I read Lianne Moriarty's fun Big Little Lies a few months ago, but with a busy weekend and not enough time to tackle some of the more ambitious projects I had planned (Neapolitan pizza or cream puffs coming soon!), some easy apple pancakes were the perfect choice this weekend. I have read a few Moriarty books and she creates a really engaging "Real Housewives of Sydney" type of world, but with more depth and less trashiness (and plastic surgery). In Big Little Lies, Moriarty creates both characters and a story that are funny and slapstick one moment, and dark and sad the next. This juxtaposition makes the book a little more than the typical light read. As the title suggests, the book has some secrets that are eventually revealed, so I will be careful and keep the review short and sweet. The pancakes are inspired by the hunky neighborhood coffee shop guy, who always seems to be trotting out some delectable special pancakes when one of the books main characters, Jane, is sulkily hanging around. These were an improvisation, so hopefully the recipe will work for you.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
It pains me to say it, but a big part of why I did not blog for so long is the result of my inability to get through Jonathan Franzen's purity. I am a big Franzen fan and was really excited when his new book came out this summer, since he takes his sweet ol time writing each masterpiece. But Purity, in my opinion, despite the great reviews, was just painful for me to get through. Usually, when I am having trouble getting through a book I just put it aside and give up. So many books in the world, why waste time on one that just isn't doing it for me? But with a Franzen book I felt like I had to stick it out, I had to see if it turned around. While it got a little better, enough that I could finish it, it took me several months to finish the book - this is NOT normal for me, I am through a book typically in a couple of weeks for a long one. This one drained the joy of reading out me, that sounds deciceddramatic, but it just honestly turned me off reading for a bit. That said, it did inspire this bright, pretty little cheesecake pictured above, so it wasn't all bad, right?