• Blogging,  business,  writing

    Writing Wednesdays #2 // 2021 update

    I haven’t done an update post like this, in over a year.

    I decided in 2020 I would have a break from writing and put my novels on hiatus for a year, but now I have started to miss writing blog posts, as well missing writing my fiction work.

    I have got 4 potential novels that I am writing with very different themes from mental health fiction, to fiction crime. I am hoping to be under the young adult category and have published at least 1 novel, if not more, within 2 years. I don’t mind if I self-publish or traditional.
    In the world, 2020 has been a nightmare for everyone, especially areas and countries hit bad with Covid-19/Coronavirus. Where I live was hit at its worst right now, in December 2020. We thought we were out of the woods months ago but Covid hit back badly.

    Since Covid, I like many others, felt a slump in my writing and personal life too. When I should have made the most of free time, due to quitting the library shifts (due to a Covid scare and it having to close with temporary restrictions, earlier in the year!) & the various restrictions in and out of Lockdown for Wales, I actually became less attentive to my blog (You will notice not many posts were done this year) & stopped writing my fiction work completely.
    I felt drained and it is only now with the promise of a fresh start in the new year and a new 2021 diary, did I feel up to carrying on with my blog and writing. I am hoping for a fresh start for 2021. I am aiming to complete at least one of my novels by the end of the year 2021 and I also want to regularly post on my blog again.

    As I have fell out of love with books and want to explore other areas such as home care, food/drink, TV/film reviews, etc, I will be doing lots of new content next year. So look out for it.
    I know I change it up a lot on my blog, especially since 2019, but please stick with me as I like writing for my favourite hobby, but also because I love to read other people’s opinions about what I post!

  • Food & Drink

    Recipe #2. Quick Steak & Veg stir Fry

    Ingredients:
    • 8oz steak (sirloin or rump)
    • 1 small Mixed veg pack (or a half a mugful of each of the following – green beans, carrots, broccoli & corn).
    • 2 table spoons of olive or vegetable oil
    • A teaspoon Worcester or soy sauce
    • A teaspoon of garlic flakes (or 1 garlic clove)
    • Salt & pepper (alter to your taste)

    Time to prepare: 5 minutes – Cooking time: 15-20 minutes


    Method…

    1. Turn large frying pan on full heat until hot.
    2. Add garlic & oil to pan
    3. While garlic is cooking, slice steak into 1inch wide chunks
    4. Add steak to pan and fry for 10 minutes until fully cooked through
    5. While steak is frying slice veg into 1 cm wide slices (approx 6cm length)
    6. Add soy or Worcester sauce to pan & season with salt n pepper
    7. Throw all the vegetables into the pan and turn the heat down low or off.
    8. Leave the pan to cool and the veg to cook also for 5-8 mins
    9. Serve direct to a bowl or plate from pan

    Note: Please alter times to suit your preferences. For well done steak, add 5-10 mins cooking time & 5 extra mins for softer veg.


    I hope you enjoy this meal and if you liked it I will add more recipes to my blog. If you’ve tried this meal please tell me in the comments below! Thanks!

  • Food & Drink

    Recipe #1: (v) Garlic Mushrooms & sauce

    Ingredients:

    • 5 medium sized mushrooms.
    • Half a mug of full fat milk
    • 2 table spoons of olive or vegetable oil
    • A table spoon of garlic flakes (or 3 garlic cloves)
    • A table spoon of Worcester sauce
    • Salt & black pepper (alter to your taste)

    Time to prepare: 5 minutes – Cooking time: 15 minutes


    Method…

    1. Turn large frying pan on full heat until hot.
    2. While pan is heating up, chop garlic clove finely
    3. Add garlic & oil to pan & stir until golden or translucent
    4. While garlic is cooking, slice mushrooms into 1inch wide chunks
    5. Add mushrooms to pan and fry for 8 minutes, until fully cooked through
    6. While mushrooms are frying, add milk gradually until there is a sauce
    7. Add half a teaspoon of Worcester sauce & season with salt n pepper
    8. Turn the heat down low or off and put a plate over the pan for 3 mins .
    9. Leave the pan to cool and food to simmer
    10. Serve direct to a bowl or plate from pan

    Note: Please alter times to suit your preferences.**


    I hope you enjoy this meal and if you liked it I will add more recipes to my blog. If you’ve tried this meal – please tell me in the comments below! Thanks!

  • Food & Drink

    My favourite Autumn & Winter Food & Drinks.

    This season is when people change tastes in food & drinks. I am going to give you my top things to try over the Autumn. I will be mentioning my favourite brands but this post will not be sponsored. It is just a list of my personal favourites. One is specific to my home country, one is a particular brand & one is a personal favourite…

    Costa (coffee) Autumn Hot Drinks Range

    I love going to costa when the weather changes, nothing says Fall like a hot chocolate or coffee (latte, size; medium). The store is always decorated lovely &
    give a warm coffee smell and relaxing vibe. I tend to go here at least twice over the Fall time for this warming experience. They also do a pumpkin & caramel in spiced range too I have yet to try.

    A mug of Hot Chocolate

    This is a winter Staple for most people. I find in the winter I just want to curl up with a nice hot chocolate, watch some TV or read a good book. Hot Chocolate gives me the image of a person curled up in a baggy winter knit clutching a mug smiling. There is a particular brand I use but there are many out there to choose from, so please try a few different choices before you pick your new favourite.

    Welsh lamb Cawl (Wales special)

    This is the ultimate Winter meal that is currently (2018) available at your local Wetherspoons, in Wales (UK). It is on the speciality menu for Wales, celebrating Welsh Local Produce. I myself have tried this particular dish on a hot summer day but it is perfect for a Winter dish. It is effectively a lamb & vegetable soup. I find it gorgeous tasting & very rich in flavour. I recommend this dish to anyone visiting Wales in the winter to try it out. Honestly, you won’t regret it, I promise.

    I hope this brief & interesting list gets you warm inside & makes you want to go out and enjoy the cooler weather, as much as you liked the Summer! Tell me in the comments what your favourite Autumn/Winter food and drinks are!