Cooking The Books – Nicole Flockton

Chef with cookbookTexas-based Aussie author Nicole Flockton is my guest today. Nicole writes contemporary romances set in both hospitals and boardrooms and has published with Crimson Romance and Escape Publishing. Her latest release, Rescuing Dawn, is out now with Crimson Romance.Nicole-7502-LR-Color Nicole is generously offering a kindle copy of her book to one lucky commenter. Welcome Nicole!

In “Rescuing Dawn” Dawn has baked a “Double Chocolate Fudge Cake with fresh Raspberry Frosting”. I’m going to be honest here and say that cake was pulled out of my imagination. Now I’m sure there is a recipe for said cake with frosting, but I’ve never made it.

Instead I thought I’d share the recipe of the Chocolate Cake my Grandma used to make. The trick of this cake, according to my brother who always makes it, is to over cook it. Make it so it’s a little crispy on the outside. The best accompaniment to the cake – ice-cream!

CakeSo here it is, my Grandma’s Chocolate Cake recipe. I would love to hear from you if you make it!!

2 cups Self Raising Flour

2 cups caster sugar

1 cup milk

250g butter or marg

4 eggs

4 tbls cocoa

melt butter and place all ingredients into mixer bowl and beat until smoothCake Tony

cook for 35 mins at 170c/340F

Here is a picture of my brother at Christmas with the cake he made, when he and his family visited us in Houston.

He helps save lives, now he wants to save hers.

RescuingDawnCoverDawn Granger has loved and lost and it’s a road she’s not prepared to travel again, that is until her past turns up and has her questioning her resolve.

Andrew Holmes has sailed the globe numerous times, when he almost loses his life, he decides he needs to give something back so he returns home and trains as a paramedic. When he runs into his former sweetheart he is surprised to find an attraction he thought dead come to life. When he sees the sadness in Dawn he knows he will do anything to make her smile again.

Dawn tries to resist Andrew but their past pulls at her in ways she thought long dead. Can she trust a man who’s run out on her once before? Can she risk putting her heart on the line again? Or will it all be taken from her again.

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Buy Links:   Crimson Romance         Amazon

 Amazon UK       iTunes          Kobo

Bio:

On her very first school report her teacher said ‘Nicole likes to tell her own stories’.

It wasn’t until after the birth of her daughter and after having fun on the community board of eharlequin.com that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.

The stories she writes are contemporary romances with either a medical setting or in the boardrooms of high powered business. Nicole enjoys taking two characters and creating unique situations for them.

Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and her two fabulous kids.

Thanks for your yummy recipe, Nicole! That cake looks super simple to make but really delicious. I also note that your brother has discovered that red wine and chocolate go beautifully together!

To go into the draw for a kindle copy of RESCUING DAWN please leave a comment!

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Cooking The Books – S E Gilchrist

Chef with cookbookToday we welcome S E Gilchrist, an author of hot romances set in fantasy worlds and outer space. And what a year she’s had! Contracts right, left and centre with Escape Publishers and Momentum as well as dipping a toe in the waters of Indie publishing.  Now, I’ve always wondered what people eat in space. S E’s here to tell us, and she’s got a terrific recipe to get us ready for the journey.

My first response to Lou’s invitation as a guest blogger on ‘Cooking the Books’, was…”OMG, what will I talk about, I hate cooking!” But the lure of finding new tasty recipes sucked me in, especially if they are quick and easy.me 2011 compressed

The truth is I’m impatient these days with anything which draws me away from my writing. I feel this comes from having limited ‘spare time’ plus, what feels like a lifetime, of cooking for a family of four. So nowadays, it’s a case of every man (or woman) for themselves in my kitchen. An inspired decision on my part, considering my three twenty-something ‘children’ are on various health kicks and work outs worthy of any Olympic contestant.

I’d like to share with you today, one of my favourite recipes (which requires only a few minutes of standing over the stove thus resulting in no books catching on fire!).

Roast Pumpkin & Fetta Frittata (about 30 minutes if pumpkin previously cooked)

 INGREDIENTS

500g jap pumpkin (either steamed or roasted previously – fabulous way to use up leftovers)
1/2 cup chopped spinach leaves
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon mixed herbs
6 eggs, lightly beaten
200g feta, crumbled

1/2 cup grated light tasty cheese

Fresh garden  salad, to serve

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to hot, 200°C. Lightly grease and line a large oven tray and a 20cm cake pan with baking paper. (I often use a loaf pan or a baking dish)
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in pan on high. Saute onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes until tender. Remove from heat. Stir herbs through. Cool slightly.
  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs. Stir in feta, onion mixture, pumpkin and spinach leaves. Pour into pan. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until firm and golden. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Serve with salad.

    frittata_pumpkin and feta

    courtesy of Womans Day

And if I’m lucky it will look something like this…

Legend Beyond The Stars_Final web pagesUnfortunately with the majority of her time spent on an alien space ship, Alana, the heroine of Legend Beyond the Stars is often reduced to eating protein cubes.  By the time, she and her friends finally land on a ‘civilised’ planet the need to taste real food is as strong as any addiction. Here’s an excerpt …

“I’m gettin’ a bad feelin’ ‘bout this place.” Jessamine’s voice interrupted her dismal thoughts.

Interested, Alana turned to face her and gestured towards the screen. “How so? Is it the planet, do you think?”

“Well, hard to say, but I don’t believe so. I feel somethin’ bad is gonna happen. Maybe cause Wray and Casis have been actin’ kinda weird. You know,” Jessamine waved a vague hand in the air, “tense. And not that kinda tense.” She chuckled and Alana grinned. “Almost sad as if there is some kinda heavy decision weighin’ on their minds.”

“They could be deciding whether one of them should bow out and leave the field for the other.”

“Absolutely not. I did wonder at first but seems our trio is workin’ good and it sure keeps me busy.” Jessamine winked.

“Then it’s something else.” Alana compressed her lips and crossed her arms over her chest.

Jessamine exclaimed, “You feel it too!”

“Yeah, I sure do.”

“Honey, I’m sure if you ask the Commander he’d tell you what was goin’ on. Don’t you have any idea what we’re doin’ here?”

“Commander Tarak and I do not have the kind of relationship where we exchange confidences.” Alana turned away.

“Ouch. Well, hon, my boys are holdin’ out too. And lookin’ forward, that will definitely need to change,” Jessamine said, her chin jutted out with determination.

“All I can say is, I wish you luck.”

Jessamine linked arms with her and grinned. “If I’m sure of one thing, it’s this, you sure have Commander Tarak wrapped around your little finger.”

Alana snorted with disbelief.

“Well, you’ll see I’m right. Though I so hope we’ll be eating real food for a change. I’m really tired of space rations. A huge juicy steak would go down just nice.”

“I’m on the same page with you there, Jess.”

“Honey, if a cow walked past me now, I would devour it whole; hide, hooves and all.”

Since the heroines of my short stories, The Portal (out now) and Awakening the Warriors (coming 1st May) are also on space ships, I’ve made them suffer too. Maybe I should go into the space ration business.

Thankyou, Lou, for hosting me today. I’ve enjoyed being on your blog and reading how other writers combine food with passion and love.

http://www.segilchrist.com/Awakening_Final compressed for web pages

twitter : @segilchrist1

facebook : SEGilchrist

Buy links: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/

Legend Beyond the Stars : Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/a9ag3w3     iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/aea8dfl

The Portal : Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/b8qh5rt    iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/a9qbsy6

Awakening the Warriors : Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/cwzch66