Monday, November 10, 2008

Breakfast and Books

My favorite breakfast these days is peanut butter and honey oatmeal. Get yourself some Quaker quick oats. Bring about 3 cups of water to a boil and add just under a cup of oatmeal and a pinch of salt. Don't let it boil over! Boil gently for about 2 minutes. Pour into strainer and strain off excess water and nudge the oatmeal into a bowl. Stir in a generous tablespoon of smooth peanut butter and top with a generous serving of honey. Then EAT IT!

My book group is reading Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith for our December meeting. I listened to it and then went back and listened to the first book in the series 44 Scotland Street and the second book in the series Espresso Tales. I have read several of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series also by Smith but I really prefer the Scotland Street series. It was originally written as a serial for The Scotsman in Edinburgh and owes a big debt to Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. It follows the various residents that live at 44 Scotland Street and their friends and neighbors. It has wonderful characters including, Matthew (the art gallery owner), Pat (his employee and now girlfriend formerly of Scotland Street), Angus (the portrait painter), Cyril (his dog), Big Lou (owner of the coffee bar), Domenica (anthropologist and Scotland Street resident), Bertie (a precocious 6 year old) and Irene & Stewart (his parents, also all of Scotland Street) and a cast of many others. The stories tend to be slow moving but not slow. I am especially taken with Pat and Bertie for their sweetness and innocence. Anyway, I recommend the series if you are wanting a light and easy read.

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