Get Series(ous). #3

True story: I had to edit the ever-loving hell out of this post…

Today’s Get Series(ous). is a favorite of mine, and I could wax poetic about it all damn day. Apparently, I planned on it, because the original post was pushing 2,000 words.

Get Series(ous).

Today’s series is for someone who loves the unexpected. Surprise parties are your favorite parties, and you never read spoilers for books or movies.

You believe that good can be found even in the bleakest of situations.

You recognize that family is not only comprised of those to whom you were born, but those of whom you chose.

If you were a fan of Angels in America (yes, I am making that comparison…hear me out) because you understood the depth of the struggle of a crisis of faith. You can see the beauty in the everyday. 

Yet? You still want to escape. You want to go to that place where reality slips away, and your burdens are no longer your own, and you’re experiencing the thoughts and actions of someone else for a while. You want to experience falling in love, and making a home, and learning new things; and the cacophonies of new emotions swirling from the linguistic gramophone of the novel into your mind’s ear and deep into your heart.

Also? You may have a thing for guys with tattoos who draw on you with a soft sable brush while you’re naked.

Because, WHO WOULDN’T WANT THAT?

What series is it that I speak of with such annoying sycophancy?

Pictures are links, as I do.

The Blurb from book 1, The Scribe:

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

What I love about it:

The Irin Chronicles is a wholly refreshing series in the oft-overdone worlds of paranormal romance. It feels fresh and previously completely unimagined. Elizabeth Hunter’s world-building is on-par with that of master world-builders like Neil Gaiman (think: Anansi Boys) or Stephen King (think: The Dark Tower). But the stories are told through a distinctly romantic voice. The magic of her storytelling is that the romance in The Irin Chronicles becomes so seamlessly entwined with the other aspects of the story–like the setting, or certain symbolic elements–that it becomes altered, and somehow more. The whole of this series is certainly more than the sum of its parts; but the parts–they’re enough to stand on their own, acting as brave sentry over a text that erupts with newly-ignited passions and soul. 

Why I think you’ll love it, and the basics:

If you’ve reached a point in your romance reading that you roll your eyes at every story, and quickly flip through pages, humming the “read this before, saw that coming” tune, then this is one to pick up. 

This is not the gajillionaire vampire meets a pretty virgin and bites her after breaching her maidenhead story you’ve read to exhaustion. This series doesn’t even hold any propinquity with those tales.

There are currently two books in this series of three. They are available in paperback, ebook, and the OMG SO WELL-READ AUDIOBOOK. Seriously. I suggest getting the kindle and the audible version so that you can switch back and forth and finish it in exactly zero time, and so that you can hear the narrator read it and give you tingly tingles in your tingle places. (Your heart you scamps. Mind out of the gutter!)

The big announcement.

The final Irin Scribe Chronicles novel, The Secret will be released on March 31.

HOLY HOWEVER YOU SAY “CRAP” IN THE OLD LANGUAGE USED IN THE SERIES! 

I’m having a moment. I’m going to need to re-read, re-listen to them again soon to refresh my brain. 

<700 words. I took an angelic blade to this post for y’all.  Never let it be said I do not love you.

Now? The food.

The Irin Chronicles takes place all over Turkey (and the cold north, but mostly Turkey) and having that, I knew I wanted to re-create one of my favorite dishes from a local Turkish restaurant, Taci’s Beyti. They have PHENOMENAL food. However, a fuckton of it is fried. I simply am not in the place where I want to be eating fried food all the time.

Therefore, I took their sigara boregi (feta cigars) and made it healthier and easier. Because, let’s face it, phyllo dough is delicious, but that stuff is a bitch. I used Russian “pastry leaves” which I love, but extra-thin egg roll wrappers would work as well. Also, those awesome g-free egg roll wraps would also suffice.

Baked Feta Cigars

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Baked Feta Cigars

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5-8 minutes

Keywords: bake appetizer side dessert vegetarian Mediterranean

Ingredients (unlimited….but this recipe m)

  • 3/4 lb or more of sturdy, reduced salt, feta cheese
  • 1 package of pastry leaves or egg roll wrappers
  • zest of one or more lemons
  • 1 egg beaten with 2 tbsp water
  • cooking spray

optional ingredients

  • chopped dates
  • chopped olives
  • honey
  • dill
  • parsley
  • crushed almonds

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450F

cut the feta into sticks (about 4″ by 1/2″)

chill sticks to near freezing *place in freezer 5-10 minutes

place about one inch from the edge of a pastry leaf, leaving about 3″ in front, and an 1″ on either side

sprinkle with lemon zest.

brush all edges with egg wash. (that egg and water mixture)

roll like a burrito, tail up, sides in, and roll forward

place on a cookie sheet that is sprayed with cooking spray

spray the cigars with cooking spray and brush the tops with egg wash

bake 5-8 minutes or until tops brown

eat immediately

These can be assmbled, tied with twine, and frozen if you’d like to make a ton and then just bake them off. The egg wash and spray should not be applied before freezing.

options

add chopped olives on top of the feta before you roll

same for nuts or seeds

sweet version

add chopped dates to feta and then drizzle with honey after baking.

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What Should You Read Next?–Get Series(ous)

Ok! Quick running update and then? BOOK POST!
So, yesterday was a quick shake-out run, (five miles) and they felt good. The kink in my ass  didn’t hamper me as much as I thought it would, AND I was able to get a bit of yoga in as well. Brigitte is on her way. (Brigitte being the name of my future yoga booty.) I notice a .05% difference in my ass from before the new year to now. Mostly I notice the kink. It’s quite literally, a pain in my ass.  Tonight is a run and CrossFit, so I foresee it either getting much better, or much worse.

It’s ok, I have wine. (Again, I do CrossFit regularly, but Paleo is for quitters!! YAY LEGUMES AND QUINOA AND SUGAR!!)

So, during the holidays, I blogged an entire post about matching up books as gifts with people in your life. Turns out, that was quite popular. So I am going to introduce a new series here on B2B.

What Do I Read Next? A Series For Every Personality.
what do I read next

 

I love series books, trilogies, books with sequels. Yes, there is something wonderful about a book that manages to wrap everything up in ONE neat little package. However, I love lingering. Ok, not at parties, or in class, or after a run–because I’m antisocial–but in a story? I can–and frequently do–linger in these words for years.  There are series of which I’ve read, that I’ve marinated within for so long, that they’re now irretrievably a part of my being. Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, The Green Mile, Harry Potter. I’ve read and re-read these books so many times I can quote entire pages.

Lately, I’ve been expanding my list to include new series that I love with the same ferocity. I find that my new personal canon is acting as a wonderful internuncial between my then and my now, and my yet to come. Series like The Elemental Mysteries  and Knitting in the City and, of course, the All Souls SeriesIn fact, I am going to a faculty fancy dress party with my very best lovely Professor. (which was supposed to be weeks ago, but SOMEONE just HAD to win an award!;)) We are cosplaying as Natalie and Baojia!! (as I am a pale white girl, and he is a handsome Chinese man, it just WORKS!–We’ll totally pretend he’s straight that night– That, and we fangirl all the fuck over those books.)

Our other option required approximately 150% more dirt than I’m comfortable wearing.

So this weeks’ book series is one that is about as likely to evanesce into the history of your memories as I am likely to successfully give up sugar or John Boehner is likely to give up spray tans.

This series is for the person who enjoys the madcap tv shows like Chuck or Doctor Who. If you find yourself quoting Orphan Black to your friends, and this image (see below) causes spontaneous orgasm? This series is for you.

What series is it?

 

 

Picture is link.

The Blurb:

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it. He wasn’t. He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes. Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

My favorite quote:

“Besides, criminal masterminds are people too. They need groceries and cable like the rest of us.”

The Lives of Tao series currently offers two books, with a third book due out this spring. Wesley Chu does a fantastic job of weaving a complicated plot with biting sarcasm and hilarious antics. He makes the oft-maligned genre of sci-fi extremely accessible to the average reader. He is a mastermind at wrapping multiple ideas around each other without getting held under by slow pacing or too much extraneous information. It’s as though he has been given magical play doh for all of the characters and plot lines, and he can bend and fold each color over another, without it all turning to a monochromatic and indistinct blob. Instead, he ends up with a kaleidoscope of a narrative, that draws your eye to its center and holds you there, desperate to see the next colorful image rolled over.

Highly recommended.

Now? Donuts.

*queen of the segue right hurrr.

I made apple fritters. Yes, there are gajillions of apple fritter recipes out there, but I like mine the best. Of course. So you should make mine, because I can tell, you only want the best.

This sums up how I feel about my fritters.

Oh the angry emails I’m about to get….Good thing this little lady gives zero fucks about what you think about her favorite mom and her mom’s videos, because, apple fritters.

zero.fucks.given.

Here they are!

Perfect Apple Fritters

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Perfect Apple Fritters

perfect apple fritters

by Cat Bowen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: fry appetizer bread breakfast dessert

Ingredients (8-12 fritters)

  • Oil for frying (canola, peanut, coconut, lard)
  • 1 REALLY BIG honeycrisp, cubed into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

in a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium

add in the apples and cinnamon

add in 1/4 cup sugar

cook 5 minutes, set aside

in a big bowl, whisk together dry ingredients

stir sugar, eggs, and milk in slowly

stir in apple mixture

preheat oil in a skillet about 2″ deep to 325F

drop fritters in 2 tbsp drops

cook for 4 minutes a side, or until each side is golden brown

drain each on a paper towel lined plate

sift powdered sugar over the top when they’re cool.

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