Sunday, May 8, 2011

Adriana Trigiani Contest. 2 days late and 2 dollars short.

I missed this contest by two days. Way to go, Shel. Too busy, too much sunshine, too much energy from a toddler keeping me busy! :) Oh yeah, and that darn potty training. Whew!

I am still going to post it anyway. In honor of Mother's day and my love for all things written by Adriana Trigiani.
I have a soft spot for her books because I discovered them right after my Grandma died last year. I read Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine and for those of you who have not read them (shame on you!), they are about a granddaughter and her grandmother who run a shoe making business in NYC.
I adored them! They made me feel more at peace after losing my beloved Grams.
I am currently reading Don't Sing at the Table, her memoir about her own grandmothers. It's so very wonderful and my heart gets all warm and fuzzy when I am reading! I convinced my book club to pick it for our May choice. I can't wait to see what the ladies think
about it this week when we meet.

TLC Book Tours and Harper Collins are hosting this contest with Adriana. Details here.
I chose to post a recipe that my Grandma used to make all the time growing up and up until she was about 80. My mom took over making it at that time.
It is a simple Czech soup called Vomacha.
Certainly not fancy but when I eat it now, I always think of her. She put her love into it and I know she enjoyed making if for me, since i ate it with such gusto. :)
The contest required you to make it and post a picture. Since I am late in doing this, I don't have a picture but I will share with you all the recipe.


1 lb. green and yellow wax beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 potato, peeled and cubed
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. onion, minced
1 tbsp, head dill, snipped
1 cup of Half and Half
1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp. flour, stirred into a roux
5 hard boiled eggs, if desired, chopped

Cover with water in large pot, beans potatoes, salt and onion. Cook until soft. Then add dill, cream and gradually pour in roux, stirring constantly.
Bring to a boil, add eggs, or cooked diced chicken breast.
Be careful not to make broth too thin. More water may be added later if necessary.
If you like you can put in a little vinegar to taste.

I like how the recipes of my Grandma's were always written in her stream of consciousness. A little bit of this, a little bit of that and if you happen to have this, put it in there if you'd like :)

I miss you Grams.

Happy Reading and maybe eating! As always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Senator said...

Aww that's so sweet! The Vomacha sounds yummy and that's so good you connect the soup to her. It's the little things, right?

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds good!

GREAT post!

I can't wait to see who wins.

Misha said...

Vomacha sounds delicious!
Your Grandma reminds me of my own Grandmother :)
I have Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani - I am looking forward to reading it.

Stacy at The Novel Life said...

Oh man did I miss the contest too?!? I've had it on the backburner to post about it but like you I've been so busy with *life* . . .thank goodness no potty training in my house! You have my sincerest apologies!

Anyways, what a neat recipe - thank you for sharing! and I hope you had a fantastic mother's day!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Ahhh so sweet.

Great post.

Gina said...

Wow...quite the recommendation there...and a sweet story. (No worries on the time crunch post...totally get that, you still did a fab job.) Checking out this author VERY soon. ^_^