Pea snacks #glutenfree #lowcal

Image result for aldi pea snacksWhen (for allergy reasons) I went wheat free it was not long before I noticed how wheat-heavy all of our food is when it comes to grabbing a snack on the go.

Added to which, so many wheat free foods (and for the purposes of buying snacks that usually means gluten free) are invariably higher in sugar and fat than other snacks – and thus higher calories.

Aldis have these pea snacks, which are 90 cals per pack and also high in protien so well worth looking at. They come in sweet chilli, sour cream and chives, Malay curry and salt and vinegar flavours.

Verdict: If I am honest they do have a slightly odd after taste and like many GF foods have a tendency to stick around your teeth (sorry if that sounds gross but those of us who are stuck with GF will know how often this is the case with ready-made GF foods).

These snacks are not bad despite that.  They are made from peas and not potatoes after all. And  more importantly – not wheat!

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Not Junk – Just Yet to Find a Use #writing

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I have had this pamphlet – The Story of Okewood Church – gathering dust in various draws and on selected shelves for the best part of 40 years. It is dated 1978 and for all I know this same booklet is still available in the tiny church described.

St Johns OkewoodSt Johns has had many ups and downs and was left to  rot and resurrected several times but has endured. It is a pretty church set in the woodlands of the Surrey/Sussex borders.  It is said there was a chapel n the site long before the church was built in 1220. Buily on the remnants of a roman building (villa or temple?), which in itself was thought to be the site of a druidic temple.

Whilst writing In Her Defence, the sequel to my crime novel Winter Downs,  I wanted to include a brief description of a really old village church – and Okewood does not come much older. As, indeed, is the pamphlet itself. It took me a while to find it – but The Story of Okewood Church: a Handbook for Pilgrims finally earned its place in my reference library.

Score one for the packrat who never throws anything away!

 

 

Shadows on the Grass by Misha M Herwin #blogtour #novel #newfiction

Latest CoverWhen Misha Herwin asked me to take part in her blog tour for Shadows on the Grass I was more than delighted.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  It covers an awful lot of ground, not merely in time and space but also in the political and social issues.  And if that were not enough to keep me on the edge of your seat Misha also slides a time-slip element into the mix, which raises the tensions beyond the usual family saga.

With all that in mind I posed a few questions for Misha to enlarge upon.

JE: Tell us a little about yourself.

ScribeMH: I’m Misha Herwin and I write books for adults and for children. I’ve also written plays, which have been performed professionally, as well as in schools, and had a number of short stories published in various anthologies in the UK and US; including The Way to My Heart, Voices of Angels, The Darkest Midnight in December, The Yellow Room and Bitch Lit, among others. Continue reading

Misha Herwin’s Shadows on the Grass

via Shadows On The Grass by @MishaHerwin #LaunchDay #BookReview @penkhullpress

2017 Round-up

Here we are with the usual round-up for the year.

winter-downs-cover-by-jan-edwardsMoving house took up a great deal of 2017 so my output was not what it might have been but by far the biggest event was the launch of my crime novel, Winter Downs. My maiden voyage into crime fiction at novel length.  Winter Downs is a golden age crime set in January of 1940 where a body is found on the snow-covered Sussex Downs.

In the realms of short fiction ‘Taste of Culture’,  was reprinted in In the Footsteps of Dracula, Pegasus publishing. ISBN 978-1681775340 (First appeared in The Mammoth Book of Dracula 1997.)

I was lucky enough to have two Sherlock Holmes stories in print this year,

‘Curious Case of the Sweating Horse’, MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories VII: Eliminate the Impossible: 1880-1891, MX Publishing, ISBN: 978-1787052024

‘The Curious Case of Mr Marconi’, MX Sherlock Holmes VI, MX Publishing,  ISBN 978-1787050877

Also this year, after many delays and problems, saw the production and publication of Dr Who script, which I wrote along with Sam Stone, Debbie Bennett, Raven Dane, Suzanne Barbieri and David Howe.  The Daemons of Devil’s End, DVD, Reel Time Pictures 2017 ASIN: B06XPHPZG6

This is a 3 disc set. One disc has the film itself, a reprise of the White Witch, Olive Hawthorne character from the 1970s Dr Who story arc of The Daemons; played then and now by the inimitable Damaris Hayman. The other discs are interviews and extras. A must for any Whovian!

Also out this year is the anthology written by myself, Sam Stone, Debbie Bennett, Raven Dane, Suzanne Barbieri and David Howe which retell the DVD action as short stories.

There are two editions:

‘The Poppet’, The Daemons of Devil’s End, Telos Press, 2017,  ISBN: 978-1845839703
which is available from all the usual retailers, and  ‘The Poppet’, Olive Hawthorne and the Daemons of Devil’s End, Special edition 2017, ISBN: 978-1845839697 which is only available from  Telos Press . The special edition has been produced in the same style as the old Target books of the 1970s and contains stills from the original Dr Who sets not previously available.

That is about it for this year. 2018 will see the arrival of the second Bunch Courtney crime novel provisionally titled In Her Defence, plus a few projects that are still too hush-hush to mention as yet! Also with an editing hat on the much awaited weird/horror anthology from Alchemy Press.

Until then it just remains for me to wish you all a Happy Solstice, Good Yule, Merry Christmas and a truly prosperous New Year!

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Good Yule!

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Memories Are Not Always Made of This

This morning the author and editor Diana Athill was interviewed on the Today programme for her 100th birthday. Happy Birthday to Ms Athill!

One of the things  that she mentioned was her first memory of falling into a puddle and being hauled out again. It set me musing on my own earliest memories. I can think of several, and because we moved house two weeks after my 4th birthday I can accurately date myself as being three or even two years old at the time. Continue reading