I recently stumbled entirely by chance on a writing competition—a short story challenge—held by a creative writing organization called NYC Midnight. A tiny spark of excitement flashed in my tired little brain but I let it runs its course because who am I kidding, right? I couldn’t possibly compete against practicing, aspiring, more well prepared and well-versed writers from across the globe (the competition is open to the world, to the universe even, I bet!). I wrote it off, pun intended, as a nice dream seriously what’s the point of trying? Continue reading
Old Man Winter came knocking on my door, my friends, and his fierce chilly breath has blown out all the colors (if there were any) of drab lifeless winter and blanketed us with the most awe-inspiring, cuddle-inducing, heart-palpitating, toe-curling flurry of snow, snow, snow! It has snowed a few times since I moved to Maryland, but tonight is the first truly mesmerizing descent of snowflakes I have as yet seen here. So captivating that all I have been chanting to myself is “snow snow snow snow snow” which oddly led me to the nursery rhyme about it raining and pouring which then left me pondering over the strange lyrics (how exactly does one bump his head WHILST in bed, pray tell?). Suffice it to say, Alya was befuddled.
But she was not so bewildered over what to make for dinner, thankfully. It was rather quick a decision, to be honest. Shall we refer to our checklist? Cold night? Check. Warm food a must? Check. Black beans in pantry? Check. Tomatoes? Check. Ground meat (turkey)? Check. Cheese? Check. A desire for a one-pot meal? Check. Ready to jump at the chance to make a silly pun out of food choice? Always check!
Ah, the answer is simple, is it not? What could be more fitting than a dish that wallops you with warmth, satisfaction, and a zillion other forms of goodliness? And so, let us journey, you and I, through frosted trees and snow-stung skies, into the caverns of my pantry, only to emerge with Turkey Chili! For what could be more befitting of a frostbit night, than a “chilly” feast for our famished appetites! Continue reading