The knob on the stove that turned on the gas needed a special twist and turn before the fire leapt to life. Abbi knew it was a hazard, but it gave her a sense of ownership over the kitchen. An ownership that kept George and his misguided culinary mishaps to a necessary minimum. Everything she needed for her dinner party was ready, except the dessert – poached pears with honeyed white wine. At the same time, she’d quickly blitz up her famous jalapeño dip to serve with the hors d’oeuvres beforehand. Everyone excepted everything at these regular dinner parties: from an elaborate main course bookended by aperitifs, appetisers, soups, salads, dessert, coffee, cheese, and digestifs to the best wine and latest, trendy cocktails. More was more seemed to be the goal.
South Africa went down to level four lockdown during May, so life pretty much carried on with its crazy new normal. I read eight books this month, which is more than usual, but three of them were audiobooks and three of them were YA or children’s books, which are very quick and easy to get through. One book was South African (the first on the list), which I’m pretty scathing about below. It’s not as terrible as I make it seem, and I would consider giving at least one more in the series a try. Without further ado, here are my May reads.