Book bites is the laid-back younger sibling of Cooking the Books. Authors share a recipe and talk about their book, all in one tasty bite. Today, we have the pleasure of going all the way around the world to introduce you to New Zealand resident Darusha Wehm. She’s a fellow sailor and among the first non-relatives to send me a photo of my (name-twin’s) beautiful walkway in Wellington, New Zealand. (Yes, Book Bites is bribable, but only with bridges.)
We hope you find the antipodean stew as delicious as the fiction…
Children of Arkadia follows three generations of humans and AIs participating in an audacious experiment — to create a just and free society in an orbital space colony. The book is inspired by utopian science fiction and the settlers’ stated goal is to build a better society. However, what I find interesting is that a common goal and good intentions are not enough to make a project succeed. People who hold similar views often still disagree about how to enact change, and there is an inherent conflict between competing views of what doing the right thing actually entails.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 onion (diced)
- 1 potato (small)
- 1 yam (small)
- 1/2 cup lentils (or other pre-soaked beans)
- 1 cup green beans (or other chopped vegetables)
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- black pepper
- Sauté the onion in the oil, with salt, pepper and other spices. (Note – spice amounts are approximate. Adjust to taste/smell).
- When the onions are translucent, add the stock and beans. Cover and simmer until the beans are just tender but not quite done.
- Add chopped potato and yam. If necessary, add stock/water to cover. Simmer about 10 minutes.
- Add the green beans or other vegetables. Simmer until potatoes are soft. Serve with rice or fresh bread.