Yesterday I was reading The Silver Sphere by Michael Dadich and cooking at the same time. (It`s a very good thing my e-reader has a waterproof cover by the way.) Anyway, it got me thinking about the thread we had sharing recipes over on Evolved Publishing`s street team. I`m covered up to my ears in various kinds of squash, and thought I`d share a recipe that reminded me of The Silver Sphere!
For some reason, reading a cooking go hand in hand for me and a number of other voracious readers and authors. If a book is really good, I have to get up and cook something it has inspired me to do before it’s even over. The Silver Sphere is definitely one of those books, and the closest I’ve come to Anne McCaffrey since reading the Pern series. I hope Michael Dadich reads Ursula K. LeGuin too, because his writing sure reminds me of ers. (Why that’s not a spelling mistake.)
The last Community Shared Agriculture share from Aagaard Farms came in the form of squash last week, and now I have a kitchen full of things to experiment with. The great thing about winter squash is it keeps forever, as long as you cure it and then keep it in a cool dark place. Norah always has really great ideas for recipes on her blog, and tons of useful tips for preserving food. She’ll be back at the market this weekend with a few other vendors from 10am to 1pm. We’ve only got two weekend markets left, and I’ve got a TRUCK-LOAD full of year end work to finish up before Halloween. Snaffle up all the squash you can handle, this weekend on 12th & Rosser Ave under the big colorful canopies.
‘Fun’ Writing and cooking are often my ‘break’ time when working on grants and final reports and business plans. I love having the ability to get up from my desk, walk 10 feet to the kitchen and chop some vegetables while I’m stuck on a paragraph’s wording. Turns out books and cooking are pretty good writer’s block therapy.
I love fall, and all the savory and colorful food choices that it comes with. I dislike the cold, but being able to heat-up the kitchen with wonderful smells always helps ward off winter for just a while longer.
Silver Sphere Squash-Killing Spree Soup
1 Australian blue squash, smashed on the sidewalk until it’s innards fly across the lawn, brushed with olive oil, garlic, salt and fresh ground pepper (after washing it of course). Roast for 40 minutes at 400 degrees, or until the meat can be scooped out easily. I am absolutely positive my neighbors now believe me to be the crazy lady smashing pumpkins on the sidewalk daily…
Place cooked squash in slow cooker or large pot on stove, mash with potato masher, or hand blender and blend in one box of vegetable stock, or reserved soup stock from cooking. You could also cube it, then roast it, or cook it slowly, and cut it up with a knife like a normal person, but smashing things on the side-walk is a great stress-reliever, and is much easier on the wrists .
Turn element or slow cooker on to low and add the following
2-3 cubed red peppers (Smaller in dimension than a teaspoon, for all of us who like to eat soup with a small spoon.)
6 ripe tomatoes diced
Greens, I used beat leaves, Swiss chard and a touch of spinach – I also add these last so they don`t cook as much.
1 Hungarian hot wax pepper
3 tablespoons masala or curry or cumin powder
1 cup wild rice: Pre-cooked if doing it on the stove, rinsed and thrown in raw if using a slow cooker.
Summer savory, thyme and sage to taste
Garnished with spinach leaves, Chia seeds and feta cheese.
Don`t worry, Michael Dadich this isn’t the review, I just had to share the recipe while I was still thinking about it. I can`t wait to write the review though, it holds as much flavor as the soup, and has a vast array of colorful characters in the pages under that beautiful cover. I can`t wait to talk more about the book, but I have to finish it first!
About the book
Shelby Pardow never imagined she could kill someone. All she wants to do is hide from her troubled father when she is teleported to awaiting soldiers on the planet Azimuth. Here she is not a child, but Kin to one of the six Aulic Assembly members whom Malefic Cacoethes has drugged and imprisoned. He seeks to become dictator of this world (and then Earth by proxy). His father, Biskara, is an evil celestial entity, tracked by the Assembly with an armillary device, The Silver Sphere.
With the Assembly now deposed, Biskara directs Malefic and the Nightlanders to their strategic targets. Unless… Can Shelby find the other Kin, and develop courage and combat skills? Can the Kin reassemble in time to release or replace the Assembly, overthrowing Malefic and restraining Biskara? (Goodreads Synapses)
I’ve been writing since first setting pencil to steno pad at age 8. A year later, I began developing the world of my current series-in-progress, and even created its title, The Silver Sphere. Now, with the support of years of experience, those early maps and back stories have progressed into what I hope is a fresh and entertaining take on the classic young adult fantasy adventure. The Silver Sphere recently won Mom’s Choice highest award, Gold, for Young Adult – Fantasy.
Despite my frequent escapes into parallel worlds, I root myself firmly in my very real family and community. When not pacing the yard maniacally after every few pages of writing, I spend as much time as possible hanging out with my studly 9-year-old son, and my inspirational wife Jenna. I also coach several local youth sports teams in Beverly Hills, and alternate between yelling at my two crazy Corgis and hiking with my trained German Shepherd.
For more, join me in my favorite fantasy worlds, from Lord of the Rings to the creations of C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brooks. Even more importantly, stop by and say hello on my Facebook page at AuthorMichaelDadich, tweet me at @MichaelDadich, and stalk my website athttp://www.thesilversphere.org.org. (Bio from Goodreads)
Oh, and P.S. I apologize for all the weird quotations, my keyboard switched to multilingual Canadian French, and all the Alt+Shift+Left Arrow`s in the world don`t fix it, and neither does uninstalling the keyboard layout. VISTA, YOU SUCK.
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