Friday, May 21, 2010

Recipes and Writing

I love to cook and bake, so often my characters do, too. Currently I'm rolling around a story in my head featuring a gal who's a bit more daring in her cooking skills than I am. Oh, she's not into making anythng wild, just more natural and home-grown than I'm comfortable with. Truthfully, her organic tastes intrigue me but I've run up against a wall that she's not helping me scale.

The issue? Granola.

It sounds silly, I know, but in the story she's often whipping up big batches of granola. Since I'd never made the stuff before, I decided to "test" several recipes so my writing might have at least a bit of proficiency to it where the whole granola-baking thing was concerned.

So far I've tried four different granola recipes, with lackluster results. Not good for my heroine, or my story--to say nothing of my kitchen confidence!

I'll keep at it, even though the birds are looking like they might complain any day now. They've been getting to so-so granola and while they were thrilled with the first batch they seem to be planning a riot now...

Any tips on granola? I keep thinking there must be something I'm missing!

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Me? I'll be chopping nuts and mixing oats...


margaret blake said...

Confession - I don't know what granola is!!!

Kathleen said...

I'm not a fan of granola but I'm surprised the birds are rioting. Glad you are writing. Have a great weekend.