Kahakai kitchen_ the book tour stops here_ a review of _the mermaid’s daughter_ by ann claycomb, served with a recipe for shrimp salad sandwiches

On today’s TLC Book Tour stop, I am happy to be reviewing the unique and magical novel, The Mermaid’s Daughterby Ann Claycomb. Recipe for thai green curry sauce Accompanying my review is a recipe for a tasty Shrimp Sa lad Sandwich inspired by m y reading.

The Mermaid’s Daughter is such a unique book that it is hard to explain and do it justice. Easy coconut curry sauce recipe As mentioned in the blurb, it is a modern update of the fairy tale, The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anders en. Chinese curry sauce recipe from takeaways It is as dark, actually probably even darker, than the fairy tale and set in the world of music and opera–giving it a different and interesting spin.

Recipe for chinese curry sauce The story is told by Kathleen, a young opera singer and student, her girlfriend Harry ( Harriet) a fellow student in the music program, her father, Robin, a composer currently commissioned to turn The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne into an opera, and finally a chorus of witch-like voices who tell the dark stories of the generations of women in Kathleen’s family. Chinese curry sauce recipe uk Kathleen suffers from pains in her feet and mouth and has been hospitalized multiple times for breakdowns with no medical explanation for her symptoms. Chinese curry sauce recipe easy Her family has a tragic history of the women committing suicide, usually in their early twenties, and Harry and Robin are determined that Kathleen not share their fate. Coconut red curry sauce recipe This takes Kathleen and Harry to Ireland where they uncover the secrets behind the tragedies. Thai curry sauce recipe buffalo wild wings In keeping with its operatic setting, the story is divided into three acts and the book includes an after story called The Mermaid at the Opera about Hans Christian Anders en and the origins of The Little Mermaid. Bww thai curry sauce recipe Although

I have enjoyed an opera or two, I wouldn’t consider myself an opera lover, but this book

had me wanting to listen to operas and fascinated about how they are

composed and staged. Bw3 thai curry sauce recipe I would definitely buy tickets to operas based on The Scarlet Letter or The Little Mermaid.

I did struggle a bit in the beginning to find my rhythm with this book–the magical aspects combined with the dark fairy tale feel and the changing perspectives of the narrators–but once I did, I had a hard time putting it down and the 430-ish pages seemed to fly by. Recipe for chicken kitchen curry sauce Kathleen is an interesting character and you can’t help but feel for her pain and her uncertainty about it. Indian chicken curry sauce recipe The love that Harry has for her is strong and true and when combined with Robin’s fatherly love, the lengths they go through to save Kathleen from herself are admirable. Chicken in curry sauce recipe The elements of the fantastical about the story are crafted well–it’s a fairy tale that had me caught up in the magic while believing in its plausibility. Chicken kitchen curry sauce recipe The Mermaid’s Daughter is beautiful, otherworldly, dark, and imaginative. Coconut curry simmer sauce recipe It is intense, sad but still hopeful, and I have a feeling I will be thinking about it for some time to come.

Author Notes: Ann Claycomb’s fiction has been published in American Short Fiction, Zahir, Fiction Weekly, Brevity, Hot Metal Bridge, The Evansville Review, Title Goes Here,

and other publications. Tikka masala curry sauce recipe She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart

Prize and has an MFA in fiction from West Virginia University.

There were some food mentions in The Mermaids Daughter, including: champagne ( Veuve Clicquot), coffee, granola and cereal, sea salt caramels, seafood, a hamburger, steak salad, clam chowder, salad, fish and chips, a breakfast of melon, grainy Irish sausage, and toast, soup and brown bread with butter and honey, a dinner of shrimp with rice and a salad, a mention of spicy scallops with orange peel, breaded zucchini and and coconut fried shrimp, sea scallops, Turkish coffee, linguine, pad Thai, and orange gelato with chocolate sauce.

For my book-inspired dish, I decided to go with Shrimp Salad from a meal Kathleen and Harry have on their last full day in Ireland. Kikkoman thai red curry sauce recipes “The restaurant was as beautiful inside as out, all blond wood and sheer white curtains, no colors to distract from the food or the view. Thai red coconut curry sauce recipe We ate celery root soup and shrimp salad on crusty white bread and drank a bottle of Riesling.”

I decided to serve my shrimp salad as an open-faced sandwich on crusty baguette slices. Recipe for basic curry sauce I just did my own recipe, a take on a simple shrimp or lobster roll , with cooked shrimp, celery and green onions dressed with mayonnaise ( in this case vegan mayo) , lemon juice, Old Bay Seasoning, celery salt and black pepper. Basic curry sauce recipe uk For some green color and texture, I added a layer of butter lettuce and thin slices of cucumber to my grilled baguette slice before piling on the shrimp salad. Brown curry sauce recipe I served my sandwich with my favorite salt and pepper kettle chips.

2 Tbsp mayonnaise of choice ( I used Just Mayo vegan mayonnaise)

In a small bowl mix together all ingredients. Beef curry sauce recipe Taste for seasoning adding freshly-ground black pepper and a pinch of sea salt if needed. Irish curry sauce recipe Chill and serve on lettuce leaves or on bread as a sandwich.

For Sandwich: 2 thick slices French bread, grilled, green or butter lettuce leaves, thinly-sliced cucumbers.

Notes/Results: Super simple but really delicious. Golden curry sauce recipe The slight sweetness of the shrimp is complimented by the tangy lemon and the slight kick of the Old Bay Seasoning and celery salt and the vegan mayo isn’t too heavy, allowing the shrimp and crunchy celery to shine throw. Chicken kitchen mustard curry sauce recipe I wanted an open-faced sandwich and piled the shrimp salad on a thick slice of baguette for the photos. Recipe for mild curry sauce Next time, I would probably cut the baguette slices in half to make it a bit easier to eat . Spicy red curry sauce recipe But , eve n a tad messy, it was well worth it –especially when served with the salt and pepper kettle chips. Green thai curry sauce recipe I enjoyed the leftover shrimp sa lad the next day for lunch, served on top of lettuce . Mussels in curry cream sauce recipe I would happily make this again.

I am also sharing it with Novel Foods #29, an event celebrating food inspired by the written word and hosted by my friend Simona at Briciole. Easy curry sauce recipe for chips This deadline for this round of Novel Food ends Thursday, March 23rd.

Finally, I’m linking up this tasty sandwich to Souper Sundays, hosted here at Kahakai Kitchen. Basic curry paste recipe Each Su nday we feature delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches from friends around the blogosphere–please join in if you have any to share. Vegan curry sauce recipe coconut milk Here’s th is week’s post and linkup.

A review copy of the “The Mermaid’s Daughter” was provided to me by the publisher, Harper Collins, and TLC Book Tours. Curry powder sauce recipe coconut milk I was not

compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are

You can see the stops for the rest of this TLC Book Tour and what other reviewers thought about the book here.

Wow, that shrimp salad has my mouth watering! It would be a great accompaniment to my reading of this book.

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