Friday, July 15, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 15th July 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 15th July 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome!

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, its your free choice so please post any of your favorite music of all genres!

Tina Turner , River Deep Mountain High

"You've got a Friend" James Taylor

Brenda Lee "Losing You"

Paul Anka - Put Your Head On My Shoulder

AndrΓ© Rieu - Roses from the South

Da Doo Run Run by the Crystals

Billy Joel - Uptown Girl

Dean Martin - Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Gene Pitney - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Tatiana Eva-Marie – A Paris 


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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Writer's Corner: To Show or Tell

Showing in writing is a technique that writers use to elaborate and express to the reader in a way that hooks them into the manuscript.  

A first rough draft maybe telling before the second draft is more specific and detailed to make the
story more effective. 

Examples of telling.

He picked up the sword.

The town held a festival. 

Examples of showing:

With a grin, the warrior in silver picked up the sword as he gazed over the gathered host. 

Green and gold tents nestled in the valley below lofty mountains as the annual Renaissance festival opened people in costumes. Merchants lined the paths for eager spending customers to explore hand crafted trinkets to fine woven clothes to fit the special occasion.  Blue skies with a warm sun added the beginning to a perfect day.

Showing is reeling the reader into the writer's world, closing out the outside world just for awhile
and if successful the reader has that connection to the writer with their world in words of description
and paragraphs with unforgettable characters to make the story work.

Writers create a picture in our minds
by the beauty of expression of the written word.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: One Pot Lemon Chicken & Rice

 One Pot Lemon Chicken & Rice

By Lisa Starr, Meatland

CHICKEN1 kg chicken thighs with skinZest and juice of 2 large lemons1 tablespoon dried oregano2 teaspoons crushed garlic1/2 teaspoon salt LEMON RICE2 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, finely chopped1 cup Basmati rice1 1/2 cups chicken stock3/4 cup water1 tablespoon dried oregano1 teaspoon salt (Maldon)Coarse black pepper to tasteFinely chopped parsley to garnishSliced, seared lemon slices to garnish (optional)1: Combine chicken with marinade ingredients in a Ziplock bag and marinate 2 to 24 hours.2: Remove chicken from marinade - reserve the marinade - and heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium high.3: Place chicken in the pan, skin side down, and cook until lightly golden then turn over and cook the other side. Remove chicken from the pan.4: Wipe the pan clean, heat the remaining oil, and fry onions till lightly golden.5: Add remaining rice ingredients plus the reserved marinade and allow to simmer briefly.6: Place chicken on top of rice, cover with a lid or foil, then place in a preheated oven at 180 C and bake covered for 35 minutes. 7: Remove lid/foil and bake a further 10 minutes or until the liquid is all absorbed and rice is tender. 8: Check seasoning, allow to stand for 10 minutes for flavors to absorb, then garnish and serve.COOK'S NOTES: You could use skinless thighs if preferred. Chicken breast can be used but is not recommended as it is far dryer. Ideally marinated for 24 hours. Dish can be made ahead and can be frozen for ease.


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