FRIDAY FEAST with Mandy Magro

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Greetings food and book lovers! Welcome to Friday Feast, the blog series where Australian authors prove they’re as talented in the kitchen as they are at producing great reads. This week, a favourite rural romance author with a favourite Aussie snack. Perfect!

Mandy picBut as always, you must first endure Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf. I played well! Bet you weren’t expecting that, were you? Not after all the weeks (months?) of doom and gloom. But it’s true. In fact, I played so well I knocked half a stroke off my handicap. ‘Tis this glorious spring weather I think, all those positive vibes in the air. Or maybe I just started looking at the ball. Whatever it was, I want more of it, please. The club championships approacheth!

This week’s Friday Feast guest is much-loved Australian rural romance author Mandy Magro, whose first novel, Rosalee Station was a huge hit and she hasn’t looked back since. Rosalee Station was followed by Jacaranda, Flame Tree Hill, Driftwood and Country at Heart, which makes The Wildwood Sisters Mandy’s 6th release. This is an author definitely pleasing her readers!


The Wildwood Sisters by Mandy MagroThe past Renee Wildwood once ran from still haunts her…

Ten years ago, Renee’s twin sister Scarlet went missing. In the threatening aftermath, seventeen-year-old Renee was forced out of her home at Wildwood Acres, leaving her family and her boyfriend behind. Although the case has long gone cold, every day Renee hopes the person responsible will be found. She has since made a new life for herself in the city but fate intervenes when a family emergency forces her to face up to her fears and her painful memories. But can she go back to Wildwood Acres, the one place her heart yearns to be but where her life may be in grave danger?

Dylan Anderson has never quite got over the loss of his first love, Renee Wildwood, who left him without a word. He’s now a single father trying to make it on his own after the tragic death of his wife, and his cattle property is struggling financially. Against all odds he’s taking steps to get his life back on track, starting with a new job. But how will he feel when he finds Renee, the girl who stole his heart, is back at Wildwood Acres? Will he ever be able to forgive her?

Doesn’t that sound amazing? And how about that stunning cover? You will want this, oh yes you will! The Wildwood Sisters releases on October 26th but you can pre-order it right now and have it in your hot little hands right on release day. Try Booktopia, Amazon, iBooksKobo, your favourite book retailer or direct from the publisher, Harlequin (where you can also sample an extract).

All set? Now enjoy this delicious treat with Mandy.

Home Comforts…

Thanks for the warm welcome back to your Friday Feast blog filled with drool-worthy yumminess, Cathryn. This will be my fourth time visiting and I’m so excited because as you already know from my previous visits, I love anything to do with food.

I’m renowned amongst my friends and family for always thinking about my next meal, be it a home cooked creation or a meal enjoyed out and about at a favourite restaurant or pub. If given a choice to go clothes shopping or to shop to my heart’s content at a food market the latter will always win, hands down. I adore seeing and tasting all the delicious delectables showcased at a good foodies market like cheeses – the mouldier the better, deli-style meats, fresh pastas, dips, breads, chocolates, teas, spices…oh my I think I’m beginning to drool.

I better get on with sharing the recipe of my favourite sausage rolls…Lamb and Fennel!

Lamb and Fennel Sausage Rolls

(click link above for the recipe)

Mandy's lamb and fennel sausage rolls

I follow this recipe word for word and the golden parcels of scrumptiousness turn out perfect every time. 🙂

Happy eating!



They sound delicious, Mandy! Thanks for sharing the link. I remember seeing this recipe in the Woolworths store magazine and tore out the recipe myself. I’ve yet to make it but it appears I’ll definitely have to remedy that. They look fab and who doesn’t love a sausage roll?

What about you, Feasties? Are you a sausage roll or a pie or pasty person? What bakery style food is your favourite?

Must admit, I really do love a sausage roll but they’re terribly bad for you, so a once-in-a-while treat. A pasty is a good option. The veg in it means you can kid yourself it’s healthy.

If you’d like to learn more about Mandy and her wonderful rural romances, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook.

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20 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Mandy Magro

  1. AvatarAnnie West

    Hi Mandy, hi Cathryn.

    I love the sound of the new book! Congratulations. And the sausage rolls…scrumptious. I’ve discovered I’m not a pasty person but a home made sausage roll would go down a treat, or a big pie to share on a cold night. Yum.

  2. AvatarMandy

    Hi Annie ?
    Cheers for the congrats! I’m not a huge pastry person either, but these little parcels of deliciousness are yummy. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

  3. AvatarLouise Reynolds

    Yum, they look amazing. Have never made sausage rolls but might give these a go! My fave bakery food is an escargot. The local French baker makes amazing ones and we have them every weekend (and probably this morning!). Congratulations on the release, Mandy.

  4. AvatarMelissa Woods

    Oooohhhh, they sound so good. I am definitely going to give them a try as we love lamb. We are actually having a lovely roast lamb on Sunday and leftovers, will be lamb sandwiches. I can’t wait to get your new book and read it. Congratulations on it.

  5. AvatarJessy

    Hi! Cathryn and Mandy,

    Cathryn, I look forward every week to read your Tuesday teaser and the Friday feast. I just love it.Lots of delicious recipes have been shared by you as well as many Authors. Good luck with the golf .Thanks Mandy for sharing the recipe of Lamb and fennel sausages .I’ll surely give it a try. I love patties with different fillings in it like chicken, ricotta and spinach ,mixed vegetables, lamb mince etc.
    Congratulations! Mandy on your sixth release. Wishing you both a safe and relaxing long weekend.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Thanks for the golf good luck, Jessy. I need all I can get!!
      Ricotta and spinach is one of my favourite stuffings for anything. Love it in cannelloni, tarts, wrapped in filo, you name it. And we can kid ourselves its healthy. Perfect.
      You have a fab long weekend too!

  6. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    Hi Cathryn! Hi Mandy!
    Those sausage rolls look amazing. And anything with fennel, I’m in. Lol. I cook with fennel a lot, love the taste and flavour. My fave is a potato pie but I’ll only eat pies if they’re made with puff pastry nothing worse than eating a pie made with thick pastry, yuck. I’m a good girl I only eat pies or sausage rolls maybe twice a year. Hee hee

    Congrats on the release, Mandy.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I agree, Sue. Nothing worse than an over-pastried pie. Blurk. I like fennel too. It’s a really lovely spice, especially with fish. I sprinkle it in the cavity when baking whole fish like snapper.

      1. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

        When you say sprinkle, Cathryn, do you mean a fennel spice? I didn’t know there was such a thing. I only use fresh fennel, it’s amazing. I slice capsicum and fennel and fry it and once that has softened I add mushrooms. Very delicious.

        1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

          Yes, the spice fennel, Sue. It’s really lovely. I use fresh fennel too. It’s beautiful in salads. Great crunchy texture and mild aniseed flavour. Very delicious indeed!

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