Cooking The Books – Jennifer St George

Chef with cookbookWelcome to Cooking the Books! Today my guest is contemporary romance author, Jennifer St George. Last time we caught up with Jen we heard about her kitchen woes and how they were  all going to be solved with the aid of a Thermomix. Well, let’s find out how that little experiment has turned out, shall we? But before we do, whatever her shortcomings in the kitchen, Jen sure does know how to deliver a sizzling alpha billionaire hero. The latest book in her fabulous Billionaires series was released this month by Destiny Romance. Here’s Jennifer!

 

Why Can’t my Characters Cook For Me?JSG

 

Cooking. It’s not my forte. I’m a very basic cook and will use any excuse to order take away rather than cook a meal. I’d love to be a great cook, and to that end I purchased a Thermomix, which I talked about during my last visit to Cook the Books.

The Thermomix promises that even the most inexperienced cooks will be able to prepare dishes they never before dreamed were possible. It can chop, whip, mix, emulsify, mill, knead, cook, blend, stir, steam, weigh and heat. I was sold.

So, how’s it going? Well, my young daughter can now cook amazing meals, which is fantastic. She is a natural in the kitchen. She’s whipped up tuna pasta, made her own pesto (and now grows her own basil so she can make it fresh from the garden), has produced almost a hundred batches of Anzac biscuits and lots more. She loves it.

How am I going? Well, I’m disappointed because I still have to shop for ingredients and put them in the right order and the right amount. When they make a machine that does that, then I might look like a good cook. I have made a couple of quite successful soups and salads, but I think you need to want to cook to get the best of the Themomix.

Anyway, because I’m such a rubbish cook I consciously ensure all my heroines are brilliant cooks (yes, living out my fantasies through my fiction). They make fabulous meals. I know about amazing meals because I read all those gourmet magazines and indulge in quite a few restaurant meals…I just can’t replicate these mouth-watering morsels in the kitchen, but I can write about them.

My latest release, Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon is set in a luxury health retreat. My heroine Poppy effortlessly whips up a meal of carrot and ginger soup followed by chicken with salsa verde and roast courgette and red peppers and finishes the meal with lime and rose sorbet. All organic ingredients and all delicious. Apparently Poppy could have made all these meals in my Thermomix. Shame Poppy is just a figment of my imagination!

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Thanks, Jen. So what about you, dear reader? Are you an old-fashioned cook who eschews modern gadgets in favour of technique? Or will you grab anything going in order to make life easy?

Author Bio:

Jennifer St George is a romance author whose sexy stories feature courageous, career-minded heroines, strong heroes in glamorous international settings. Out in October, Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon is the second book in Jennifer’s Billionaire Romance series.

You can buy Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon from:

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iTunes

Kobo

Penguin

Google

 

Find Jennifer at:

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Cooking The Books – Jennifer St George + print giveaway

Chef with cookbookOoh gadgets! It’s really the very best time of the year to be talking about the acquisition of new kitchen toys. Any girl with cheffy pretensions can’t go past new kitchen stuff and Christmas is the time to get it. I’m expecting a Kitchen-Aid under the Christmas tree this year <whistles innocently> but now I’m starting to wonder. Because Jennifer St George is here to tell us about a machine the name of which has been swimming around at the outer reaches of my consciousness for some time. I’m all ears. But first I’m all eyes for Jennifer’s brand new Destiny Romance print release, Sweet Seduction, containing two gorgeous romances. Here’s Jennifer:

Those Magnificent Cooks and their Thermomix Machine!

Okay, have you heard of Thermomix?  Apparently, as I learned recently, the Thermomix is the king of kitchen JSGappliances. The German made machine can multi-task better than any woman. It can chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir and steam. It certainly has more kitchen skills than I do.

Apparently this thing is so good that half the chefs in the country have one (or more) sitting in their kitchens. Australia’s top chefs, including Adriano Zumbo, Tetsuya Wakuda and Adrian Gilmore, have given it the thumbs up.

Being someone who likes facts, I checked out Choice Magazine.  It rated Thermomix ahead of all its competition. So I did some further investigation.

The thing can make an Orange cake in 30 seconds (excluding cooking time), raw cacao and macadamia cheesecake in 158 seconds (excluding chilling time) and mushroom risotto in 12 minutes.

So, as fortune would have it (is it fortunate?), one week after hearing about this amazing machine, a friend invites me to her Thermomix party. Yes, they are only sold through demonstration parties (like Tupperware). I will enjoy a three-course meal all made by the Thermomix, so that’ll be good.

But then there is the price!

I can’t include the price here as my husband may read this post and I just might want to buy one. But, apparently I will be transformed into a kitchen goddess with this device. This is a pedestal I have wanted to be placed on since I realized even my spaghetti bolognaise was worse than average (quite a blow).

Being a lousy cook, I like to make my heroines fabulous cooks.  Charlie, my heroine in Seducing the Secret Heiress, is a fantastic cook. So much so that she competes in my hero’s reality TV show. She wouldn’t need a Thermomix.

Seducing the Secret Heiress (and my other novel The Convenient Bride) has now been been published in print under the title of Sweet Seduction and is available through Big W and other good books stores just in time for Christmas!

So, my question is, has anyone else heard about these amazing machines and would you recommend them. Leave a comment to go into the draw for a print copy of Sweet Seduction (Australian delivery only).

Sweet SeductionSweet Seduction Blurb:

Together for the first time in one heartwarming volume.

The Convenient Bride



Sienna De Luca will do anything to save her family’s hotel, and ruthless Italian businessman Antonio Moretti knows it. With problems of his own, he proposes a marriage of convenience that will secure his next business deal and save Sienna’s hotel.

 In keeping with her part of the bargain, Sienna travels to Venice with Antonio, who introduces her to a life of luxury and opulence. Antonio soon realizes he has vastly underestimated Sienna. Unexpectedly, she gets too close, and when she discovers his dark secret, Antonio’s perfectly planned life begins to unravel . . .

Seducing the Secret Heiress

Diamond heiress, Charlotte Wentworth, is passionate about two things – cooking and her fiancée, Paul. Until the day she finds out Paul has been unfaithful. 

Charlotte flees to Europe, determined to build her own life without her family’s fortune. When she meets gorgeous TV producer, Gabe Grenville, she keeps her connections secret and soon finds herself the star of his new cooking show. But how will he react when he discovers Charlotte’s true identity?

Buy Links:

Sweet Seduction is available through Big W and other good book stores. Ebook available:

Amazon

iTunes

You can find Jennifer at:

w: www.jenniferstgeorge.com

f: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.s.george.31?fref=ts

t: https://twitter.com/JenStGeorge

g: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6521004.Jennifer_St_George

blog: http://lovecatsdownunder.blogspot.com.au/