Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

Recently I came across a series of books written by Susan Wittig Albert called The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter for adults. The author's style is quite clever. She mixes fact with fiction, so the reader learns more about the life of Beatrix Potter, children's illustrator, countrywoman and conservationist. Each tale has a mystery added. There are problems to solve and the animal characters from Beatrix's books are woven into the storyline as problem solvers. The tales have a fairy like quality about them as the author draws the reader into the village life of the Lake District of England with her descriptive writing. One sentence that caught my attention was the curling mist rising over the marshes and fields like wisps of fairy webs. It reminded me of a photo I posted several blogs back with the mist rising over the lake in the early morning. As I was reading one of the tales, I found a helpful hint: if you carry a small bible in your pocket it can be a good luck charm against any possible fairy abductions. Well that's in case it is a worry to some readers out there!
With the holidays coming up perhaps you will be doing some entertaining. This is an easy appetizer your company will like.
Cherry-Pecan Brie
Stir together in bowl
  • 1/3 cup cherry preserves
  • 1TB. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
Drizzle over 1( 80z ) warm Brie round (rind removed from top)
Top with toasted pecans
Serve with crackers
To Toast Pecans
Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan until lightly roasted, stirring occasionally about 8-10 minutes

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