Stuff & Nonsense


23 March 2019

The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer


Sir Waldo Hawkridge, a paragon of masculinity, comes down from town with his cousin, Lord Julian Lindeth, to turn a recently inherited ramshackle estate into an orphanage. Yes, he's rich, handsome, educated, and philanthropic -- no wonder the ladies are all a-twitter!

Being quite the catch, the two men are invited to various parties hosted by the local fashionable set. And so they make the acquaintance of the local Beauty, Tiffany Wield, and her wrangler Miss Ancilla Trent, a somber-minded young woman of impeccable breeding who is the perfect foil for Tiffany's spoilt and reckless ways.

Waldo and Ancilla fall in love from afar. Of course, there are obstacles in their inevitable path to matrimony (Tiffany Wield, for one), but everything works out as it ought to in the end.

All of Heyer's romances are enjoyable reads, but Nonesuch takes the cake. 'Pon rep, its witty repartee and use of cant make it one of the most enjoyable bags of moonshine I've read in a long time (well, since April Lady).

The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer (Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2009).

22 March 2019

Cookbook Club: Chocolate


March's cookbook club theme was all things chocolate. White, dark, milk, savory or sweet -- as long as there was chocolate in it and the recipe cake from a library resource, anything was fair game. As expected, club members brought choco-fabulousness to the meeting and we all had a very good time. Yes, turnout was low (7 people registered, 3 people attended. IDKY), but everyone who turned up was very keen to talk about their recipes and share their baked goods, so whatevs.

Chocolate:
"Kickin' Chile Brownies" from Cool: Cooking Up Chili: Beyond the Basics for Kids Who Cook by Lisa Wagner (sweet, cakey, and very spicy)
"Black Magic Chocolate Espresso Cookies" from Deep, Dark Chocolate by Sara Perry (four kinds of chocolate! Black magic, indeed)
"Truffle-Filled Cookie Tarts" from Taste of Home Cookies, Bars & More (crispy cookie + fudgy filling = craveable)

Of the three recipes used, only one came from a print book. The others came from ebooks available through OverDrive and EBSCO's enhanced ebook collections. My patrons are learning. I am so proud.

20 March 2019

#WordlessWednesday: Spring Flowers

It's spring in the "Big House" greenhouse at Elizabeth Park.