Devil in Easter?

I like to mix things up a little for my liturgical celebrations, so I made a Chinese recipe that actually would be great for Halloween:

Web eggsThen I deviled them, which interrupts the pretty surface a bit but made them quite tasty:

Deviled Easter eggsThey’re not hard to make.  Thoroughly hard boil your eggs (I have best luck by pouring boiling water over the cold eggs then simmering them gently) 15 or 20 minutes, then drain and cover with cold water for a few minutes.  One at a time, gently tap the shells with the back of a spoon to crackle them, and arrange gently in a saucepan.  Cover with water, and for each half dozen eggs, add one or two bags of black tea (or 1-2 teaspoons loose tea), 2 teaspoons of salt, and 2-3 Tablespoons of soy sauce, with any flavorings you like: star anise, or a mix of lemon peel, onion, peppercorns.  Simmer this mix (add more water if you need, to keep the eggs completely covered) for 2-3 hours, then let cool.  Sit for 8 hours in the refrigerator, then drain and carefully peel.

If you want to devil them, note that because of the long cooking time, the yolks will not be a bright yellow.  Add a touch of turmeric if you like, along with dried mustard, salt, mayonnaise or sour cream (or a mix of both), a bit of finely chopped green onion, and a touch of Worcestershire sauce.

Maybe these are not the eggs to hide out in the shrubs

A box of Russells goes to…

The first drawing for one library’s Book Club in a Box will be Friday.  Have you nominated your favorite library for this book club’s worth of Russells?   Send their name to with the subject line Library, and–good luck, this or the next six giveaways!

Lives change @ your library.

And a very Happy National Library Week to you!

The theme of this year’s American Library Association celebration is Lives change @ your library.  So that’s what Team LRK is celebrating as well.  As you must know by now, I love libraries.

Laurie's first library, in Santa Cruz, CA.

Laurie’s first library, in Santa Cruz, CA.

I use libraries by the cubic meter, by the hundredweight, by the hour.  Using any measure, libraries shaped me and continue to shape my writing.research001-100x300


So this spring, where I am also celebrating my own great good fortune in twenty years of Mary Russell, I’m giving away some of her books.

Two ways:

1. To libraries.  If you know a library that sponsors book clubs, and can make use of fifteen copies of the same Russell title, send us the library’s name.  We’ll do a drawing every week between now and the publication date for the Twentieth Anniversary Edition of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, May 27.  Show your library you love them, and let me send them some books.

Send your library nomination, to:  with the subject line: Libraries.Jean_Lukens_book_cover_233X350px

2. To Russell’s readers. Do you agree, that “Lives change @ your library”?  Let’s make that our theme.  I have a complete set of Russell & Holmes hardbacks PLUS the new hardback 20th Anniversary Beekeeper’s Apprentice for the winning essay, poem, video, painting or what-have-you, on the topic:

“How The Beekeeper’s Apprentice Changed my Life.”

Although if that’s a bit too dramatic, you can make it:

“When I first met Mary Russell, she…”

Send your essay/poem/video/needlework/skywriting project etc. to:  with the subject line: Beekeeper.

Odd housemates

I love odd plants.

DSC01134I’ve posted about my various odd housemates, of the vegetable variety, from time to time.tree orchidsNow another long-time inhabitant of a sunny window has sprouted some peculiar and quite unexpected blossoms.

Who’d have guessed that something like this—DSC00822

would sprout into this—DSC01314

Life is full of such delightful surprises.

(And in case you’re wondering, no, I have no idea what this fellow’s name is.  Anyone?)

Russell bundles, again!

My beloved Random House has an offer you…well, you can refuse if you like, they’re not that pushy.  But it’s a really nice offer, for eight Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes novels, in celebration of Russell’s 20th anniversary.  The titles run from O Jerusalem to Garment of Shadows, covering ground from 1919 Palestine to 1924 Morocco, with everything from India and San Francisco to the Orkney islands in between.  If you read one a month, all twelve books will take you up to Dreaming Spies in February!

Just a thought.

The Kindles are here, and Nook is here. Pass the word on to friends.9780804180481_p0_v1_s260x420-1