is the first time I have ever actually had an idea. My only previous effort was some years ago when I started writing a book about my life and also included recipes. I called it The First 60 Years. However, a friend showed it to a publisher who felt I needed to get known before I tried publishing.

I have had my laptop for quite a few years now but when I need to use accents on words, I use a little programme called AllChars for Windows which is shareware and I find very useful as it lists all the ways to make accents or other diacritical marks. So, only today, I suddenly noticed that there were a couple of keys with diacritical marks on them. Duuuh. Having googled, it appears I can only use them with MS Word, and one has to depress and hold the Ctrl key and then the accent key and finally the appropriate letter.  Does not work in my blogging programme – Windows Live Writer. So I will not be bothering, but I am astounded that I never noticed it before.

This sounded delightful and very refreshing.

Creamy Pineapple Mango Gazpacho


Inspired by the flavours of the classic gazpacho, I decided to give this soup a modern spin by showcasing juicy, sweet pineapple instead of tomatoes. This soup makes a great starter or, if served with some grilled chicken or shrimp, a satisfying main dish.

Creamy Pineapple Mango Gazpacho
Yields 6 to 8

Preparation 

4 cups fresh pineapple, diced
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
1 cup 10% cream
1 cup orange juice
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 large red pepper, finely diced
1/2 cup red onion, finely minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Place the pineapple, mango, cream, orange juice, honey, and lime juice in a blender or food processor. Blend until pureed and pour into a large bowl.
Add the cucumber, red pepper, red onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of cilantro. Stir to combine.
Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Garnish with extra cilantro before serving.

Have a great day
Jo

22 comments:

  1. Well done, Jo. You know you've made as a writer when your picture appears on a stamp!

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    1. Thanks Bob. I should be so lucky.

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  2. Congratulations, Jo. It's so exciting when you get a story published.

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  3. Don't let a lack of ideas stop you. Hasn't stopped me yet!

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    1. Come off it Alex, you have marvellous ideas.

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  4. Congratulations!!! That's a feather in your cap! And one thing off the bucket list eh?

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    1. Thanks JoJo. Not sure it was ever on my bucket list LOL

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  5. That's fantastic Jo! Congratulations! I love time travel stories so I'll buy one on my Kindle
    and let you know as soon as I've read it! I hope it's available in Australia. Sometimes they're not. I'm intrigued and so pleased for you :)

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    1. Thanks Pinky. Can't see why it wouldn't be available in Australia. If not, can't you buy it from Amazon.com

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  6. Congratulations. That's certainly an achievement you should treasure.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa. I certainly do.

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  7. Jeff is such a sweetheart! You should keep writing. I'll have to get the anthology for certain...you and Jeff together. Awesome combo.

    Congratulations!

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    1. He also has one of his own stories in the anthology too.

      Thanks.

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  8. This is such an amazing accomplishment!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi, Jo,

    CONGRATS on your submission and the anthology! That is AWESOME! You just never know when the writer in you is going to surface.

    That mango gazpacho looks really refreshing. I'll have to try it... Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. True Michael, but I have a feeling it's gone below the surface again now. Thanks anyway.

      I thought so too.

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  10. Jo, that is awesome about having a story published in an anthology. CONGRATS! Thanks for sharing the Creamy Pineapple Mango Gazpacho recipe. I've bookmarked this one to try in the future. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Susanne. I haven't tried this recipe yet but it does sound delicious.

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  11. Well, there is the old adage that states 'everybody has one book in them' but I don't think I have the imagination to write ....
    Congratulations on your success Jo

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    1. Well short story maybe. In your case your artistic side is well and truly represented with your wonderful drawings.

      Hope the house is nearly back to normal.

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