Monday, December 10, 2012

Alex. Decorating,

Today is the day we are supposed to write about Alex J. Cavenaugh. Cassa StarI actually don’t feel I have known him long enough to do so or to have a clue about who should play him in a movie, movies are much more his bag than mine. I originally came across Alex when I joined in to the A to Z blogfest last April along with a number of other bloggers. Alex is known as the Ninja and he certainly does a heck of a lot to support writers and bloggers ably assisted by his Ninja team. I have been grateful for his frequent visits to my blog and I am positive his Insecure Writers Group are very pleased with his initiative. He has published two books, both of which I have read and thoroughly enjoyed, Cassa Star and Cassa Fire with Cassa Storm due for release in the near future. Way to go Ninja Captain, sir.

I, on the other hand, have been very remiss about visiting other Chris Treepeople’s  blogs lately. Its all this dashing in and out of hospitals and stuff. Then we both staggered around in order to put up our tree and decorations. Matt swears this will be the last year, but he is more of a Grinch than I am. Admittedly, for us, who are neither of us terribly fit any more, it is hard work. In fact putting the skirt under the tree is a job we are hoping our cleaner will do for us when she comes on Tuesday. We are neither of us able to crawl under the tree – its not just getting old, its being unfit as well unfortunately.

Today, of course, is bowling. Not sure whether I will be bowling or not, will have a go and see what happens. We were supposed to have another hospital appointment on Friday, but that has been postponed so we will be able to bowl as usual. I/we need the exercise.

I spent a large part of the weekend proofing an ebook for a friend, Glenda Larke and her wonderful story Havenstar. I have the paperback which came out a while back and was published in her married name and now she has turned it into an ebook which I read and found had a number of typos. Offered to help and so she sent me an editable copy which I have now returned to her. I think I got everything, but am not 100% sure. Tried my best. If you want a good read, it is available on Smashwords (but leave it for a couple of days to get the replacement) and will soon be on Amazon I understand. She has said she will be writing some more set in the same world, I do hope so.

I thought this recipe sounded pretty good. Wish I had noticed it before, we had a lamb roast on Saturday and this would have gone with it pretty well I think. We keep Panko but I have never seen whole wheat panko.

Vegetable Parmesan

By A Nutritionist Eats
WebMD Recipe from
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into 4 pieces
  • 1 eggplant, sliced into 1/2″ thick slices
  • 1 red onion, sliced into 1/2 ″ thick slices
  • 1 large fennel bulb, sliced into 1/2″ thick slices
  • 1 jar fire roasted tomato sauce
  • 1/4 pound sheep’s milk Pecorino Romano, shredded
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • basil and red pepper flakes for garnish
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Heat grill and mist all veggies with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill eggplant for about 3 minutes per side and set aside. Repeat with all vegetables. Cut pepper into strips after grilling.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup sauce on bottom of a 9×13 pan. Spread out with a spoon. Layer on eggplant, more sauce and a little cheese. Repeat with remaining vegetables, sauce and cheese. (Essentially making a lasagna.)
  4. Top with 1/2 cup bread crumbs and bake for about 25-30 minutes until cheese has melted and sauce is bubbly.
Have a great day


  1. And many thanks for a job well done. I have put it up again, but it will indeed be a few days before the new polished-by-Jo version is available. You have a good eye for typos and I was fascinated to find our horses don't "prop" in other parts of the world...only in the Antipodes!

    1. I very much enjoyed doing it. I get somewhat frustrated with ebook typos and spelling and always wish I could do something about it, so it was nice to be able to do so with Havenstar. I just hope I got every one. Its always difficult to spot your own typos because you see what you expect to be there, not what actually is there.

  2. Oh, and by the way, I read that above as "an edible copy"... appropriate for your blog, I suppose...

    1. Now that would be fun, an edible copy. I am only concerned that I didn't change the propped and hope you did so. Wasn't quite sure what you wanted to write there.

  3. Thank you, Jo! I hope you enjoy the third book when it comes out next year. And you still always visit my blog, which I appreciate.

  4. Nice words for Alex.

    Maybe you could pay your housekeeper a little extra to put the tree up next year?

  5. Alex is a hard man to pin down. I think he thrives on being an enigma!
    Love that recipe, right up my alley. Going to have to give that a go soon!

    Tina @ Life is Good