FRIDAY FEAST with Joan Kilby

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Hello, food and book lovers, and welcome to another super-tasty edition of Friday Feast. This week, a sexy outback romance, a delicious cake, and an even more delicious book giveaway!

But first, news from Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf. This week marked the first round of my golf club’s premier ladies competition, the Goblet. It also coincided with me coming down with a filthy cold but, being the dedicated golfing fool that I am, I dragged myself out to play. Probably should have stayed in bed because while my front nine was quite good, by the time I hit the turn my cold ‘n flu tabs had worn off and I was knackered. The only positive is that I’m not coming last but maaaaan, am I close!

Author Joan KilbyEnough of that. It’s time for something uplifting, sweet and maybe just a bit sexy too, all of which we’ll find with my guest today, contemporary romance author Joan Kilby. Originally from Vancouver but now a staunch Melbournian, Joan has published over 30 novels. In an exciting move, Joan has joined with fellow authors Sarah Mayberry and Karina Bliss to release The Outback Bachelor Ball series, with Joan’s book Win Me as the lead title.

This series looks fabulous, not to mention hot! Take a look.


Cover of Win Me by Joan KilbyShe’ll do anything to get him to see her as a woman…

Feisty, fearless Ellie McFarlane has tried forever to get cattle station manager, Rick Drummond, to notice she’s not another cowhand. So when her gal pals talk her into glamming up for an Outback Bachelor and Spinster ball she’s eager to prove she’s all woman, all the time, and leave her boneheaded cowboy eating dust.

Sexy wrangler Rick is crazy about Ellie just as she is but her father – his boss – told him long ago that his daughter was off limits. Even though she’s all grown up now, Rick still feels it’s his job is to protect her, not seduce her. Plus, he’s finally got an opportunity to buy back his family farm which means moving far away.

Ellie’s transformation from Cinder-Ellie to belle of the ball has Rick’s jaw dropping – and all the other cowboys falling at her feet. Ellie tries to revel in her new-found sex-pot status but without Rick it’s a hollow victory. Has Rick left it too late to claim the only woman he’ll ever truly love…?

Doesn’t that sound fun? What a hoot! And you can be assured you’re in expert story-telling hands with Joan. Win Me releases October 20th but you can pre-order it right now from,,, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Want to read a sample? Joan has a very tasty excerpt on her website. You’ll love it, and while you’re there check out the other two titles in the series, Karina Bliss’s Woo Me and Sarah Mayberry’s Wait For Me.

All set? Excellent. Now please give a warm welcome to Joan because she has something veeeeery nice for you!

Girlfriends and Cake – Best Friends Forever

Thanks, Cathryn, for having me on Friday Feast.

Cooking and baking are among my favourite hobbies, right up there with eating. Probably like a lot of people, I learned to cook by helping and watching my mother. Mum was an awesome baker. Mouth-watering smells of homemade bread, cookies, cakes, pies formed a sensory backdrop to my childhood. Mum even made cookies or brownies on weekday mornings so we would have something yummy in our school lunches.

The recipe for coffee cake I’m sharing today was Mum’s. Australia has tea cake but the Canadian equivalent – a delicious, quick and easy cake that’s best served warm – is coffee cake. It’s quite a bit richer than a tea cake so anyone who’s avoiding sugar and butter, look away now.

My mum and a group of her friends formed a diet club and called themselves the “Fat Ladies.” Mum would always make this cake when it was her turn as hostess. She and her friends never lost any weight – and were unabashed and unconcerned by the fact – but they had a lot of fun. I remember the gales of laughter coming from the kitchen during their get-togethers. And now, when I have friends over, I make Mum’s coffee cake.

The Outback Bachelor Ball seriesThis idea of women friends having fun together has special significance with my latest release. In Win Me, my heroine, Ellie, and her two best girlfriends have a reunion at a Bachelor and Spinster Ball. Not that Ellie has much time to cook – she’s got a hot cowboy to wrangle. In a case of life imitating art, writing friends Sarah Mayberry, Karina Bliss and I had a wonderful time collaborating on The Outback Bachelor ball series. I only wish we could have sat around a kitchen table and eaten coffee cake while we discussed our stories instead of relying on email and Skype.

I’m not sure where Mum got this coffee cake recipe from but I’ve copied it down from her hand-written recipe card complete with vanilla stains, butter spots and a smear of cinnamon. These are the original amounts but Mum (and I) always doubled the recipe because, well, nuts and cinnamon and buttery deliciousness! And because I love the topping so much I always increase those amounts by another third. Any leftover topping can, of course, be eaten straight from the bowl. I also add extra cinnamon because you can never have too much cinnamon. The batter doesn’t seem like it’s going to be enough but somehow it rises and fluffs up around the topping. And it’s all about the topping!

I’m giving away a copy of Win Me (Book 1, The Outback Bachelor Ball series), any e-format, anywhere in the world.

What’s your favourite recipe that you got from your mother or grandmother?

Nut Coffee Cake

Joan Kilby's Nut Coffee Cake


1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

3 tbsp butter


1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp butter

2 tsp baking powder

1 egg, beaten

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup milk

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Prepare topping: Melt butter and combine with brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon

Joan Kilby's Nut Coffee Cake in panPrepare batter: Combine flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat till light. Gradually stir in dry ingredients alternately with milk. Spread half the batter into a greased 8 X 8 inch pan (20 X 20 cm). Sprinkle on half the topping. Spread the rest of the batter on and sprinkle on the remaining topping.

Bake at 180 C for about 30 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Eat while it’s warm.


That sounds unreal, Joan! I am so giving this one a try. I love easy recipes that are disproportionately tasty to the amount of time they take to make. They’re real keepers.

Now, my Feasty lovelies, you heard Joan, we have a…


For your chance to win an ebook copy of Win Me, book 1 in The Outback Bachelor Ball series, simply share the favourite recipe that you snaffled from your mother or grandmother. An aunt, godparent or family friend will also do.

I have so many I don’t know where to start! There’s my mum’s pavlova, my grandmother’s buttery scones, my godmother’s cream puffs… I’m a bowerbird when it comes to recipes and the list is huge. What about you? Share and we’ll pop you into the draw.

Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 20th October 2015. Open internationally. Rah!

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

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22 thoughts on “FRIDAY FEAST with Joan Kilby

  1. AvatarMelissa Woods

    Mine is my grandmothers pancakes. It is 1 cup of self raising flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, pinch of salt, 3/4 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon each of butter and hot water. To make it, put all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add whisked egg and milk. Combine dry and wet ingredients. Lastly add combined melted butter and hot water. Stir to mix. Cook on a hot griddle pan.
    They are so yummy, and I am handing down this recipe to my children. Thanks Nan H for the recipe.

    1. AvatarJoan Kilby

      Melissa, I love pancakes and so do my kids. Your grandmother’s recipe sounds delicious! I’ll have to try it.

  2. AvatarAnnie West

    Joan, how lovely of you to share your Mum’s recipe! I love the fact that like her, getting together with her friends, you collaborated with friends on this new series! It looks like a corker.

    I’ve got quite a few special recipes from my family. My most treasured is my mother’s Christmas cake recipe. The sort that you only make after steeping the fruit and nuts in liquor for a couple of days. Years ago I got Mum to dictate it to me because I’d helped her make it and knew is improvised it from two recipes she had! Thank goodness I got it down. I make it every year and we all love it. It’ll be time again soon!

    1. AvatarJoan Kilby

      Annie, it’s so lovely having memories of cooking with your mother. I used to help my mum make Christmas cake, too. My job was to take the skins off the blanched almonds. How wonderful that you got her recipe written down.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        That’s a lovely story, Annie. There are so many recipes I wished I’d collected from my grandmother (her rabbit stew in particular) so it’s wonderful that you have this one of hers. Christmas cake recipes seem to be so special. Probably because they’re made at special time for all the family to share.

  3. AvatarPaula Callil

    This is my relative’s Lemon Cake, sooo yummy!

    Lemon Cake

    200g chopped Butter
    1 cup castor sugar
    1Tbsp grated lemon rind
    2 eggs
    Three quarters cup dessicated coconut
    2 cups SR Flour
    Half cup Lemon Juice
    Quarter of a cup of milk

    1 Cup Icing sugar
    One and half Tbsp hot water or one Tbsp water and Half Tbsp of Pineapple Juice
    Half tsp Vanilla Extract
    Half cup of flaked coconut

    Preheat oven to 170 deg
    Grease cake tin, loaf or ring
    Cream butter, sugar and rind
    Add eggs – one at a time
    Stir in dessicated coconut
    Fold in Flour, lemon juice and milk
    Pour into cake tin, smooth surface
    Bake for one hour

    Combine icing sugar, water and vanilla in bowl…drizzle over cake and add coconut flakes. Enjoy!

    1. AvatarJoan Kilby

      Hi Paula! I love lemon cake. Your recipe sounds delicious. I’ve never had it with coconut before. I’ll definitely try this!

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      I bet it is, Paula. That sounds totally delish! Luuuuuurve anything lemony. It’s such a great contrast to the sweet. Like sherbet!

      Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. AvatarDB Tait

    My mother’s Christmas pud is the hand down recipe in my family. It actually came from my Aunt, my father’s sister who was much older than both my parents, but my mother took it and perfected it. Now it’s the task of my brother-in-law to make it at Christmas. It’s full of brandy and my nephew the chef makes divine brandy custard to go with it. Love the sound of your cake Joan.

    1. AvatarJoan Kilby

      Thanks, DB. I love how family recipes get handed down and around, and everyone puts their own stamp on them. Christmas pudding with brandy custard, yum! I think Cathryn’s right, Christmas is such a traditional, family time. A time to pull out old favourite recipes.

      1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

        That’s great to hear your family Christmas pud is still being made, DB. It’s sad to see these things die out, especially when they’ve been perfected. Long may this pud tradition continue!

  5. AvatarJuanita Kees

    Hi Cathryn and Joan,

    OMGoodness! This sounds like a really fun read 🙂 to go with that lovely nutty recipe. Cathryn knows my reputation for cooking so there’s a chance I might get someone else to make this for me! I do have a Tupperware Shaker recipe for apple cake my mum passed on that I can make without burning the house down:

    1 14-oz. can apple pie filling
    1/4 C. cinnamon sugar
    1 egg
    2/3 C. flour
    2/3 C. sugar
    2/3 C. milk
    1 tsp. oil
    2 tsp. baking powder

    Place pie filling in a silicone round pan (sprayed with nonstick spray if desired). Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Break egg into Quick Shake pan, add flour, sugar, milk, and oil (in that order). Seal and shake vigorously.

    Unseal and add baking powder. Seal and shake 6 times. Then open seal to breathe. Seal and shake another 6 times.

    Pour over apple mixture and bake for 30 minutes at 350 (F) degrees. Allow to stand and then invert onto platter. Sprinkle with some cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

    Yum! Congratulations on your new release.
    Regards, Juanita

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      That sounds seriously yum, Juanita!!!! Luuurve anything with apples and that one’s nice and easy. It wouldn’t be hard to substitute partially stewed apples I reckon. And I have a silicon round pan somewhere too!
      Thanks so much for sharing. That was cool!

    2. AvatarJoan Kilby

      Thanks, Juanita! Love the sound of your apple cake. More cinnamon love! I’ve been seeing a few recipes around for cakes made with pie filling. I bet it’s really moist.

  6. AvatarSue Gerhardt Griffiths

    I have heaps too! My dad’s Kartoffelpuffer (German potato pancakes), mum’s Marmor Kuchen (German marble cake) and also mum’s Quarkkäulchen – which is the most amazing pancake I’ve ever, ever had, nothing compares to these pancakes. They’re made with two-thirds mashed potato, one-third quark (a type of cottage cheese), eggs, flour and sultanas. When they’re fried up and on your plate you sprinkle cinnamon sugar over it. Once you’ve tasted these I swear you wouldn’t want to eat any other type of pancake again. Lol.

    1. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

      Ooooooh, I want to make those pancakes, Sue. They sound AMAZING!!!! Timboon Farmhouse Cheese used to make quark but I’m not sure if they do any more, but I have seen it elsewhere in specialty shops. I wonder if you could use cottage cheese or ricotta instead. Worth a try perhaps.

    2. AvatarJoan Kilby

      Sue, you had me at cinnamon and sugar! I’ve never heard of quarkkaulchen but I love pancakes and I’ve got German heritage on my dad’s side so I want to try these. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Cathryn HeinCathryn Hein Post author

    Thanks to everyone who joined in all the Friday Feast fun. Lovely to see you all here. Joan’s WIN ME giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Sue who has won an ebook copy of this stunning release. Lots of outback fun ahead for her!

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