Showing posts from October, 2015

Adventures of a Bookish Foodie: Meet Guest Host Stella McLeod

Hi there I’m Stella McLeod. I write paranormal and contemporary romance but like all authors there’s more to me than that. I am a Clinical Psychologist and I’m also a trained chef. (Elizabeth Russell’s French Cookery School, London and The Cordon Bleu, London). 
My new release is a paranormal romance, Always Have and Always Will, about an Immortal ancient warrior and his long dead partner who has been reincarnated after 2000 years as a modern woman.
Some people say authors are born not made, I think authors are just people who decide they want to write. The only problem is that once you begin you don’t want to do anything else.  I decided I wanted to write when I was a teenager. I was abysmal at Maths, Physics and Chemistry but I was good at English so I entered competitions and started winning awards. And that old adage about positive reinforcement strengthening behaviour is true. But what I didn’t know and wasn’t to learn until I became a Clinical Psychologist was that intermittent r…

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Adventures of a Bookish Foodie: AUTUMN & the Annual Schlacht

Autumn season connotes many things: falling leaves, warm fires, cozy mysteries, and pumpkin spiced low-fat no-fat chai lattes (hmmmmm). Putting the garden to bed, fretting over a non offensive, yet creative costume for that annual Hallowe’en party you love going to also comes to mind. But for me there’s something else: something not forgotten, but no longer practiced because it is culturally specific, based on a country that no longer exists, spurred along by people no longer living. Can this intro form part of a foodie blog? You better believe it! For that thing I pine for, that singular thing that meant AUTUMN to me when I was a child was none other than the annual Schlacht.

WARNING: SOME CONTENT MAY SEEM STRANGE Schlact? What’s that? Well, gentle reader, it’s complicated. Schlacht is a German word that literally means ‘battle’.  But to a family of Danube Swabians, it meant quite another. Danube Swabians once formed a colorful community in a part of the former Yugoslavia that covere…