FRIDAY FEAST with Beck Nicholas

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Hello, lovely people, and welcome to another fantabulous edition of Friday Feast! Today is very special because we have on a debut Australian author, a book giveaway and a totally slurpilicious recipe. Much cause for celebration!

Unlike a certain beloved football team whose performance in the  AFL Grand Final still makes me want to sob with heartbreak and bewilderment. But enough of the Sydney Swans. Cos, quite frankly, I’m still too upset to talk about it. So, in Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf news… well, at least I wasn’t as bad as my football team! Not even close. Although I did send a ball hurtling into a dam. Actually, make that two balls. Oh… Hang on. It was three. Sigh. But I did spot a frill-necked lizard and had a brown snake go slithering across the fairway. Just as a bonus!

Speaking of bonuses, that’s what you’re in for today, so read on.Young Adult author Beck Nicholas

I am absolutely chuffed to welcome Beck Nicholas to Friday Feast and to showcase her debut young adult novel, Fake. Beck hails from Adelaide and has been a long time member of the Romance Writers of Australia, and we’ve caught up at many a conference. I was thrilled when I heard Harlequin would be publishing her first book and even more delighted when I saw the fantastic cover she’d been given. Now it’s wonderful reviews I’m seeing!

Fake is on the shelves now and while it might be marketed at young adult readers, adult readers will be in for a treat too. Take a look.

FAKE

Cover of Fake by Beck NicholasSeventeen-year-old Kath McKenny has a date to the end-of-term party with her since-forever crush. He publicly messaged her to confirm, but there’s been a recent status update: he’s taking the new girl — giggly, pretty, well-developed Lana Elliot — instead.

After being thoroughly humiliated in front of half the school, best friend Chay talks Kath into revenge: a scheme to create the perfect — and very fake — online guy for Lana. Once she falls for him, they’ll show her what it’s like to get brutally dumped.

Everything is going to plan until Kath starts spending more-than-just-friends time with the other new kid in town — Lana’s dreamy older brother, Sebastian. Kath finds herself getting in deep — in love and drowning in guilt, she tries to put an end to her prank, but it’s taken on an unstoppable momentum of its own, with very real consequences.

As her plotting begins to unravel, so do the people Kath thought she knew:
Her mother has a secret online life.
Her father has a whole new family.
Her best friend is barely recognisable.
Her boyfriend has a disturbing hidden past.
And her enemy is more familiar than she knew

Doesn’t that sound a blast? You should buy a copy right now. For the paperback visit most splendiferous online bookstore Booktopia. Also Bookworld, Dymocks, Angus & Robertson, QBD The Bookshop, Collins Booksellers, direct from the publisher Harlequin, or your favourite bookshop or chain store. For the ebook try Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, JB Hi-Fi or your favourite retailer.

Still not sure? Try this excerpt on for size.

‘Kath! What are you hiding here for?’

I look up, into the frowning face of Chayanne Davy. She’s been my best friend since fourth grade when she cut my finger in a fight over a piece of purple ribbon. She didn’t do blood and promptly fainted, meaning we both spent the rest of the lesson in the nurse’s office. Now, she looks even more pissed than she did then. Her eyebrows, a dozen shades darker than her bleached hair, are lowered in a scowl.

I shrug. ‘This is where we always sit.’

She drops a folder on the damp grass and settles beside me with an exaggerated sigh. ‘But now you’re dating Joel, you need to hang out near the canteen in case he wants to talk to you.’

‘He bought me an ice-cream almost two weeks ago. It’s hardly a commitment.’

‘You’ve finally got Mr Hottie’s attention and now you’re going to blow him off?’

I’m not sure a meet-up at Sweety’s Icecreamery, two doors down from my house, even counts as a date. I shrug again.

Chay flashes me one of her infectious grins. Her bright red lipstick matches her sandals which, combined with tiny cut-off shorts, are completely inappropriate for the chill in the air. ‘So did I imagine the fact that he asked you to the end-of-term party?’

My lips twitch but I refrain from repeating the jig I’d performed in the privacy of my bedroom. ‘Nope.’

Truth be told, for a while I’d worried that I’d dreamed the casual invite to the annual dress-up celebration. I’d been polishing off the remnants of my strawberry shake and the final slurp nearly drowned his words.

Wasn’t that fun? Now go buy. Go on!

Sorted? Excellent. Please enjoy some delicious naughtiness with Beck.

A Little Fakery

I am a regular reader of Friday Feast for the brilliant excerpts (to make my TBR pile groan)and the recipes. Part of the excitement of that call with my first sale was the prospect of at last being a guest myself. Here I am with FAKE on the shelves and my turn in the FF spotlight. Thanks for having me Cathryn (even though we might have a slight disagreement on footy teams – Go you Crows, 2015 for sure!).

There isn’t a lot of cooking in Fake – apart from one horrible experiment when Kath makes her fave lunch of banana and peanut butter warmed on fresh bread. The thought of it actually makes me gag but I remember a friend at school LOVING the combination. Personally I preferred the timeless (but perhaps equally disgusting) potato chip sandwich for my no-mum-around meal.

Although there aren’t many cooking moments, the characters do spend an awful lot of time visiting Sweety’s Icecreamery where they enjoy ice-creams and milkshakes… and a little romance.

Today I’m sharing a recipe inspired by the mint milkshake in the book. It’s is more of a building than cooking one but is super delicious. And you know sometimes it doesn’t hurt to Fake it a little.

Choc-mint Ice-Cream Sandwich

One tub awesome choc mint ice-cream (whole tub not required for dessert)

Choc chip cookies (or buy some)

150g softened butter

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1 1/2 cups SR flour

1 cup milk chocolate bits

Method

First, cream butter and sugar. Add in egg and vanilla and beat well. Mix in sifted flour and choc chips, until well combined.  Place heaped teaspoons of mixture onto lined tray, and press gently flat.

Bake at 180C for 10-12 minutes or until golden in colour and slightly gooey.

Choc chip cookies

Choc sauce

200g 70% Cocoa dark chocolate

185ml thickened cream

Break up choc and mix together. Heat in microwave or over double boiler gently, stirring often to combine.

Broken up chocolate ready for melting

Construction

Place dollops of ice-cream between two cookies. Then simply drizzle the warm choc sauce over the top.

Choc-mint Ice-Cream Sandwich

Enjoy!

I’m not sure how many this makes thanks to family scavenging as I cooked but all the components can be enjoyed on their own too.

For a chance to win a signed copy of Fake, comment below to let me know your favourite after school snack or an easy dessert.

 

Thanks, Beck! And how good does that sandwich look? Mmm. I adore mint chocolate so this is right up my alley.

Now, you heard Beck. There’s a…

GIVEAWAY!

Rah! We so adore a giveaway on Friday Feast. It’s such a great way to discover a new author and this giveaway is totally easy-peasy. All you have to do to win a signed paperback copy of Fake is leave a comment sharing your favourite after school snack or easy dessert.

In the interest of playing along, I’m going to divulge one of the snacks I used to sneak in as a teenager: zap a snack-sized tin of corn in the microwave, drain and then stir through one (or many more) of those individually wrapped cheese slices. Zap a bit more until the cheese is melted, then scoff with spoon. Embarrassing to think about now but I loved that mix.

Your turn to share!

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 7th October 2014. Australian postal addresses only.

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

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Shelleyrae who has scored a copy of Beck’s fabulous debut release, FAKE. Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the Friday Feast fun. There were some wonderful after-school snack blasts from the past, as well as some, how shall we say… not for the fainthearted foods mentioned!

61 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Beck Nicholas

  1. AvatarMichelle

    My favourite dessert these days is 5 Minute Mug Cake, except we do it in a bowl so it feeds the whole family.
    5 minutes and it’s in our plates. And it’s super versatile. Add choc chips, liqueur, mint chips.. and serve with ice cream or cream. DELISH!!!

  2. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Congratulations on the release, Beck! I see you come from the Amy Andrews school of cooking 🙂 These look absolutely delicious! My favourite quickie dessert is really good quality ice cream with Dutch peanut biscuits and a splash of something groggy on top.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That was my thought, Louise! Not that that’s a bad thing. Pretty damn good I reckon.

      Everything with something groggy on top has to be better for it.

  3. AvatarBec Brown

    Your book sounds great Beck – will definitely be looking to add it to our collection at the school library I work at! Favourite quick desert – something my cousin taught me – get a large cup put two fruit in the bottom (you can use some other fruit but not all as some stop the jelly setting) then pour enough jelly to cover the fruit and let it set, once its set mix up instant pudding and pour some on top (you can do two different flavours if you want) top with some cream and maybe even grated chocolate (or just put freddo on top!) a yummy alternative to plain old frogs in jelly

  4. AvatarLisa

    My bestie Kathleen & I used to grate tasty cheese onto a plate, microwave it till it turned to oily go and the smother it i white pepper … Then it was just a matter of grabbing a fork each and digging in … God it makes me laugh out loud just thinking about it 🙂

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That makes me laugh too, Lisa!!! Gawd, the things we used to shovel into our mouths. I went through a phase of zapping quick cups of custard powder and milk in the microwave. Then there was the buttered bread with sugar and cinnamon…

    2. AvatarBeck

      I remember making butter and tomato sauce sandwiches in the microwave. just like a sausage in bread… minus the sausage. 🙂

  5. AvatarKeziah Hill

    That looks amazing Bec! Congrats on the new book. I used to devour fresh slices of white bread smothered with butter and honey when I got home from school. Loved it.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Oh, yeah. Anything sweet, Keziah. We were growing girls!!!

        Still haven’t stopped in my case. It’s just happening in a different direction.

  6. AvatarKim Foster

    After school snack wow i can’t remember back that far but lets go for a Yogi Bear i do remember we had them and Bertie Beetles……..i;m still a chocolate holic yummmmmmmmmmm

    1. AvatarBeck

      I was talking about Bertie Beetles today. The perfect balance of choc and biscuit (that is what’s inside?). I have a small (ahem) choc weakness too!

        1. AvatarBec Brown

          I LOVE bertie Beatles except now they are made by wonka (who is owned by nestle) but you can only seem to buy them in show bags which sucks 🙁 we have the Geelong show coming up – maybe I can bribe one of the kids to get me a bertie Beatle showbag???

  7. AvatarKelly

    I still love a piece of defrosted pastry sheet smothered in vegemite and grated cheese. Fold in half and then cut 3 strips, twist them and bake in oven … YUMMM

  8. AvatarEnisa

    Hi Beck. Congrats on the publication of your novel. What a delicious dessert you created. Much more adventurous than what I indulged in way back when. A slice of toasted bread smothered with condensed milk straight from the can.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Hi Enisa, lovely to see you here! Anything with condensed milk has to taste amazing. My dad loves to pour it over icecream, which is pretty nice I must say. I had a leftover half can in the fridge the other week. Impossible to resist. Every time I opened the door it was like, oh, I’ll just have a little scoop. Bad. Very, bad. But oh so good!

    1. AvatarBec Brown

      Condensed milk – soooo good my nasty sister uses it to make a crumble (so good) the nasty part is it only uses 1/2 a tin and she FREEZES the other half for next time 🙁 no putting it in the fridge to dip your finger into. but I remember growing up my nana always kept some in the fridge encase she ran out of milk (she didn’t drive) it came in like a toothpaste tube (think you can still buy it like that) we used to sneak into the fridge and squeeze it straight into our mouths!

      1. AvatarBeck

        Hi Bec! Who can freeze condensed milk for next time? Too much yum. I have a big sis who would watch us eat all our Easter eggs and save hers for so long they’d go white and inedible. Just to taunt me with the fact she hadn’t finished hers. Not that I’m scarred or anything…

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          Freezing condensed milk is against the rules! Although, imagine dipping your spoon in frozen condensed milk. It probably doesn’t set rock hard because of the sugar content and would be like scooping hunks of caramel. Hmm, I may have to test this theory….

          I used to do that with the tubes too, Bec. I think everyone does!

  9. AvatarChristine Stinson

    Congratulations on the release of ‘Fake’ Beck, and thanks for another great Friday Feast, Cathryn! (I, too, am bewildered and so disappointed by the Swans’ lacklustre performance when it counted the most.) Favourite, easy dessert when I was a newly wed and could barely boil water: Minty pears with chocolate ice cream. Open a tin of pear halves, drain a little of the liquid out and pour in two tabs of Crème de Menthe. Pop the tin in the fridge for a few hours until pears take on the green of the liqueur. Serve pear halves with chocolate ice cream and some mint leaves on top – either fresh leaves, or the mint leaf lollies,

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ooh! That sounds rather good, Christine! Pears are lovely, Creme de Menthe is too, add a bit of choc and what’s not to like? And it would look pretty!

      Sigh. Yes, the Swans. I’m not going to recover from their performance for a long time. As you say, totally bewildering. I kind of haven’t forgiven them for it yet either. Oh, well. Onwards to next year.

    2. AvatarBeck

      Thanks Christine!
      That sounds easy and impressive too. Green pears would look great. And I love a splash of green alcohol!

  10. AvatarRachael Johns

    WAH – I want you to make those ice-cream cookies for me now!! I’ll make you some pancakes in return. FAKE is an awesome book and I’m so pleased to see it finally on shelves. x

  11. AvatarCarla Caruso

    Ohmigosh, the cheesy corn and ice cream sandwich – all sounds so delish!! I used to (and still do) like to zap a banana in the microwave with chocolate on top, so it melts just so. Add cream, and voila, dessert is saved. Turns my hubby’s stomach, but I love it!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Oh, dear. I’m kind of lost for words over your microwaved banana, Carla! I’m sure it’s delicious really but just the thought of microwaving a banana makes me have the same reaction as your hubby. Although I have seen a similar thing done with bananas on the barbecue. The skin was split in the centre and chocolate shoved inside, then the whole thing was put onto a fire for a few minutes to melt the chocolate. You then peeled back the skin and there was the chocoaltey banana. Kids couldn’t get enough of it.

      1. AvatarBec Brown

        my sister does something yummy with banana and choc chips – use some puff pastry in the jaffle press and add mashed banana and choc chips (or nutella) – so good with ice cream

    2. AvatarBeck

      I think that might turn my stomach a bit too, Carla. One advantage though is that you don’t need to share?
      My mum was always a fan of fresh white bread with cut up banana and sugar and cream.

      1. AvatarKim

        thanks Cathryn i love this site and my mouth is still watering from the yummy desert Choc-mint Ice-Cream Sandwich that looks sooooooooo yummie……….

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          It does, doesn’t it, Kim? I could really go that for dessert tonight. Might have to settle for a half a square of Lindt mint choc instead though. Trying to be good!

  12. AvatarAstrid

    My favourite after school snack was a large glass of icy cold milk with heaps of Milo carefully balancing on the top and eaten with a spoon.

  13. AvatarShelleyrae

    My childhood BFF and I used to saute sliced onions in tomato sauce for an after school snack, no idea how we stumbled on the idea…an empty pantry maybe 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win

    1. AvatarBeck

      My mind is twisting trying to think of how you’d eat that. An empty pantry can be the mother of creation though. When you’re hungry invention is a necessity.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Goodness, ShelleyRae, that sounds like a lot of effort and dishes for an after school snack! Rather interesting concoction too. Probably tasted great on a bit of bread!

  14. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I definitely can still remember my after school snacks, back then they were so yum and we didn’t seem to care about the sugar content, bit of a different story now, lol. Mum would buy my sister and I our own tin of condensed milk and we’d eat it straight out of the can, it was so sickeningly sweet but ohhh so good. And mum would also buy us each a packet of cadbury drinking chocolate (we had to have our own because my sister would scoff everything and nothing would be left for me) and we’d eat it straight out of the pack only sometimes did we have it with ice cold milk.

    Those ice cream cookies sound so delicious and they look super scrummy! Beck your book sounds awesome, congrats on the release!

    1. AvatarBeck

      Thanks Sue!
      I don’t remember Mum worrying about sugar for me either. But there was a lot of running around to be done too.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        Ah, the good old days when sugar didn’t matter. Weren’t they the best, Sue? All those things we ate. I used to scoff spoonfuls of Tang, that powdered orange juice stuff, out of the tin. It was like eating powdered vitamin C tablets. Speaking of which, loved them too!

  15. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Shelleyrae who has scored a copy of Beck’s fabulous debut release, FAKE. Some great reading ahead.
    Thanks so much to everyone who joined in the Friday Feast fun. There were some wonderful blasts from the past, as well as some, how shall we say… not for the fainthearted snacks mentioned!
    Hope to see you all again soon.
    Cathryn

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