Sunday, May 27, 2012
Horowitz was asked by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk is fast paced and the voices of Holmes and Watson ring true. Mycroft and Lestrade are involved as is Mrs. Hudson. The plot is interesting which turns to disturbing when the real meaning of "The House of Silk" is revealed.
If you are a diehard Holmes fan, I think you will enjoy.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Diane Keaton is quirky and classic and I've always liked her acting--even when the movie was terrible. Her recently published biography, Then Again, begins with excerpts from her mother's journals which Keaton uses throughout as a comparison of their two lives. She was very close to her mom and this book pays honor to her. I listened to this book on audio CD narrated by Diane Keaton which made it all the better. Keaton's voice at times was emotional but it always fit the subject matter (usually talking about her mom or dad).
This woman loves and enjoys her family--her parents, sisters, brother, and now her children. I didn't realize Keaton grew up in Orange County, California. She always struck me as the New York type. It was fun to hear her mention various places around Orange County since I love the place and have been there a zillion times.
Keaton describes her relationships with Woody Allen, Al Pacino, and Warren Beatty with enough detail to make it interesting but always respectful. I would have loved more information about her success at restoring houses and more behind the scene stories from movie sets. But all in all I enjoyed this book.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I'm so sorry if you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby. Truly. And I am hoping you can find this sweet lobster-like shrimp if you don't have a TJ's--it's worth the search. My friend, Ashley, grabbed several bags when she spied these because apparently it is only available a few times a year. Lucky me--she gave me a bag.
I had lots of pasta so concocted a recipe using what I had in the pantry. But grilled and served with vegetables would work well, too.
Bag of Trader Joe's Argentinian Red Shrimp (frozen)
8 oz Linguine
4 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
Olive oil (I used garlic infused olive oil)
Fresh parmesan cheese
Forgive me, I didn't measure much in this recipe, but I know you will turn all these ingredients into a lovely dish.
While pasta is boiling, drizzle olive oil in a skillet and add crushed garlic cloves and red pepper flakes. Cook the garlic for a few minutes and then add the frozen shrimp sprinkling with salt and pepper. Cook until shrimp is pink and curled (about the same amount of time it takes to cook the pasta).
Drain the pasta saving 1 cup of pasta water. Add pasta water to the shrimp, stir, and then add the linguine. Peel fresh parmesan strip over the shrimp and linguine. Serve with fresh parmesan.
Really, this is so yummy and easy. Do make it! From start to finish it took less than 30 minutes.
Monday, May 14, 2012
I'm not one to necessarily read a series in order (which surprises me since I like order). Years ago I read Death in a White Tie written in the late 1930's and liked Marsh's style but then forgot about her. Last year I enjoyed the book Last Ditch written in the late 70's which is about a drug smuggling case and includes Inspector Alleyn's son.
This year, I read Artists in Crime, the story that introduces Rory to his future wife, the painter Agatha Troy. What fun to see a very confident and sure of himself Alleyn get a little wobbly and doubtful when paired up with no nonsense Troy. The story opens with Alleyn meeting Troy on a ship somewhere around Fiji. It doesn't go well and they split once they return to England. Their next meeting is rather grim. A model posing for Troy's art class is murdered and every member of the class, including Agatha Troy, a suspect. And, of course, Inspector Alleyn is assigned the case.
The detective work is interesting, the characters very well-developed (I could always tell who was doing the talking), and the usual folks that surround Alleyn are in force. The relationship between Alleyn and his mother, Lady Alleyn, reminds me a bit of Lord Peter Wimsey and his mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver. A solid murder mystery, excellent returning characters, humor, and a bit of romance equals a good read.
Friday, May 11, 2012
It has been a feast of flowers around here for the last two months. My sister's garden is the gift that keeps on giving. Flowers were clipped on a daily basis filling vases or being delivered to neighbors. We are going to miss all these beauties that are the perfect accessory for every room.
Mix of Sweet Peas, Sweet Sultan, Cornflower Dwarf, Larkspur Giant Imperial
Godetia Tall Double
Godetia Tall Double
Mix of China Aster, Sweet Sultan, Cosmos,
Larkspur Giant Imperial, and Godetia Tall Double