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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

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!

Mandy

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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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FRIDAY FEAST with Mandy Magro

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Hello Feasters, and welcome to the devilish deliciousness that is Friday Feast! This week is pure gold, with a gold standard rural romance author, an 18 carat cover and a golden syrup based dessert to die for. So read on…

First, news from Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf. On Monday I trekked up to Windsor to play in the final of the Women’s Golf Nepean Silver Brooch thing that I somehow qualified for. The course was lovely, my playing companions too, and… wait for it… I didn’t disgrace myself! Mandy MagroActually, I played quite well. I know, amaaaaazing. Who’da thunk it? Not me, that’s for sure. I was predicting duffed shots and a score that read like cricket a innings.

Speaking of amazing…

My Friday Feast guest today is Mandy Magro, a Queensland country gal who has quickly become one of Australia’s favourite rural romance authors. Her books are lush with outback imagery, emotional and a bit sexy. This isn’t a gal who keeps the bedroom door closed on her heroes and heroines!

Mandy’s latest book is Country At Heart. Take a look.

COUNTRY AT HEART

Country At Heart by Mandy MagroA wounded soldier and a free spirit, both determined to follow their dreams – can their love survive?

The Army, protecting the country he loves, and his dearly beloved explosive detection dog Indy are Dean’s life – he can’t imagine doing anything else. But life has other plans for Dean when he and Indy are wounded in action in Afghanistan and sent home to his family’s seaside horse property, Whispering Meadows, to heal.

Free-spirited Summer has agreed to spend one last holiday with her parents at their luxurious vacation home, despite her father’s resistance to her plans for her career. But events take an unexpected turn when Summer and Dean meet and discover that love at first sight truly exists.

But can they overcome the very real challenges of coming from different sides of the tracks? And when Summer has to face the unpleasant truth about an old friend, as well as come to terms with the after-effects of a bewildering assault, she has to make a heartbreaking decision about their relationship. Can Dean’s love ultimately sway her?

‘A timeless tale of love and war brought to vivid life from war-torn Afghanistan to country Australia’ –TONY PARK, bestselling author of The Delta and Ivory

Doesn’t that sound a cracking read? You can have your hands on it in a jiffy with just a few clickety-clicks. For the paperback, visit Booktopia, Bookworld or Angus & Robertson. For the ebook, click on over to Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, JB Hi-Fi or buy  direct from the publisher Harlequin.

All stocked up? Excellent. Now for more gold, thanks to Mandy!

The Sweet Side Of Life…

Thanks for inviting me back to your mouth-watering Friday Feast, Cathryn. I just adore anything to do with food – recipe books, growing it, shopping for it, cooking it and eating it! I will admit I do like to eat healthy – the majority of the time. But then there are the moments when I crave comfort food, the kind of stuff you eat with a stupid grin while fighting the urge to lick your bowl clean.

So, I’m very excited to share my favourite dessert with you, Steamed Golden Syrup Pudding. My mouth is watering just thinking about its delicious golden gooiness.

Steamed Golden Syrup Pudding

Mandy Magro's cooked Steamed Golden Syrup Pudding

Ingredients

150g soft brown sugar

150g softened butter

1 lemon – zested

3 eggs, beaten

150g self raising flour, mixed with a pinch of salt

10 tablespoons golden syrup

Method

  1. Butter a 2-pint (1.1 litre) pudding/steamer dish. Put the sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with electric beaters until pale and fluffy. Beat in the lemon zest and eggs (add a couple of tablespoons of the flour to help), and then fold in the flour. Mix in 5 tablespoons of golden syrup – or a little more if you like. Put the other 5 tablespoons of syrup – or a little more if you like – in the bottom of the steamer dish. Spoon the pudding mixture on top.
  2. Secure the lid on the steamer basin.
  3. Place the steamer basin in a large pan on an upturned saucer (to stop it touching the base of the pan) with simmering water coming a third of the way up the sides of the dish. Steam for 2 hours, checking the water now and again and topping up if needed.
  4. (This is where my inner-child comes out and I lick the bowl!)
  5. Rest the pud for a couple of minutes before turning it out (you may need a palette knife to loosen)
  6. Serve with lashings of cream, or ice-cream, or custard, or all three – why not live it up! 🙂

So there you have it, my wickedly full-fat over-indulgent syrup pudding. I promise every single mouthful will be worth the sin of it!

Happy cooking, and eating!

Mandy

Happiness indeed! Thanks, Mandy. What a beautiful recipe you’ve shared. Golden syrup is a bit like condensed milk I think. There is no bad recipe with it in!

I adore classic puds like this. They’re tried and true, and so very comforting. They also look great and taste divine.

Okay, my darling Feasties, what is your favourite naughty pudding or dessert? One that is so, so bad it’d clog an elephant’s arteries but you can never resist?

For me, it would have to be caramel tart because it reminds me so much of my childhood. And Mum opening the condensed milk tin too early and painting the ceiling in hot caramel. Funny to me, but not even remotely funny for her. Imagine trying to clean that off! I could also add the Chocolate, Walnut and Prune cake that I recently discovered in the November Gourmet Traveller to the list. That cake is AMAZING.

So what about you? What’s your favourite naughty dessert? Curious minds want to know so we can go and try it too!

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