Saturday, January 21, 2012

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand report

What a lovely meeting we had this week!  We kept having to add more tables, as more and more folks kept arriving, and we ended up with 14 for the discussion. We had everything from meat pies to curries, and a lovely variety of tea sweets!

But first the book.  Pretty much everyone loved this one (as I predicted...I adore it!)   It was felt that it was SO English, playing both off stereotypes and familiar stories, but branching out in surprising new directions too.  The American characters didn't feel very realistic to the group.  But the setting and story felt real and really came to life for the readers.  As readers, we were charmed by the role reading played in the book.  As romantics, we loved the idea that one could find such a wonderful love later in life.  As foodies, we had a lot of fun making both English food and some spicier stuff to capture both sides of this cozy book filled with serious issues.

Heather Mc. - curried meatballs with saffron rice
Carol L. - Curried Chicken Salad+ Fried Won Ton Wraps with Hot Mustard

Julie D. – Meat pies

Karen T. - chickpeas and potatoes in a pomegranate molasses sauce.

Katie S. – chicken legs + carrots and peppers

Katie J. - Yorkshire pudding/popovers

Karen W. - gluten-free, Almond Flour Dark Chocolate Chip Scones

Carol J - English Sticky Toffee Pudding

Dawn – scones and homemade lemon curd

Laura H. - lemon cake with tea

Tania Z-G - Kendall Mintcake

Vernetta S. - toasted oat and raisin biscuits

Heather C. - punch

Nicole – newbie...hooray!

Next month we are reading Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain.  We've had lots of request to read one of Mr. Bourdain's books, and I'm glad we were finally able to get enough copies of one to make this work.  I'm very much looking forward to reading this, and discussing it with you!  Right now there are four copies left for checkout at the Mountlake Terrace Library front desk, and two copies of the downloadable audiobook available!

We will meet on Monday February 13th at 6:30pm.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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