Awesome book cover Friday: Company of Liars

Why not start this Friday off with panic and disease?

By checking out this cover of Company of Liars: A Novel of the Plague by Karen Maitland, I mean.

Company of Liars

Here’s a description:

The year is 1348, and the first plague victim has reached English shores. Panic erupts around the country, and a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the deadly disease, unaware that something far more deadly is — in fact — traveling with them. The ill-assorted company — a scarred trader in holy relics, a conjurer, two musicians, a healer, and a deformed storyteller — are all concealing secrets and lies. And at their heart is the strange, cold child — Narigorm -—who reads the runes. But as law and order breaks down across the country and the battle for survival becomes ever more fierce, Narigorm mercilessly compels each of her fellow travelers to reveal the truth, and each in turn is driven to a cruel and unnatural death.

I absolutely love the detail and attention to design in this cover. It’s very symbolic, and it looks old-timey in an England way. Plus, the book sounds awesome. What do you think?

I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m heading to a friend’s potluck tonight and then rewatching Judge Dredd on Sunday. Making delicious, delicious spinach and artichoke dip, too, and I printed out a recipe for a peanut butter “cheese ball” because YUM. ;) And playing lots and lots of games because I took on too many reviews as I’m clearly nuts.

Also, our furnace broke in the apartment, so we’re getting that fixed. :( It’s been 10 degrees outside, but fortunately, we’re not freezing to death because at least some hot air is getting through.

What are your plans for the weekend? Enjoy!

Sweet and delicious: tangerine-pistachio sticky buns

For about fifteen bucks, my boyfriend and I made these delectable sticky buns this weekend.

Perfect for the novice cook to make, these tangerine-pistachio sticky buns smell amazing as they bake and taste even better.

You can find the recipe over at Sarah’s Place blog. She’s got some really unique dishes on there.

Some of the sticky buns fell apart upon removing them from the pan, but that’s more our fault than the recipe’s. Anyway, they tasted fantastic. We couldn’t find tangerine marmalade at the store, so we substituted orange (which the recipe says is okay). We had to shell and de-salt the pistachios ourselves, and the pizza dough (we used refrigerated pizza crust in tubes) was naturally elastic, so it took awhile to roll out into a decent shape and size. My Mom recommended that next time we pinch the ends of the roll in with water before cutting it into equal slices and setting them in the pan. Apparently this helps prevent the filling from squeezing out, though I think it might compensate for the extra dough: The two ends of the roll had less filling in them because of the 1″ margin, but nobody complained that they weren’t darn tasty.

If you’re worried about budget, you can definitely do this for around $15. We already had the flour, butter, and salt (though we accidentally nixed the salt but figured it worked out fine anyway, since we used salted butter instead of unsalted as the recipe called for). Our shopping list looked something like this:

  • Plain pistachios ~ $4-5 (These were the cheapest ones we could find, and we used most of them. The rest we ate because pistachios are yummy! Again, we shelled the ones we needed ourselves and washed them since we couldn’t find any unsalted.)
  • Dark-brown sugar ~ $1-2 (A store brand is fine.)
  • Tangerine or orange marmalade ~ $4-5 (We used Smucker’s and spread on more than the recipe called for. Just use as much as you think covers the dough well.)
  • Pizza dough, two tubes ~ $4-5 (We just used pizza crust. I’m not sure if there’s a difference.)

These were a huge hit and relatively easy to make. Makes 8-10 rolls, depending on how you cut them.