I will admit, my adoration of the trilogy featured in today’s Get Series(ous). is nearing on pathological. I have waxed on about it in post after post. There isn’t much to be said about it that I haven’t said already. I’ve recommended it on wine blogs and told you to buy it for loved ones.
So, who should read this series?
This series is perfect for that strangely cerebral friend who is always talking about what people did five hundred years ago. Or, perhaps, you have a friend who happens to hold a grad degree or two, but has stacks and stacks of romance novels in their closet.
QUIT JUDGING ME!! PROFESSORS NEED LOVE, TOO.
Where did THAT come from?! Sheesh!
This reader’s tastes, could run toward the more literary or historical, but they’re burned out on the genre. They need something new, but they also need it to be close enough to lit fic as to keep them comfortable.
This reader is completely ok with allowing their space to become a tatterdemalion hovel because they’ve just been impaled with the cynosure of magic that is this series. Dusting and tidying up seems a silly sport when major world dealings are afoot.
Put simply, this series is for a reader who reads.
So, what’s the series?
The All Souls Trilogy follows the story of Diana Bishop, a historian and reluctant witch, as she solves the mystery of Ashmole 782, falls in love with a mysterious vampire named Matthew Clairmont, and learns how powerful it can be to accept who you are.
*It is so much more.
Why I love it:
So many reasons–reasons I have stated in many previous posts. The books are completely rich and luxe prose-filled tapestries woven of intricate plot lines, historical intrigue, and chest-blooming romance. The magic and otherness of the tomes is the over-the-top agglutinant which binds the warp and weft ad infinitum.
The characters are humble or meek or narcissistic or insane, and the reader cares what happens to them.
This is a book wherein one finds portals to other places in the mind, places yet unexplored. Harkness, Gaiman, Pratchett, Moore, Hunter–authors in this class seem to have some sort of space machine into a chronosynclastic infundibulum of the imagination. Deborah Harkness’s machine, just so happens to pop-up in Elizabethan England on the odd time out.
If one is absolutely looking to escape from reality, there is nary a better place to shuffle off to than the world created by Deborah Harkness inside the pages of The All Souls Trilogy.
The recipe inspired by the series.
Ok, so in this series, they eat a lot of nuts and raw meat. They also eat meat pies and other things I don’t want to put in my mouth. However, the one thing they imbibe IN ABUNDANCE is?…..
And because I followed Deborah Harkness’s wine blog (bring it baaaaaaackkk, please!) long before I read her books, I decided to play on that.
What did I come up with?
Rasberries and Champagne Glazed Donut (although, beignet avec une framboise et champagne glaçure sounds fancier.)
Raspberry and Champagne Glazed Donuts
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes plus 2 hours rise t
Keywords: fry breakfast bread side snack dessert vegan
Ingredients (1 dozen donuts)
- 1 batch of prepared sweet dough, I use this recipe
- 1/2 pint of red raspberries
- 1 cup dry sparkling wine
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- insides of one vanilla bean
- oil for frying. I use a canola/coconut blend.
prepare the dough as instructed for bread, while it’s rising
combine raspberries and champagne in a saucepan
bring to a slow boil on medium and mash berries with the back of the spoon
cook on low and reduce by more than half
remove from heat and add vanilla bean
set aside for 20 minutes
strain over a bowl for 1 hour
while this is straining, roll out dough on floured surface and cut out donuts in your preferred shape
heat oil to 325F
drop each donut in and fry 2 minutes/side or until it’s puffy and golden
set aside on a paper towel lined plate or on a cookie cooling rack to cool COMPLETELY
once the berry mixture is strained and cool, whisk in the powdered sugar
dunk each donut