Oct 2, 2012

Pumpkins, books, & zombies, oh my!

It's been a little while since I've done one of these posts, but the concept is to share (on a monthly basis - whoops!) a recipe I've tried, something I've read and want to recommend, and something I am craving, want really need.

Eat it: Pumpkin Chili. God bless Amber for sharing this recipe a couple years ago because it is one of my favorites to make in the fall. In September I made it twice in three weeks, both for groups of people who hadn't had it before and it went over like gangbusters! There's no meat in it (so really, I should call it vegetable chili), and there is pumpkin but that just makes it taste sweet. Served over cornbread? Simply divine.

Read it: Little Bee by Chris Cleave - I'd heard so much about this book...without really hearing about it. I didn't really know what the story was about - and I think that's a little bit of the appeal - recommending it without giving anything away. I'm not finished with it yet (I'm about halfway through), but I will review it soon. The writing is blowing me away. Let me give you an example:

"Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming. Maybe I would visit with you for the weekend and then suddenly, because I am fickle like that, I would visit with the man from the corner shop instead - but you would not be sad because you would be eating a cinnamon bun, or drinking a cold Coca-Cola from the can, and you would never think of me again. We would be happy, like lovers who met on holiday and forgot each other's names."

That's the first paragraph of the book. The FIRST paragraph! I was hooked. 

Need it: This Skull Soap from Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary. It's soap! That you use to wash your hands! How hilarious is that? And perfect for Halloween, don't you think?
Photo courtesy of Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary

Are you a fan of pumpkin chili? Have you read Little Bee? Are you cracking up as much as I am over this soap?

Anything you want to share today - something to eat, read, or need?


The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

i want to try pumpkin chili but i need to find a few other recipes to mixa nd match. we arent big fans of mushrooms and my husband doesnt like zuchinni!

Nora said...

I know I'm in the minority on this but I didn't love Little Bee. The writing was good but the story wasn't my favorite; mabye it was too real for me or somehow too far fetched at the same time, but it wasn't my cup of tea. However I know tons of people who did love it!

I am thrilled with the weather as it's taco soup season which is my favorite thing ever :)

Kathleen said...

I'm not denying that the writing was good, but I deliberately abandoned Little Bee when I was well over halfway through because it was so depressing and did not make me feel good at all. Maybe I need to revisit it at a point in my life when I am a little more stable emotionally. :)

Stevie said...

That chili sounds incredible! I've been craving chili lately. I'll definitely have to try it out.

I LOVED Little Bee. I read it when it first came out and was totally blown away. The writing is absolutely incredible, and the story is so compelling. I think it's one of the top 5 best books I've ever read.

Amber said...

I always forget about the pumpkin chili recipe! I haven't made it in awhile so should get on that again soon!! :)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have never tried pumpkin chili... I am a bit hesitant to try it because I really do not like sweet mixed with savory foods... but knowing you and your guests liked it makes me what to give it a shot!!

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