Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Author Extra: The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

Queen Shulamit never expected to inherit the throne of the tropical land of
Perach so young. At twenty, grief-stricken and fatherless, she's also coping
with being the only lesbian she knows after her sweetheart ran off for an
unknown reason. Not to mention, she's the victim of severe digestive
problems that everybody think she's faking. When she meets Rivka, an
athletic and assertive warrior from the north who wears a mask and pretends
to be a man, she finds the source of strength she needs so desperately.

Unfortunately for her, Rivka is straight, but that's okay -- Shulamit needs
a surrogate big sister just as much as she needs a girlfriend. Especially if
the warrior's willing to take her around the kingdom on the back of her
dragon in search of other women who might be open to same-sex romance. The
real world outside the palace is full of adventure, however, and the search
for a royal girlfriend quickly turns into a rescue mission when they
discover a temple full of women turned to stone by an evil sorcerer.

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Author Extra:

Gluten-free Tropical Summer Sides, such as Her Majesty might enjoy
(Tomatoes on the vine are often abbreviated TOV, which, irrelevantly, means
'good' in Hebrew!)

Wheat-free Tabouleh Salad
½ cup quinoa
1 bunch curly parsley
2 small tomatoes-on-the-vine
¼ cup red onion, diced
1 baby hothouse cucumber (or ½ cup conventional cucumber, cored)
2 lemons
Olive oil, salt, and black pepper

Rinse quinoa to remove naturally-occurring bitter component. Add 1 cup of
water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until quinoa has soaked up all
the water. Refrigerate so that warm quinoa doesn't cook the rest of the raw

Discarding stems, chop parsley, tomatoes, and cucumber. Add red onion and,
once it has cooled, the quinoa. Mix in the juice of both lemons, carefully
retrieving all seeds. Add olive oil, black pepper, and salt to taste. Let
sit in refrigeration in sealed container so the flavors can mingle.

Bright Colors, Bright Flavors
1 Haas avocado, firm but will give way slightly when squeezed—if you can
sink your fingers into it and it feels like guacamole wearing a leather
shoe, it's too far gone
2 small tomatoes-on-the-vine
1 mango, cv. Tommy Atkins, or 2 mangoes, the smaller yellow variety
1 lime

Peel avocado and remove pit. Peel mango using carrot scraper and cut as much
of the flesh away from the pit as possible. Remove stems from tomatoes.

Cut all fruit into bite-sized chunks and liberally coat with lime juice.

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