Guest Post by Christy Dorrity

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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This is the first time I've ever given two recipes to one book. I love it when food plays a role in books and Witch Song by Amber Argyle inspired two recipes, Golden Curry Soup and Honeycakes.
Brusenna is shunned in her hometown and when she begins her journey away from home she indulges in a few honeycakes. These simple but occasional treats show how Brusenna has been denied the pleasures of a normal childhood. "She saved the honeycakes for last, savoring every tiny bite. At first, the honey was strong and sweet, but it also dissolved earliest. When it did, she was left with the medly of citrus and nuts" (p.44). Is your mouth watering yet? Read on.
In her journey, Brusenna visits many exotic places, including an extravagant Tarten household where bowls of a spicy, golden soup are waiting on the table for her. Brusenna isn't sure if she likes the soup and that same idea is reflected in her reaction to the strange people and places she encounters. "Raising the bowl, she took another tentative taste. If she sipped the spiciness was bearable. But when she stopped, her mouth burned" (p. 182).

Golden Curry Soup is spicy, but not too hot. Easy to prepare, the soup combines eastern flavors with western convenience. Honeycakes complement Golden Curry Soup with its citrisy sweetness.

Golden Curry Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup carrots
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
15 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
3 cups chicken broth
1 stalk lemon grass*
4 lime leaves*
3 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup coconut milk*
1 cup cooked rice
handful of cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup roasted red peppers
fresh limes

In a medium saucepan cook carrots, onion and garlic over medium heat until tender. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, lemongrass, lime leaves, curry powder and ginger. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove the lemongrass and lime leaves. Blend soup in a blender with the coconut milk, rice, cilantro and red peppers. Squeeze lime juice over each bowl before serving. Serve with Honeycakes.

*If you don't have lemon grass and lime leaves on hand, omit them. Substitute milk for coconut milk if desired.

1 batch of Raised by Magic Quick Rolls (

6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup honey
1 large orange rind, grated
cinnamon, to taste
chopped walnuts, optional

Roll the dough into a large rectangle. Combine butter, honey and orange rind. Using a pastry brush, apply half the glaze evenly over the dough, reserving the other half for a glaze. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts if desired. Roll the dough as you would for cinnamon rolls. Using dental floss or a piece of string, loop underneath the roll and cross over the top to cut even cakes from the large roll. Place on a cookie sheet and let rise for 30 minutes or until double the size. Cook for 8 minutes in a preheated 375 degrees. Brush with reserved glaze.

More recipies you might be interested in: “Caramel Crack” from Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi, "Everliving Soup" from Brodi Ashton's Everneath, and "Jagged Ham" from Elana Johnson's Possession.

About the cookbook:

The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook is a community project from some of the blogosphere's best book bloggers in a simple, easy to read format. The cookbook combines a love of reading and dining to help you find books you'll devour and recipes you can't put down.

You’ll love The Book Blogger’s Cookbook because…

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook has 50 different book reviewers from every corner of the blogosphere. It bridges the gap between author and reader—putting you in touch with book reviewers who can separate the 5 star books from the mediocre.

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook showcases great reads and provides an interactive experience with links to author and book reviewer websites. The cookbook is created for those who like to experience what they read long after they’ve closed the book.

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook tells why each recipe complements its companion book. Recipes and books combine to make the reading experience satisfying and entertaining.

Book launch and Contest

During the first week of the book launch, The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook will be available for a reduced price of .99 cents. Please spread the word.

Every person who comments this blog will be entered to win a grand prize: a copy of every book featured in The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook (22 in all, over $200 value). Make sure you leave your email address!

About the author:
Christy Dorrity loves to read about cooking and cook about reading. She was taught early to have a discriminating taste for both books and food. Christy grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming. She taught elementary school and lives in the mountains with her husband Devon and their five young children. When Christy's not reading or writing, she's probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.
twitter: @christydorrity


  1. T.J. said...: one's commented yet. This could be my lucky day!

    tbronley (at) gmail (dot) com

  1. Lilian said...:

    Just looking at the pictures makes me hungry (and I already ate dinner)! and I have to try out that Everliving soup...while reading Everneath!

    I hope I win those books! *crosses fingers*

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  1. Beth W said...:

    Well, now I've drooled over the keyboard. :)

    Thanks, and I can't wait to check out the cookbook.

    bethwade1 at gmail dot com

  1. NyX said...:

    Honey Cakes look and sound delicious!!! I am definately going to have to try and make those mmmm mmm mm :)!!!

  1. NyX said...:

    oops sorry :( haha

  1. nrlymrtl said...:

    I love being inspired by books to try new recipes. The latest for me was Dracula since some old European food is mentioned early on.

    Love the curry soup recipe - will have to give it a go!

    nrlymrtl [at] gmail [dot] com

  1. Valerie said...:

    I hope to have the chance to do a few of the recipes in this book!

  1. Leeanna said...:

    That is a really cool idea! If I could cook, I'd be all over these recipes.

  1. Christy said...:

    Thanks Amber! It's so fun to be here on your blog!

  1. M said...:

    Wow! This new book is going to be so cool, and I can't wait to read it. Those recipes also look pretty good!

  1. Yummy! The Honeycakes sound really good! Thanks for the giveaway, winning would be amazing!

  1. I hope to have the chance to do a few of the recipes in this book!
    barbarapalermo at gmail dot com

  1. Thanks for all the comments everyone. How sad is it that I've still never made either one of these . . .
    Must get on that.

    Christy: you should totally have a party with samples of all the recipies. That way I can come and droll over everything! (Your welcome). ;)

  1. I love cookbooks and experimenting with food.
    Thanks for the chance to win

    scarlettkitty at hotmail dot com

  1. Looks like I might need to make dessert tomorrow. Hoping to win some fun new reads as a bonus! Thanks for sharing!

  1. Elizabeth said...:

    I liked that soup too.

    Nice Blog.

    Stopping by from the list for the tour of THE 2012 BOOK BLOGGER'S COOK BOOK. My post is up on May 17

    Nice to meet you.

    Stopping by for a look around.



    Silver's Reviews

  1. I'm loving this book! Can't wait to make the recipes. The Golden Curry soup looks so yummy!



  1. Leslie said...:

    Those recipes sound scrumptious! If that's a sampling from the cookbook, then it's going to be a great one!


  1. Angela said...:

    Goodness! That food looks so amazing! So hungry now!


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