FRIDAY FEAST with Nicole Flockton

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Winter is fully fledged now, so much so we’re halfway through the footy season with my darling Sydney Swans sitting very comfortably in 4th place on the AFL ladder, just ahead of those pesky Fremantle Dockers.Nicole Flockton author photo

Now, speaking of the Dockers, it’s my joy today to introduce one of their greatest fans, an ex-pat Aussie living in Texas who can’t let go of her footy-lovin’ roots. Nicole Flockton writes contemporary romances, moving from the sexy power of boardrooms and business, to equally drama-filled medical settings, with her latest, Rescuing Dawn firmly in the latter category. Check it out…

 

RESCUING DAWN

 

Cover of Rescuing Dawn by Nicole FlocktonHe helps save lives, now he wants to save hers.

Dawn Granger has loved and lost and it’s a road she’s not prepared to travel again, that is until her past turns up and has her questioning her resolve.

Andrew Holmes has sailed the globe numerous times, when he almost loses his life, he decides he needs to give something back so he returns home and trains as a paramedic. When he runs into his former sweetheart he is surprised to find an attraction he thought dead come to life. When he sees the sadness in Dawn he knows he will do anything to make her smile again.

Dawn tries to resist Andrew but their past pulls at her in ways she thought long dead. Can she trust a man who’s run out on her once before? Can she risk putting her heart on the line again? Or will it all be taken from her again.

 

Ooh, I adore a lovers reunited story and Rescuing Dawn sounds fabulously romantic. You can own a copy right now with just a few clickety-clicks on any of the following ebookstores: Kobo (most excellent sponsor of the 2013 Australian Romance Readers Convention), Google Play, Amazon (for Kindle) or iTunes.

All loaded? Marvellous. Now let Nicole warm you up!

 

 A Winter Delight

I’m thrilled to be part of Cathryn’s Friday Feast. After looking over the previous Feast posts I wondered what the heck I was going to talk about. You see I’m the world’s most basic cook. If I could get away with it I’d have the same thing every night. Actually when I was living by myself I would. I’d have a piece of meat (steak or chicken or lamb) some salad, pasta shells, broccoli and peas. I figured the whole meat and vege deal was a good healthy meal. Not to mention it was easy and after a day at work I was all about easy.

But now I’m a mum and wife so I need to get creative. Well I said I need to get creative doesn’t mean I do! My poor husband puts up with very boring fare. LOL

Now that I’m a published author I find I get caught either doing work work, or writing and it’s four o’clock and I haven’t thought about dinner! Some days I pull out my favourite little appliance – the Crock Pot! When my son walks in and sees it he’s all excited that I’m cooking his ‘favourite’ meal.

So seeing as it’s winter in Australia, I thought I’d share my favourite Crock Pot recipe. It’s actually an adaptation of a recipe that I got from Jamie Oliver for Lamb Shanks. All my measurements are extremely accurate (not) I guestimate most of the time :-). So here it is, “Zane’s Crock Pot Delight!”

 

Zane’s Crock Pot Delight

1-2kg of diced meat or 3 lamb shanks.

1 can of diced tomatoesNicole Flockton's Crock Pot

2 carrots chopped

4 celery sticks chopped

Splash of Balsamic Vinegar

¼ cup of water

¼ cooking wine

A few sprinkles of paprika, chilli powder, ground cumin

Any other spices you may like!

Put everything into the pot and cook on low for 6-7hrs

So there you have it. It really is a recipe where you can adjust the measurements to your liking. I’ll boil up some rice and serve it up with some crusty bread. Nice and warm on a cold winters night!

Do you have a favourite winter meal?

 

Ahh, the good old slow cooker, a saviour of many working folk, and this recipe looks a beauty, Nicole. Lamb shanks would have to be one of the most satisfying winter meats. All that sticky meat, cooked long and slow so it falls sweetly off the bone. Sigh. One could almost compose an ode to their joys.

So, Feasters, hit us with your winter wonders. I know you have them. Delicious comfort foods just made for warming the soul when the weather is bad. Lamb shanks are a firm favourite in the Hein household but we’re also rather partial to a good beefy casserole like boeuf bourguignon or beef cooked in beer (oh, how I love that!). Oops, just made myself a bit drool-y, but I’m sure you have plenty more mouth-watering dishes to tempt us, so share away!

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

 

20 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Nicole Flockton

  1. AvatarNicole Flockton

    C’arn the Dockers!!! LOL I think it was quite appropriate that our teams played out a draw. Thanks for having me on your blog today! I’m hoping to get inspiration from your commenters for new recipes. As long as they’re easy I’m all about easy LOL

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      Well, I hope your Dockers do the righty by you and for my tips, Nicole. Unlike my darling Swans, who were very ordinary against Port yesterday. All those injuries are costing us.

  2. AvatarPaula Beavan

    How fortuitous, I have lamb steaks out of the freezer, I have a crock pot, I have recipe. I love Friday Feast’s and this one will feed me through a long and lonely (husband away) writing weekend 🙂 YAY thanks

  3. Avatarchristinestinson

    Go the Swannies! Go the Friday Feast, too. Thanks, Cathryn and Nicole, for an enjoyable post and an intoduction to Nicole’s latest – I do like a good lovers reunited story and Rescuing Dawn sounds like one. Favourite winter warmer (one of them anyway) would have to be slow-cooked beef cheeks in red wine, with garlic mash and whatever steamed vegies you fancy (I like broccolini).

      1. AvatarCathryn Hein

        Oh, yeah, Christine, beef cheeks are AWESOME! They go all gooey when slow-cooked.and are melt-in-the mouth delicious. We marinate ours in thyme, garlic and lots of Oloroso sherry, then cook them for 3 1/2 hours with tomatoes, capsicum, onions, celery, carrot and paprika. Bluddy bewdiful! I’m going to have to have a go with red wine. That sounds winter perfect to me.

  4. AvatarSuzi Love

    Nicole, Zane’s lamb shanks sound delicious. Yum. And Cathryn, you’ll have to make your famous beef in beer for me one day.

    Another favorite crock pot meal in our house is corned silverside. Add vinegar, brown sugar, cloves and whole black peppers. The meat is so tender it falls apart and served with mashed potato it’s an absolute winter winner.

  5. AvatarSasha Cottman

    Considering how cold it has become in Melbourne over the past few weeks, this is a perfect winter recipe. I love my crockpot (I actually have 3 of them in various sizes). Thanks so much for the recipe Nicole.

    1. AvatarCathryn Hein

      I own one, Louise, but rarely use it. In fact, I used it for the first time in what was about 8 or 9 years just a couple of weeks ago and was so nonplussed it’ll probably take me that long to use it again. I’m on your side with the Dutch oven. Mine’s Le Chasseur and I love it, stains and all. That, and the wide based copper stock pot I bought in France. Now, that’s an amazing cooking pot.

      Lamb shank curry sounds like a fantastic winter warmer. Must try!

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