This Is How You Do It.

As I sit on my bed writing this post, there’s a cat curled up asleep beside me, and I can’t help but wonder if it’s not a cat at all, and instead a fallen angel. I mean, if I were a fallen angel, I could see taking the form of an asshole that gets pampered … Read more…

More Human than Humane

Before my book review/audiobook introduction/recipe, can I just say that I RAN IN CAPRIS AND A TEE SHIRT YESTERDAY?! It felt great. Like magic. Or the caress of a lover. Moving on…Wait, lemme just look at that .gif a moment longer. Deep breaths. INHALE…exhale. You can’t see me right now–thank fuck–but I could be baring … Read more…

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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