Turkish Delights by John Gregory-Smith

Turkish Delights: Stunning regional recipes from the Bosphorus to the Black Sea

⭐⭐⭐⭐

A sprinkling of sun…

Although I really don’t mind the winter,a sprinkling of sun in the kitchen is a welcome present.
And both the recipes and the photographs (mind you not all the recipes have photographs but most of them…)bring a bit of sunshine in your daily diet.
The problem with a lot of “international ” cookbooks are the ingredients. How does anyone expect you to find some obscure vegetable or an unheard of spice blend? Well,the author gives you alternatives . For instance certain Turkish cheeses are replaced by feta,cheddar and even mozzarella! Those alternatives and the fact that most recipes are not overly complicated make this a very pleasant introduction to the Turkish cuisine.

#Highfire                              @JoFletcherBOoks                        @EoinColfer

 

9781529402049

This is a bit strange. I was asked to participate in this blog tour and as the storyline was very appealing (a vodka-swilling dragon) I gladly agreed to review Eoin Colfer’s first adult fantasy book (he is the author of “Artemis Fowl”).

But unfortunately they forgot to mention my blog on their “blog visual”…

Oh well,things do happen and I am, notwithstanding this little hiccup ,looking forward to spending some time with a quirky dragon.

Just what the doctor ordered….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

new-years-eve-3016864_1920

I know that I have been a bit absent these last few weeks. Unfortunately my mother passed away two weeks ago and I have no idea how to deal,even how to begin to deal,with this loss…

That said,I wish you all a very happy New Year and that all your wishes(whatever they are)may come true.

Deep Waters edited by Martin Edwards

Deep Waters - Martin Edwards

Sixteen short stories all relating to water,be it rivers,seasides,estuaries, pools and so on. And ranging in style from classic murder mysteries to tales of the unexpected. Some are good,very good indeed,and some do not quite enchant me so much. But one of the great advantages and delights of these anthologies is the fact that you are introduced to different writers(some famous like Arthur Conan Doyle,C.S.Forester,Michael Innes and some now long forgotten) and their different approach to the “murder mystery”. And notwithstanding the fact that some were written more than a century ago,they are still highly readable and are still a wonderfull source of bookish pleasure.