Food is a big part of my life - I studied it, I teach it and, of course, I eat it (sometimes way too much of it). So consider this a weekly share of a recipe, snack idea or ... anything edible, that I'm loving at the moment - plus the book that currently has me hostage.
Eating: Apple & Chicken Salad with romaine lettuce, bell peppers, apple slices, almond slivers and chicken strips. One of my 5 Fitness Goals For 2013 is to eat a salad for lunch or dinner at least 5 days a week - and so far so good.
Reading: Pandemonium (Delirium #2), Lauren Oliver. I'm in the middle of the book, and so far it's exciting. An excellent follow up to Delirium - I think I might like it even better so far!
A. None! Humans would be an endangered species if any of the mythical creatures I read about existed!
Also, the Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist was announced this week (the winner will be announced on March 14, 2013), and ooh, if I were better organized, I would be reading these books right now, especially the two that were also also nominated for a Man Booker Award - Narcoplis, Jeet Thayil (India) and The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia). Since I'm don't read a lot of contemporary novels, the one which I would probably enjoy the most is Narcopolis ... definitely one to look into for my 2016 Summer Olympics Reading Challenge.
Narcopolis is a rich, chaotic, hallucinatory dream of a novel that captures the Bombay of the 1970s in all its compelling squalor. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, it is a journey into a sprawling underworld. In Rashid's opium room the air is thick and potent. A beautiful young woman leans to hold a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her dark eyes. Around her, men sprawl and mutter in the gloom, each one drifting with his own tide. Here, people say that you introduce only your worst enemy to opium.