06/1/1854 Happy birthday, old friend. Your creator was the first person I consciously took as a tutor in the art of structuring fiction. I didn’t do it because I loved him. I did it because I loved you… and because the way he handled you made you more real than a lot of the (allegedly) […]
If you’re in the Netherlands (I don’t say Holland, because you might be in the Netherlands without necessarily being in Holland) and you’ve ordered coffee after a meal or a snack, odds are strong that this is the cookie / biscuit that will come along with it. They seem to be everywhere over there. For […]
Ginger nuts are a favorite store-bought biscuit in most parts of the UK and Ireland, but homemade ones are way better. And somehow or other I seem to have made these three times in the last week and a bit, so I think I’ve acquired some expertise. If you want to make some holiday-ish biscuits/cookies […]
In the heart of Dublin, something is killing the People of the Hills — and it’s going to take Ireland’s only superhero to stop it… Bloomsday is almost upon us, so here’s a little something to help celebrate the occasion. “Herself” was originally written for the 2004 anthology of Irish fantasy, Emerald Magic, and differs […]
Schwarzwälder kirschtorte is named for the Schwarzwald or Black Forest region in southeastern Germany, so it’s often known outside the German-speaking countries as “Black Forest Cherry Cake” or “Black Forest Gateau”. This cake is possibly one of the most famous of German desserts… which is interesting when one considers that it (or the inspiration for […]
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