Monday, March 18, 2013
Of books and missing colcannon
Brrrrr... I awoke this morning to freezing rain and fog. It is rather difficult to believe that last year this time we were in the midst of a record breaking heat wave with highs in the mid-80s.
However, Spring will arrive in its' own sweet time.
I remember one year when we lived in Holland, Michigan and there were light snow flurries as we walked back to the car from the Tulip Time parade. Nothing sticking to the ground, of course, but it was still snow on the tulips in late spring.
I've decided rather than fight nature, I will take advantage of the cold week ahead with the making of soup, the sipping of hot beverages, and the reading of a few books. For quite soon the warm weather will bring with it a lawn and garden To Do list of mammoth proportions.
I had planned to once again make colcannon for St. Patrick's Day dinner but hubby has been ill this past week with upper respiratory and flu symptoms. While he is on the mend, the thought of cabbage and potatoes... together... didn't appeal to him.
He's been requesting buckwheat pancakes for awhile now so they appeared in the form of dinner instead of breakfast... something he found easier to eat than my planned meal. We will have colcannon (which we usually love) another day, the cabbage and potatoes will instead become part of "Midwestern boiled dinner" tonight.
As for books... I stayed up quite late over the weekend (or should I say early in the morning?) finishing Damascus Countdown on the Kindle, which is the long awaited final book of a trilogy by Joel Rosenberg. It was worth the long wait while he wrote at least one nonfiction book before finishing the trilogy (how could he!!!?).
Brilliant book, wonderful ending... but a real nail biter from start to finish. Rosenberg is a master of the "what if" scenarios, which you may know have actually come true quite often. In this case, the storyline is basically Iran and Israel at war with the hero being an American CIA operative who has become a Christian.
This book can be read and appreciated on its' own although the first two books of the trilogy provide (obviously) a lot of background for what is occurring in this novel.
I've also been perusing and appreciating Apples For Jam, one of the cookbooks by Tessa Kiros that I love. It is a beautiful cookbook with lots of yummy recipes.
I owned it at one time but sent it to my daughter for her to enjoy. I was able to find a used copy at a very reasonable price... a special thank you to Martine!
Deanna, the Laura Childs' book I'm reading is Agony of the Leaves. Hehehe, the title on the picture I showed in the last "My World this Week" was just out of sight.
The librarian at the County Library said there is a new brand new title available so I looked it up, it is called Sweet Tea Revenge. I'll have to put it on hold, I love her books.
Posted by Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks at 12:57 PM