I put everything in the slow cooker for the soup, and I spent the afternoon writing. The soup was done when I was done. Oh boy, it was good. With it, J. and I had an organic South African cab (the same wine I used in the soup). Yum. And crusty bread.
Here's what's in the soup. I started with a recipe in Everyday Greens and added stuff:
a spice blend of toasted cumin, coriander, black pepper, cayenne, and cinnamon
fresh grated ginger
canned diced tomatoes
simmer till the tomatoes fall apart (a long time)
add and heat through (because they were already cooked):
and garnish with:
I've written about 30 pages, which is roughly the first act. All the characters are in there now, doing what they do. The story is set up; I just have to run with it now.