FRIDAY FEAST with Joan Kilby

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We love a good return guest on Friday Feast and Australian author Joan Kilby is no exception. Her last post featured a delicious tour through south-east Asia full of gorgeous pics that had my mouth watering and my legs itching for travel.

I’m also feeling particularly partial toward Joan right now because I’m reading her new SuperRomance release, To Be A Family, and it’s WONDERFUL. There’s nothing like starting a story and being completely sucked in within a couple of pages, and although To Be A Family is the fifth book in Joan’s Summerside series it can be read perfectly on its own. Looks like I’ll be hunting down books 1-4!

 

TO BE A FAMILY

 

What do you do when your dreams for tomorrow happen today? John Forster’s plans to eventually be a father hit high gear when he’s granted custody of his little girl. Although he does his best, it’s soon clear she needs help adjusting to this small Australian town. Fortunately, there’s one person with the right skills to assist—Katie Henning. Too bad she’s his ex-fiancée.

Seeing Katie with his daughter resurrects John’s dreams about having a family together. And the simmering attraction that still sparks when he’s with Katie makes him think, maybe. Maybe he can make up for their past. Maybe he can build on what they share now. And maybe they can have that future he’s always wanted.

 

Doesn’t that sound fab? It really is a great read. For North American readers, To Be A Family is available now in stores or clickety-click on over to Amazon. Australian and New Zealand readers will have to wait a little longer until November. But, trust me, it’s worth the wait!

And now here’s Joan with another foodie adventure.

 

Hello, Friday Feasters! Cathryn, thanks for having me back!

I love baking but I don’t do it very often because cakes are so fattening. Yes, true. Sorry to disillusion anyone. However, for a special occasion or a dinner party, I’m only too happy to bring out the butter and sugar and cocoa and whip up something yummy.

Before I made this Cappuccino Cake I’d never cooked with mascarpone before. I’d bought a 1 kilo tub of mascarpone at Costco (it was such a good deal!) and then had to go looking for recipes to use it in. A kilo is a lot of mascarpone!

We were having people over for dinner that weekend so I was after a dessert recipe. Tiramisu would have been an obvious choice but I find it a bit too rich. I came across the Cappuccino Cake recipe at BBC GoodFood.

I didn’t take a photo on the night but I can honestly say my cake looked exactly like the one on the BBC website. And it was delicious! The crumb was moist and dense yet not heavy and not too sweet. And the mascarpone icing was absolutely luscious.

The second time I made it, one of my friends can’t eat cheese so I made a whipped chocolate ganache to go on top instead. I added coffee to the chocolate and cream and was so worried it wasn’t going to whip that I actually over-whipped it. It still tasted delicious.

 

Oh, wow! Have a look at that cake! You’re a naughty tease, Joan. I want a big fat slice of it right now but all I have are Haigh’s choc-mint frogs and liquorice. Hardly the same! If only I had a kitchen fairy…

Now, lovely Feasters, because Joan is a wonderful generous person (and did I mention an excellent author?), she’s offering one lucky commenter their own copy of To Be A Family, but you’re going to have to work for it. You don’t get tried and true cake recipes and books for nothing, you know.

So what have you purchased too much of and then had to use up? Share your experience and you’ll go into the draw to win a copy of Joan’s wonderful new release, To Be A Family.

Giveaway closes midnight, Tuesday 16th October 2012. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Joan and her books please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook and Twitter.

12 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Joan Kilby

  1. AvatarSonya Heaney

    Oh my goodness I’m so far behind with my Super reads (and it’s probably my favourite category line)! I love the Summerside series.
    I buy them ahead of time from eHarlequin (the US site sells to Australians even if Amazon won’t!), and then buy paperbacks of my favourites when they become available.
    I can’t confess to buying too much of anything, because I cannot cook. Once I run out of plain pasta (my speciality – lol), I go and buy another!

  2. AvatarJoan Kilby

    Hi Sonya, you can never have too much pasta. I probably like it even more than cake. I just watched the Two Greedy Italians make angel wing pasta with pesto. So delicate-looking and delicious. Made me want to dig my pasta maker out of the back of the cupboard.

    So glad you’re enjoying the Summerside books. There’s one more after this one, Maybe This Time, which tells the story of Darcy, the pub owner.

    It’s annoying that Amazon won’t sell digital books to Australia. Thank goodness for eHarlequin.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Ooh, I agree. Impossible to have too much pasta!

      Sonya, that’s a nice sneaky way to get your books ahead of time. You are indeed a great fan!

      Joan, isn’t Two Greedy Italians great? I love the way they keep things so simple. Not a foam nor smear nor sprinkling of “soil” in sight. A very nice change.

      1. AvatarJoan Kilby

        They’re gorgeous. I love it when they taste something, look at each other and go ‘Mmmmm.’ And you’re right, just good, basic cooking that you just know tastes amazing.

  3. Avataranniewest

    Joan, those pics look terrific! And the cake sounds utterly YUM! I’m with Cathryn, I’d love a slice of this right now for my brekkie. Sigh. I don’t suppose you do interstate home delivery?

    Thinking of what I’ve bought too much of – often fruit at change of season. When the stone fruit comes out I indulge and then find I have an awful lot on hand and, as the weather warms, it doesn’t last too long. That’s when I go hunting recipes for desserts… More fattening than fruit alone, but such fun!

    Please don’t put me in the draw for ‘To Be a Family’ as I have a copy already which I’m hanging out to read. I’ve been strong – holding this and another book out as my special treat for when I finish several massive tasks I’ve got on. Sigh. Can’t wait – I’ve sneaked a good look already and it’s so tempting!

  4. AvatarSuzi Love

    Joan,
    Your cake looks scrumptious. And your book sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to read it.

    I often buy too many tomatoes – half choice, half impulse. We drive through the vegetable growing area when we visit family in the mountains and they sell box lots of tomatoes very cheaply. Then we cook lots with onions and herbs and freeze them in batches so we always have pasta bases on hand.

    If we use 3/4 and toss 1/4 from our box of tomatoes, it’s still a great bargain.

    Suzi Love

    1. AvatarJoan Kilby

      Hi Suzi, I reckon you can never have too many tomatoes, either. They go so well with all that pasta! I cook and freeze some, too, but I don’t have a lot of freezer space. It’s my fantasy to have been born into a big Italian family and spend days bottling passata and making salami during the season. Sadly, I was born the wrong ethnicity. 🙂

  5. AvatarRachael Johns (@RachaelJohns)

    That cake looks divine – if I forget about the fact it’s coffee flavoured – lol!
    Now in answer to that question we have to USE up stuff ALL the time. We have a supermarket and basically plan our daily meals on whatever we’ve got too much left of in the shop or what will go out of date soon 🙂

    1. AvatarJoan Kilby

      Hi Rachel, the coffee flavour isn’t very strong. My non-cheese-eating friend also doesn’t drink coffee and she liked it. But maybe I’ll work on a diet Coke-flavoured cake just for you. Lol on having to use up a whole shop’s worth of stuff. You must be cooking constantly.

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Honestly, Rach, you don’t know what you’re missing with coffee. It’s good for you, I tell you!

        I’m thinking there must be some pretty imaginative meals thought up in your house at times, especially when mis-matched foodstuffs like chocolate bars, deli ham and corn chips get close to expiry!

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