FRIDAY FEAST with Rachael Johns

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Well, Feasters, I’m super excited today. Not only am I in Stawell, Victoria, talking at the local library’s Girl’s Night In (7-30pm, Stawell Library, Sloane Street in case you’re in the area and on the hunt for a faaaaabulous evening) but it’s the official release day of my good buddy Rachael Johns’ rural romance Jilted.

Now, call me biased (cos I am), but I can honestly say that Jilted is a wonderful book. It’s the sort of story that hooks you from page one and keeps you entranced until the final page. The characters are vividly drawn, the setting dynamic, the story emotional and don’t get me started on the hero, the super sexy farmer Flynn Quartermaine. He’d nearly give Lachie from Heart of the Valley a run. Nearly. A girl has to stand up for her man after all, even if he is fictional.

Here’s the cover and blurb to whet your literary appetite.

 

JILTED

 

She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his…

After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.

But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.

Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.

When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?

 

Fantastic, isn’t it? Fortunately Jilted is now released and you can buy it right here, right now.  Just click!

And now here’s Rach…

 

Hiya Cathryn!! Am ecstatic to be back on your wonderful Friday Feast for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s YOUR blog. Nuff said. For all Cathryn’s readers she’s not only an awesome writer, but an ace crit partner and fabulous friend. I certainly couldn’t do without her!!
  2. We’re talking food and I am a MASSIVE food fan. I admit I bake/cook less and less lately (probably cos my kids whine too much about my cooking and it’s given me a complex) but I’m a VERY good eater.
  3. Today is an extra special day for me – it’s the actual RELEASE date of my first print book – JILTED!

 The Way To A Heroine Is Through Her Stomach…

 

I thought as well as talk about food, I’d talk about fictional heroes! My ideal hero in a book is much the same as in real life – as well as being good looking, hard-working, intelligent, I like a man who can cook and happily does so for the woman in his life. Seriously, I think the saying should be ‘the way to a WOMAN’S heart is through her stomach’ because what woman doesn’t like a man to cook for her?

The hero of Jilted – Flynn – shares some traits with my hubby. When Ellie is at her absolute lowest, Flynn looks after her. He makes her tea, offers a shoulder to lean on and COOKS! Swoon. In one section of the book, he cooks her pancakes for breakfast and pancakes just happen to be one of my favourite foods.

When I was pregnant with my first son, my darling hubby would go into the kitchen at all hours of the night and whip me up some pancakes when I was hungry. Occasionally he’d use that ghastly stuff in a bottle but most of the time, he make them from scratch. How’s that for love!? Let’s not talk about the fact he didn’t make me even ONE pancake for the next two pregnancies.

Pancakes are important in our family. Whether it started with the pregnancy cravings, who knows, but every Sunday morning, we eat pancakes. 51 weeks of the year, I’m the pancake chef and on Mother’s Day my hubby and the boys will give it a whirl.

I’m a bit of a throw it all together and hope for the best cook, so rarely do my pancakes turn out the same. Sometimes they’re thick and fluffy, other times they’re almost crepes. But a few weeks back I saw a recipe in the Masterchef magazine for Coconut Pancakes with Orange Maple Plums. I didn’t do the plum bit but I did try the coconut and I’m hooked!! Delicious. Almost as scrumptious as the time I put choc-chips in the batter, actually maybe more so.

So today, I’d like to share with you a recipe I pretty much stole from Masterchef…

 

COCONUT PANCAKES

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups SR flour
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp bi-carb soda
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 60g butter, melted
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Extra butter

Method:

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper to keep made pancakes warm. Heat oven to 160 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, bicarb, sugar and salt into a bowl.
  3. Place eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and melted butter in another bowl and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour wet mixture onto dry mixture and whisk until smooth.
  5. Melt some butter in non-stick frying pan over low-medium heat. Spoon batter into the pan, and spread to desired size. Wait until bubbles appear, scatter coconut and then flip pancakes with a spatula.
  6. Cooke until lightly browned underneath. Transfer pancake/s to oven to keep warm while you repeat the process until the mixture is finished.
  7. EAT!

We prefer our pancakes the traditional way with maple syrup (must be the real stuff) or sugar and lemon. We also occasionally have strawberries and cream. These pancakes can be made without the coconut, but the coconut is what makes them stand out!!!

 

Mmm, now that’s a recipe to start your day with. Thanks, Rach. Love the piccies of your boys. They’re so cute!

Now, my lovelies, Rachael has very generously offered up a signed copy of Jilted as a giveaway. But to be in the running you have to share your ideal breakfast dish. Don’t have one? That’s okay. Rachael and I will compromise and accept a juicy description of your ideal hero instead. Better make him good though, between Rach’s Flynn and my Lachie that’s a whole lot of man to live up to!

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday, 5th June 2012 AEST. Australian addresses only, sorry.

If you’d like to know more about Rachael and her wonderful books please visit her website. You can also connect via her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

 

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Gemma who is the lucky winner of a copy of Jilted. Thanks everyone for joining in the fun and for all those beeeoooootiful (and rather fattening) breakfast ideas!

 

48 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Rachael Johns

  1. Avatarannacampbell

    Hiya Rach! Hiya Cathryn! Hey, what a cool place to hang out. Rachael, I love the story about your husband making you pancakes when you were pregnant. I think because food is one of the absolute basics of life, if someone supplies it to us it expresses all the love and care in the world. Love the sound of Jilted! Congratulations on your release. Looking forward to reading it – and to seeing you on the Gold Coast for the RWA Conference in August. You’re coming, aren’t you? Cathryn has promised me hijinks in the bar!

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Sorry for my late replies, everyone. I’ve been down on my girlfriend’s farm playing with sheep and tractors ‘n stuff.

        Don’t you worry, Ms Anna Campbell Romance Queen, there will indeed be hijinks at the bar. We all have much to celebrate!

  2. AvatarJenny Schwartz (@Jenny_Schwartz)

    Skipping straight to the food … I hadn’t thought of adding coconut to pancakes. Sounds yum! I bet everyone has their own particular twist on pancakes. Does anyone else make them to eat the next day?

    As a kid, Mum called these “next day” pancakes “envelopes”. You make them up thin (plain, not self raising flour) and while they’re still hot (ouchy) spoon cooked apple into the centre, a sprinkle of sugar (and cinnamon if you like) then fold the pancake over the apple so it becomes a little rectangular parcel with the ends tucked under. The next day, you gently fry in a bit of butter. Crispy and yum.

    Happy Release Day, Rachael 🙂

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Oh, Jenny, those next day pancakes sound delicious! Naughty, mind. But then most of the best tasting stuff is.

        Hmm. This is indeed an excellent idea. You could substitute savoury fillings for the apple. Possibilities!

  3. AvatarJenn J McLeod ~ Come home to the country...

    Two of my fave people (who happen to write fabo stories). I just got so excited. I thought that library was SAWTELL (which is so close to where I live – but in NSW!) 🙁 As for the pancakes. I wanted to eat the coloured spots on the plate. I thought they were food too. LOL Off to get my glasses from the bedroom now!

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Aww, sorry, Jenn, but now. Stawell not Sawtell. Although I do plans for a trip up your way!

        Don’t be embarrassed by those plates, Rach. They’re HAPPY plates. Just what everyone needs at breakfast!

  4. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Hey Rach and Cathryn. Breakfast…mmmmm. My favourite has to be that close cousin of pancakes, French Toast. Deceptively simple but it has to be done right and is open to any number of travesties. I first got hooked when I was a little girl and my father made it on weekends. Having no truck with things Gallic, he cut it in fingers and served it plain as “egg toast”. I love it made with thickish, good quality white bread, plenty of egg wash and grilled nice and crispy and golden. Served with crispy bacon and real maple syrup, I’m in heaven.
    Congratulations on the release of Jilted, Rach! I loved One Perfect Night and can’t wait to read Jilted.

    1. Avatarrachael johns

      Oh Louise – I LOVE French toast!!!! You do realise I’m going to have to have it for brekki tomorrow now. I love it with bacon and maple syrup too. Love the sound of your father’s recipe!

  5. AvatarHelene

    Congrats on your release Rach!! Another fabulous feast day – pancakes would be one of my favourite brekkies too so I’ll have give your recipe a whirl!

    In our house it’s a tradition if we both have a day off together GW cooks an amazing full English Breakfast complete with roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms to go with the poached egg, crispy bacon and baked beans 🙂 I love lingering over breakfast and don’t get the chance as often as I like.
    There’s something very decadent about reading the newspaper, chatting over another coffee and relaxing!

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Oooh, you are spoilt, Helene! We usually have a cooked breakfast on Saturdays but I only ever get poached eggs, toast and bacon. None of the extras that make it a true English breakfast like yours. I must word-up my man!

  6. Avatarprincessfiona01

    Hi Rachael,
    I was going to say bacon and eggs until I read Helene’s post and totally remembered how much I liked that breakfast when I stayed at a hotel in Brisbane years ago. They had chippolata herb sausages and scrambled eggs as well. You could choose from all different types of bread to toast or have croissants or other french pastries.
    I nearly made a mistake with spelling your name. My eldest daughter is Rachel and half the cards we received had it spelled the same as yours. I had a panicky 24 hours when I thought we should change the spelling but didn’t in the end.

    1. Avatarrachael johns

      Oh Fiona I LOVE hotel breakfasts, especially when it’s a buffet format!! You’ve also reminded me how much I LOVE croissants!! And no worries about my name. People miss my A out all the time, but I’m not one of those people who cares 🙂 You daughter has a lovely name though!

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Hi Fiona and thanks for dropping by. Those chipolatas are great, aren’t they? Love them when they’re nice and spicy. Great for firing you up in the morning.

  7. AvatarSerena Tatti

    Hi Rachael,
    Mega congrats on the release of “Jilted”! Am going to go hunting at BigW etc. I LOVED “One Perfect Night” and I know this will be just as wonderful 🙂

    The best breakfast I ever had? Eggs Benedict – poached eggs and sliced ham on toasted English muffins, covered with Hollandaise sauce. Hmmm sounds pretty ordinary when put like that. Have only had it twice – the Hollandaise is artery-clogging lethal 🙂

    Thanks for having Rachael as your guest, Cathryn!

    1. Avatarrachael johns

      Aw Serena – thanks so much for your lovely words about OPN. I hope you like Jilted just as much. I’ve never had Eggs Benedict but I need to remedy that I think. Sounds delish!!

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Jilted IS wonderful, Serena. A definite must-read. And secretly I think it’s better than One Perfect Night, but that’s probably because it’s rural and I do love my country stories. In particular when they feature sexy farmers like Flynn Quartermaine.

        As for eggs Benedict. Gaaaaawd, yes. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Pity it’s such a fat-ridden dish but very special to have as a treat.

        Really must teach my other half how to make it….

        And as for you, Ms Rachael, you MUST try it. It’s beautiful!

  8. AvatarGemma

    Mmm. Breakfast. Mine is similar to bacon and eggs but it our own take. It is affectionately known as steak and eggs. Marinated steak tips, fried eggs, home made chunky toast with lashings of butter, sautéed mushrooms and a home made hash brown. Delicious!

  9. AvatarAnne Gracie

    Hi there, Rach! Great to see you here. Love the opening of your book — I read it on line and have ordered the book. Love pancakes for breakfast, though I hardly ever have them. I think your man is a hero, making them for you like that, and quite obviously, between the two of you, you’re breeding up the next generation of heroes.

    Favourite breakfast? It varies, but a regular favourite is mushrooms cooked in butter with a little bacon, garlic and fresh thyme, served on chunky toast (crisp crusts, soft inner) with a large pot of fabulous coffee to follow.

  10. Avatarrachael johns

    Oh Anne – thanks re my book but I have to disagree on the mushrooms. I’m one of those fussy people that doesn’t like them 🙂 I really hope you enjoy the rest of JILTED as much as the first chap!

  11. AvatarFiona Barry

    Looking forward to reading Jilted, love Australian rural romance so much it’s hard to read any other kind of book. Your books were just fantastic Cathryn, I couldn’t put them down. Hope you are all busy writing lots more books for us all to read. 🙂

    1. AvatarFiona Barry

      Oh and my ideal breakie is good old bacon and eggs with toast and fried tomato. 🙂

      1. Avatarrachael johns

        Aren’t Cathryn’s books just amazing Fiona!? I’m with you on the rural romance, but may be a little biased. I love good old bacon, eggs and fried tomato as well 🙂

      2. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Aww, thanks, Fiona. Feeling pretty damn chuffed right now!

        As for writing more, you betcha we’re flat out working. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been so slow responding to comments. Gotta get that next book finished.

  12. AvatarMonique McDonell

    My husband makes me eggs benedict on special occaissions. I don’t know if they are world’s best eggs benedict but they are my favourite. Those pancakes look divine Rachael.

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        You MUST try it, Rach. It’s the most delicious thing.

        I’m sitting here feeling a bit jealous of you, Monique, and wondering if I can’t train my man to make me eggs Benedict. Bribery maybe?

  13. AvatarKelley Jones

    I read both promises and heart of the Valley now Im up to chaperter 4 of Jilted and am loveing it. Promises was great, Heart of the valley was “awesome” Im from the Valley and a Jump Judge so I could imagin being there, especially when Cathryn described driving though Rutherford, over the Hexham bridge, past the pony club ground to salt ash to pick up her the big horse. It was just amaizing.

    Please never stop writing there are not enough good Aussi writer. No matter how bad life can be at times, being lost in a good book keeps a person sane. thankyou

    1. Avatarrachael johns

      AW Kelley – I’m so glad you loved Cathryn’s fab books and are enjoying Jilted. It’s comments like yours that make our job the best 🙂

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        So sorry for the late reply to your comment, Kelley! I’m so thrilled you loved both books and thought Heart of the Valley “awesome”. It’s always great when you recognise a place in a book, isn’t it? Kinda makes the book a little bit more yours.

        Being lost in a good book keeps me sane too!

  14. AvatarShannon Curtis

    Hiya Rach! Congrats on the release, can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it. I’m a pancake aficionado, so I’m looking forward to trying these pancakes. Hubby and I have differing views on the ideal brekky – I like pancakes, french toast, fruit compote, etc. He likes eggs, bacon, baked beans, fried tomatoes, fried mushrooms and worcestershire or HP sauce. We usually have to bag a date in advance (as he has for this coming long weekend!) to cook our fave. My ideal hero cooks, looks great in an apron and nothing else, then cleans up afterwards.
    Personally, I think a man cooking in the kitchen is a form of foreplay…

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