FRIDAY FEAST with Sarah Mayberry

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It’s Friiiiiday and what better way to celebrate this most favourite of days than with fantastic food and fabulous fiction?

I know… FOOTY! Yes, my darling Sydney Swans AFL team had a win. About time, too. This losing business was leaving me very flat. I think that’s what’s been affecting my golf. I had the footy sooks. Speaking of Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf news, I played rather well last week. For nine holes. Then it all collapsed in a muttering heap. But for nine blissful holes it was happening. No balls in the water, no thieving crows to upset me. Lovely.Author Sarah Mayberry

Speaking of lovely (oh, I am the segue QUEEN!), today’s guest is most certainly that. Lovely, and an amazing author. It’s no wonder I have serious fangirlness. Sarah Mayberry writes amazing books with brilliant dialogue and storylines that hook you from the first page. I’ve just finished reading the first of her April releases, Satisfaction. Oh boy, was that good. Really, really good, but I’ve come to expect that from Sarah. Which is why I’m very excited about her second April release, Her Kind of Trouble. Can’t wait to read this one!


Cover of Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah MayberryIt takes one to know one 

The moment Vivian Walker spies Seth Anderson she knows they’re a match made in hedonistic pleasure. And everything that happens between them proves her right. Even better, they both agree their one night together is all they’ll share. 

Now, years later, Seth remains one of Vivian’s favorite memories. Surely the sizzling chemistry has faded, though, right? Apparently not. Because when she sees him again he’s still sinfully attractive. More than that, she actually likes the man he is. When Seth suddenly becomes a full-time dad to a newborn, Vivian falls hard. Despite the changes, however, she knows Seth will never settle down. And he will definitely never commit to one woman. So she needs to strengthen her defenses before she gets into real trouble!

“As she always does, Mayberry has delivered a passionate, psychologically astute romance with a hero and heroine who are both charmingly flawed. The pages practically turn themselves” –  New York Journal of Books.

They do! Pick up a Sarah Mayberry and you’ll be hard pressed to set it down. Which is why you want to buy Her Kind Of Trouble right now. Oh, yes you do! For the paperback try Booktopia, Bookworld, Amazon, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, direct from the publisher Harlequin or Mills & Boon Australia, or your local chain store. For the ebook click on Amazon, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, JB Hi-Fi or your favourite ebook retailer.

Now, have fun with Sarah!


One of the things I love about writing books is that I get to give my characters the cars, houses, wardrobes and shoe collections I would love to have in real life – and I also get to feed them. I don’t think I have ever fed one of my characters something that I personally can’t stand. That would be so…wrong. More often than not, they get to have something I am craving or something I wish I could try again. Her Kind of Trouble is no exception to this rule.

I don’t want to ruin the plot for you, but there is some sadness mixed in with the sexy times and romance in this book, and at one point the heroine comes over to the hero’s house and cooks him dinner before lining up the shot glasses, breaking out the tequila bottle and helping him deal with his feelings.

Here’s a little excerpt from the scene:

“How’s your liver?” she asked as she reached for the tequila bottle.

“I own a bar, remember?” There was a good measure of his old cockiness in his response.

“Big talk, Anderson. Let’s see you put your money where your mouth is.”

“That doesn’t even make sense. You bought the tequila, remember?”

“You know what I mean.”

“To Lola,” she said solemnly.

 Grief raced across Seth’s face like a cloud across the sun. Then he blinked and nodded and raised his own glass. “To Lola.”

They both licked the salt off their hands before knocking back the tequila and sucking on their lime wedges. Vivian inhaled sharply as the alcohol seared its way down her throat to her belly.

“Oh, man, I hate tequila,” Seth said.

“I know. You could so strip marine varnish with this stuff. Brutal.” She poured them a second shot as she spoke, and Seth reached for the salt cellar.

“Gives the worst hang-overs, too,” he said.

“No way. Nothing is worse than a champagne hangover,” she said, sliding his shot across the table toward him.

“Talk to me tomorrow,” he said knowingly.

They both threw back their second shots, Seth wincing as though he’d just swallowed acid.

“Feeling alive yet?” she asked him.

Before she gets Seth drunk, however, Vivian cooks him dinner – Mexican, Vivian style. I LOVE Mexican, always have, always will. Here is my chicken fajitas, Vivian style, as featured in Her Kind of Trouble.

Vivian’s Chicken Fajitas with Two Salsas

2 chicken breasts

2 medium Spanish/red onions

1/2 a fresh pineapple

1 fresh lime

A handful of fresh mint leaves

A ripe avocado

1 large or 2 medium tomatoes

Burritos/soft tacos of your choice

Olive oil

Portuguese chicken/Cajun Chicken spice mix or other spicy chicken seasoning of your choice

1. Slice the chicken breast into bite sized pieces, then coat them with the spicy chicken seasoning of your choice. I’ve found both Cajun Chicken and Portuguese Chicken seasoning to be good. Pour olive oil into a frying pan and cook.

2. While the chicken is cooking, dice the Spanish onions finely and separate into two bowls, half per bowl.  Slice the pineapple, removing skin and hard core, then finely dice also. Mix the pineapple with one portion of onion, then slice the mint leaves finely and add to the same bowl. To complete the pineapple/mint salsa, squeeze the juice from a fresh lime and mix through the pineapple and mint.

3. Dice the avocado and add to the second bowl of diced onion. Cut the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds, then dice finely. Add to the second bowl, season with salt and pepper. You can also add a dash of olive oil at this point if you like.

4. Place your cooked chicken, bowls of salsa and warmed tortillas onto the kitchen bench or table, and invite your family and friends to assemble their own fajita.

The mix of the tart pineapple and lime juice with the mellow avocado and spicy chicken makes this one of my favourite easy summer meals. I think Seth liked it quite a bit, too! I hope you enjoy!


I will most assuredly, Sarah! Thank you. What a zingy fast meal, perfect for whipping up mid-week or weekend lazing with a margarita in hand.


Now, Feasters, we know you love a giveaway and Sarah has a beauty! Simply reveal your favourite spicy dish and you’ll go into the draw to win not only a paperback copy of Her Satisfaction by Sarah MayberryKind Of Trouble but also an ebook copy of Satisfaction AND a packet of the world’s best biscuit, Tam-Tams!

How’s that for a prize? Told you it was a beauty. So start sharing your favourite spicy foods and get yourself in the draw.

I don’t even have to think about what my favourite spicy dish is. I have a dead simple rice noodle and pork stir-fry recipe using chilli bean sauce that I just love. Like, really love. To the point that I could eat it every night for a week, easily. But what about you? Maybe you love a fiery rogan josh? Perhaps a Moroccan tagine is more your go. What about a bit of well-seasoned chorizo? There are plenty out there and your favourite could make you a winner. And a very happy reader!

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 15th April 2014. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Sarah and her books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Twitter using @MayberrySarah.

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Julie who’ll be not only enjoying Sarah’s wonderful books but soon tasting Tim-Tams! Thanks to everyone else who played along in the Friday Feast fun. Wonderful comments as always.

44 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Sarah Mayberry

  1. AvatarAnna Campbell

    Wow, two of my fave peeps in one spot, talking about food. Clearly I’ve died and gone to heaven because I was SUCH a good girl on earth (no snorting from the peanut gallery, you two!). Sarah, I’m fanging to read your new books. I thought Cathryn was fanging too until I realized that I’d read fangirling as fanginging. But then, you write great stories that I can always get my teeth into! Anyway, I’ve scheduled Satisfaction for this week and Her Kind of Trouble for next week. Hmm, I think I’ll say a new Sarah Mayberry book is my favorite spicy dish!

    1. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Hi Anna! I just emailed you, so look at that: snap! So glad you got the books, and hope you enjoy. As for sinking your teeth into them…Well, each to her own, and all that…; )

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Aww, you always say the best things, Ms Campbell. Very Romance Queenly mannered.

        Have already been verra satisfied by Sarah’s Satisfaction and now I’m fangingfandangling to read Her Kind of Trouble. I bet it’ll be just as toothsome!

  2. AvatarLanda Graf

    I need Tim Tam’s. Gotta have them so bad and those books! *falls over*
    Sarah I may not have expressed before how ardently I adore your words, your books, your characters and such. Beverley Kendall got me hooked on you and since then it’s been a sudden purchasing spiral. I’ve obviously been buried in the writing cave too long if I missed these two reads.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Eeeeveryone needs Tim-Tams, Landa, There’s nothing like them.

      What a wonderful compliment for Sarah’s books. I’m a recent convert too and can’t rave enough. She’s fab!

    2. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Hi Landa. Blushing just a little bit now! Thanks so much for your kind words. And Tim Tams are da biz, aren’t they? I heart them so much. A little too much, really…

  3. AvatarPaula Beavan

    Yum, that recipe sounds great, I’ll only need to make my own grain free tortilla’s (for which I already have a recipe) and I have dinner sorted. 🙂 My fave spicy recipe?? I really love taco’s, but don’t eat corn, so I make taco mince and toppings and have it in what we call “paleo flat wraps” or grain free tortilla’s LOL I’d love the books, but if I win, no Tim Tams for me 🙁 you can eat them and think of me 🙂 LOL

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I like tacos too, Paula. They’re so moreish and you can pile them up with all sorts of things. Mine are completely unauthentic though. Would so love to try some real ones, on location. That’d be way cool.

      If you win, I don’t think we’ll have aaaaany problem finding a home for those Tim-Tams.

    2. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      The great thing about that recipe, Paula, is that you can totally make it your own. When I was on my low-carb kick earlier in the year, I had everything except the tortillas, just ate it like a salad-with-meat type thing, and it was equally delicious. If you win, I swear to you with my hand on my heart that I will – just for you – eat some Tim Tams in your name. Because I am that kind of gal.

  4. AvatarAlina D

    Hi Kathryn and Sarah! I can’t wait to read the new books, I love everything Sarah writes 🙂 As for spicy food, I hate to say it but I don’t do spicy. While I love my books with some spice not so much my food. I grew up on Cuban food which while very flavorful it’s not spicy. Hope you both have a wonderful weekend!

    1. AvatarAlina D

      Cathryn I am sorry I spelled your name wrong, my darn spell check changed it and I did notice till it was too late 🙂

      1. AvatarSarah Mayberry

        Spellchecker is the bane of my existence, Alina. I totally hear you about spicy food – I am a complete coward where it’s concerned. I like mild curries, and am always taking the chiili out of recipes. Lovely to see you here!

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          No worries, Alina. Happens aaaaaall the time.
          Cuban food? Oooh, now that’s something I’ve never tried. Must go a-googling!

          Thanks for dropping by.

    1. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Hi Fedora. Lovely to “see” you as always. I will check out your chilli recipe, but like you I will leave out the hot sauce. Both my BIL’s love hot sauce. They like to make themselves sweat with the agony of it. Definitely not my cup of tea, that kind of self flagellation! I’d much rather eat a Tim Tam…or three!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Crikey! I just checked out the recipe, Fedora. I suspect (hope?) this one uses a different chilli powder to what’s in my pantry because FOUR tablespoons of the stuff we use would kill us! Sounds really tasty though. Thanks for sharing!

        1. Avatarflchen1

          I think the stuff we use is actually fairly mild–it’s a mix of a milder chili pepper, oregano, cumin, and some other spices. But I think the spice labeled “chili powder” is kind of a free-for-all category… some are fairly mild. Others are heavy on the cayenne, which is incredibly spicy (at least for our family!) One that we used recently scorched our mouths, and I ended up having to double the rest of the ingredients to try to make the batch edible… *sigh*

    1. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      I had spicy wings at a groovy bar in inner city Melbourne the other night, and they were AMAZING. My friend and I almost arm wrestled over the last one. This is why chefs should never offer uneven numbers of nibbly things that are intended to share!

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ooh, I agree, bn100. Buffalo wings are good!

        Why do they do that, Sarah? It drives me bonkers. Threes of things, like arancini, when there’s two of you and you end up making a mess trying to cut it in half or taking alternate bites or martyring yourself and letting the other person have it when you really want if for yourself. Shouldn’t be allowed!

  5. AvatarJulie

    I have non idea what Tim Tams are, but it sounds like I need to try some, stat. I can’t handle spicy dishes, but I can never say no to any Thai dish involving curry (especially green curry).

    1. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      I LOVE green curry, Julie, as long as it’s not too hot. And Tim Tams are are chocolate cookies with a chocolate cream centre dipped in chocolate. That’s a very mundane description for something that is very delicious.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Tim-Tams are amaaaaazing, Julie. A chocolate biscuit but not as you know it. It has a flavour and texture all of its own. If you ever get the chance to try one you’ll immediately understand why Aussies get a bit funny over them. Ooh, you might get to, if you win the giveaway. Good luck!

  6. AvatarKim

    I’ve never had Tim Tams, but I do like anything chocolate. As for a spicy dish, I enjoy Jambalaya. It’s a Creole dish made of shrimp, chicken, sausage & rice. The spice comes into play by adding tabasco sauce and diced green peppers.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      If you like chocolate then you’ll love Tim-Tams, Kim. Jambalaya sound delicious! I really need to get to the US to try all these fantastic sounding foods in situ. Food always tastes better when you have a great atmosphere.

      Thanks for visiting Friday Feast.

    2. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Hi Kim. Jumbalaya is one of those dishes I’ve read about but never tried. It sounds delicious. And trust both Cathryn and myself – you would LOVE Tim Tams. Have never met anyone who didn’t.

  7. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Hi Cathryn and Sarah!! Wow, I love the sound of that recipe. I was in Southern California late last year and had some authentic fish tacos that were fresh and scrumptious, a true revelation. The difference between Baja Mexican and Tex-Mex was then explained. So not all *Mexican* is equal. I’m doing a lot of Middle Eastern spices lately (Ottolenghi) so more about complexity than heat but seriously delicious.
    Cathryn, maybe the 3 thing is a matter of design. Yesterday I couldn’t bring myself to put 4 fresh bay leaves under the cabernet paste on my cheese platter (=pathetic). Had to be 3 or 5. Only western cultures think in pairs. If you buy a Japanese dinner service it is never for 6, always 5. So I’m thinking three of something just looks better on a plate?

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      It probably does look much better, Louise. But it’s bloody annoying!

      I’m laughing at your bay leaf episode. You big foodie, you!!!! But, oh, how I understand.

      Speaking of Ottolenghi, we only just finished watching his TV series a few weeks back. So, so good. I’m tempted to buy one of his books now but he seems to have a lot of interesting stuff available online. Plus my cookbook collection is getting ridiculous. Really must start buying the e-versions but I can’t bring myself to. They’re so incompatible with my messy cooking style!

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          Thanks, Louise!!! That looks completely delish. I was reading the latest SBS Feast magazine and there’s a recipe for Stuffed Aubergine with Lamb and Pine Nuts which I think is from Jerusalem. It looks and sounds beautiful. Have you tried it? I’m thinking of making it over the weekend.

    2. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Hi Louise. You said the magic O word. We worship Ottolenghi in this house. We have all his cookbooks, have saved his TV shows, and I regularly check his various sites for new gems. Oh, and I follow him on Twitter! We have discovered a great dish from him recently – oven roasted chicken with a hazelnut, rose water and honey crust. I cannot tell you how good it is, and how easy. I will be making it for Joan Kilby and her hubby when they come for dinner on Saturday night, in fact. The recipe is from the Ottolenghi cookbook. It’s got a great orange polenta cake in it too. I have made it once and I still dream about it.

  8. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Sarah, hi Cathryn! Another beaut post. I’m salivating now and I’m not sure if I should go and get dinner first or hunt up this book. It sounds great, Sarah, as I’ve come to expect. Thanks for sharing.

    Not sure about a single favourite spicy dish. There’s an eggplant dish with a range of middle eastern spices that we all adore here. There’s also a gorgeous Thai tofu tamarind dish that we used to get at a restaurant that’s now closed (sob!) before I could weasel the recipe from them.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ha! I was just replying to Louise about a spiced eggplant and lamb dish, Annie. Now I have it on the brain.

      Satisfaction was a wonderful read! Can’t wait for Eddie’s story now. Sarah is the most wonderful writer.

      Lovely to see you here, as always.

    2. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Hi Annie! Spicy eggplant sounds great. We have been shallow frying eggplant that has been marinated in garlic recently to go with our home made falafel. That’s the way they serve it at the falafel place we go to in Paris, so we have been experimenting a bit. If you cook it long enough, it almost caramelises. Delicious!!

  9. AvatarAMK

    I’m not a huge fan of spicy food, but I’ll go with – pasta with broccoli and chili flakes 😉 Very simple. Or even simpler – salty tortilla chips dipped in hot salsa, mmm.
    Btw, I already have both Her Kind of Trouble and Satisfaction, so I’m totally doing it for the Tim-Tams! Which I’ve never eaten, seeing as I live on the other side of this lovely planet 😉

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ooooh, now that pasta dish sounds really interesting, AMK. I seem to recall seeing a recipe like that once before, but I’m sure there were almond flakes involved too. May have to investigate!

      Good luck with the draw and the Tim-Tams. It pains me to hear of so many never having tasted these excellent treats. Tim-Tams are so good they should be universal!

    2. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Hi AMK. I could always send you some of my other books if you win, don’t worry. Especially if I am already posting you Tim-Tams. Like Cathryn, I am appalled that there are people in this world who have never tasted Tim Tams. It seems a crime against nature! If I could, I would drop them from the sky for everyone!

      1. AvatarAMK

        Sarah, I’ve been a fan of your writing for quite a while now and I’m pretty sure I have all of your books (I blame it all on Anything for You, which is still my beloved comfort read). However, I suppose you’ll be sending out a signed copy and I would never say no that, whatever the book happens to be 🙂

        Tim Tams look sort of similar to Kinder Delice (by Ferrero), except the filling of KD is not chocolate.

  10. AvatarRobyn Archinal

    I would love to win these books I read rural romance all the time, there are so many authors out there at the moment I just cant keep up with them all, keep up the good work.

    1. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Hi Robyn. My books aren’t rural, more urban, and often based in cities I’ve either lived in or visited. But I agree with you, there are too many great books out there to read! My TBR pile is teetering.

  11. AvatarMeredith Pynsent

    Oh dear. Your books sound thrilling Sarah but I’m in a dilemma somewhat as the thought of spicy food leaves me breathless. Literally and metaphorically. I had a colleague who was from Thailand and very nicely, I thought beforehand, offered me some of her dinner to taste. Ít’s not too hot.Not as not as I would normally cook it,’she reassured me. That was one of the last things I heard before I blacked out and came out of resus shortly after looking for a fire extinguisher to empty down my throat.Or the space where my throat had been. But will def look out for your books now. The lovely Miss Hein has been responsible for my expanding education in authors to look out for and her taste has been wonderful! I’m totally corrupted:)

    1. AvatarSarah Mayberry

      Don’t worry, Meredith, you are not alone in being wary of the heat! I am also a bit of a chicken when it comes to spicy food – a little goes a long, long way for me. I have relatives who like to almost make themselves cry when they eat hot sauce, which I simply do not understand. I like to taste my food, thank you!

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