Category: Recipes & Reviews

Coconut Milk Scones & Down Among the Sticks and Bones

A very quick and easy recipe for today’s recipe and another quick read. This is the second book in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series. You can read my recipe and review for the first book, Every Heart a Doorway, here.


31450908Title: Down Among the Sticks and Bones
 
Author: Seanan McGuire
 
Genre: Fantasy
 
Series: Wayward Children #2
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.24/5
 
 

Synopsis: Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretence of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

 
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What I thought about the book: Absolutely loved this one!! So refreshing to have creepy evil vampires in YA.
Can’t wait for the next book.
 
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My Rating: 
5 paws
Get the book: Amazon / Book Depository

Coconut Milk Scones

Coconut Milk SconesCan’t beat an auld scone and cup of cha. I’ve made a few different dairy free scones but these ones are probably the nicest followed closely by coconut oil ones I made not so long ago. They’re really quick and easy to make as well.

Dairy free scones

What you need…..

  • 200g Coconut Milk
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Power
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped Dates

Preheat your oven to 200c. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl. Add the chopped dates and mix. Stir in the coconut milk careful not to mix it up too much or you’ll toughen the dough. Roll it out on a floured surface to about an inch thick and cut into 8 scones using a cutter, mug or cut them into triangles with a knife. Bake in the oven for about 20mins.

coconut milk scone with datesEnjoy x

Recipe and Review

Hi everyone, welcome to the first post in my new series, Recipe and Review. The title is pretty self-explanatory, I’m going to be sharing a recipe and a book review in the same post. My goal is to have them relate to each other in some way. It might be something I cooked while I was reading the book, or a dish that the characters made or something that the book made me think of. For my first post, I’m doing hummus and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire because they’re both quick. Hummus is quick to make, Every Heart a Doorway is a quick read.

Recipe

Basic Hummus recipe

I love hummus. It is so delicious and can be used as a dip or as a spread on sandwiches. It’s especially good in a falafel wrap. It’s really easy to get but there’s a big difference in taste between homemade and shop-bought. Making your own hummus is kinder to your purse, you get more of it and it’s quick and easy to make. It’s also super tasty and easy to spice up with any flavour you want.

What you need…..

What You Need

  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • a blender (or you could try mashing it up with a potato masher)

Fling everything into the blender and blend the crap out of it. Add more liquid if you think it’s too thick. Transfer it all to a jar or container and pop it into the fridge until chilled. Spread it on crackers, wraps or bread or use as a dip for some veggie sticks.

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Review

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

25526296Title: Every Heart a Doorway
 
Author: Seanan McGuire
 
Genre: Fantasy Young Adult
 
Series: Wayward Children #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.87/5
 
 
Synopsis: Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No QuestsChildren have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

 
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What I thought about the book: I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. I’m not a really a YA fan so I love getting surprised like this.
First time I ever read a book with an asexual character as well which was interesting.
I was afraid it was going to be really similar to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but the only similarity is that there’s a home for unusual children run by a woman.
Each subsequent book seems to follow a different character that was introduced in this one (although I don’t know that for sure yet cause there are only 2 books out so far. Book 3 is out this month).
 
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My Rating: 4 paws

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