Welcome to Friday Feast!
This week we’re getting magical. Not that we aren’t every week but this week we’re really magical… and ferrety. But more on that in a minute.
First, DID YOU SEE MY DARLING SYDNEY SWANS? Yes, footy is nearly here. My boys were magnificent in their NAB Challenge game last night against GWS which bodes well for the upcoming season, set to kick-off in just 21 sleeps. Not that I’m counting or anything…
Speaking of counting, in Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf news, apparently I can’t add up. It turns out that I didn’t lose the Great Murray River Golf Challenge but in fact won it by two strokes. Rah! I think this is my first holiday golfing challenge win ever. I feel a glass of fizz is required to celebrate this milestone.
As should we all raise a glass of fizz to celebrate the release of young adult author Ebony McKenna’s third Ondine novel. Like the author herself, the Ondine series is simply gorgeous. How can you go wrong with a talking ferret called Shambles? Reviews for Ebony’s series have been amazing, like this for The Summer of Shambles: “One of the best and funniest books I have ever read! Don’t be a bampot, give this absolutely fantastic book a read, you won’t regret it.”
This latest instalment in the Ondine series is a cracker. Check it out.
This third enthralling instalment in the young adult fantasy romance series takes a dark turn, as the country of Brugel descends into anarchy. Mutating magic is spreading across Europe. ‘Normals’ are developing supernatural powers at a startling rate and 16-year-old Ondine appears to be at the heart of it.
To unravel the mystery, Ondine and her boyfriend (and part-time ferret) Hamish infiltrate CovenCon, a gathering of hundreds of witches presided over by wanna-be-witch-queen Mrs Howser. There, she tempts Ondine with an intriguing offer – but can Mrs Howser be trusted? It transpires the powerful witch has her claws in the arrogant royal heir Lord Vincent, in a covert bid to control all of Brugel.
As dark magic riots break out in the nation’s capital, Ondine is left with a heart-breaking choice that could tear her apart from her beloved Hamish. Forever.
The Winter of Magic is the third novel in Ebony McKenna’s comedic and wonderfully weird four-part ONDINE series. Fans will devour this spellbinding adventure, which will have readers gasping in shock and laughing with delight. Occasionally at the same time.
What a hoot! The Ondine series is truly delightful for young and not-so-young readers alike. And you can own it right now with just a few clickety-clicks! Buy from Amazon for your Kindle, iTunes, Kobo and Nook. Go on. You’ll love this series I promise.
Now that you’re all bookified, come dipping with Ebony…
Do You Fondue?
I’m so happy to be sharing more foodie goodness with everyone on Friday Feast.
There’s something a bit nerdy about having a fondue kit. It can be one of those ‘great idea at the time’ gadgets that ends up hibernating in the back of the cupboard for years before throwing it out.
Being the proud nerd that I am, I have a fondue kit at home and it gets a fair bit of use.
Not an original from the 70s (I have to wait to inherit that heirloom), but a little ripper all the same. And while fondue is supposed to be about dipping bread into melted cheese during cold European winters, my version is all about dredging fruit into warm coconut-chocolate sauce during summer.
Healthy AND naughty. Because chocolate.
It’s quick, easy to make and only requires three basic ingredients (plus whatever fruit you like to dip).
The best bit is the compliments you’ll get from everyone as the fruit and choc fondue disappear!
As an added bonus, this recipe is dairy free, gluten free and suitable for vegans and celiacs.
Coconut Chocolate Fondue
You will need:
Coconut milk or coconut cream.
Coconut sugar (or any sugar really, but I’m hooked on Coconut sugar at the moment, and it’s low GI)
Fruits for dipping
Put a couple of tablespoons of cocoa in a microwave safe bowl.
Pour in enough coconut milk to stir it into a thick paste.
Add a couple of teaspoons of coconut sugar.
Bung it in the microwave for about a minute. The edges will bubble up but that’s OK.
Stir it all together and. Have a taste. Add more coconut milk and sugar so it’s just how you like it. You can microwave it again if the cocoa doesn’t taste “cooked”.
Pour into a fondue bowl, sprinkle more coconut sugar on the top for decoration.
Light a candle underneath and get ready to dip your favourite fruits in.
The mix will become runnier the longer it sits over the fondue candle, but that’s part of the fun.
Add desiccated coconut to the fondue for more texture if you like.
Perfect for entertaining at a BBQ, date night or Eurovision Song Contest parties.
I’m having some right now as I celebrate the release of the third novel in my ONDINE series, The Winter of Magic.
In a nutshell, it’s about a teenage girl whose pet ferret talks with a Scottish accent. He’s not a real ferret, but a man living in reduced circumstances. Shambles offended a witch and she cursed him a good one!
Thank you once again Cathryn for the opportunity to share the recipe and some weird romance with your readers.
As a special treat, I’m giving away an ebook copy of ALL THREE BOOKS to one lucky commenter.
In the comments, share what fruit you would dunk in that lovely chocky fondue, or share a cheesy fondue story.
Did you hear that, Feasters? A THREE BOOK GIVEAWAY! I’m wriggling in excitement here. How’s that for generosity? But I’d expect that from Ebony. She’s that kind of person.
So, what’s your fondue story? I had a wonderful fondue experience in Lyon, France. Outside it was snowing but we were snuggled up tight in a cosy restaurant with chunks of bread, a bottle of red and an artery-clogging cheese fondue, dipping and laughing. We nearly didn’t feel the cold walking back to our hotel afterwards… nearly.
Have you fondued? Dipped a few strawbs into caramel perhaps? Dribbled chocolate down your front after dipping with too much enthusiasm? Maybe you’ve never fondued but long to? That’s okay. Share your desire (or non-desire) anyway and we’ll put you in the draw to win the first three ebooks in Ebony’s wonderful Ondine series.
Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 25th February 2014. Open internationally. Rah!
Don’t have an e-reader? That’s okay, you can easily read ebooks on your computer, phone or tablet via downloadable apps. It’s easy!
This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Heidi who has won the first 3 books in Ebony’s Ondine series. What a great lot of reading! Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun. What wonderful fondue memories we all have!