Friday, February 24, 2012

Hunger Games Food

At first glance at the title of the book, The Hunger Games, it's unclear what the book has in store.

If you didn't read the description (or see the movie trailor), you might think the book is about food. And while the residents in many of the districts are starving, Katniss does describe many different meals throughout the book.

So, when putting your book club meeting together, here are some of the recipes you can use to make you feel like you are having a meal right along side of Katniss.

From the District 12:

Perfect Prim Goat Cheese (serve on top of Mellark's Bakery bread - while still warm)
Peeta's Cheese Buns
(Stale) Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts

From the Capitol:

Capitol Hot Chocolate
Chicken with Creamy Orange Sauce (meal with Cinna at the press of a button)

And finally, we can't forget...

Lamb Stew with Dried Plums (from The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook)
Yield 8-10 servings
  • 5 pounds lamb fillet, shoulder or leg, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 1½ cups diced celery
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 5 cups dried plums
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  1. Place lamb, salt, pepper, and flour in a large mixing bowl. Toss to coat meat evenly.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large pan and brown the meat, working in batches if you have to.
  3. Remove lamb to a side plate. Pour off fat, leaving ¼ cup in the pan. Add the garlic and onion and sauté until the onion becomes golden. Deglaze frying pan with the ½ cup water, taking care to scrape the bottom of the pan to stir up all of the tasty bits of meat and onion. Cook to reduce liquid slightly, then remove from heat.
  4. Place the lamb and garlic-onion mixture in a large stockpot. Add beef stock and sugar, stirring until sugars are dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and simmer for 1½ hours.
  5. Add the vegetables, dried plums, herbs, and ginger ale to the pot. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until meat and vegetables pierce easily with a fork.
Anyone else hungry now?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mockingjay

Daisy says, "I'm the Mockingjay."


Just kidding, she says, "I love book club because that means I get to cuddle with KC while she reads."

Just kidding, she says, "This book cover matches our house."

Just kidding, she says, "Books borrowed from Staci and the library smell good."

Just kidding, dogs don't talk.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Hungry?

While waiting for everyone to show up for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie in December, the few early birds and on-time birds, discussed the next book.

And since we were at the movie theatre, there were lots of upcoming film posters plastered around, including The Hunger Games.

So that's our next one.

Technically, Kt has already read it (actually she has read the entire series). She blew off reading/finishing the Millennium Series to read these books instead. For shame!

I'm not buying the books. Trying to swap them with some of the other book club members, read the e-book versions on my iPhone, and take advantage of a strange building with books inside where they lend books to people; it's called a library.

The movie, The Hunger Games, comes out March 23. So our goal is to have the entire series read by then, go see the movie, grab some grub, and discuss. I think we decided to meet over Easter weekend. But we have so many scheduling conflicts, who knows if that is the proper weekend.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Girl Series

For the most part we finished the Millennium Series.

Well, Staci didn't attempt.

I am stalled out with 100 pages to go.

But we are "done" reading the series.

We wrapped up so we could watch the movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on opening weekend (back in December - oops, no one's been blogging recently). We went to a matinee movie, then out to lunch to discuss the final two books and the movie.

The movie was good. It was really fast paced. I think if we hadn't read the book, we would have been confused with how quickly the plot was moving forward.

The screen play did cut out the first 200 pages about boring Swedish government, banking, taxes, etc. But it was still 2+ hours long.

It also cut out a character, that threw people who read the book for a loop. So that was kind of fun! A nice curveball surprise.

So at the end... how did our bookclub rate the movie?

"Lot's of nipples."
"Daniel Craig has a nice butt."
"Rape scene was worse than the foreign film's version."
"If Rooney Mara is football royalty, doesn't that mean she has a lot of money? Why would she let her nipples appear so close-up on the silver screen?" "How does her family feel?"