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A writing process blog frolic, and a favourites list

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Every once in a while, a writing challenge comes along and makes my ears prick up. WP’s “Writing 101” series is one of them – I’ve been doodling along in private, occasionally scrunching up my nose at what comes out of the keyboard (would a quill and parchment make me write more thoughtfully? Or a typewriter?).

Another is the writing process blog tour that’s sprung up around the blogosphere. The lovely Petra @ Food Eat Love nominated me to be part of the blog tour. Have you visited her blog? Go on, I’ll be waiting here when you come back. It’s filled with delicious recipes and gorgeous photos. Most of all, a love of food and cooking really shines through, and isn’t that kind of energy and passion what blogging is about?

So here I am, doing the Tour with a little twist at the end (you didn’t expect a “straight” blog tour, did you?)… The rules are basically to acknowledge the person who nominated you, answer four questions about my blog writing style and process, and then nominate others to continue the Tour de Blogs – read on for my take on these rules – which has a list! Possibly the first list on this blog!

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Also, here be unrelated photos of mushrooms – I found the bailin mushroom! Their firm, meaty texture have led people to use it as a vegetarian alternative to abalone. I think these are sold canned in some S-E Asian countries, but fresh ones are harder to find. A quick turn in rich chicken broth, a bed of garlic chives (barely wilted with a teensy bit of oil), bonito flakes and white sesame. And we had an impromptu star atop our daily rice.

Onto the Tour de Blog Writing Process:

 

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What am I working on?

Right at this moment, the Tour de Blog post! And this week, posts that can be scheduled to publish while I’m on holidays. Expect catch up travel photos, and a couple of easy peasy recipes.

Over time, the things I “work on” change according to the seasons and cookbooks and the bloggy universe. Sometimes, it is all about taming the Yeast Beast; or, it is about baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar vs granulated vs raw sugar. Summer is about that magical salad. During winter, it’s braises, anything with chilli, and that elusive perfect char siu.

What is constant is the idea that food is fun, unexpected, pretty, lumpen-ugly, frustrating, intriguing, but most of all fun. Cooking, baking, jam-making requires method, albeit leavened with a dose of madness. Madness? Call it madness or creativity or inspiration, or “je ne sais quoi”, it makes me want to pick up the camera and say “hey guys, look, I made stuff – !”

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Photos of Germany, and an Experienced Tutor

This post has two purposes.

The first is inspired by the Experienced Tutor saying he wants to receive Blog of the Year 2013 award. Being the pro-active gal that I am, I offered to create the award for him (and risk the wrath of the WP award police). So, here it is: BOTY13 Award!

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The only rule of the award is: tell us about about the most unlikely story you have ever told Written, spoken, sung, oil painting, modern interpretative dance are all acceptable. You can pass on the award if you think the recipient will appreciate its origins. (And people, if this takes off, you saw it here first.)

The second is to share some of our photos from Germany. We saw so many sights, had so many cakes, and drank so much beer and wine. After a while, I got used to the autobahns, and even overtook a Corvette! (ok, so it was stopped at the time…)

My favourite sights were the churches, monastries, and fairytale castles. We loved the UNESCO-listed Maulbronn monastery complex, with the delicate patterned ceilings, silent corridors and dim interiors. Then, there were the castles with their medieval, faux-medieval, and not-so-medieval decorations (check out the dragon from Burg Eltz!). Sadly, we couldn’t take photos inside the castles, so you’ll have to imagine the heavy wooden beams, painted wooden ceiling (in Burg Eltz), armours and shields, heavy period furniture and dark family portraits. Then, there were the famous rivers and mountains, with towns, cities and villages (and more castles!) nestled in between. I still look at a map of Germany, and think the names come from a long-ago story: Rhein, Mosel, Nektar, Lake Bodensee, Black Forest, Heidelberg, Moselkern, and Trier with its Roman monuments.

And lastly, two photos from the Mercedes Benz car museum in Stuttgart. It even won over a non-car nerd like me by the range of Mercedes cars on display. I particularly liked the Popemobil, the Gullwing, the first car engine ever built, and crazy-fantastical first-ever aeroplane. 

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