Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Aussie Daggers

I have recently read two books by Australian authors, one by Glenda Larke who is an established author and the second a first ever novel by Satima Flavell. Funnily enough their titles are similar, The Lascar’s Dagger for Glenda and The Dagger of Dresnia for Satima.

The_Lascars_DaggerThe Lascar’s Dagger is the first in a trilogy called The Forsaken Lands and, consistent with Glenda’s normal style, is an excellent story with yet another form of magic, I don’t know how Glenda comes up with so many types of magic, but she does with every trilogy. Saker is a priest, a scholar and a spy and works for the Pontifect of Va Faith. The background of the book is spice trading. As usual, Glenda’s world building is excellent although at the end of this book we are setting out for a different part of the world. I enjoyed the book very much and because I helped with proof reading, Glenda kindly sent me a signed copy of the book which also has my name in the acknowledgements. Great story as usual. If you have never read any of Glenda Larke's stories I highly recommend them all.

The Dagger of Dresnia is a wonderful introduction into The Talismans trilogy. The Dagger of DresniaSatima has been working on this book for a number of years and has certainly come up with a winner. Unusually the main character is a middle aged woman, Queen Ellyria who, at the beginning of the story, is at her wit’s end because she has her husband and triplet sons all severely ill and will do anything to save them. Her husband dies, but due to the assistance of a mysterious doctor, the triplets all survive. Unfortunately the doctor turns out to be a dark spirit with whom Ellyria has unwittingly made a pact. The book unfolds the working of the curse for the kingdom and everything Ellyria, an elf, tries to do to counter it including starting a school for young mages whom she hopes will be able to help her. This too is a great story and in both cases I look forward to the sequels. Not that it has anything to do with it, but Satima and I were born just a few miles from each other in England.

Today we are lunching at my favourite Chinese restaurant, the Mandarin. We are joining a couple of friends there. More calories, oy vey.

I haven’t had fresh salmon in a while and when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. Not done so yet, but hope to later this week. This recipe was sent to me by RealAge.

Norwegian-Style Oven Toasted Salmon Recipe

by: Kat Barefield, MS, RD
Norwegian-Style Oven Toasted Salmon Recipe
You need to eat at least two meals per week with fatty fish like salmon. You'll get the heart-healthy omega 3 fats and vitamin D, which most people don't get enough of. Vitamin D is critical for healthy bones.

Ingredients
1/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz garlic, minced
1/4 tbsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp white wine
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp olive oil
3 oz parsley leaves, chopped
Six 3-oz salmon fillets

Preparation (Serves 6)
Combine honey, lemon juice, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, coriander, wine, oil and parsley and mix well. Pour over salmon and marinate overnight in refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove fish from marinade and place in baking pan. Discard marinade.
Bake salmon for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Have a great day
Jo (2)






16 comments:

  1. I like salmon! That recipe sounds good.
    I've seen good reviews of that first book on several sites. Might have to pick it up.

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    1. Do pick it up Alex. I love Glenda' stories - my favourite is Havenstar, her first, but all the rest are really good. I gave Havenstar to Jeff last year as I now have a signed hard cover copy. Satima's book is a wonderful first book too. I so hope she does well with it.

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  2. I know you're supposed to eat fatty fish...or at least fish...but I just can't stomach anything stronger than halibut or cod. Living in the Pacific NW salmon is a staple and I tried and tried but never could even swallow the tiny bit I'd try on my fork. Too strong! I also forget to take my vitamin D tablets since I avoid the sunlight like a vampire. lol

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    1. Not sure about halibut but cod is a fatty fish isn't it? Lucky you to be able to get such good salmon, what a pity you can't eat it. I love smoked salmon too. My staple for Sunday lunch.

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  3. When I read about books like these, I envy how the authors' brainwaves travel to such imaginative places.

    I love salmon, but it leaves such a lasting odor that I'm afraid I'll get evicted from my place if I keep cooking it. This past week, I got into Ahi Tuna, which doesn't have the same strong fishy smell. It's probably not quite as nutritious.

    xoRobyn

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    1. It is amazing isn't it. I wish I had such an imagination.

      You surprise me about the odour, I wouldn't have thought it was that bad. I think the Tuna is equally nutrition although not as loaded with Omega 3 maybe.

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  4. Mm, that salmon recipe sounds lovely ... Must give that a try. Thanks for posting it Jo
    Fil
    Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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    1. Thanks Fil. I hope to cook it myself before the end of the week.

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  5. Mmm. Salmon is the usual thing I order when I eat out but rarely cook it myself. I love the way it falls apart in my mouth. Will have to try that recipe.

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    1. It is so easy to cook at home Pinky. Do try it.

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  6. sweet stories! and your recipes look so yummy! i wish i was a better cook, or my sons weren't so picky...

    and thanks for commenting on my cover reveal at michael's!

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    1. Nice of you to visit. I always believe cooking is a matter of wanting to. Hubby always says if you can read as recipe you can cook it.

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  7. Great post. I love salmon, the recipe sounds wonderful!

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    1. I hope you will try it then.

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  8. I've already picked up Satima's and plan to grab Glenda's soon. Aussies and their daggers. ;-)

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    1. Glad to hear it. What I would like to see for sale is Strands of Pattern - The Bonding.

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