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FRIDAY FEAST with Fiona Lowe

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And so another fabulous Friday has arrived. What fun! Partly because I get to brag about my darling football team, the Sydney Swans, who won AGAIN last week and remained happily perched at the top of the ladder. I have everything crossed that they won’t fall off!

Speaking of having everything crossed, I’m also hoping that my golfing winning streak will continue. Yes, Feasters, the news from Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf is good. I had a Author Fiona Lowewin! Still rather flummoxed by this but I’m not complaining. The curse has lifted, if only momentarily. One must enjoy the moment!

A bit like weddings. Things to be savoured and enjoyed. And no one writes a wedding like award-winning Australian author Fiona Lowe. Fiona is an author of over 25 novels, including the Rita® and Ruby award-winning book, Boomerang Bride. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the mid-west of the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love.

Right now, Fiona has an anthology out: four of her stories repackaged into one wedding filled pack for you to savour. Check it out.

FIONA LOWE’S WEDDINGS

Fiona Lowe's weddings anthologyFour of Fiona’s favourite rural romances republished together in one volume!

They may have sworn off romance but could wedding bells be on the horizon for these couples? In the small outback town of Warragurra, widow Kate Lawson and single dad Baden Tremont fight their feelings for each other, and nurse Emily is vowing she’ll never fall for her playboy boss, Linton. In far north Queensland, doctor Sarah is intrigued by her gorgeous new neighbour, enigmatic surgeon Ryan who’s also a blast from her past. Over in stunning Vietnam, Tom is on a quest to discover his past. Will he also find his future with Bec?

Discover how these couples get their happy ever afters, as Fiona Lowe welcomes you into warm-hearted small communities with stories packed with emotion and sparkling, feel-good romance!  This bundle includes: The Warragurra Duo; A Wedding in Warragurra & The Playboy Doctor’s Marriage Proposal as well as A Woman to Belong To and The Surgeon’s Chosen Wife.

How’s that for a host of hot romance! You’ll be throwing confetti with glee after reading this lot. So why not grab a copy right now from Booktopia, Bookworld, Angus & Robertson, Big W ebooksAmazon, iBooks, Kobo, JB Hi-Fi or direct from Mills & Boon. Or hop on down to your local chain store.

Now here’s Fiona.

Country Cooking

As a prelude to my Wedding Fever trilogy, (Saved By The Bride, Picture Perfect Wedding and Runaway Groom), which is hitting Australian, shelves this September, October and Fiona Lowe's WeddingsNovember, Harlequin have re-released three of my Aussie rural medical romances (and one set in Vietnam) in an anthology called, Fiona Lowe’s Weddings.  It includes my Warragurra books…two stories set in a town with a flying doctor’s base. I loved these books and they were the impetus for me to go on and write longer novels. Warragurra is in outback NSW, sheep and cattle country and wholesome country cooking abounds. Given it’s July, and the nights are chilly, I wanted to share a recipe that’s featured in the book and a big fave of mine and the rest of my family…

Apple and Rhubarb Crumble

Apple and rhubarb crumble

A bunch of rhubarb, washed and diced

6 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced.

A lemon

Either microwave them on the vegetable setting or cook them slowly in a saucepan on a low heat with a tablespoon of water.  When soft, stir and taste…you may wish to add a little sugar. Pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish.

Mix together oats, brown sugar, flour, butter, coconut and seeds…sesame, sunflower, poppy…I add the cape-seed mix I use when I make bread.  Whiz it all together. Place it over the top of the apple and rhubarb mix. Bake for 30 minutes at 180C.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or cream or yoghurt.

The great thing about this recipe is that not only is it a yummy dessert, it makes a fabulous breakfast the next morning!

 

Ahh, crumble. Such a simple but delicious dessert and an absolute crowd-pleaser. Thanks so much for sharing this one, Fiona. I’m going to test it out on the man of the house as part of my quest to find the perfect crumble topping. Apparently last week’s version wasn’t crumbly enough. Hmph.

Do you have a favourite fruit crumble combination? What about a favourite topping? Perhaps you like coconut in yours, or know how to whip up a dead easy topping with muesli? I’d LOVE to hear your suggestions so share away!

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

 

FRIDAY FEAST!

This week I have a special guest on Friday Feast. Fiona Lowe is an Australian author and previous Romantic Book of the Year finalist writing contemporary romances for Carina Press and Harlequin Mills and Boon. I had the pleasure if sitting next to Fiona at the Romance Writers of Australia conference awards dinner last month, when we shared a lot of laughs, chatter and cheers over champagne.

Hardworking Fiona has THREE books out this September: Boomerang Bride, Career Girl in the Country and Wedding in Warragurra, part of the 3 in 1 release Australian Bachelors: Outback Heroes. Boomerang Bride is on my digital to-be-read pile and I look forward to getting stuck into what I’ve heard is a very satisfying small town romance. Honestly, you’d buy this for the heart-skippy cover and blurb alone!

Matilda Geoffrey risked it all for love. She left Australia to be with Barry-the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she’s alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren’t working out exactly as planned…

In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda-staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake, and looking desperately in need of a groom. He may not have any warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she’s been scammed by her online “fiancé” stirs something in him.

Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?

Now here’s Fiona with her Friday Feast. Enjoy!

When I was living in Wisconsin, the land of deep fried cheese curds and ‘Brats in beer’, we spent a lot of summer weekends going to ‘cook-outs’. Held outside, with a gathering of friends and plenty of fabulous Wisconsin beer, it sounds much the same as the Aussie BBQ, and it was, except for the food. My contribution to these occasions was always to make and take a Pavlova. My US friends fell in love with Pavlova and I agree, what’s not to like? I fell in love with Ambrosia salad.

The first time I met Ambrosia salad, was at Thanksgiving and I thought the hostess had brought dessert out early. Turns out she hadn’t. This dish is often served as a ‘salad’ with the main meal, even though to me, the ingredients seemed more like dessert. However, I scooped it up and ate it and came back for seconds. After that I always looked for it at the BBQ’s and now I make it in summer at our BBQ’s and have lots of fun confusing my friends. Bottom line, either as a salad or a dessert, it tastes yum.

Matilda, the Aussie heroine in my fun contemporary romance, Boomerang Bride, is stuck in small town Wisconsin in a wedding dress, holding a cake and missing a groom. She has a similar Ambrosia Salad experience, although she uses her confusion to her advantage.

I’ve had to adapt the recipe ‘some’ because not all the ingredients are available here, but it still tastes great and slightly more savory than the US version.

Ambrosia Salad

1 Can of mandarins or 400 grams of fresh

1 Can of Pineapple or 400 grams of fresh

1 small tub of sour cream

2 cups of shredded coconut

1 cup of maraschino cherries (optional…I never use them)

Directions

Combine everything except the cherries in a bowl and gently fold through the sour cream. Put in a serving bowl and sprinkle with more coconut and decorate with cherries if you choose. Serve chilled.  Enjoy!

For more recipes, check out Fiona’s latest releases of Boomerang Bride and Career Girl in the Country.

Fiona Lowe is an award-winning, multi-published author with Mills & Boon and Carina Press. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the mid-west of the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she’s not writing stories, she’s a weekend wife, mother of two ‘ginger’ teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes and often found collapsed on the couch. A previous finalist in the Romantic Book of the Year award, she’s writing her 19th novel. She loves to hear from readers and you can find her at her website, facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.