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World Of India...Right In My Own Kitchen!


In my family's bid to eat a healthier diet, I've discovered an entire world of food to explore.  Indian cuisine is something I only tried a few years ago, and I loved it!  Over the last year, I've begun to add Indian recipes to my menu plans.  I was nervous to cook Indian food, thinking it would be difficult.  Not at all!  The recipes are usually quite simple, and I've discovered quickly which tastes are my favorites from the plentiful spices flavoring the dishes. 

Many people from India (and of Indian descent) are vegetarians, but don't be fooled!  There are plenty of meat dishes to try.  Because their diet is so chock-full of vegetables, it's easy to prepare a healthy meal with lots of flavor. I'm lucky enough to have an Indian market near my home, but you'll find that most grocery stores carry just what you need!


From speaking with the local shop owner, I learned that Basmati rice is the preferred grain for m…

Brazen Review: Gaijin, Remittance Girl

Not Intended For Audiences Under 18 Due To Questionable Content

When Jennifer left the cold and damp of London for the sparkle and bustle of Tokyo, she imagined she'd find a world full of cherry blossom festivals, ancient tea ceremonies and Geishas. What she got instead was a cramped, shared apartment, harassment on the subway and a mind-numbing job as a hostess at the Blonde Chick Bar in Roppongi.

With a single, unintentional insult all that changed. She wakes up to find that she has been kidnapped by Shindo: a sadistic Yakuza demi-god who doesn't take his loss of face easily. Caught between his hatred of all things foreign and a growing obsession with this blonde gaijin, he is determined to make her pay for her rejection in sadistic and degrading ways.

`A woman's lot is to endure,' says the fox spirit in her dreams, but Jennifer wonders whether there are indeed fates worse than death. Little by little, she finds out.

My Thoughts:

Gaijin, blatent and disturbin…

Tuesday Teaser ~ May 22, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here's how it works..


Grab your current read
Open to a random pageShare two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share does not give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!The Oracle of Stamboul: A Novel, Michael David Lukas

This is another of my library finds, discovered while lazily perusing a forgotten shelf near the floor.  You know the shelf I speak of.  The lonely books at the bottom, rarely seeing the light of day outside the stuffy, creaky-floored building housing them.  Well, good deed done!  I sat my rumpus down and browsed those neglected titles...
Here's what I found...

Pg. 1 - 'The hoopoes would probably have been regarded as an auspicious sign, were it not for the u…

Brazen Review: Love Finds You In North Pole, Alaska, Loree Lough

Instead of a regular blurb, I thought I'd share this neat book trailer I discovered.  Enjoy!

My thoughts:

The Love Finds You series boasts an impressive number of stories set across the United States.  Loree Lough's is the only in the series I've sampled, and it was a pleasant read.

Bryce, as a hero, was far less Alpha than I prefer, a sentiment shared by the friend who recommended this novella.  But overall, he was likable.  Lough did a fair job at best of creating a back story to - er, well...back up her hero's reluctance for romance, but aside from disappointment, he suffered no betrayal - no shock worthy to cause a man to swear off women!  It was a weakness this Broad noted in the storyline; luckily, Lough's sweet romance made up for it in other areas.

The town of North Pole was well described without going overboard.  I loved being able to picture the Christmas decorations adorning each business and setting as well as the accurate description of average Alaska…

Spotlight On Up And Coming Author - Angela Brown

Angela Brown in a Pursuit of Publishness I am a lover of books - from classics to steampunk and everything in between. Plus, I'm in pursuit of making my full-time passion more than a part-time gig. This blog is to share about all things reading, writing, movies, TV shows, publication - I think you get the drift. I'll even share the ups and downs of my own journey. If you don't like any of these things, I appreciate your visit, but sadly say you've come to the wrong spot. If just one of these topics tickle your fancy, then please pull up a chair (be a follower of my blog), talk to me and others here (leave a comment) and know that you are always welcome.
Hi, Angela!  Thanks for taking the time to visit with the Broads today.  Your newest project, the A-Z Challenge has been a hit around the blogging world.  Tell us a bit...

The current WiP that shot into high priority status is the result of this year's A to Z blogging challenge which ended as of today.  It&#…

Tuesday Teasers ~ May 15, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here's how it works..


Grab your current read
Open to a random pageShare two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share does not give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  10 Men, Alexandra Gray

I've not started this novel yet, but it intrigued me as I browsed my local library's shelves.  The reviews vary widely, so I imagine this will be a 'loved it/hated it' sort of read.  Here's a teaser to get us all started, and I'll post a review when I've finished.  We'll see how this Broad rates this controversial read.

Pg. 1 - 'It is one of the wonders of the twenty-first century that a beautiful, brilliant and broad-shouldered man could reach almost forty …

Tuesday Teasers ~ May 8, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here's how it works..


Grab your current read
Open to a random pageShare two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share does not give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Zen And The Art of Vampires, Katie MacAlister

Pg. 32 - 'A man's voice called out behind me.  Damn that long legged Mattias.  I was already out of breath and had a suspicious pain in my side that warned of a stitch. 
"Please let me get away, please let me get away," I chanted in time to my pounding footsteps as I ran blindly through the still empty town, my brain squirreling around frantically for some way to escape Mattias.'

This is the second Katie MacAlister book I've had the pleasure of cu…

Tuesday Teaser ~ May 1, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here's how it works..



Grab your current readOpen to a random pageShare two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share does not give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)Share the title & author too so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!An Oldie But Goody....

Okay.  I know what you're probably thinking.  A book about war??  Not for me.  No way.  Uh-uh.  Now, now.  Don't be hasty to dismiss this great read.  I stumbled across Tom Clancy, a master - really - during the mid 80's as a young teen.  (Ages ago, right?  Ha!)  I bought a collection of Clancy novels for my father for a Christmas gift, and a few months later, bored and looking for something to feed my voracious appetite for books, I decided to give old Tom a whirl.  What could it h…