May 21, 2011

Gotta Dance!

Have been feeding my silver screen fix for the last few days.  I recently pulled out and dusted off my boxed set of 'That's Entertainment' and spent a few hours just watching Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller and company light up the screen.

It really has been ages since I have even so much as glanced at the 'classics' section of my DVDs, but I saw something on TV earlier this week and it just got me hankering to watch my all time favourite legend Gene Kelly.  Unfortunately for moi I'd forgotten that I've packed most of my DVDs away in boxes - to save room for my books - oops!  So I sought comfort on the net, trying to find a couple of really great photos.  Talk about trying to find a needle in a haystack! 

I did happen across a truly wonderful photo thanks to a friend who emailed it to me {big thanks to you!}.  I just have to show you because it shows Gene Kelly the man, not the polished star.  For all you Kelly fans out there, little white attic, enjoy!

May 16, 2011

Who do you love?

I've been asked this question a lot lately, "Who is your favourite author?"  and while I could take the easy way out and just say Jane Austen, Karen Rose, or which ever author I'm currently devouring, this morning I just sat and really thought about it for awhile and came to the conclusion that I'm not a one author gal.  I just can't honestly say that I love one author above all others.

During said rumination I bounced from literary snobbishness ". . .but I only read the classics!", to Para-Rom tart where only Kate Daniels, Elena Deveraux and other kick-ass heroines are welcome.  So were do you draw the line?  If I'm totally honest with myself and you, it really depends on when you ask me.  So as you've asked me today this is my answer.

In no particular order, here are the top ten author's that have pride of place on my bookshelves.

•  Laurell K Hamilton - Anita Blake (books 1-10 only) and Merry Gentry series
•  JD Robb/Nora Roberts
•  Kylie Chan
•  Ilona Andrews - Kate Daniels rocks
•  Anne Bishop
•  Ella Wheeler Wilcox - brilliant poet
•  Nalini Singh - Guild Hunters series
•  Jane Austen - Je rĂªve de toi, Mr Darcy
•  Janet Evanovich, and finally
•  Stephanie Laurens

Yes, I know I have an ecclectic palate.  It seems my tastes vary wildly in both literature and music.  You'll notice that some names are missing, and while I really enjoyed Christine Feehan, Sharon Sala, the Arcane Society and Twilight series I wouldn't class them as some of my all-time favourites.  These are the books that I just can't help but return to again, and again, and again, and again . . . you get the idea.

Do you agree with me?  Let me know if you think I should include a certain author in my top ten.

PS - for those Kate Daniels fans out there I have included a small banner and picture that I've made for Curran.  Hope you enjoy.

May 15, 2011

A mini milestone achieved!

woo hoo!  100 blog entries posted . . . go me!  I wondered how long it would take me to reach it.

For this momentus occassion, I'm going to share with you a truly simple but scrummy recipe for BBQ Pork Spare Ribs (they'll be ready for lunch) that came from an unlikely source.

I've been cooking this periodically for more than 10 years, and so far to date it's turned out perfectly each time.

If you want to, adjust the spices and salt to suit your tastes.  I use just a plain old run-of-the-mill tomato sauce, but you could use any type of catsup you fancy.
Okay, first the recipe.  I've used Pork, but you can use any type of meat you want.
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Now this recipe actually comes from a beat up old cookbook that I found in a thrift shop called Gone with the Wind Cook Book.  Usually recipes found in some of the 'movie' based cookbooks are a tad bizaar and not food that I'd usually cook.  If you ever come across this recipe book, snap it up.  The recipes are simple and easy to reproduce time and time again.