Saturday, October 20, 2007

Hour Fourteen



I'm absolutely loving the mini-challenges! Wow-these cheerleaders are super-inventive. :) This hour, I'm supposed to decide what I would serve at a book group meeting to discuss one of the books I've been reading. I just finished Gods in Alabama (and it was a great read!), but I also really want to talk about Russian food, so I'm going to do two version!

First, let's say we're meeting for Gods in Alabama, a book about the South. Since we're talking about finger food, I'd probably serve fried chicken and cornbread with sweet sun tea and some kind of pie for dessert. :) Glorious! For The Kitchen Boy, I'd serve black tea with guest's choice of sugar, lemon, and raspberry preserves, along with blinchiki. Blinchiki are a food made out of blini (the Russian version of crepes)-the difference is that blini are flat while blinchiki are stuffed with yummy fillings (I'd offer an apple filling or a ricotta cheese/yogurt/sugar/currants mix-those were my host mom's specialities). There'd definitely be candy as well; Russians have a hardcore sweet tooth, and Russian adults eat candy with the abandon of American kids. Of course, if we could upgrade it to an actual meal, I'd make borscht (I have a delicious recipe), and serve it with huge dollops of sour cream, fresh dill, and black bread. Hmmmm...borscht.

Well, now that I've made myself hungry, lol, I'm going to take a little break from the fast reading I've been doing, and try out Sara's mini-challenge. I'll be reading some of Chekhov's short stories in Russian, so my pages/hr average is about to drop substantially. ;)

Books Read (this hour): Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Pages Read (cum.): 1170
Books Completed: 4 (Tithe by Holly Black, The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander, The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie, Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson)
Mini-Challenges Participated In: 9

8 comments:

Dewey said...

You don't even seem tired yet! Are you going to try to stick it out for the whole thing? I don't know how many people are still with us, but I was about to go around and try to figure that out.

Ginny said...

Great answer to the mini-challenge. I just finished Tithe the other day for the RIP II Challenge & really liked it. I had read some of the Spiderwick books by her & never realized she had some of her own. I really enjoyed it! Great job on the reading, you are doing wonderful!

Becky said...

I'm glad you're having fun! I thought this mini-challenge was fun too :) All of them have been really. Now, if only I could win something....

Eva said...

Dewey, I'm going to try! Maybe we should have a 'short list' of those still with us? Easier to visit blogs!

Ginny, thanks for stopping by (and I love your name). I'll have to check out the Spiderwick books!

Becky, this has been a really fun experience! I haven't won anything either, but I'm not letting it get me down. After all, save the best for last, right?

clairec23 said...

I've never even seen corn bread but I've always wanted to taste it :) You seem to be still on go, Eva, fair play!

clairec23 said...

Agreed on the shortlist, I keep visiting the wrong pages :)

Eva said...

Claire, ohhh-corn bread is delicious! I can send you a recipe-it's really easy to make as long as you can get your hands on some corn grits. :)

clairec23 said...

I have no idea what they are either :) Is that the same as the meal grits? (Or am I thinking of something else?) I've always wanted to try grits too, although, I kinda imagine them to be like gravel soaked in porridge for some reason!! You hear about certain foods in books so much that you just desire them for eternity until you try 'em :)