What to do when you’re ingredient-strapped but you still want a tasty snack?
I was taunted by this enigma. It was that time of the month when I couldn’t just rush to the grocery store to fill up my pantry. I had very basic ingredients but a complex appetite.
But little did I know that the simplest solution was staring me in the face.
I’m woken up by screams. I look at the clock beside my bed—11:42 p.m. It must have been a dream, but my heart beats a mile a minute. I lie on my back and breath slowly to calm myself. Then I hear them again. Except this time, it’s no random person screaming—it’s mother. I immediately jump out of bed and race to her bedroom.
“Get out,” she screams.
“Leave me alone.” Continue reading “The Man Within, Chapter 5 – a novella excerpt”
Sometimes there is mushroom in the fridge and you literally don’t feel like touching meat—the story of my life. On such occasions, my goto is usually vegan fried rice. A guest once said of this rice, “you won’t even crave meat!” Read on for the insanely simple recipe.
After taking my morning shower, I go downstairs. I stop midway when I hear mother in the kitchen.
“Leave me alone.”
“I don’t want this.”
“Just stop, goddamn it.”
Then nothing. She must have gotten off the phone. But who would be harassing her like that? What began as worry morphs into anger. I get into the kitchen and see her hunched, with her hands on the counter. I decide to act casual. Continue reading “The Man Within, Chapter 4 – a novella excerpt”