Monday given away

The penultimate Monday Winner (one more ARC to give away, friends, to those on the newsletter mailing list) is Tom in Greenburg, PA. And, a newsletter will go out later this week, I’ll let you know just when so you can check that yours is getting through.

What was the menu chez King for Easter? Well, this year we did lunch instead of dinner, which is a difficult meal to be very creative at. But working on a spring theme, I made cream of asparagus soup, the compulsory hot cross buns, spring greens salad, and spanakopita, with pound cake and strawberries for dessert. And as a recognition of Easter’s dark roots (this being, after all, a house infested with theologians), deviled eggs–but decorative, because the devil so often is. If you take your hard-boiled eggs and thwack their sides with the back of a spoon, then cook them for an hour or two in a mixture of strong tea, soy sauce, and spices like mustard seeds (another theological reference), they get this interesting spiderweb desgn on their sides. Whoa, the symbolism…

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  1. Anonymous on April 17, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    Lunch sounds great – any chance we’ll get some recipies?

  2. Anonymous on April 17, 2006 at 4:02 pm

    Yes, please, recipes! A whole new book on the way. Thank you for everything.
    Diane Dirksen

  3. Kait B. Roe on April 17, 2006 at 4:47 pm

    Okay, I am new here and I don’t know if it is allowed to ask these kind of questions, but I will and if it is not okay, then will someone just let me know? The question is this, in the second Mary Russell book, she mentions Sherlock’s “lovely, lost son.” Can someone tell me to whom she refers or set me on the road to finding out where this information comes from? thanks, and recipes would be really nice, but I would rather Ms. Kind stick to writing fiction or editing Miss Russell’s manuscripts! Kait Roe, Westbrook, Maine

  4. AlyssC01 on April 17, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    LOL, although i’ll be the last one to try them at this stage (please tell me that there are other people out there in the world who can manage to mess up cooking an egg… please…) recipe’s would be good! If you have the time.

    As to Holmes son, i wondered the same!! I haven’t read all of the stories so i figured that it was just in one that i didn’t read.

  5. Anonymous on April 17, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    Laurie … on the CBS news last night I saw an interview with a 108 year old woman who had been present at, and lived through, the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. She appeared to still have her mental faculties and memories of the event. I don’t know if you would want to (or be able to) chat with her as background for a book, but I thought I’d mention it. Her name is Chrissie Martinstein. She looked like an intelligent and interesting lady. Perhaps she knew your grandmother … ? Iris Lady

  6. Beth on April 17, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    For the lazy: You can also get a spiderweb design if whack the egg as described abd use commercial egg dye. Of course, in this case your spiderweb will be in unnatural shades of pink, blue and purple.

  7. Anonymous on April 18, 2006 at 9:11 pm

    I thought the reference to the son was made up by LRK — and I would love to hear more. In one of the later books — maybe Justice Hall? — there was a brief exchange about someone’s son, with Mary saying something like ” a son to be proud of” and Sherlock saying with clenched jaw something like indeed. The implication I got from that is that his son was not so sterling.

  8. Cornelia on April 18, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    I always manage to design easter eggs ‘c3’a0 la “spiderweb” (completely unintentionally, as I hasten to add) even without whacking them. Probably due to my shameful inability to manoeuvre the eggs into the boiling water and fish them out again without getting them cracked …
    Asparagus it was even for my familiy, but in the purest form: just with ham, melted butter and potatoes.

  9. beth on April 24, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    Anony: I’m not quite so sure Holmes was clenching his jaw with shame at comparing his own son to the one under discussion. Remember, the son under discussion had been executed and accused of cowardice, which would certainly make you clench yoiur jaw, especially seeing proof the allegations were false.

    On the other hand, in the first reference to H’s son, R is trying to shame H into trying to help a drug addict, Because “:he did have a son once, and somebody had tried.”, which does sound like H’s son had been in some kind of trouble.

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