I'm taking part in the fourth A to Z Challenge where for the month of April I will blog the letters of the alphabet in order every day except Sundays. The participation list is HERE – if you want to join in. You'll make many new friends, but most of all you'll have fun!
My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that I think is the perfect cookie companion along with a few fun facts about the cookie and/or ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
wrapped in bacon and they make pretty good smoothies. But since this challenge is about cookies I located a cookie recipe that uses dates: Date Pinwheels. The recipe called for walnuts, but I don't like walnuts so I used pecans. I'm sure you could use whatever nut you liked or omit them all together. The recipe also recommended you cut the cookie roll at 1/4 inch intervals, but that made the cookies pretty fat, so I think I'll cut them smaller the next time. Or maybe I won't since I really like them and the bigger the cookie the better.
Since before the existence of Man over 50,000 years ago - Date palms and their fruit have been instrumental to humans. The Mesopotamians recognized the tree's versatility and value; its sweet fruit became an essential part of their diet. The palm offered "three hundred and sixty" uses including needles, thread, lumber, mattresses, rope, baskets and other household items; as well as food and beverage. Who knew dates had so many uses?
Book Buddy – Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. I picked this book solely because the title began with the letter D. I heard it as an audiobook read by the amazing Khristine Hvam . This book has nothing to do with dates, but it is good read. So good it's coming out as a movie in 2014. I hope they are able to catch all the nuances and make the the movie as good as the book.
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Do you like dates? Have you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Do you think the movie will do the book justice?