FRIDAY FEAST with Christina Phillips

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And another fantastic Friday rolls around. This week I’ll actually get some Swans footy!

With my darling boys having a bye last week it was all a bit colourless in the Hein house, although the neighbours were probably grateful. No mad yelling at the telly to put up with. There was the Open golf, of course, but that’s not really a sport to get yelly on the couch about, is it?

Which brings me to some Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf news. Despite not playing to the handicap I already have, I somehow managed to shave another stroke off it over the weekend. ‘Tis this newfangled Slope/GA Handicap system. It can sneak up and bite you on the bum and not even offset the pain with a win!

Speaking of winning, this could be you on Friday Feast this week. But more on that later…

Today’s guest is Christina Phillips, an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. Christina writes scorching-hot paranormal, historical and contemporary romance. Not only are her stories super steamy, they’re gorgeously written, which is why she’s a triple finalist in the 2013 ARRA Awards for Favorite Erotic Romance, and finalist in the 2012 ARRA Awards for Favorite Paranormal Romance. Christina is a also a double finalist in the EC Golden Ankh Awards for Favorite E-book of the Year 2014.

Check out Christina’s latest release, Her Vengeful Scot.


Her Vengeful ScotTo avenge his sister’s honor, he must destroy the woman he wants most in the world…

Ordered to remain in Pictland, Cameron MacNeil fights the lust that consumes him whenever he encounters the aloof princess, Elise. Not only is she a cursed Pict, she belongs to the man he has vowed vengeance upon.

Despite her reputation, Elise has no interest in men until she meets Cameron. Lacking the famed Scots charm, his blunt ways enchant her and he ignites a passion she long thought dead. When she is freed from her difficult marriage, Elise places her trust in the tough Scot warrior who has stolen her heart.

Bound by blood oaths, the only way Cam can protect Elise from political schemes is to make her his bride. When Elise discovers the truth, she fears everything she knew about her husband was a lie. All she can do is trust her goddess was right and Cameron is her one true love.

Go on, admit it. You’re after a bit of hot Scot right now, aren’t you? So get clicking! Buy Her Vengeful Scot right now from Amazon, Kobo, Google Play, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, or the publisher Ellora’s Cave,

All loaded up? Excellent. Now give a big welcome to Christina.

Hunting Out Good Food

Thank you Cathryn for inviting me onto your Friday Feast today!

Well over in WA it’s been both cold and wet (I know I should be used to this kind of weather since I hail from England but uh, no.) So I thought today I’d share a yummy winter meal that my mum used to make when I was a child. She only made it on rare occasions, probably because it takes two and a half hours prep time (excuse me while I laugh hysterically at this point! And never fear, this version takes about 10 minutes prep time which is not only far more civilized but also about my limit!!)

We knew it as Chicken Hunter Style and to my shame it was only when I was an adult that I realised it was an Italian dish by the far more exotic name of Chicken Cacciatore 🙂

There are of course many variations of this dish, including adding various peppers. I don’t bother adding peppers to anything since my darling family will meticulously fish out every single one on their plates before they can take the first bite. On the other hand I do add celery because I love cooked celery even though said beloved family… don’t 🙂

Chicken Hunter Style Recipe

Chicken Hunter Style

One four pound chicken cut into pieces


2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 thinly sliced medium onion

226g thickly sliced mushrooms

2 thinly sliced garlic cloves

1/3 cup red or white wine

1 810g can of plum tomatoes in their juice (or 21/2 to 3 cups of peeled and chopped firm ripe tomatoes with their juices. Guess which I do…)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon dry thyme (or 2 teaspoons fresh, chopped)

1 teaspoon dry oregano (or 2 teaspoons fresh, chopped)


Rinse, pat dry and season chicken with salt. Heat oil on medium heat and brown the chicken pieces. Set chicken aside.

Add sliced onions and mushrooms to the pan (and any peppers or celery 🙂 ) Cook until onions are translucent then add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Add the wine and give it a good stir. Simmer until the wine is reduced by half and then add the tomatoes and stir in the pepper, thyme, oregano and a teaspoon of salt. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Place chicken pieces on top, skin side up, lower the heat and cover with the lid slightly ajar.

Cook on a low simmer, turning and basting from time to time, until chicken is tender (about 30 to 40 minutes).


Ah, now there’s a lovely fast recipe to keep the hordes happy this winter. Thanks, Christina. I can just imagine this with a load of crusty bread to mop up all the juices. Mmm.

Speaking of juicy things, we have a…


Christina is very generously offering one lucky reader the chance to win an ebook copy ofhersavagescott_msr the first in her Highland Warrior Series, Her Savage ScotAll you have to do is tell us in the comments what your favourite casserole is. Easy!

Perhaps you’re a bit partial to an Irish stew, or lean toward the spicy with some chilli con carne. Maybe a vegetarian stew is your go? Share, and we’ll pop you into the draw to win an ebook copy of Her Savage Scot.

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 29th July 2014. Open internationally. Rah!

If you’d like to learn more about Christina and her wonderful books, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter using @christinaPh_

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Meredith who has won her own sizzling hot Scot! Thanks to everyone for playing along. Always a hoot!


16 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Christina Phillips

  1. AvatarCathleen Ross

    I’ve had an operation and can’t stand for long. No one in my family has cooked me a nice, hot meal so I my favourite casserole is Christina’s. I’d really like to try and make this. It looks easy enough for me and I know it would taste good.
    And yes I am feeling sorry for myself.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Aww. Poor you! You should absolutely have this made for you, Cathleen. Not you making it, them making it for YOU! And with nice crusty bread to round it off properly.

      Feeling sorry for you on your behalf and sending loads of sympathy your way!

    2. AvatarChristina Phillips

      Cathleen, it’s very easy to make otherwise I couldn’t manage it! Just before I serve it up I add some veggies (I steam some stir fry ones 🙂 ) Rice or mash goes well with it and of course yummy fresh bread! Hope you feel better soon. I’m sending you some cyber Chicken Hunter Style xo

  2. AvatarChristine Stinson

    Coming from a long line of McDonalds (of the clan variety, not the hamburger) I do enjoy a post with Scottish connections, so thank you, Cathryn and Christina. My favourite casserole involves slow cooking lamb shanks for three and a half hours in a good chicken and wine stock with a few cloves of garlic and whatever vegetables and herbs happen to be on hand. It’s never the same but it’s always delicious. A great winter warmer and family favourite. All the best with those Hot Scots, Christina, and Go The Swannies.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      LOL on the hamburger vs Scottish connection, Christine! Ahh, lamb shanks. Aren’t they the most comforting thing? Slow cooked, so they fall off the bone and the tendony bits go all gelatinous and gooey. Perfect for the winter and so versatile because you can throw anything in there and it’ll still taste great.

      Actually, that’s what we’re having for tonight’s dinner: Spicy slow-cooked lamb shanks. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe from his first Naked Chef book and it’s a cracker. Highly recommended if you can dig it up online or know someone with the cookbook.

      1. AvatarChristina Phillips

        Hi Christine! I love lamb and will definitely be trying this! My one attempt at doing lamb in the slow cooker was a horrifying disaster. I have no idea what I did wrong but it was clearly something major!! And despite having chicken soup earlier, I’m now starving again. This always happens when I read your blog, Cathryn!!

  3. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Hi all. Any sort of casserole makes me happy. Another vote here for lamb shanks. I do a Terry Durack lamb shank and curry which is delish. Congratulations on the release, Christina!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ooh, yum! Sounds totally delish, Louise. But being the good foodie that you are, I can’t imagine anything you cook not being delish!

  4. AvatarMeredith Pynsent

    Hi Cathryn and Christina! Luurve casseroles, especially as the weather right now is perfect for them. Also they used to be the only food my daughter would eat when she was little, she was very sensitive to different textures and wouldn’t eat meat, veg etc but if I cooked it all in a casserole, she’d clean her plate. I used to make a huge pot of meat, chicken etc, divide them into serving size Tupperware and freeze them. She used to take one for loch at pre-school and I must’ve been doing something right as I was asked for the recipe. All the other kids wanted Toni’s lunch cos they thought it smelt so good! Your books sound wonderful Christina! I have been known to swoon over various Scotsmen. That accent! Sigh…!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      What a great idea, Meredith. Ah, it takes a clever mum to sneak around kids’ little (big!) food quirks. They can be suspicious when it comes to things they don’t like.

      As for swooning over Scotsman, haven’t we all done that. Men in kilts… sigh.

    2. AvatarChristina Phillips

      What a great idea, Meredith! My three were so fussy when they were little it was a miracle when they ate anything at all!! And yes, sooo love that Scots accent 🙂

  5. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the Friday Feast fun. The giveaway winner has been drawn. Congratulations to Meredith who has won her own sizzling hot Scot! Well, in book form anyway.

    Thanks to everyone for playing along. See you again soon!

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