Red Beans and Writing
August 3, 2014 by Bella
I'm happy to report the sequel to Inseparable is coming along nicely. The story is set, in part, in Morgan City, Louisiana and delves more deeply into Cajun culture than the previous story.
Since I grew up around there, doing the research for the book is a bit like coming home. I've spent time reading maps, examining speech patterns, and remembering the wonderful food.
So instead of writing this afternoon, I've spent time in the kitchen with red beans, andouille sausage, and the holy trinity; onions, celery, and bell peppers. After finding my MeeMee's recipe, I've set out to feed the family my favorite dish growing up.
The one thing I miss, and couldn't get locally, was the real andouille sausage I always got from Poches Meat Market in Breaux Bridge. But even without it, the beans simmering in my big cast iron pot is filling the house with the scent of memories and home.
And in another hour or so, the red beans and rice will ready. And tonight after the kids are in bed I'll be writing again, fueled by the same food my characters will be cooking and eating. Hopefully it will add some real flavor to the story as well as my stomach!
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