Judy Penz Sheluk
Fast forward three decades, and I'm now writing murder mysteries. And while I don't write the sort of cozy that includes recipes in the book, food definitely plays a part.
Have I ever made croutons? Of course not. There are perfectly good ones available at any grocery story. What about a tourtiere? A pie of any sort? Another no (unless you consider one of those Bisquick Impossible Pies a pie...I've made a few of those with limited success).
Now, you might be thinking, "how can a terrible cook create fictional food, let alone write about it?" Well, the internet helps with the plethora of recipes, but I do have to tweak anything I find to make it my own. And photos...I either have to make it, get a friend to make it (yes, I have resorted to that with Tourtiere -- I don't eat beef or pork), or find a royalty-free photo online (wikipedia commons and morguefile are both good resources). In the end, though, it's mostly about letting my imagination run wild, sort of like creating a fictional town, character or setting. And what can be more fun than that?
|Garlic Butter Croutons|
PS: you can find my recipes for Easy Peasy Veggie Lasagna, Garlic Butter Croutons, Tourtiere and more on my website's Food & Drink page.
|Easy Peasy Veggie Lasagna|