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Snack Favourite: Fig with mild Goat's Cheese and Honey

Because I read way too many food blogs...

Because I bought  figs for the first time this fall...

Because I felt like it...


Here is a post about one of my favourite snacks: Figs with mild Goat's Cheese drizzled with Honey.


I know, I know, it sounds somewhat disgusting - Goat's Cheese??? - but believe me, it's great.

There are so many things to love about this snack.


First of all the fig:

Fig, oh fig, let me list the things I love about thee:
Thy lovely color
Thy fruity sweetness
Thy soft texture mixed with the crunch of thy seeds
Thou on a bagel, on a bed of cream cheese---



Lets not get distracted by breakfast ideas with figs. But you get the idea. Figs are lovely, lots of different texture in one fruit. And they are sweet, sweet, sweet!



Then the goat's cheese.

Generally I am not the biggest fan of goat's cheese --strong flavoured one is a no go -- but the mild one is quite nice.

It counterbalances the sweetness of the fig. Fresh and cool.

Awesome.



And the honey.

You can do lots with honey.

Mild one makes the goat's cheese even milder.

Strong flavoured ones give you a even more differentiated experience.



The way to eat this is to get a piece of fig with a little goat's cheese and honey all together into your mouth.

First the sweetness of the figs explodes in your mouth.

Then the goat's cheese kicks in and erases that sweetness, so you can enjoy the next piece of fig just as much as the first.

And the honey. The honey stays with you long after you're done. It takes away the goat's cheese flavour and leaves a sweet, but not too sweet aftertaste. Reminding you of that sweet fig, of your first bite--

Now I want another one.

But since I can't do that, I'll just post another picture of this awesomeness.

(PS: If you really, really hate goat's cheese, you can substitute it with cream cheese or ricotta)

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Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata, Act 2Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata, Act 2 by Lisa Mantchev


My rating: 4 of 5 stars




This book, just like Eyes Like Stars, has a very fast pace. It always takes me a while to get into it. Bertie's journey is akin to a roller coaster ride. It's fast with highs and lows and abrupt changes and developments. And at the end you look back and think: "Wait that was it? It's already over?"


While I like this book for its fast pace it is also something I don't like about the book. To come back to the roller coaster comparison, you fly through scenes so fast that you do not have time to take a breath and look around and appreciate what is there. I always like to sink into a book and imagine all the things in my head, feel the magic so to speak, but here I can not take all the fantastic details in because I only get to take a short glimpse and then am whisked away.


I get the feeling, that I would love this book so much more and that it would feel even more magical to me, if it was a little slower paced.

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Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher Review

Knightley Academy (Knightley Academy, #1)Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher (for some reason her pen name makes me giggle - I don't know why)

My rating:
5 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this book.

I picked it up because it was recommended to Harry Potter lovers, but I actually don't think that it has that much in common with Harry Potter.

Yes, the lead character is named Henry, who is an orphan and who has had a rather difficult life so far, and the setting is a boarding school, but that is as far as it goes. There is no magic, no personal vendettas, just school yard bullying, lessons, mean and nice teachers, pranks and rule-breaking which is common in all boarding school books (I was at some points reminded of Enid Blyton's St. Clare’s).

On the other hand it still has a fantastic feel because it is "knights". I love knight stories. The Song of the Lioness and The Protector of the Small quartets by Tamora Pierce are my favourites, but this one is quite different because of the setting. You have the feeling that, if history had developed a little differently, this could really have happened in the 1930s(?).

The writing style is nice, too, it was easy to read. In the beginning the author uses an 'omniscious narrator' (which I thought quite weird and I distinctly remember thinking: "If this keeps up I'll have a hard time reading this"), but it ended quite abruptly and gave way to the "third person" style I prefer. The omniscious narrator didn't make an reappearance at the end, though, which I would have expected to give the book a more 'rounded' feel (also, that would have been a nice way to include some foreshadowing)

The story itself is interesting, the characters are well developed and unique, but there is a sad lack of girls , which kinda is to be expected at an all-boys-school, I know. :)(I remember 1 making a regular appearance next to Frankie in the later part of the book)

There are only 2 (and a half) things I don't like about this book, but it has nothing to do with the story. First of all I think the print is way too big. When I picked the book up it looked so big and I expected a very long story, but the print relativated it. I know this book is more geared towards younger readers, but seriously? One or two sizes down would have been nice.

I'm also not a fan of the cover. It is not really ugly, but I don't think it is pretty either. It looks gloomy and foreboding and doesn't really fit with the story.

Lastly, and this is just a personal thing, I really don't like book jackets. They slip and get banged up very easily and I don't want to take them off either because then the book looks boring. I would have preferred a book cover á la Harry Potter :)

I pre-ordered the next one and can't wait to read it.



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Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev Review

Eyes Like Stars (Théâtre Illuminata, #1)Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I am in love with this book! It is my favourite of this year so far.



While it took me a while to get used to the pace and the style I really enjoyed it later on. It is quite quick paced and a fast read.



I loved all the characters. Beatrice was spunky and creative as well as warm-hearted, a great lead. All the Shakespearean characters were authentic, too. I love Shakespeare's plays and it was fun to see what his characters do "outside the play". I am an especially big fan of a "Midsummer Night's Dream" so I was really tickled to find the four fairies as Berties sidekicks. I did miss Puck, though, he never even made an appearance. :( I have not read all af Shakespeare's plays, though, and I believe I would have enjoyed the book even more if I had (especially if I'd read "Hamlet")



I think it would have helped too, if I had reviewed how a theatre/stage is made up and what the parts are called, so I'd known exactly where Beatrice was at some points.



As for Berties potential love interests, I really couldn't decide which I liked better. Normally I have made up my mind after about half of a book, but here I just couldn't choose. They are so very different and they both fit with Bertie perfectly in their own way. (I have to admit that at first I thought Ariel was a girl because of "the little mermaid")



This book really sucked me in like no book has done in a looong time. When I got off the bus on the way home I was one chapter from finishing and I read while walking - I haven't done that in years! I can't wait to read the rest of the series.


(PS: Love the cover - so georgeous!)

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Awesome Giveaway at The Bookish Brunette

After only 2 months in the book blogger world, the Bookish Brunette has already reached 500 followers! And she deserves even more.

For this milestone she has decided to have a little giveaway for us. Isn't that nice?

There are going to be 2 winners who can win one of three amazing book packs. Each pack consists of two books and the giveaway ends 6/15/2011.  Check out her site for more info.

Bookish Brunette

My favourite is pack #1 and I'll be entering to win it. I really want to read Starcrossed, and since I haven't bought a copy yet, I hope I'll win it.

Good luck to everyone who enters and thank you to The Bookish Brunette for having this giveaway!
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Hours 20 to 24

Title of book(s) read since last update: First Impressions by Nora Roberts
Number of books read since you started: 3 (+1 chapter)
Pages read since last update: 165
Running total of pages read since you started: 677
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hours and 44 minutes.
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 10 hours and 21 minutes.
Mini-challenges completed: none
Other participants you’ve visited: none
Prize you’ve won: Keine.
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Hours 12 to 19

Title of book(s) read since last update: The Gift by Nora Roberts
Number of books read since you started: 2
Pages read since last update: 355
Running total of pages read since you started: 512
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 4 hours and 32 minutes.
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 8 hours and 37 minutes.
Mini-challenges completed: none
Other participants you’ve visited: a lot
Prize you’ve won: Keine.
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Mid Event Meme

1. What are you reading right now?

The Gift: Home For Christmas\\All I Want For Christmas\\Gabriel's Angel by Nora Roberts

2. How many books have you read so far?

Only one

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon

Not a book, but an event - the sun going up. Hopefully I'll get more awake then and pick up my reading.

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

Since it was 2pm when I started, I could take care of my usual Saturday chores nicely.

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I had three, which took a lot of time (almost  -gasp- 7 hours). I just grimaced for a moment and dealt with them. This is my third read-a-thon and everytime I think: Maybe next time I'll make the full 24h.

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

That I fell asleep.

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Nope

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?

As a reader, I want to make those 24h at some point in my life :)

9. Are you getting tired yet?

YES! It's 1:20 am.

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?

I'm sorry, but I have no idea :)
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Hours 7 to 11

Title of book(s) read since last update: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Number of books read since you started: 1
Pages read since last update: 134
Running total of pages read since you started: 157
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 2 hours and 52 minutes.
Running total of time spent reading since you started: 4 hours and 05 minutes.
Mini-challenges completed: Book Origami
Other participants you’ve visited: a lot
Prize you’ve won: Keine.

Curling up on the bed to read in the middle of the night is dangerous! I fell asleep for an hour! Not sure what I'll read now, either Magyc or a Nora Roberts novel.
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