I hope y'all either ate a hearty breakfast or just dug into a big lunch, because Smarty Pants Lisa P.'s post is going to leave you HUNGRY LIKE A HIPPO. Lisa, who lives in Florida, is currently having a blast writing to her FYA pen pal Jen, who lives in New York, and they've already met up once-- and plan on seeing each other again in July! (Uh, Lisa, we expect to be invited to your BFF charm exchange ceremony.) Her favorite adult beverage is a mojito (if it's a raspberry mojito, so much the better), and her favorite food is strawberries, including anything strawberry flavored. Let's give it up for Lisa!
This is Lisa from Read.Breathe.Relax. comin’ atcha with a guest post for one of my favorite blogs on the Internets. I’m excited to share with you some tasty
Before I jump right in, here’s some background info: The first time I knew I loved FYA – aside from their characteristic spunk and hilarity - was when they mentioned tasty business, i.e. books that mention nom-able foods. I was all, heck yes, GET IN MY MOUTH!
The only downside to reading about tasty business is that you can’t experience eating all that delectable food yourself... or can you? I was inspired by the idea of making reading and eating a full sensory experience and created a feature on my blog called Pages & Pairings where I pair awesome books with even awesomer foods.
So for your eating pleasure, I’ve whipped up a menu for Dreamless by Josephine Angelini.
Ingredients of Dreamless:
Helen, Lucas and the gang are up to their usual antics in Dreamless (like having teen angst and being demi-gods) and pick up exactly where they left off in Starcrossed. Only this time, Helen’s ridin’ solo in hell. She doesn’t really fall asleep anymore but instead is transported to the Underworld to find the Furies and stop the cycle of revenge for the Scions.
The Dreamless menu includes:
The Trojan Horse
As I was reading Dreamless, I had serious sympathy for Helen. The idea of never really resting scares me to death because I’m a nut job about getting enough sleep. But you know what is proven to help people fall asleep? ALCOHOL. Here’s a handy mythology-themed drink for you – The Trojan Horse.
Simply mix half a pint of Guinness Stout with half a pint of coke and serve in a beer mug. Voila! If only Helen knew the answer to her problems lay at the bottom of a bottle.
Nantucket Lobster Chowder
I really love the Nantucket setting of Dreamless, and was prompted to find a New England-esque recipe.
I found none other than a Nantucket Lobster Chowder (read the full recipe here). NOM! When I eat this, I could easily image I’m in Helen’s hometown – watching teens in my high school almost kill each other in epic rage-fueled battles while I savor the seafood flavors. Must be something in the coastal air…
Deep Fried Cannoli
Do I even need to give an explanation of why I picked Deep Fried Cannolis? Or why, it’s a recipe from the ultimate butter lover’s (Paula Deen) own cookbook? No…I didn’t think so. Make it yourself with the recipe here.
Helen is seriously stressed in Dreamlesss. She’s got two hot boys to pick from, she’s trying to save her fellow Scions from beating each other up every five seconds (good luck with that one) and she’s got the weight of the world on her shoulders– the girl NEEDS some deep fried chocolate. As women, I think this is pre-programmed in our DNA. MOAR chocolate!
I hope you enjoyed this edition of Pages & Pairings and tasty business! Eat, read and be merry – Dreamless style! And if you have any other ideas on pairings for the book, please suggest them in the comments!