Though Oklahoma is known more for its tornados than its earthquakes, it has experienced more than its share of the latter lately. Here is a report from the Edmond Sun that describes today's Oklahoma County earthquake as sounding like a sonic boom. Though only a few miles away, I didn't feel it. During an earthquake last fall I thought my house was coming down.
Garden District residents are unaware that one of their neighbors has kept a rougarou (Cajun werewolf) frozen in their basement freezer for forty years.When a killer hurricane takes direct aim at New Orleans, Wyatt Thomas, the French Quarter’s favorite sleuth, is called into action. Before the hurricane strikes, Wyatt and N.O.P.D. homicide detective Tony Nicosia must deal with the thawing rougarou, and solve two heinous murders at a monastery in the south Louisiana wetlands. Primal Creatures is the third novel in the Wyatt Thomas French Quarter Mystery Series.
Please check out Primal Creatures, and the entire French Quarter Mystery Series at Eric's Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBook author pages
When hired by a
movie producer New Orleans detective Wyatt Thomas travels to a
remote, south Louisiana monastery to investigate the death of a popular actor. Was
the killing the result of a magic spell, a voodoo curse, or was the victim torn
apart by a rougarou—a Cajun werewolf? As a major hurricane looms
just offshore, Wyatt races to solve the mystery while trying to avoid the same
fate as the actor. Primal Creatures is the third novel in the Wyatt Thomas French Quarter
Mystery series that includes Big Easy
and City of Spirits. Read it in December.
Edmond is the third largest city in Oklahoma. Though mostly urban, there are many wooded creeks and undeveloped areas. My office is near such a creek and undeveloped, wooded area. Last week there were eight wild turkeys outside my office. There is a vine growing near the parking lot that flowers abundantly any time it rains (rare during the past two years of drought conditions here in Oklahoma.) They are bigger than morning glories and look like moonflowers, except they bloom during the day. These flowers were likely planted by some early settler, fifty, maybe a hundred years ago. Maybe someone that left for California on Route 66 during the Dust Bowl days. Does anyone know what they are?
Mama likes avocados, cold soups, and an occasional nip of gin. It’s understandable why she likes this recipe. What’s not to like?
• 2 avocados
• ¼ cup heavy cream
• ¼ cup grapefruit juice
• 1 jigger gin
• 1 tsp salt
• ½ tsp pepper
• ½ tsp chili powder
• ¼ tsp paprika
• 4 cups jellied chicken consommé
• Grapefruit slices for garnish
Peel and deseed avocados. Force pulp through a fine sieve. Add grapefruit juice and cream to avocado pulp, and then puree. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, and paprika. Combine gin, jellied chicken consommé, and pureed mixture. Blend until smooth. Chill soup in the refrigerator before serving, and then serve in chilled cups garnished with grapefruit slices.