I keep thinking I’m going to start a blog, then I never really pick it up. Maybe the millionth time is the charm. I have been trying new things. Reading voraciously like always, but also picking up some new hobbies. I’ll start posting about those. If you’re a crafty person, you’ll love it. I want to be self sufficient. I want to make household goods myself. That’s what I’ll be posting. First, the best tomato soup recipe. Adapted from: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/02/sherried_tomato_soup/.
I did not use tomato juice. I used to 28 oz cans of diced tomatoes and used an immersion blender. I left the soup a little chunky. I also added tortellini. This was the best soup I have ever had. Between a guest, my husband, and me we ate the whole pot by the end of the night. Make this soup! Next time I’ll use half and half instead of heavy cream.
It’s been so long since I posted! I’m a teacher and the end of the year was super busy. I also moved to a different city once school got out. My free time has been so limited, but summer is here now! I’ll post some reviews soon and ill post about our new pescatarian diet.
I’m on book six of the Kay Scarpetta series right now. I know I’ll have to take a break in the middle and read something else, but right now it’s working for me. After reading Gone Girl I needed more crime. The Kay Scarpetta series is easy and entertaining, and so far the characters have continued to develop throughout each book. The Stephanie Plum series became disappointing because by book 18 the characters are who they are. They just keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Yes, Cornwell has done a few strange things like randomly kill a character, but I think it worked out in the end for the story.
I’ve been all about quick fun reads lately. I had Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger on my Amazon wish list. I was looking for something to read yesterday and decided to go ahead and get this out of the way. I usually hate reading part of a series when the other books aren’t out yet. I hate waiting for books! This was convenient though.
This story is set in the 1800s. A young girl is sent to finishing school by her mother. It turns out this finishing school is teaching more than normal etiquette and Sophronia is quite good at espionage. Definitely check this out if you’re looking for something fun to read. If you liked Infernal Devices you’ll probably like this.
My husband and I are having a friend and her husband over for dinner tonight. It took a while for me to figure out what to cook, but I eventually settled on boeuf Bourguignon. I was under the impression it was a difficult dish to make, but I found it was more tedious than difficult. I used the following recipe: http://chewoutloud.com/2013/02/07/french-beef-stew-boeuf-bourguignon/
The stew came out lovely. I honestly had no idea how it would come out. It was probably a bad decision to make something I had never cooked before, but it did work out for the best. I did have trouble with the pearl onions. We bought them fresh rather than frozen. I’ve never cooked with pearl onions before. I did not know I was going to have to boil them before taking the skin off. We also had a set back at the grocery store. My husband went shopping for me. He bought ground meat for the stew. He didn’t mind going back and getting what we needed though 😉 This was absolutely the best beef stew I have ever had though.
I cooked potato gratin to go with the stew. I used the recipe on this page: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122981240 It was so great! I think next time I’ll use fat free sour cream and a lighter cheese. Maybe skim mozzarella. There was a lot of grease from the gruyere.
My beautiful stew!
sour cream, nutmeg, garlic, salt, pepper, gruyere
I just finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This book absolutely blew my mind. I have never read something that had me guessing at every turn. The book is written from differing points of view. The chapters alternate from the husband to the wife. The wife chapters are her diary entries beginning from when they met.
At the beginning of the book, the wife disappears. Her husband, Nick, quickly becomes a suspect. While reading the story I was constantly switching back and forth from thinking he did it, to thinking he didn’t, to having no clue what was going on. It was so frustrating, but absolutely fulfilling. I don’t normally read such serious mystery books, but this was well worth it. If you’re into psychological thrillers definitely read this book.
When I started this blog I had two things in mind. I love to cook wonderful meals, and I also love to read. I thought it would end up an even split. Not so. And it probably will not be so for a while. I ordered one month of Medifast today. Being a teacher, I think it’ll help. I get stressed and it’s hard for me to want to cook, and my husband hates cooking. He also isn’t as picky as I am. So–in a month or two I’ll revisit the chef part of literarychef. There may be some meals posted along the way. I already have big plans for V-day!
A few weeks ago I noticed one of my students reading a pretty interesting looking book–City of Bones. Later on, I saw the trailer for the movie which is coming out in August. If I watch the movie first I’ll never read the book, so I read the book. And the rest of the series. And the Infernal Device series. I had to take a one book break in the middle of Mortal Instruments, but the series really is fantastic. The world Cassandra Clare creates is so full of life. There were some angsty teenager parts, but no where near the teenage angst in Twilight. I did like Infernal Devices a little more. I loved that it was set in the 1800s. Infernal Devices definitely kept me guessing. It was not at all predictable.
City of Bones trailer below: