Saturday, September 10, 2011

Victorian Mysteries

I've been a fan of Anne Perry's books for a long time now and have read her two mystery series back to back: the Pitt and the Monk sets of novels. Here are two victorian mystery series that I cannot put down!

1- Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey Trilogy: Silent in the Grave; Silent in the Moor; Silent in the Sanctuary.

2- Tasha Alexander's Lady Emiliy's Mysteries: And Only to Deceive; A Poisoned Season; A Fatal Waltz.

If you know of any mystery series/ author/ book that you want to recommend, please send me a line.


Soy fanática de los libros de Anne Perry desde hace tiempo y leí dos de su series de misterio una detras de la otra: las novelas de Pitt y Monk. Estas son dos series nuevas (para mí) de misterio victoriano que no puedo dejar de leer!

1- Deanna Raybourn: La trilogía de Lady Julia Grey.

2- Tasha Alexander: Los misterios de Lady Emily.

Si saben de alguna serie/ autor/ libro de misterio que quieran recomendar, me avisan por favor.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mac and Cheese with a Twist

This recipe was inspired by my intention to incorporate vegetables in every dish that my daughter eats. She actually eats it! Not only does it make many servings (that I freeze) but it is also relatively inexpensive (no fancy cheese).

- 1 package of organic frozen spinach

- 2 oz of pepper jack cheese

- 2 oz of mild cheddar

- sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and panko

- plenty of nutmeg

- salt and pepper

- bechamel sauce (you can also just make a quick rue with a little butter, flour and milk and call it a day. The purpose is to make a little sauce to bind the dish and to cut down on the amount of cheese)

Cook the pasta according to package instructions.

Make the bechamel / rue in a pan large enough to fit all ingredients

Add the defrosted package of spinach, cheese, nutmeg and seasoning

Mix together until ingredients are combined

Add the al dente pasta

Transfer all to baking dish and sprinkle top with panko and Parmesan cheese

Bake in oven until golden and serve