I admit, I wasn’t quite fond of the previous installation in Charley Davidson – series. But that’s all in the past now. The Curse of Tenth Grave is absolutely brilliant! Charley is back in business and the pace is breathtaking as is Reyes too. The story is like a freight train, rolling on the tracks and slowing down for no one. I loved it!
Food and coffee have always been a big part (and allure) of the Charley Davidson books, to me anyway. And Tenth Grave is no exception, food descriptions just makes my mouth water. And in this series, the food is almost always something I’ve never heard of, so it makes the cooking twice the fun. Next conversation is between Charley’s best friend Cookie and Charley right after Charley decided to move in with her (again).
“I was hungry”, she said, her shoulders deflating in shame.
“You were off doing whatever it is you do.”
“And I didn’t feel like cooking.”
“You got the chile rellenos from La Satilla?”
“Only a few.”
“And you didn’t feel the need to mention it?”
“I was going to. I swear. But it all happened so fast.”
“You know what their chile rellenos do to me.”
She finally let a saucy grin slip. “I got stuffed sopapillas, too.”
I dropped my bag and rubbed my hands together. “Looks like I moved in at just the right moment.”
(Darynda Jones: The Curse of Tenth Grave, 36% Kindle edition)
7 dl wheat flour
2 tbs corn flour
2,5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 tbs canola oil
3 dl warm milk
canola oil for frying
1. Mix the flours, baking powder and salt together. Cut in the canola oil with hands. Then add the warm milk and knead the dough until it it comes off the bowl. Then place it in fridge for four to five hours.
2. Place the dough on a well floured board and knead it couple of times, then roll it into 1-2 cm thickness. Divide the dough into 10 x 10 cm squares and divide the squares into triangles.
3. Heat the canola oil in deep skillet or a pan. When the oil is hot enough (test with a piece of dough), fry the sopapillas until golden brown. While frying them, push them against the pan’s bottom, that will help the puffing.
4. Drain the excess oil on kitchen towel. Then cut the sopapillas open from one side, fill them whatever suits you and enjoy! My sopapillas were stuffed with minced beef, finely chopped tomatoes and cucumber, sweet corn and lettuce.
4 red pointed peppers (it should be poblano peppers, not available here)
150 g grated mozzarella
150 g grated cheddar
1 mild red chili pepper
1 mild green chili pepper
2 tsp oregano
4 egg whites
canola oil for frying
wheat flour for dredging
1. Take a cast iron pan and warm it on high heat. Place the red pointed peppers on dry, hot pan and scorch them until soft and black all over. Then place them in a plastic bag or bowl with a lid for 15 minutes. Then peel off the skin.
2. Cut the pepper lenght wise, but only the first layer and open them like book. Remove the seeds.
3. Take the chili peppers, remove the stems and seeds. Chop them fine.
4. Mix the grated cheese with oregano and chopped chili.
5. Stuff the red pointed peppers generously with cheese and close them with toothpicks.
6. Beat the egg whites with electric mixer until white soft peaks form. Then add the yolk and beat the mixture three more minutes.
7. Heat the canola oil in pan (deep enough to fry the peppers), cover the peppers first in flour and then dip the into the egg mixture. Fry the peppers until golden brown.
|Chile Rellenos in the front. Sopapillas and stuffing.|
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
The Curse of Tenth Grave was everything I hoped for; witty dialogue, unexpected turns of events, fast pace and very entertaining.
This book takes the saga further, breaths it back to life after the somewhat stalling Ninth Grave.
On the first half of the book Charley and Reyes have some issues that need to be discussed, and it takes Cookie and a game of Twister to finally sort things out. Beep is a big part of the story as are Charley’s increased but unknown powers as she now is a god.
You just have to read it yourself. But if you have enjoyed previous books in the series, I guarantee that Tenth Grave won’t be dissappointment!