Wolf - Brian L. Porter, Author

3:13 PM Posted by Martha A Cheves



Lamb Tagine
(A Porter Special)


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, minced
Two 2 1/2-inch strips of lemon zest
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of saffron threads, crumbled
One 3-inch cinnamon stick
Kosher salt
3 1/2 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups water
6 large carrots, thinly sliced
1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 cups pitted green Picholine olives, rinsed
1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, ginger, paprika, coriander, cumin, black pepper, cayenne, cloves, saffron, cinnamon stick and 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Add the lamb and toss to coat. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.

Scrape the lamb and spices into a tagine or a medium enameled cast-iron casserole; discard the lemon zest. Add the water, carrots and onion and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat until the lamb is very tender, about 2 hours.

Spoon off any fat from the broth. Stir in the olives, season with salt and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley, cilantro and lemon juice. Ladle into bowls and serve

Wolf - Review by Martha A Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

"Hell, Warren!  You've got to do something." shouted Emma at her husband.  "That's six chickens gone in a week, it's got to be a wolf, just look at those tracks."

"Yeah, I've been looking, Em," Warren replied, "and there's something strange about them, I just can't quite put my finger on it."

"They're wolf tracks alright Warren, just you mark my words.  They are, and you'd better be doing something about that killer, and fast."

Warren and his wife Emma had given up their careers in an attempt to 'get back to nature' and in the process they acquired a few chickens, horses and Billy the goat.  Now something was running off with the chickens.  Warren's concern is that 'if' this is a wolf, why didn't it go after one of the horses or the goat.  Well, nothing else to do but track this killer and put an end to the thefts.

I've read many of this author's books.  Most of them, such as A Study in Red and Glastonbury, have scared the heck out of me by bringing to light that there really are some crazy, dangerous people living in our world.  I've also seen the softer side of this author with his books like Tilly's Tale which is the story of an abused dog that was lucky enough to be rescued.  But I've never read a story like Wolf.  I have to tell the truth and say that I actually cried while reading this beautiful story.  And the ending, you won't believe.

Author Brian L. Porter is one of the most versatile authors I've ever had the pleasure of reading.  He can go from the worse events in the world to the best and most loving.

Wolf also contains a superb educational section full of facts about the wolf as an endangered species, highlighting the surprising number of wolf species that are already extinct in our world. Perhaps books like this will help today's youth to take steps to help redress the balance in favor of this magnificent creature.

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