Book Review

Book Review: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim- 5 Stars

After her mother dies, Natalie returns home to her Chinatown neighborhood. She and her mother had drifted apart over the years and Natalie left on bad terms due to disagreements they had over Natalie’s career. She yearned to be a chef, like her grandmother, but her mother discounted her dreams. When Natalie discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant, along with her special handwritten recipe book, she dreams about reopening the restaurant, but first, she has a challenge to complete. Natalie has to find three neighbors in need of something and fix three special dishes from the book to heal and help them. That’s where the magic happens. Natalie adds her own personal touches to her grandmother’s recipes but still stays true to her roots and culture, and these dishes transform those they were prepared for. I adore reading books focused around food, and bonus points if recipes are included! I’m also a huge fan of magical realism, which I was pleasantly surprised to encounter in this book as I hadn’t expected it when I read the synopsis!

Natalie has to deal with many mishaps and misunderstandings that could potentially be a threat to her restaurant’s success as well as her own happiness. This is just one of those books that, even through its sad parts, makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It was an enjoyable debut and I look forward to more from this author in the future!

 

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Easy Instant Pot Recipe: Pot Roast

I love pot roast, especially when I can make it fast and easy in my instant pot! I adapted this recipe slightly from one I found on Youtube.

I used a pork half butt roast because it is substantially cheaper than beef, but this will work with either. This recipe will last us a couple days for leftovers at dinner and lunch so it’s very cost effective!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup beef broth

1/2 cup pepperoncini juice

Pepperoncinis- as many or as little as you prefer 

1 packet brown gravy (my husband has a gluten allergy so I used this  GF version but you can use the regular if gluten isn’t a problem!)

1 packet dry ranch dressing mix

Pot Roast

1/2 stick butter

Any veggies you would like

First I added the beef broth to the pot, then I added my roast. Next, add the pepperoncini juice and sprinkle the brown gravy mix and ranch dressing mix right on top of the roast. Then I added 6 pepperoncinis and lastly the butter.


I used the manual function for 60 minutes, let it depressurize naturally for 15 minutes, then I added some baby carrots to the pot. After I added the carrots I once again did the manual function for 20 minutes, then let it depressurize for 5 minutes. I removed the meat and carrots and added a little bit of corn starch to the remaining liquid in the pot on the saute function to make gravy. I served it with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans. This was a delicious and filling meal that is easy and inexpensive!

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A Proper Tea: An English Collection of Recipes

 

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A Proper Tea is a beautifully illustrated collection of recipes for tea parties, complete with beverages and food. It also has interesting history of tea, tea sets/dishes, and the designers of specific dish collections! descriptions of tea and how to serve them. I especially loved the illustrated story of how the Blue Willow design came to be. Recommend for any lover of tea!