Cooking The Books – Sasha Cottman

TChef with cookbookoday it’s my pleasure to welcome regency historical author, Sasha Cottman to the kitchen. Sasha’s debut novel for Destiny Romance, Letter From A Rake, features an unconventional heroine, a mysterious letter and a to-die-for hero. I’m so pleased that Sasha is taking us inside the Regency kitchen and cooking an authentic dish from the era. As a cookbook lover I’m very fond of these recipes and love to see how they translate to the modern day.  Welcome, Sasha!

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While writing LETTER FROM A RAKE I researched the food and drink of Regency England and discovered some fabulous recipes. Fortunately, many of the recipes have been translated into modern English so that the home cook of the 21st century can replicate them.

The supper table of the London ton was a crucial part of the evening entertainment for balls and parties. Lay out a poor supper selection and you could be guaranteed that your next party invite would go to the bottom of the pile. Sweet pies and tarts were an integral part of the wonderful dishes offered up to guests.

apple tarts ready for the ovenApple and cinnamon tarts.

3/4 cup of pureed apple (any fruit preserve will do).

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 pack of frozen pastry tart shells (or you could use filo pastry)

½ cup grated mozzarella cheese

Ice cream/cream to serve.

Place the tart shells on a piece of ungreased baking sheet, (unless they come in foil cases which mine did so you won’t need the paper), place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Take the shells out of the oven and spoon the apple puree into the shells. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top and then finish off with the cheese.

Place in the oven at 180C/350F for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve warm with cream, or ice cream.

The cheese melts beautifully over the apple and

Makes approx 12.

About Letter from a Rake

The unconventional Miss Millie Ashton, recently arrived from India, finds England a cold and dismal place. The fashionable ladies of London society look down their noses at her and it isn’t long before Millie is planning her return to the country she considers home.

When Millie befriends the high-spirited Lucy Radley, she also meets Lucy’s handsome brother, ‘Alex the Great’ and things take a turn for the better. Alex, the Marquess of Brooke, is considered the most eligible bachelor in London, yet he appears fascinated by the independent Millie.  Against the odds, their unlikely friendship deepens. But Alex has a secret and when a love letter goes astray, it threatens to destroy all their happiness…

letter from a rake cover picExcerpt from Letter from a Rake

At a ball to welcome home her family from their long stay in India, Miss Millicent Ashton meets Lady Lucy Radley.  Millie has been having a hard time adjusting to life in England and is yet to make friends.

‘What a crush; I didn’t think there were that many families in town at this time of the year,’ observed a young, fair-haired woman who stopped at her side. ‘Though I ought not to complain; at least it keeps me from Lord Ashton’s supper table. My mother says if she sees me near it once more this evening she will have my lips sewn together.’

Millie turned and after taking in the petite pink roses on the bodice of the slender girl’s muslin gown, gave her a wan smile. After the miserable day she had endured, another figure-obsessed miss was last on the list of things she needed.

A spark of mischief glinted in the other girl’s eye.

‘Of course, if you and I just happen to be deep in conversation and stroll slowly by the said table of delights and I lose one of my slippers and…’

‘Your hand reaches out to the table to steady yourself,’ replied Millie, quick on the uptake.

‘At which point, my hand accidentally touches one of those delicious apple and cinnamon tarts…’

‘Then you could only be held to acclaim for your good manners. Since you had touched the food, you could hardly leave it on the table for another guest to eat.’

The other girl giggled, before painting a determined, serious look on her face. She took hold of Millie’s hand, and gave it a gentle squeeze.

‘You know you are right, absolutely right,’ she replied. A grin threatened at the corner of her mouth, but to Millie’s delight, her new acquaintance managed to keep it valiantly at bay.

‘It would be saving my family from the most outrageous of scandals. Why, I should receive a standing ovation the moment that tart touches my lips.’

Millie closed her eyes and sagely nodded.

Letter from a Rake is Sasha’s debut book.

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About the Author

Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has a love for both countries. Having her heart in two places has created a love for travel, which at last count was to over 55 countries. A travel guide is always on her pile of new books to read.

Five years ago, Sasha accidentally enrolled in a romance writing course. Other than Pride and Prejudice she had never read a romance book before. She soon discovered that the world of historical romance allowed her to combine her love of history with the passion of romance writing.

Sasha has an MBA as well as post graduate qualifications in electronic media. Having worked as an accountant in a media group for many years, she now finds herself in the unique position of having seen both the business and creative sides of publishing.

When not writing, she is busy working full time as a Chartered Accountant. On the weekends Sasha loves walking on the beach while devising new ways to torture her characters.