Saturday, April 2, 2022

A is for Appetite #A-ZBloggingChallenge

All my book characters love food. Their stomachs are like separate characters! The new series I am planning for NaNoWriMo 2022 is about a modern tinker who travels around the country sharpening tools and knives. And teaching knife throwing. And getting accused of murder by blade. Then he helps solve the crimes. 


But thinking about how he appeases his appetite in a crazy van like this is interesting to ponder. The book begins in the first year of the COVID pandemic, so there is less eating out and a lot more cooking at "home." My hero also has a young daughter, with food tastes of her own.

The interior is even more ornate than the outside of his crazy van!


Or maybe it would be better and more surprising to readers to have a really spartan interior like this:


How would I handle the actual cooking and eating in the story? Foods to fix in small spaces would include one-pot meals. Raw foods. Grilling outside of the van at campgrounds? 

How about recipes like this? In smaller portions or to share with other campers:

A field of dreams salad, one of my favorites:

Greens, berries, nuts, bleu cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing.

Minestrone is a good one-pot meal that can easily be made in an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Minestrone Recipe

Cleanup will be an issue in a small space, so one-PLATE meals are important too.

I don't want to get into dietary issues with father or child, but I am moodling the influence a love interest might have - I am pretty sure she will be a vegetarian. 

Okay, so that's enough brainstorming for the letter A!


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