Sunday sigh. A stack of chatty friends … ahum … books! Fresh peaches from a local farm in Stratford, Oklahoma. A cherished lemonade recipe from @joythebaker. Breakfast from Whole Foods. I’m all set for a day of reading and relaxing in the summer sun! Here’s what’s on the menu!
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – Chapter 13: D’Artagnan has just met the Duke of Buckingham only to find that he’s not the guy the Musketeers have been chasing. Messieurs Three themselves (Athos, Porthos and Aramis) are holed up at a pub on D’Artagnan’s instructions, awaiting further instruction … from D’Artagnan! *puzzled brow*
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by well you know! – Part 1, Act 1: Alb + Scorpi=us have absconded with a Ministry guarded time turner. Books and shelfie’s are currently eating them alive. Whatever will they do next?!
Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard – Ch. 6: Munching on a Midnight roasted, 7-hour leg of lamb and discussing the fairly French idiosyncrasy of why you should never use real first names in memoirs (privacy)! As if knowing the authoress is acquainted with a Jean-Pierre means the reader can hunt said person down like a paparazzo!
Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye – Volume 2: Reading in conjunction with @thespinecrackersbookclub and my Litsy friends. So far so good. Jane has murdered 3 people, all out of necessity of course, and has lost her home and her one true friend no thanks to said murders. She really is in quite a pickle!
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich: As a Russian major, I am drawn to all things Russian and lately there is a large crop of novels, memoirs and non-fiction focused on just that. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, we are currently gathered around a kitchen table discussing the loss of self associated with Stalin’s purges. Why not denounce your neighbor? Because many would also have to denounce themselves or a close family member. Survival always comes at a cost. Incredible book!
Jamie At Home by Jamie Oliver: With less than 30 days until wings up, I’m all about British food right now. I just ordered his Great Britain tome and am very excited to get cooking. I’m thinking Balsamic Baked Onions and Potatoes with a crackling Roast Pork.
The Farmette Cookbook by Imen MacDonnell: Along with Regula Ysewijn’s gorgeous Pride and Pudding, this is on my favorite cookbooks of 2016 list … so far! Mind you, hundreds of cookbooks have been published this year, but my ‘best of’ is a list of two! As I’m in the mood for a loaf of bread and an education on Irish coffee, this will be my relaxing read today. I might even try my hand at some homemade Bailey’s!
- 1 large Stratford Peach (or 2 small peaches), pit removed and sliced
- 1/2 cup lemon juice (from about 3 lemons), halved
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/16 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 1/3 cup cold water
- Ice cubes
- Bring the lemons and peaches to room temperature at least a day before you are ready to make lemonade. Juicing is always easier when the fruit is warm.
- Place the peaches, skins and all, lemon juice, brown sugar and cardamom in a blender, pureéing until well combined. Strain through a sieve to remove any hidden lemon seeds or pulp. Add the water, pour over ice cubes and enjoy!
- Recipe yields approximately 2 cups of Peach Cardamom Lemonade!