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Not quite Writer's Block.

Updated on June 27, 2015
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When I started writing on Hubpages, I understood (incorrectly) that this was a venue for specific lessons. I decided to offer my English as a Second Language lessons as means to share the experience and truthfully as a way to possibly earn money. As usual, I acted first and researched after. Kind of like putting the cart before the horse.Anyway, I discovered a couple of things: 1) Even though I have written some great teaching material in the past, my heart isn't totally in that right now.... leading to... 2) The beauty of my experience is that the only "genre" of mine, so to speak, is that I shoot from the belt and write conversationally about my myself and my viewpoint on everyday things. Now I have undertaken a challenge. The challenge is niche writing. I could have "cheated" and made my niche something I know I can do. Instead, I decided to challenge myself. Though I am an avid cooker and have always enjoyed it, I have never really followed recipes, let alone write them. How the heck did I decide to do a recipe hub?!?***

How it all happened

Most of my hubs are sparked by something I've heard, seen or dreamt about. Then I hust ramble on from there usually building the hub as I go. The idea for this one came to me one morning as I was preparing myself a simple breakfast of toast and greek yogurt. I put the yogurt on my toast which reminded me of my mother-in-law, Miriam. The first hub, Breakfast at Miriam's was born. It met some interest and I decided to write more. When the challenge presented myself, I thought, "Sure! Why not?"

Halfway there!

Well, when I reached the halfway point, I began to have a bit of trouble. There are still several recipes I would still like to share but haven't yet done the shopping or carved out the time to prepare them. It looked like I may have had to slow down production for a couple of days and then slam a few out at once. That would have been ok as I had a few other hubs waiting quietly on the side that I knew would be happy to debut! But, not one to back off of a challenge, I wasn't happy about tabling it for a few days. (Pardon the pun!) So I began writing this apology hub, when lo and behold, the ideas started flowing. So here we go!

A Family Barbeque

One of the fun and popular parts of this series have been my anecdotes and side stories so I thought I'd tell you about barbequing at Miriam's. A La Aish means on the fire! Everyone gets pretty excited when we are planning to cook A la Aish. Everyone gets the meat ready by preparing their favorite rub, marinade or seasoning. The favorite is a mixture of sweet and spicy paprika, olive oil, turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper. While the grill is heating up and the meat is waiting, it's time to make the salads. We usually make from at least 3 salads up to 7 or 8. We always throw some peppers on the grill, too! And,oh, what a grill we used! No little pansy grill in this family! Ours was a self made from a barrell. Imagine how much charcoal and wood it takes to fire it up?!

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    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey Colin, thank you so very much for your, always warm, uplifting and encouraging words! I don't suffer from writer's block either but I took on that challenge and I am not a "recipe" writer so I fe;t a little boxed in. But...I did it, even though hubs like this one (and there were a few!) were a bit like cheating! BTW, I downloaded a recorder on my phone because sometimes what I "wrote" in my head was so good at the time but after a long and busy workday, I didn't remember it quite the same. Sending those warm wishes right back at you and signing off on believe it or not a rather dreary day here in Arizona. 5:00 pm mountain time

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      ....a heartfelt congratulations on 100 followers - you certainly deserve it - you are such a wonderful writer and a really enthusiastic hub team player and of course an esteemed colleague and good friend to me.

      I don't think the Epi-man suffers from writer's block - lol - but that said , I am tempered and swayed by my moods just like everyone else - and a day like today is short because I have an early work start and I often write at work or in the car (in my head) while I have a hour's commute (and some private time) ..... well we all have some sort of formula which works for us , don't we?

      Sending you warm wishes on a day that is so much more pleasant - it is sunny, clear, and mild - more like an early fall day than the prelude to winter - lake erie time canada 1:15pm

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Your Hebrew is great and, yes, you caught me! But...I did it. 14 in 14. I'm very competitive that way! I bet you don't know anything about that?!?!

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago

      Very impressive, Randy - altho - i see you're a wee bit behind today, eh?

      I'm thinking that as difficult as that barrel-b-q must be to fire up - food must taste absolutely delicious a la aish (on the fire? my hebrew's a tad rusty...)

      lol

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Martin! I will (almost) miss this challenge when I am done!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Richard! I intend to keep 'em coming! As far as the outline goes....uh...that's not going to happen...I'm happy to find a subject!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      ...And what a hub to mark this occasion! Congratulations.

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Randi, if I ever made an outline a priority before writing a hub I'd never publish anything. 99% of the time I sit down and let the juices flow. Then the pictures are added to fit the story line. I did the outline deal in college for term papers and such. Here, like you, it's whatever happens! Btw, keep 'em coming! : )

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      My pleasure. If I had the program, I would actually write it in Hebrew!

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Randi. I appreciate the language translation. :)

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Ah, Denise, a woman who "gets" Yes,I do ramble on and once in a while, I do get to the point! Mostly, I forget what the point was! Thank you for your encouragement, support and your votes. A la aish is in Hebrew!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Sommer for visiting, voting and the nice comments!

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Bravo Randi...you pulled that one into your niche beautifully, which is your style-to adapt the so-called rambling into the 'goal'. I write in much the same way unless it is a specific researched topic i.e. WTI.

      So...the family BBQ works just fine, the hub is funny and entertaining, you've added one more hub of the 14 with just 3 to go and all is well.

      Rated up and U/A/I What language is 'a la Aish? Thanks for sharing.

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      Sommer Dalton 

      5 years ago

      Voted up and useful. Great ideas and look forward to the recipes:)

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, I agree with you, it's the straight from the cuff, tell it like it is. Our subject matter differs but our passion is matched!thank you so much for reading commenting and....I like your style, too! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! She is a prety memorable lady! Thank you for reading and your great comments! May take me a day or so to get those last ones out. No days off!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Cam for reading and encouraging. I actually have the recipes for 12, 13 and 14 but no time to physically prepare them!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      In many ways, Randi, your style is my style. I never know what I'm going to write about until I hear someone say something, or I read something, or I see something on a walk. I am overwhelmed by topics but they are random and they stir something inside of me that eventually becomes a hub.

      Anyway, great job as always; I enjoy your style.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Looks like you are doing great here. We all know Miriam well thanks to you. Will enjoy the main courses however the rest has been great. Keep writing...

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      Chris Mills 

      5 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      You are more than halfway there! You are informing and entertaining us along the way. Hang in there. To adapt a funny line from a funny film...Be the hub.

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