Ninja Waffles

Ok, so I made awesome vegan chocolate chai waffles for this post, so hold onto your butts. You know what kind of post I’ve not done in FOREVER?! So I’m doing one. This series is for the PNR lover. A purist. Someone who loves all the silly trappings of the genre. Fated mates. Long-lived vampires. … Read more…

Magic Muffin Diving–Get Series(ous) #17

When I realized I’d not yet done this specific series for Get Series(ous)™, I felt all the shame. This is one of my top ten favorite series. I’ve read and re-read each and every one of them. (Even the one with the bitch ass ex demon from hell whom I hate so much I write … Read more…

Get Series(ous) #16

Well hello, Get Series(ous)! Today is a super fun series with an unexpected heroine, crazy antics, a failing city, and 100% more major felonies committed by the protagonist! (On purpose.) SOOOOO, Do you ever wake up thinking You work hard. You study harder. You do everything right. And yet, someone, SOMEONE who CHEATS, who MAKES … Read more…

Get Series(ous). #15

Before I get into it, can we just chat a moment about last night’s Golden Globes?

Creative People should not be allowed alcohol before they’re supposed to do something which requires forethought to what they say.

As a creative person, I will tell you, once I’ve had a few drinks, “fuck” becomes the chief word in my vocabulary. I mean, it’s high up there to begin with, but it REALLY comes out when I’ve had some cognac.

Moving on!

GET SERIES(OUS)!!! FIFTEEN!

Holy hell.

Ok. This series, you guys.

HOME BREWING (1)

This book is a YA, yes. However, it’s ridiculously intelligent. The history, the science, the well-researched intrigue. If you’re a fan of Erik Larson, Paula Uruburu, Hillary Mantel, Diana Gabaldon, Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, or Elizabeth Hunter, this series is for you.

It has all the politicking and intrigue of court society, but with a youthful, modern edge that will delight readers across age and genre lines. It’s a little like being held captive by an amazing storyteller, only to reason later that the bonds were untied the whole time, and you simply wanted to be there. It’s absolutely that compelling.

So, what's the series- (2)

The Immortal Descendants series by April White.

The Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything… a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.

Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between
centuries – if you are a Descendant of Time.

Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.

It is so much more than this blurb. gah.

It’s

It’s

It’s

And a little this:

It’s not as cheery as most borderline romance adventure books. It’s not really dark, either. It exists somewhere in the ether above the sentiments of lamentation and determination.

Why do I love this series-

April White’s Immortal Descendants Series reads like an eloquent waltz across the topography of space, time, humanity, and the wilds of emotion. It completely encompasses that idea of “show, don’t tell” that makes novels something more than mere words strung across papyrus. Saira is the modern heroine readers crave. She’s forward-thinking without alienating anyone who isn’t in need of alienation. She’s blunt, sharp, responsive, and completely age-appropriate. She’s seventeen, and the reader knows that. She’s bright and intelligent, yes, but she’s also seventeen. That hindbrain, the one that tells adults “hey, BAD IDEA!!” Isn’t fully formed, and it shows, which is completely appropriate. There’s a reason so many of history’s heroes are so young. Too young to be terrified.

This series is an absolute joy to read, and burning through them in a weekend is a perfectly respectable way to spend a winter weekend.

Immortal Descendants

And now,

Recipe, Please!

I tweeted April White to ask what she prefers, and she mentioned salad. I love a good salad, but I ADORE a good dressing. In honor of the herbivore shifters in the series, (hold me closer, gazelle dancer!!) BUDDHA BOWL with AMAZING Miso-Mustard Dressing.

Buddha Bowl with Miso-Mustard Dressing

buddha bowl with miso mustard dressing

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Buddha Bowl with Miso Mustard Dressing

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: appetizer salad condiment vegan

Ingredients

  • Ideas for toppings:
  • grilled tofu and vegetables
  • black beans
  • roasted beets
  • black rice
  • tortilla chips
  • romaine lettuce
  • chopped bell pepper

dressing

  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tsp liquid aminos
  • 2 tbsp live apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chinese mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • juice of one lime

Instructions

blend together ingredients of dressing and pour over salad.

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Get Series(ous) #14

This week has been filled with tragedy and rhetoric. People slinging mud whilst others are simply trying to survive. We need some light, some humor, some incredibly inappropriate .gifs to relieve the pall which has settled so heavily on our terra firma.

Not to worry, I’m pretty boss at making/finding inappropriate .gifs.

And it’s time to Get Series(ous), and find the next series you should devour. And I mean devour. 

So, for whom is this series a good fit?

Let’s see…

This guy is your hero.

This thought has entered your mind more than once when you experienced an “encounter.”

This image makes you simultaneously dizzy and it makes you think this:

and this:

This series is for someone who likes a bit of dick in her dude. She likes a guy who may or may not be entirely PC all of the time, but it’s not because he’s racist or misogynist, but instead because he’s lost the ability to give a single fuck. This reader is turned on by bilingual men who can do more than just wear a suit and earn a paycheck. This reader loves a storyline that is linear with just enough zany to keep you on your toes, and keep the pages turning. This reader probably likes this movie:

It’s on Netflix. Watch it.

 

(Yes, I love that movie in a way that can only be described as “reckless.” Shut it. Yes, I watch sans subtitles. NO, that’s not influencing this post. {a lot.})

What’s the series?

The Amour et Chocolat series by Laura Florand. (Love and Chocolate).

Why do I love it?

So many reasons. First, they’re beautiful. The stories, the language–bits of French are scattered through the text–the characters, the setting. All beautiful. They’re completely fantasical. There are “witches” making chocolat chaud, (hot cocoa–recipe to come) a billionaire heiress breaking into chocolate shops, a woman bent on world peace settling with a brut of a chocolatier.

But the fantasy just makes the storyline that much sweeter.

Laura Florand crafts these novels with the same focus and skill that a chocolatier uses when creating the tiny works of confectionary art, and the result is equally as rich and satisfying. (Not to mention less-fattening!)

These novels transport you to the banks of the Seine, with the entire history of the City of Light whispering in the echoes of each installment.

BONNE! Tres jolie. J’aime! J’adore.

These books make you hungry–not only for decadent french food and confections–but more additional installments of the series. It becomes compulsive.

Laura Florand is now an “auto-buy” for me. Meaning, if she comes out with a new book–I’m buying it. And I’ll probably enjoy it with a chocolat et un verre de vin. (ou trois!)

What recipe complements this series?

Duh.

Molten Chocolate Almondine.

Molten Chocolate Almondine

(psssst, it’s dairy free and egg free and my fancy pants french friend could not tell!) (french purposefully not capitalized as the French do not capitalize nationalities used as an adjective.)

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Molten Chocolate Almondine

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert vegan soy-free

Ingredients (4 ramekins)

  • 1/2 cup aquafabas (the water reserved from a can of white beans)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup salted almond butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa–sifted twice
  • 1/2 cup flour–sifted twice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup espresso
  • 4 squares of Ghiradelli (or whatevs) 72% dark chocolate.
  • coconut oil or cooking spray for the ramekins

Instructions

preheat the oven to 375F

spray the ramekins with cooking spray or brush with coconut oil

in a mixer on high with the whisk attachment whisk the aquafabas to stiff peaks

in a separate bowl, melt the chocolate. (I do it in the microwave in 30 second increments)

stir in the coffee and almond butter

gently stir in remaining ingredients save the aquafabas and squares

fold chocolate mixture into the aquafabas slowly

pour into the prepared ramekins

insert a square into the center of each

bake for 15 minutes

serve. (with wine and ice cream)

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