Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review-The Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

I am not usually a fan of mystery/suspense books, my heart cannot deal with the excitement. But I loved this book. From the first paragraph I was hooked, there was no back story or long explanation of who, what or why. I must say the author did a great job of explaining the who, what and why as the book moved along. I was never confused- and there were a lot of characters.

The story follows a former agent who is sent to Switzerland to find out where a shipment of potentially dangerous weapons is headed. The author shows what happens as they track the shipment and what is "really" going on. My favorite aspect of the book is all the characters you meet. My favorite was Farsi, the guide who helped throughout the story and Sir Geoffrey. The book subtly weaved in the Christian theme of seeking God's will and what to do when faced with tough decisions. This book reminded me of the Jack Hawthorne Series. If you like those, you will love this book.

A free copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Publishers.

Getting Up after Failure!

It felt as if I had waited forever, but it was finally here! Isa Does It - the latest cookbook by Isa Chandra, author of Vegan with a Vengeance and Veganimicon. I read that cookbook like it was a novel and decided to christen it by trying the Marbled Banana Bread. EPIC FAIL- did not rise, gummy and flavor was just off. Was it me or something else? Thank God my chickpea cutlets from Veganimicon with onion gravy was a hit. Yet, the next day when I tried to recreate my success- FAIL! The cutlets were stringy and awful.

My questions is how do you brush off these failures and keep on going? How do you get back in the kitchen after failing spectacularly, wasting ingredients, time and money? In times like these you need a WIN- a dish that motivates and inspires.

Well , I dusted the flour and egg replacer off my face and tried again. Spinach and Black Bean Bowls with Quinoa and Guacamole. This was actually the first time I had eaten quinoa and was a bit skeptical but pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal. I felt so virtuous after eating this that there was no way I could eat dessert. So tonight, cheddar broccoli soup with French bread, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.