Category Archives: Fiction

Homemade Irish Cream #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

I never knew how easy making homemade Irish Cream would be! I have four cocktail recipe books, but I went with Deb Perelman’s Smitten Kitchen recipe because Deb promised on her blog it would be quick and easy.

As usual, she wasn’t fibbing.

Although it came out a little lighter than it was the pictures on Smitten Kitchen (next time I’d add the optional coffee for color), I was so proud of myself for finally getting around to trying this before the twelve days of Christmas were over that I had to instagram it.

While I (just) managed to make this during the holiday season, it’s all gone and  it’s time to make more. It’s a good February drink, because bathing suit season is still so far off and we’re well over those pesky New Year’s resolutions, too. And Irish Cream is also a good drink for March, because (of course) St. Patrick’s Day!

This time, I’m going to try a slightly more complicated recipe from one of my drink cookbooks, Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss. It calls for cacao nibs, which I’ll have to look for.

cover image of Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits

 

I wish I had had some Irish cream left this week, to go with my audiobook of Faithful Place by Tana French. All those Irish accents! The narrator, Frank Mackey, takes his whiskey straight, though. Though over all a very sad story, like all the Dublin Murder Squad books I’ve read so far, it has plenty of dark humor. Faithful Place has a scene in a pub where the brothers in a gathering of siblings are embarrassed to order the sissy drink their sisters want, a “babycham”. I had to look this up to see what it was:

How Babycham Changed British Drinking Habits

Happy Weekend Cooking!

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Reading Slade House by David Mitchell #RIPXII


RIPXII Group Read — Slade House

I’ve started listening (again) to Slade House by David Mitchell (Random House Audio, 2015) for the RIPXII Group Read with Andi of Estella’s Revenge and Heather of My Capricious Life. I started it once before – thinking it came before The Bone Clocks (which I read back in January in a readalong with Care of Care’s Books & Pie) – and have been wanting to get back to it.

So far I’ve noticed a few references to people/things from The Bone Clocks but Slade House seems to be a companion novel rather than a sequel, so far. I think I understood the events early in Slade House sooner because I’ve read The Bone Clocks, but it’s not necessary to read them in order, unless you’re a stickler for that sort of thing. (Which I do happen to be. Obviously.)


Slade House
so far is a haunted house story like you’ve never read before. The narrators of the story change frequently. Some of the characters who tell their stories of visiting Slade House are more likeable than others, but all have been desperately unhappy. Hope for the best, but expect the worst could be their words to live by.


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What Fall Means to Me: Readers Imbibing Peril #ripxii

Whenever I take on a reading challenge (e.g. read x number of books in y amount of time), I fail. Miserably.

This goes for Readers Imbibing Peril, too – the challenge to read a certain number of horror or suspense titles from Sept. 1st to Oct. 31st. So I wasn’t signing up this year.

Nope. Can’t.

Don’t have time, and never follow through, anyway. Just make a fool of myself saying I’m going to read this and that and then don’t.

Now that we’re into October, though, and it feels like fall, it couldn’t hurt to peek at Stainless Steel Droppings to see what’s happening with Readers Imbibing Peril…and what do I find out?

Yup. I’m in!


#somepeopleneverlearn

 

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