Cooking Corner: The Mermaid Cookbook by Alix Carey

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The Mermaid Cookbook

by Alix Carey.

Format: eBook.

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Blurb: Make a splash and be the mermaid you always wanted to be with this beautiful, magical cookbook. Think Mermania meets Hello Kitty Cupcake!

The mysteries of the deep come to light in this delightful cookbook packed with pearls and sparkles. From a Sandcastle Cake and Turtle Doughnuts to Jam Clams and Treasure Trifle, fulfil all your dreams of becoming a mermaid. Or at least eating like one. 

Colour photographs are paired with easy-to-follow recipes. Besides various desserts (cupcakes, celebration cakes, cookies, and bars and bites), the cookbook also includes party food (i.e. Crispy Starfish Churros), breakfast (i.e. Mermaid Toast), and drinks (i.e. Seaplendid Smoothie) sections. Each recipe also shows the estimated time to make and difficulty rating.


My Thoughts

The Mermaid Cookbook is sweet, cute, and colourful. Initially while I was flipping through the recipes, I found my mouth watering – so many of these recipes just look sooo good!

I will admit I do have a weakness for cute food, and The Mermaid Cookbook delivers. The recipes included are ones that try to emulate and encapsulate mermaids – so expect a lot of greens, blues, and shells. The Mermaid Cookbook is broken up into nine main categories which feature unique recipes. The sections are:

  • What is Your Mermaid Name? (I am a proud ‘Moonshine Tide Dancer’)
  • Cupcakes
  • Celebration Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Bars and Bites
  • Party Food
  • Breakfast
  • Desserts and
  • Drinks.

Don’t be turned off by the cover and abundance of sweets, the book does include healthy mermaid friendly options 😉 Also the recipes aren’t just for special occasions, you can spruce up your breakfast and start the day with some mermaid magic.


The cookbook itself

Ease of Use: The recipes are set out in an easy to read layout and do let you know if you need special equipment at the start of the recipes. Each recipes also has it’s own picture, so you can see the whole mermaid effect.

Formatting:

Recipes: The recipes are set out in an easy to read manner and stay on theme by featuring a little blurb about the mermaid-ness of the food. Every recipe that I tried and had an in-depth look at, was really user friendly and easy to follow.

The ingredients are listed in order of usage and the following instructions are very clear and concise on what is needed to be done.

Book: After the introduction, the book includes a ‘What is Your Mermaid Name’ page, which I thought was really cute and engaging for any kids looking through or cooking from the book.

The recipes are separated into the types of food, with the desserts being separated into cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and it’s own section desserts. The recipes included in the ‘dessert’ section feature ones such a mousse, popsicles, and fruit tarts, so ones that are different from the other typical dessert foods featured in the book.

The back of the book also a ‘Conversions and Equivalent’ section, which is always appreciated when cookbooks are published in the United States of America.


Recommendations

I would really recommend this to people who want to cook with or for children (adults who are children at heart also count). The Mermaid Cookbook is not only full of amazing recipes but they look fabulous! I cannot wait to make the ‘Stormy Sea Brownies’ (pg. 64) and ‘Under the Sea Popsicles’ (pg. 119).

Also if you’re thinking about throwing a mermaid themed party – look now further, The Mermaid Cookbook is an excellent resource! Looking at all the fun recipes had me wanting to throw a mermaid theme party 🧜‍♀️


Please note, I received a copy of The Mermaid Cookbook from NetGalley.


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LLR: The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop

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The Invisible Ring (The Black Jewels #4)

by Anne Bishop.


Jared is a Red-Jewelled Warlord bound as a pleasure slave by the Ring of Obedience. After suffering nine years of torment as a slave, he murdered his owner and escaped — only to be caught and sold into slavery once again. The notorious queen who has purchased him, known as the Gray Lady, may not be what she seems. Soon, Jared faces a difficult choice: his freedom, or his honour.

When I first read The Black Jewels series I was in high school and I was hooked. I loved the dynamics of the book, the dark world, and the gender politics surrounding the story. I LOVED seeing such strong female characters and I LOVED how they were treated by the men in stories.

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Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

by Various (credited below).

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Blurb: As seen on The Daily Dot, Engadget, Pride, i09 and more, the Dream Daddy comics are now collected in a trade paperback! 

Oni Press presents Dream Daddy, a comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. Dive into entirely new stories featuring the backstories and adventures of your favorite Dads, told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, along with the comic industry’s top indie talent like C. Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo, and Kris Anka!

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 14 May, 2019

Length: 128 pages.

Issues: Dream Daddy #1-5

Genre: Comic. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

If you don’t already know, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book is based off a dating simulator game called, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator. If you are still unsure, Dream Daddy is a gay dating sim where you play a Dad who finds romance in his new neighbourhood.

If you were ever unsure, yes both the book and game are amazing.

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Confessions of a Book Lover – I Dog Ear Books

My name is Ally and I dog ear books.

To mark my place in a book, I fold the corner of a page instead of using a bookmark like a civilised person. I am such a deviant that I not only dog ear my own books but also library books.

I hear you gasp in horror – I am fully aware of how people feel about dog earring books and just how passionate they can get about doing this to books. But honestly, who cares?

For books that are my own, you shouldn’t care because they’re mine.

I must admit though, when borrowing a book from a friend, I don’t dog ear their books because I do respect their property.

For library books, take it from someone who works in a library in the grand scheme of things, dog earring doesn’t damage a book. Bending the covers, cracking the spines, and mystery stains are why books are removed from catalogues, not because of bent top corners.

Having said this, please note that I do not dog ear large non fiction books or valuable older books. I am admitting to dog earring paperback, trade paperbacks, and hardcover fiction books. I am not a monster who dog ears valuable art print books or 1920 copies of classic fiction.

I know that this confession and my blasé attitude may annoy or even infuriate some people but oh well. I am a ‘dog earer’ and I do not care.


What are your opinions on dog earring books? Are you a avid bookmark supporter? Do you think I have a special place waiting for me in book purgatory? Or are you like me, a dog earrer who is no longer afraid to confess to their book crimes.

Leave a comment and let me know!

Book Bingo Update 4

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Misadventures with a Professor by Sierra Simone

I talked about this book in my recent post, My TBR Pile, and much to my own surprise, I got around to reading the book 😱

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Play it Again by Aidan Wayne

Play It Again

by Aidan Wayne.

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The videos are fun.

But it’s the host who has him coming back for more…


When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content.

Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look Now, his own successful channel, sends Sam’s subscriber numbers skyrocketing overnight. He has more comments than he can read. And while the sudden surge in popularity is anxiety inducing, Sam decides it’s only right to dedicate his next episode to Dovid…which soon leads to a heart-pounding exchange of DMs.

They may have never met in person, but Dovid’s never felt this close to anyone before. What they have feels worth exploring—no matter the distance. But is it possible to already be in love with someone who’s half a world away?

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 22nd April, 2019

Length: 288 pages.

Series: N/A

Genre: Romance. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.

Read as: eBook

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

Play It Again can be summed up in three words:

An Absolute Delight.

The word adorable could have been used but that would have been a bit too on the nose 😋

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The Fox, the Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle

The Fox, the Dog, and the KingThe Fox, the Dog, and the King

by Matt Doyle.

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Blurb: New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …

When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.

Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.


Release Date: 23rd July, 2018.
Length: 193 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #2.
Genre: Sci Fi. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: The Fox, The Dog, and The King is a return to form for Matt Doyle. The second book of ‘The Cassie Tam Files’ sees us pick back up not long after the events of Addict with Cassie celebrating on a night out with her girlfriend, Lori. After a performance by Tech Shifter Kitsune, Cassie is on the case again searching for a missing dog. Like the first book in the series, The Fox, The Dog, and The King will quickly pull you in as you navigate a seemingly simple case as it slowly escalates and slips out of control. Continue reading “The Fox, the Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle”

My Hopeful Reads of 2019

Okay so I know I have my 2019 Goals and my Book Bingo challenge but I have so many other books I want to read and they’re ones that probably won’t feature in these challenges.

So I decided I’d make a quick image to display in a sidebar widget of my blog. The books featured are ones that I want to hopefully read by the end of 2019, thus the ‘Hopeful reads of 2019’ title.

The books that are featured are ones that:

Keep an eye out on my blog for the graphic which I will be updating as I read the books 😊



See any books in there that you want to know more about? Do you want a similar template for your blog? Leave a comment and let me know 😊

Favourites: Ice Blue by Anne Stuart

Ice Blue

by Anne Stuart.

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Blurb: Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value — until somebody tried to kill her for it.

The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It’s a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O’Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously under his skin as the lethal game crosses the Pacific to the remote and beautiful mountains of Japan, where the truth is deadly.


Length: 445 pages

Series: Ice #3

Genre: Romance. M/F Romance.

Read As: Paperback.


Why is it a favourite?

Back in the long long ago, a two level book store opened near where I live. This store (for a few years at least) was a game changer for me. I had a small source of income and unrepentantly spent too much of it here.

One section of this store that opened up a new world of accessible books for me was the romance section. I will admit I didn’t like being seen in this section or spending too much time in here but still it had WAY more romance books than my library 😍

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LLR: The Philosophy Gym by Stephen Law

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The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

by Stephen Law.

From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history’s most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas — some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose. This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader’s mind a great workout. 

On my very first trip out of Australia, I encountered this book in an airport bookstore. I remember reading the blurb and being hooked. I unfortunately did not purchase this book but was so very lucky that my local library had a copy of another of Law’s books, The Philosophy Files. Years later, armed with my own credit card, The Philosophy Gym was one of the first books I bought.

While I had always been somewhat questioning in what I was told, The Philosophy Files and Gym opened my mind to a lot of established philosophical concepts and theorises. My mind was opened with the possibilities and unanswerable questions of the universe – and because of this book I quickly devoured so many more books about Philosophy.

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