Hunt

6 07 2012

A flash of white catches the eye.
A ripple of movement passes through the scrub.

Rising, drawing, aiming in one fluid movement,
Head turning, eyes tracking,
Release!

Barely breathing, daring not to hope,
The World blurs. All that exists is the arrow,
So slow, as it bridges the gap between hunter and prey.

A tidal rush of emotion fills the void;
Pride, elation… relief,
We eat today.

Just a little something I wrote yesterday evening when I was trying to get a few more pages of my novel knocked. Guess I got a little distracted, again.

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A poem from the past

4 07 2012

I was going through some old notebooks that I found in one of the boxes I hadn’t gotten round to unpacking after I left the UK.
Looking back on some of the stuff was quite funny,did I ever really write like that?

There were a few bits and bobs that caught my eye though, one was this little poem:

Raven hair
Snow white skin

Something strong hides something sweet
You are the honey in the lion.

It’s short and certainly wouldn’t win any prizes but you know what, I kinda like it. If I had to try and date when I wrote it based on entries around it I would say it was over ten years ago…. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!





Some like it hot! – a little update

21 06 2012

So, those who were paying attention will remember that I recently announced the imminent release of my new cookery book – Some like it hot!

Well I figured I would give you a little update on how things are going…
At the moment we are well on track for our scheduled release at the end of July.

The recipes have all been compiled and finalised, pictures have been taken and a lot of very, very tasty food has been consumed!

The only real sticking points have the foreword and the cover. I think I must have gone over each about a dozen times at least!

Still as of late last night I have finally settled on a cover design which I actually like, hoooray!  All that remains now is to polish off the foreword and give everything a quick once over.

Some like it hot! will be available in both Kindle/ebook format and old-school dead tree format via Amazon and selected book stores in the UK and Ireland before gradually spreading from there to conquer the World….

Stay tuned closer to the time for a chance to win some free copies.





Where was I hiding….

31 05 2012

So as I alluded to recently I took quite the break from blogging…nearly a whole year.

Obviously this was a momentous event on par with anything mentioned in Revelations and no doubt had the great and the good gnashing their teeth and wondering what had happened…

Well in a nutshell life happened…

My parents divorced.

I moved house THREE times!! (Most recently to here) How the heck did that happen?

I changed jobs, still an IT nerd though!

I purchased my first ever convertible(MGF VVTi) and my first ever BMW (520i), closely followed by my second(325i)

I met C ❤

I read Song of Ice and Fire

I realised that trust is for idiots… then had my mind changed for me.

I officially changed my name

I wrote and wrote and wrote… and then wrote some more

Not really exciting I will grant you but all perfectly valid reasons as to why I more or less forgot about my blog…here is hoping for a somewhat less hectic next 12 months!





The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings

24 05 2012

Hi Chums,

It has been rather a while since I last recommended a book to the World at large ,that would be you lot by the way.

In the main this is because I have been far too busy working on my own cookery book which will be launching rather soon. Hint Hint…

As such it is rather fitting that the book I am all in a lather about is one that dovetails nicely with my own.
The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings 

The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings

Here is what those nice chaps over at Amazon have to say about it:

“An illustrated sourcebook to these all-important cooking ingredients includes information on more than two hundred herbs, spices, essences, edible flowers and leaves, aromatics, vinegars, oils, teas, and coffees”

I on the other hand will stick to simply issuing an instruction –

IF YOU COOK  AND DON’T OWN A COPY GO AND BUY ONE. NOW.

Not quite Wordsworth but hopefully the point comes across. I very rarely encounter anything that I look at and think wow this is something which everyone should own. However on this occasion I really am that impressed.

Not only are they lots of high quality pictures, excellent descriptions of various herbs, spices and flavourings and their uses but there are also over 200 recipes so you can leap straight in and start applying all this new-found knowledge.





New cookery book coming soon!

14 05 2012

Hey all.

Today seems like a good day to indulge in a little bit of shameless self promotion!

As such I am proud to announce that work on my new cookery book “Some Like it Hot” is very nearly complete… just a few finishing touches to be made and will be launching soon.

More updates and a sneak preview to follow shortly so watch this space!








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