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This is me making use of LJ's new sticky posts to put a Welcome message at the top of my LJ.

To all those new to my LJ, my name is Tasha (aka Beren for fanfic purposes). I am a full time author and run a small publishing company (Wittegen Press) with my sister thwax. On this journal you will find me talking about my books, my fanfic, my favourite movies, my favourite bands, recipes and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Check out my user info or the links down the side for my fanfic listings and below are all my books.

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27 July 2016 @ 19:28 Memories
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Happy Birthday to:
25th: [personal profile] lena204
27th: fyredancer/[personal profile] fyredancer, dramaphile
28th: 69512
29th: koyappi,[personal profile] argylepiratewd, eyoko
30th: lksnarry1,[personal profile] jadehunter, terrayndian/[personal profile] terrayndian, moniquemo,[personal profile] wolfangeldeath txrabbit
31st: tarnationawaits,[personal profile] ampersandjay

I hope you all have great birthdays and Many Happy Returns to every one of you.


Okay, so I mentioned Sumac briefly the other day when I spoke about making Chicken Shawarma and now I have come back to speak some more about it, because it tastes wonderful and I've been reading up on it.

Apparently it's really good for you too.

I  had never heard of it until last week and now I am telling everyone I know how wonderful it is. There's even one study that suggests it has properties that help control type 2 diabetes, but they're still on going.

About all else it tastes lovely and is wonderful in yoghurt with mint. It has a lemony zesty flavour, but with something else as well and without all the hassle of trying to zest a lemon and leave behind all the pith :). It is a middle eastern ingredient so middle eastern super markets will have it, and so does Amazon, at least in the UK. Oh yes and in the US - just search for sumac :)

It's one of the main spices in za'atar, a mixture of thyme, sesame seeds and sumac in equal amounts.

Do you use sumac? What is your favourite recipe?
This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/352113.html.
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I thought I'd continue the theme of dreams, since I've mentioned them two days running. This morning's one (which is the only one I remember) was weird. I ended up at this sale of all sorts of junk and it was stacked in these really high metal shelves, like in a warehouse, only surrounded by lots of open space.

The only bit I can explain was rummaging through some clothing jumble and finding all my own clothes. This is because I forgot to put the undies out to dry yesterday and it was playing on my mind :) - that and my fabulous new trousers. I now have 3 pairs of the ones I mentioned yesterday from M&S.
Pokemon GO

I have not yet experienced the wonders of Pokemon GO. I have something of a drawback - no phone. I doubt the phone I am going to get will be compatible either since it will be Soph's old one which is Rob's from two phones ago.
Pokemon Go

However, it is lovely to see so many people enjoying it so much. Very few things bring people together and this seems to. In fact I have only seen one negative post about it so far (excluding the news, which of course is trying to make clickbait out of everything as usual). To all my friends playing, I hope you are having lots of fun.

Unfried Chinese Rice

I did Chinese chicken yesterday for tea and served it with this recipe for unfried Chinese Rice and it's was really nice. I left out the ham, since it was a side dish and it still worked beautifully. Easy to make veggie and gluten free too.
This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/351850.html.
20 July 2016 @ 12:00 Memories

I mean that deserves a post all on it's own, right? :)

So many trousers on the high street these days do not take into account that larger sizes mean the body in them is going to be a different shape. I have an arse, it needs somewhere to fit into :D.

Marks and Spenser straight leg joggers are awesome - not only do they come in many lengths, but they take into account the rear end too. They don't have pockets, but then you can't have everything ;).

More Dreams

My dreams last night were not as interesting as the night before, but then I didn't actually get that much sleep - too hot!

They did involve Ghostbusters - so win - but the only bit I remember was something to do with a college ladies loo at some kind of convention. Not exactly hard hitting, exciting stuff :).

Chicken Shawarma

I made chicken schawama for dinner last night from this recipe: Chicken shawarma flatbreads with yogurt recipe. It was delicious and perfect for the end of a really hot day. I used low fat yogurt and wholemeal wraps as well, so it was good for us too. Rob ate 2.5 wraps and they weren't little wraps either, so he really liked it. First time I have used sumac as a spice - yummy.

I'm having fond Avengers memories now :).

This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/351555.html.
20 July 2016 @ 07:19 Memories
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19 July 2016 @ 08:44 Memories
The Dream

Had a great dream last night that ran all night even though I kept waking up and then going back to sleep.

I love how everything in dreams just feels so straight forward.

In this dream Tom Hiddleston (not any of his characters, but actually Tom) was an assassin a bit like the Winter Soldier. His whole life was a lie and had been arranged to give him the perfect cover to do the government's dirty work. He had still been educated at Eton etc and gone into acting, but the entire time he was being brainwashed as well to fulfil his designated role in life.

Tom Hiddleston

However, he was beginning to break his conditioning thanks to love ...

and this is where the dream got even prettier

... because he went to see Bucky for advice. Which of course it's totally logical that one brainwashed assassin would go looking for another one to talk shop and PTSD :)

There was some tension between the two of them because they'd come up against each other before. It was all very dramatic and exciting. I wish I could remember more of the details :)


In other news I have a war wound from seeing Ghostbusters apparently :) According to my beloved I have a huge bruise on my bottom and I just remembered how I managed it :).

When we got into the cinema I was so excited I managed to aim incorrectly for the seat and sat on the cup holder instead. Hurt like the DIckens at the time, but I completely forgot about it. Totally worth it though :)
This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/351270.html.
18 July 2016 @ 15:55 Memories

Happy Birthday to:
18th: [personal profile] sunshine
19th: onlyashade
20th: [personal profile] arineat
21st: paradise4writin
22nd: fangirl_07/[personal profile] fangirl_07, tazza_di_jo
23rd: tigertale7,[personal profile] kellyfaboo, wendywoo,[personal profile] mandaplz
24th: [personal profile] badfalcon

I hope you all have great birthdays and Many Happy Returns to every one of you.


So Soph and I saw Ghostbusters on Fridays afternoon (only 4 of us in the cinema because it was the first showing) and it is awesome. I'm now trying to find a time when I can drag Rob along to see it too.

I've written a full review (no spoilers) over here at my other blog: Review: Ghostbusters ROCKS!

Soph and I were laughing most of the way through, and not just little laughs, big ones.

Soph has also given her opinion over here at her blog: Review: Ghostbusters - Awesomesauce!

Can you guess how much we enjoyed it from the titles of our posts? ;)

This entry was originally posted at http://beren-writes.dreamwidth.org/351128.html.
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  • Fri, 17:11: I have seen Ghostbusters and it ROCKS! Haven't laughed so much in ages.
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