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A celebration tour (especially on a train full of magical monsters) would not be a celebration without some celebration food. Here are two recipes inspired by the favorite food of some of these magical creatures: the troll sisters' favorite chicken salad sandwiches, and Squishy's "Inky" (black bean) soup.
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Tell me which book to cook my way through! Summer is here, and I'm ready to check out some new books.
Since Fantasy is renowned for world-building (which includes some AMAZING-sounding meals), I will be going through a few books and sharing my interpretation of the meals mentioned in those books.
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Sparing you the backstory of how these came to be and why I love them, here is the recipe for today's writer fuel recipe: Tex-Mex Sweet Potatoes!
Ingredients (Makes 4)
4 Large Sweet Potato (washed)
1/2 lb ground chicken or beef (optional)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 oz can tomato sauce
1 green bell pepper, washed, de-seeded, and diced
1/2 tbl olive oil
Condiments as desired (salsa, pico, nacho cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream)
Writer Fuel Recipe: Tex-Mex Sweet Potations - Instructions
-Wrap the potatoes in foil and bake on 400 until smushy when squeazed (30-45 minutes on average).
-In a medium soup pan, if using ground chicken or beef, cook meat over medium-high heat until meat reaches a safe temp (see package for details). Drain grease and set aside.
- in a medium skillet, stir-fry green bell pepper until tenderness you prefer.
-add meat (optional), tomato sauce, and taco packet to the skillet and simmer over low for 10 minutes.
-slice baked sweet potato, top with 1/4 of the meat/peppers.
-Top with condiments as you prefer, and enjoy!
Want something sweet to go with your sweet potato? Try the cookies & creme cupcakes writer fuel recipe HERE.
It's time for a new writer fuel recipe: spaghetti casserole! I'll spare you the backstory you don't want by saying simply that this is one of my childhood recipes. :-)
Ingredients for Writer Fuel Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
-1 Package of Dried Spaghetti
-24 OZ Red Pasta Sauce
-16 OZ shredded cheddar cheese
*Optional: Pepperoni or Salami Slices*
Instructions for Writer Fuel Recipe: Spaghetti Casserole
--Boil the spaghetti in water til al dente (see package for boiling time).
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
-Strain pasta and pour into a large casserole dish.
-Stir in all the sauce and 8 OZ of cheese
-Smooth til even across the pan.
-Top with remaining cheese.
*-Add pepperoni/salami on top. (Optional) *
-Bake until cheese has completed melted on top and is golden brown
Want a dessert to go with it? Check out y writer fuel recipe: cookies & cream cupcakes HERE.
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It's time for a new writer fuel recipe: tonkatsu sandwich!
This week's writer fuel recipe is delicious and homey, and best eaten while the tonkatsu is still fresh and crispy.
Writer Fuel Recipe: Tonkatsu Sandwich Ingredients:
1 thin-sliced fresh pork chop
1tsp white flour
1 egg, beaten
2 tbl panko crumbs
1 cup peanut or vegetable oil (for frying)
2 slices whole wheat bread
One leaf of lettuce or shredded cabbage
1 tbl mayo (Kewpie is really good)
Tonkatsu sauce as condiment
Writer Fuel Recipe: Tonktasu Sandwich Instructions:
Heat your oil in a pan to medium-high heat.
Coat cutlet completely in flour first, then the egg, then the panko.
Fry the cutlet in oil (flipping when bottom is golden brown) until heated through to a safe-to-consume temperature.
Set cutlet on paper towel or rack to drain grease.
Toast bread (optional), then spread mayo on both sides. Place cutlet on the bread, drizzle with tonkatsu sauce and add lettuce/cabbage.
Have you had a 'katsu sando' before? If so, how do you like it?
Photo is of the tonkatsu sandwich at the Studio Ghibli Museum cafe in Tokyo (I took the photo myself, June 2019). This post is not affiliated with Studio Ghibli in any way.
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New year, new recipes! Starting off with easy Cookies and Creme cupcakes!
Writer Fuel Recipe: Cookies & Creme Cupcakes Ingredients
1 box chocolate cake mix +ingredients on box (typically eggs, oil)
1 box cookies & creme instant pudding mix (plus soy or regular milk according to the package)
1 package oreos
1 jar white icing (buttercream or whipped as you prefer)
Writer Fuel Recipe: Cookies & Creme Cupcakes Instructions
-Grease or line a cupcake pan
-Preheat oven according to cupcake box and make cupcakes as per box instructions.
-Let the cupcakes cool completely once cooked.
-While the cupcakes are cooling, mix your jello pudding mix with milk and put bowl in fridge to set.
-Using a melon scooper, scoop out the center of each cupcake and discard/eat th middle (you don't need them).
-Fill the middle with the pudding mix, then ice with icing.
-Cut oreo cookies in half and place a half upright (as though sticking out) of each cupcake.
**Optional: crush some oreos on a ziploc bag and sprinkle the dust on the top of the icing for crunch.**
Important: Keep refrigerated after 1 hour if not eaten.
Hungry for a main meal before diving into your cupcakes? Check out my Writer Fuel Recipe: Japanese Curry!
Want something sweet to read while indulging your taste buds? Grab your copy of December's featured self-published/indie author K.M. Fahy's new YA Dark Fantasy novel "The Lightning's Claim" HERE!
Writer fuel recipe time! Today's writer fuel recipe: dairy-free rainbow pizza is delicious, beautiful, and refreshing!
With Christmas coming this week I want to share one of my favorite 'light and flavorful' recipes: Dairy-Free Rainbow Pizza!
Writer Fuel Recipe: Dairy-Free Rainbow Pizza - Ingredients:
1 pizza crust (mix preferred)
1/2 cup red pasta sauce of your choice
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced thin
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced thin
2 white mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 fresh tomato, peeled & diced
1/4 cup drained pineapple pieces
Dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, & onion powder
**Optional: 2 tbl Tofutti 'Better than cream cheese'**
Writer Fuel Recipe: Dairy-Free Rainbow Pizza - Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Make your crust according to the mix instructions.
If you're using the Tofutti non-dairy cream cheese, spread it evenly on the crust before adding sauce.
Once you've added the sauce, scatter your toppings generously over the sauce.
Sprinkle a pinch of each herb over the veggies.
Bake as per your crust mix instructions until crust is cooked through and the veggies are tender when poked with a fork.
If you give today's writer fuel recipe: diary-free rainbow pizza a try, leave a comment with how you liked it!
Still hungry? Check out a couple of my other recipes: Japanese Curry-Rice or Healthy Chicken Tacos!
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Thanksgiving has come and gone for those of us in the US, and I believe our international friends know how much we Americans tend to love our fall comfort foods on Thanksgiving! Now it's time for something light, healthier, and not quite a salad. I present today's Writing Fuel Recipe: Healthy Chicken Tacos!
1 lb ground chicken
1 pack taco seasoning mix
8 oz tomato sauce
2 tbl Roasted red pepper hummus
White corn taco shells
Writing Fuel Recipe: Healthy Chicken Tacos Directions:
In a medium sauce pan, cook the chicken until heated to correct temp (refer to package) while chopping often.
Use paper towels to absorb excess grease and discard paper towel.
Add seasoning pack and tomato sauce to the pan. Stir well, cover, and summer over low heat 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Spread 1 tbl hummus per shell (on the inside) to replace cheese/sour cream and make tacos creamy.
Add 1/4 cup taco meat, and top with lettuce/tomato.
Want more Writing Fuel Recipes? Check out the one for Japanese Curry.
Looking for something to read while you enjoy your Black Friday tacos? Clare Kae's Daughter of Dreams and Dread is out and is making for a really great read! You can grab it on Amazon HERE.
This post is for my fellow food-lovers! Japanese curry is my favorite Japanese food (and yes, I somehow managed to pick a favorite though I love many more!). I'll spare you the long unwanted tale behind why since I know you're here for the recipe! Here it is:. Writing Fuel Recipe: Japanese Curry
1 baked potato, cubed (pro-tip, peel, wash, and rub your potato in oil before baking. Russet potatoes work great)
1 carrot sliced thinly (or 1/2 bag frozen sliced carrots)
1/2 white onion, peeled and chopped (or 1/2 bag chopped frozen onions)
Optional: 1 boneless skinless chicken breast baked through and chopped in bite-size pieces; preferably baked in chicken broth with 2 tsp soy sauce with a pinch of salt, ground pepper, ground ginger, and curry powder.
1 package Vermont curry OR Golden House curry (in a box, can be found at international markets)
2 tbs oil (preferably olive oil, canola oil, or peanut oil)
Writing Fuel Recipe: Japanese Curry
In a large soup pot, add oil, carrots, and onions over medium-high heat. Cook until carrot are tender (you can use a spoon to easily cut them). - May need to reduce heat to medium if you use a non-stick skillet -
Add water, baked potato, and cooked chicken to the pot with the whole curry box (add water as per the directions on the curry box you purchased; usually about 3 cups).
Raise heat to high until boiling. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally (stirring OFTEN for non-stick pans) until curry is the consistency of a thick gravy.
Serving over cooked Japanese sticky rice (sushi-grade is perfect) is recommended.
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