Welcome to Tasty Tuesday & A Teaser
Every Tuesday we'll welcome an Author who will share a foodie type post
with a recipe or two and some book promo!
Today please help me welcome Jane Ainslie...
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Hi, my name is Jane Ainslie, and I’m very happy to be visiting Krista’s blog today (thanks Krista!) I currently live in Adelaide, which is a small city on the edge of a desert in South Australia. I live here with my husband, and our four pet ferrets. When I’m not at my desk writing, (or telling the ferrets off for stealing my shoes and hiding them around the house), I work as a registered nurse in a big, public hospital. I have two books published so far; ‘Chai for Beginners’, which I had published in India, and ‘Her Sister’s Wedding’, which has been published in America by Decadent Publishing.
Along with writing, one of my other passions is cooking, so I was delighted when I discovered Decadent Publishing had a genre called foodie romance! What a perfect combination – food and love. Her Sister’s Wedding is a contemporary romance about Australian food journalist Mandy, and American celebrity chef Jake. They meet in Melbourne when they both have to attend Mandy’s sister’s wedding. The attraction is instant and their affair features lots of lingering looks over delicious meals and drinks.
Which leads me to my recipe for today. At the moment it’s summer here, which can be a difficult time of year. Recently, we had a massive heatwave, and I had to get creative about what to cook. During these heatwaves, it gets so hot you can’t use the oven, because it heats the house up too much. Salads are fine for one or two nights, but after that, a gal needs to drag out her cookbooks and get inventive. So today, I’m going to share a lovely chilled soup recipe that requires no cooking in its preparation. It might sound a bit odd, but trust me when I say, I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love it, and it’s super simple to make. Of course, if you are in the middle of a polar vortex type weather event, you might want to follow this with a hot, sticky date pudding with cream…
CHILLED YOGHURT SOUP
2 medium cucumbers
2 cups of Greek yoghurt
2 cups of chicken stock
1 large clove of garlic, crushed
3 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill
1 cup of chopped walnut pieces
Salt and pepper to taste
Method: Grate the cucumbers into a saucepan, then add in the yoghurt and stock. Whisk until blended, then add all other ingredients. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours. Serve with crusty bread and a cooling drink.
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BLURB FOR HER SISTER’S WEDDING:
What happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time?
Melbourne-based food journalist Mandy Evans has Paris firmly in her sights. She’s got a chance at her life-long dream of studying art in the City of Love, but not before she has to be a ring-in bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding.
After setting up his latest restaurant in Melbourne, renowned American chef Jake Pearson is leaving for his next project in Miami. He’s the hottest ticket in anyone’s town, with a burning ambition to conquer the world, but not before he’s best man at his friend’s wedding.
When Mandy and Jake meet, the attraction is instant. He loves her sassy, natural style, and her appetite for great food. She thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread, or even martinis. Fate gives them a chance at love when they are partners at the same wedding, but can either of them compromise their ambitions to let love grow?
Jane Ainslie adores martinis, is a keen but hopeless gardener, and an avid reader of cookbooks. She currently resides in Adelaide, Australia, with her beloved husband and her four unruly pet ferrets.
Her blog can be found at www.janeainslie.com and she can be found on Facebook at Jane Ainslie Books.
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Jane is giving away an ecopy of Her Sister's Wedding
during her book tour but you can get a jump on entering now!
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