Many of us write in several genres. I’m one of those people who like to try their hand at different things, so I write Family Drama, Romance/Romantic Suspense, Young Adult and Women’s Fiction. Until I thought about it because of interview questions, I didn’t realize that there were common themes in my books. Among these are choices, family, loyalty, faithfulness, relationships and responsibility.
I’m not sure why some of these topics appear all the time, perhaps because they are important to me and writing about them is a non-preachy way of showing what I believe. Maybe I’m exploring these issues to see how people themselves in certain situations or maybe I’m obsessed. Who knows?
What are the themes you weave into your novels? Do you know why you write about them?
I know there will be some raised eyebrows in a second, but the meal of the day is Tripe & Beans. Yep, you saw right. I did type that. I think this legacy of eating cow stomach came to us from slavery, when nothing was allowed to go to waste.
The first thing is to get this stuff cleaned up right, which is a tedious process. After the tripe is cut into smaller strips, it’s turned inside out and cleaned with a keen eye to detail. My mother used hot water to do this. I’ll tell you in a minute how you know you’ve got all the intestinal matter out.
So you put the tripe in water with some seasoning, thyme and escallion, and cook until nearly tender. You add small dumplings, the spinners I mentioned yesterday and season with escallion, onion, pepper, pimento seeds, salt, thyme and other preferred seasoning. If you buy canned butter beans, add them when the meat is cooked, otherwise the beans can be cooked with the meat.
|Tripe & Beans|
Words to the wise: This is not a meal for the fainthearted. Just thinking about it can make you swoon if you have a ‘delicate constitution’ as the English used to say. You know all the matter the cow had in it before death has not been removed if you can smell it while the pot is on the stove, so meticulous cleaning is important. Until I looked at this on Wikipedia, I didn’t realize that tripe is eaten in a variety of places. If you’re interested to see the list, go here.
I won't be around for much of the day, but will catch up with you tomorrow. Feel free to leave me a comment.