Let Them Eat Cake.


Glorious food.

My stories always seem to feature a lot of tasty treats.

(Or, in the case of The Caretaker and the upcoming Haka Ever After, ALL THE CHEESE.)

I’ll be perfectly honest, half the time, I wind up making myself hungry and get annoyed because I don’t always have access to some of the foods my characters enjoy. One Last Heist was a prime example. Toshiro and Mack indulge quite a bit in the story. I have to live vicariously through them.


Food adds a layer to stories. And I’ve discovered one person’s weird is another’s delicacy.

As an autistic, the smell, texture, spice levels, and even colour of food can affect whether I’ll be able to eat it. I also tend to have weeks and even months where I’ll eat the same meal over and over and over again, much to my hubby’s dismay. =) It’s something I try to stay cognizant of with my autistic characters.

Toshiro’s sister Charlie enjoys having her eggs in a particular way, especially when made by her brother.

The other side of the food coin is weird–odd–gross foods. And I’ll admit that one person’s weird is another’s delicacy.

Here are some of the foods (I find weird) that I’ve tried over the years:

– Blood Sausage.

Ew. Gross. Don’t.

– Jackfruit

Weird texture. Weird on the outside. Tastes amazing.

– BBQ Stingray

Tried this in Singapore. So good. Silky texture and no odd fishy aftertaste.

– Turtle Soup

This one traumatised me for years. My dad made me try his soup. I was horrified. Also, it was rubbery. But, I had pet turtles, and I had nightmares about eating them. lol

What are the weirdest or most unusual foods/dishes you’ve ever tried?

Do you enjoy learning about foods/dishes in the novels you read?

Things I learned while writing The Caretaker.

As the gif above suggests, I’m stuck in jury duty this week (or at least for today if I’m lucky enough to be dismissed early). I scheduled this blog post early, so you have something to enjoy while I’m suffering in the sheer boredom of sitting in a room with a bunch of strangers. In any case, I thought I’d share a few things I learned while writing Freddie & Taine’s love story — The Caretaker.

  1. Welsh cursing is as creative as it is bizarre.  For example, Coc y gath (one of Freddie’s favourites) translates to The Cat’s Willy.
  2. Welsh cheesecake contains no cheese. 
  3. Sharpies can be used in fascinatingly naughty ways.
  4. Maori folklore is both vibrantly rich and fascinating.
  5. Nurses deal with heart breaking situations on a daily basis.

I think I learn something new with every story I write even if it’s accidental. I find myself falling into the trap of research. You know, you google something, and that leads you to about seven other things that have nothing to do with what you were trying to find in the first place.

Do you often find yourself learning new things while reading (or writing)?


For the Love of Cheese.

Family and cat aside, Freddie (from The Caretaker) loves cheese almost more than life itself. Here are a few of his absolute favourites. Plus, at the end, a link to a recipe for Welsh cheesecake that contains no cheese.

  1. Clothbound Cheddar.
  2. Caerphilly.
  3. Llanboidy
  4. Comte
  5. Le Chevrot
  6. Red Windsor
  7. Danablue
  8. Cornish Yarg
  9. Wensleydale
  10. Connage Dunlop

Welsh Cheesecake — hold the cheese.

  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g butter, chilled (plus 65g, softened)
  • 100g raspberry jam
  • 65g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 65g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tbsp milk

Find the rest of the recipe here: Welsh Cheesecakes