My thanks to Caroline Vincent for inviting me to take part.
About the Book
31 Dishes in 31 Days Following on a year later from the end of ‘The Serial Dater’ where Northampton-based technology journalist Isobel McFarlane had to date thirty-one men in thirty-one days, her health and beauty colleague, Donna Evans, is given the task of trying thirty-one under five hundred calorie dishes in thirty-one days and writing about it.
To add a complication, she has to cover her equivalent (Veronica) at their sister newspaper offices at Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, while staying nearby with her exuberant mother, Lesley, at her house in Tring, during the week.
On Donna’s first day she meets James, a married hottie who she can’t get out of her mind.
Is the whole project a recipe for disaster or a sweet success?
Our starter plates are replaced by full mains and I’m astounded for the third time in one evening. The restaurant is named after the second highest mountain and I can see why. The starter wasn’t particularly filling – I’d only had the salad box for lunch – and I’m glad. My plate, both of our plates are heaving. Rice is in a separate stainless steel bowl but there’s little room on my plate for much. I guess I’m supposed to pile it on even higher. I think doing that will certainly make it Everest but it looks so lovely that I’m sure I’m going to conquer it.
Frank and I look at each other, cutlery at the ready.
“I’m going in. I may be some time,” Frank says and I want to howl with laughter. Other than the rock climbing at lunchtime, I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed myself so much. Yes, I can. With Nathan yesterday. Okay, not a good example but it’s a day for climbing, it seems.
About the Author
Rachel Cavanagh was born a southerner and will always be at heart. She transplanted herself to the East Midlands, UK, in the early 1990s and has dreams of ‘retiring’ to Sussex, further south than her original roots, where she’d love to write full time with a sea view.
Short stories have always been her first love. A regular at her local library as a child, she devoured novels (sometimes under the covers with a torch) but often returned to short stories. Inspirations include Roald Dahl and Kate Atkinson.
Rachel will always be grateful to her father, with whom she would love to have had more time, especially to hear about his working relationship with Mr Dahl.
Rachel writes women’s fiction with a touch of humour, her ‘Serial Series’ includes The Serial Dater (co-authored with Morgen Bailey), and The Serial Dieter which is out now.
Rachel also co-authored the novel Oh, Henry with Morgen Bailey and is delighted to bring you Henry Goes to the Beach with many more Henry short stories to follow.