Tears in the Fence Flash Fiction Competition — ShortStops

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PRIZES First Prize of £200, Second Prize of £150 and Third Prize of £100. The winners and other highly commended entries will be published in issue 65. DEADLINE The competition will open on 1st October 2016 and close on 19th November 2016. Winning entrants will be announced on the Tears in the Fence website https://tearsinthefence.com/flashfiction %5B…%5D

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A Veggie Bolognese Recipe – (also vegan and gluten free)

This one works the best for me – it’s my own invention.

You will need the holy trinity of soup and savoury-ness:

One leek

One large stick of celery

One large carrot

All finely chopped and lightly sauted in a pan with a tblsp of olive oil

Then add

One chopped and deseeded red pepper

Four small blocks of spinach (I Iike the Taj frozen ones – they come in a box)

 Three fresh tomatoes, chopped (not tinned)

One cup of red lentils

Half a cup of minced Quorn (this isn’t vital btw)

A good pinch of  dried oregano and basil

One heaped tsp of veggie stock – i.e. Vegeta

A tblsp of tomato puree


Stir all the ingredients then add enough water to cover them. Simmer and watch for half an hour, adding water when necessary  – the lentils will expand, but the veg will give water too.

Cook for a further 15 minutes whilst you boil  a pan of water for the spaghetti – I use Sainsbury’s Free From – it’s free of everything *and* made in Italy from rice, maize and quinoa flours!

This amount of bolognese can make 4 servings (depends on how much you like  – ratio of bolognese to spaghetti is important and a personal preference).

Or it’s possible to later add a small can of kidney beans, some cumin, chilli flakes and a piece of dark chocolate. Then you have chilli for the next evening. Served in tacos or with brown rice – very nice.

photo from food blog Italian Feelings

Three Artists

Too Many Books and Never Enough

Wayne writes: In two of her posts about our visit to England last May (here and here), Christina commented briefly on two artists whose work we recently saw for the first time.

Art of Simon Palmer jacketThe first of these is Simon Palmer (b. 1956), described in a book about his work as ‘one of Britain’s leading watercolour artists’, whose special subject is North Yorkshire, where he lives. Blackwell’s Art Bookshop in Oxford had The Art of Simon Palmer (2011) on special display: independently Christina and I looked at it, and were attracted at once. It may be that we picked it up thinking that it was about the 19th-century Romantic artist, and contemporary of Blake, Samuel Palmer; in fact, Samuel was an early influence on Simon. As we paged through the book, we saw similarities with other artists we know well, such as Eric Ravilious, Tirzah Garwood, Paul Nash…

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