A mysterious circus where the illusions are not merely tricks, they are true magic. A towering black and white striped big top. Tents that appear from out of nowhere. Patrons who wear a secret on their clothing in touches of crimson. Tents filled with ice gardens, a cloud maze, and a pool of tears. An aroma of caramel and cinnamon drifting through the air. The imagery from our latest book selection was so vivid and descriptive, it screamed of a “theme menu” for our book club.
The decor was easy: Black placemats, white bowls, and red wine. This was right up my alley! I’m kind of a freak about black, white and red: My wedding colors!
The love story between dueling illusionists inspired me to make something a little spicy for my main course. I chose a Chicken Tortilla Soup.
And all the fixings: Limes, avocado, and sour cream.
Dessert was a no brainer: the cinnamon treats in the book made my mouth water as I read the words. I have been craving
cinnamon ever since. So, I stuck with the circus theme and made Elephant Ears. Now, don’t be let down when I tell you I bypassed making those deep-fried elephant ears that are oh so finger-licking good. (I’m very much still craving those!) I went the more visual route and made puff pastry cinnamon treats that resemble actual elephant ears. Cute, right?!
The sommelier at my local grocery store recommended a Spanish Rioja to pair with dinner. I’m no expert, but to me it was a great pairing. I’m often intimidated by wine: so many brands, prices, and options. Dry or Sweet? What goes with what? I usually feel dumb, staring blankly at the endless bottles. Sometimes I shrug off clerks who offer to help, pretending I know what I’m doing. But when it comes to pairings, I’m clueless. Sommeliers are extremely knowledgeable, and in my experience they are always willing to made a recommendation. That’s what they’re there for! You’re paying good money for a bottle, so ask lots of questions to make sure you get a wine you will be happy with.