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FRIDAY FEAST with S.E. Gilchrist

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Phew! What a week. Despite having been home from the RWA conference and our mini holiday for a while now I still feel like I’m catching up. But that’s okay. It was worth every minute.S.E. Gilchrist author photo

Speaking of worth every minute (oh, what a segue!), I have a fabulous guest for you today, who’ll be sharing the perfect recipe for warm weather lovers and the time poor. After several years travelling around Australia, S.E. Gilchrist now resides in one of my favourite places, the NSW Hunter Valley, and writes across a range of genres, including fantasy, sci-fi/futuristic, ancient history and post-apocalyptic. I also hear she has a most excellent rural romance in the works – as she should coming from the Hunter! – so keep your eye out for Dance In The Outback.

S.E.’s single title release is a full length sci-fi Legend Beyond The Stars. Check it out…




Legend Beyond The Stars by S.E. Gilchrist coverSeeking redemption from a mission gone terribly wrong, Captain Alana Knight volunteers to aid a dangerous operation to transport colonists between Earth and alien traders. But on board the spaceship, she learns of a galactic war raging for power. A power that can be transformed into a terrible weapon.

When the colonists are betrayed and sold, Alana’s mission is re-defined. Nothing will stop her from keeping those in her care safe and finding a passage home. But her new captor is nothing like she expects…

Commander Tarak El Rajan is human, male and equally determined to retain his payload. With his race on the brink of extinction he is under strict orders to transport all females to the planet Isla for research purposes.

In a world of uncertainty, where the wrong decision could mean the death of an entire race, the last thing either of these two soldiers expects or needs is to fall in love.


Doesn’t that sound fun? With so much at stake this is guaranteed to be a rollicking read and you can own your copy now with just a few clickety-clicks. You can buy direct from Escape Publishing or try Kobo, iTunes, Amazon (Kindle), Amazon UK, Google Play, JB Hi-Fi, All Romance eBooks, Nook, or most excellent Aussie bookseller Booktopia. In other words, from all you favourite booksellers.

Ereader loaded up? Excellent. Now you can play with S.E. Gilchrist!


My Kitchen Disasters


Where do I start? If you ask my three children (now in their twenties) they could probably write a book on the disasters that occur in my kitchen. Thankfully, none of them are into writing, so I’m safe. Until now that is, as the talented writer Cathryn Hein has hit me with an invitation to her blog post Friday Feast.

Since I’m such a hit and miss cook and often stick a pile of food stuff on the stove and wander back to my desk and keyboard, the list of meals I bring to the table in an edible state is pitifully small. I’m lucky in that I can eat just about anything and don’t really care what the meal looks like ie a dog’s dinner or cordon bleu is all the same to me. Alas, my family is a bit more picky. And this (thank the stars) has culminated in everyone cooking for themselves except on the rare occasions when I stir myself to visit the stove. I excuse myself with: (a) I’ve been doing the house-mum thing for too long and it’s your turn and (b) I need to squeeze in my writing time after doing the full time work thing all day.

When I do cook, there will be a book propped up on the sink which I will read will pretending to supervise the cooking process.

In the spirit of bearing all, I’ll like to share with you a few of my disasters:

  • the usual burnt offerings which have been reduced to blobs of carbon and the baking dish has to be thrown out since it was impossible to scrape the mess off the bottom. Needless to say this also includes the copious times when the smoke detector blares into life which sends the dogs into a frenzy of barking.S.E. Gilchrist's dog Rex looking innocent
  • a dozen raw eggs dropped onto the kitchen tiles. Seriously, has anyone tried to mop up raw egg from the floor? Slimy and slippery it makes my skin crawl to remember.
  • the substitution of plain flour for self-raising floor in the mistaken belief that the sponge would still rise and be fluffy. Think leather boots and an insane dash to the shops to buy a last minute birthday cake.
  • the tray of frozen meat shoved out the kitchen window onto the carport roof to defrost. In Summer. And totally forgotten about until the next day. The steak had cooked and provided a pretty decent meals for the flies.
  • the day the dog made off with the chicken (again defrosting but this time on the kitchen bench) and the humans ate vegetables for dinner.

Really I could continue but in case you’re thinking I’m a total loss in the kitchen, I can cook a mean roast dinner, a hearty and tasty green pea and bacon hock soup, fluffy quiches and wow, you should see me toss up a salad. The last two are favourites in summer. Oh, and I can really lay out a cheese platter.



A delicious looking quiche

1 sheet ready made short-crust pastry

3 eggs (beaten)

1 cup cheese (I usually use light tasty cheese)

1 cup chopped fresh spinach (if I have any)

One layer of thinly sliced tomatoes over the base or

1/2 to 1 cup chopped cooked BBQ chicken.

1 tablespoon french mustard (which gives it a nice tang)

1 chopped cooked onion

1/2 cup light milk (or soy milk)

Method: Throw everything in a bowl and mix together (after you’ve cooked the onion that is). Lightly grease quiche dish and place one sheet of the pastry over. Cook pastry in hot oven for about 10 or 15 minutes then pile the ingredients on top and bake for about another 20 to 30 minutes depending on your oven.

Serve with salad of your choice.

That’s enough baring of souls for me. I had hoped to have my next indie published book up and out there but alas it’s been delayed. But please look out for my forthcoming Aussie rural contemporary romance, Dance in the Outback.

Thank you so much, Cathryn, for hosting me here today. It’s been a blast.


My pleasure, S.E. and thanks so much for that quiche recipe. Delicious, easy, portable and a definite crowd pleaser. There aren’t too many people who’ll say no to a piece of quiche and, as you say, it makes a perfect meal for warmer weather.

Okay, lovely Feasters, what’s your favourite spring recipe? Besides lots of seafood I can’t wait to get into my repertoire of hot, sour and spicy Asian salads. All those fresh ingredients are perfect for warm evenings and lazy weekends, and they’re super easy to whip up. But perhaps you love a good old barbeque, or maybe lightly grilled Mediterranean inspired dishes? Share away and make our mouths water!

If you’d like to learn more about S.E. and her books please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter and the Hunter Romance Writers blog.


FRIDAY FEAST with Whitney K.E.

It’s winter in Australia, which means, at least for the Hein household, lots of comfort food, red wine and that magnificent Irish gift to the world, Guinness. Oh, and football. (Can I mention here that my beloved Sydney Swans are perched very nicely in 4th on the AFL ladder?)

But back to the Emerald Isle…Author Whitney K.E.

My guest today is young Australian romance author Whitney K.E. whose debut release What Happens In Ireland hit the virtual shelves only a few short weeks ago and has been amassing glowing reviews since. If you’re a sucker for romances featuring sexy, lilting-accented Irishmen and strong Aussie women, you’ll love Whitney’s Irish-set romances. Note the plural. Yes, there are more to come. In fact, in what will be exciting news for her new fans, I’ve discovered that Whitney has a whole series of Irish Hearts novels planned.

But first, take a look at What Happens In Ireland.




What Happens In Ireland by Whitney K.E. coverEver wondered what happens in Ireland?

When Australian, Kate Barrow, meets a handsome Irishman in a Dublin bar, she has no idea that he’s about to turn her world upside-down and inside-out.

In Ireland to take on a position on a thoroughbred stud, Kate is shocked when her manager-in-co reveals himself to be the same man she’d met in Dublin.

Jack is drawn to Kate. The problem is, she won’t have him. But Jack has always loved a challenge and the intriguing woman from Oz is one he cannot resist.

Harbouring the sting of another man’s betrayal, Kate is certain she wants nothing to do with love and nothing to do with Jack O’Reilly. But when naked torsos, Mother Nature and dysfunctional umbrellas start plotting against her resolve, she realizes the charms of an Irishman are going to be hard to resist.

Unashamedly romantic and sentimental in parts, hot and steamy in others…I have no hesitation at all in recommending this novel to readers of romance fiction. And in particular, to readers of romance who love Ireland…’ – Maria Mohan


You can own What Happens In Ireland right now with just a couple of clickety-clicks. Download now from most excellent ARRC 13 Gold Sponsor Kobo, or try iTunes, Amazon (for Kindle), Bookstrand, All Romance Ebooks, Smashwords, or buy direct from the publisher Secret Cravings.

Now, please welcome Whitney.


Butter Me Up!


Hi Cathryn! Thank for having me. Now, I have a confession. I’m not the world’s most talented cook, which makes me wonder why on earth I chose to write about cooking, haha. I’m not afraid to admit that my skills in the kitchen are quite basic, but if I were to blame it on anything, it would be my genes. My mother manages to burn everything she bakes (apparently because she likes the taste, haha) and ‘from-scratch’? I think my sisters and I all agree that we preferred she didn’t try her hand at it 😛

And like myself, my heroine Kate proves herself to not be much of a cook. Secretly, I think it is because my muse prefers to see her heroes shirtless and leaning over the stove as they make something delicious whilst tantalizing my heroines visually as well, haha.

But, I guess I’m not completely hopeless. I have mastered a few recipes, though I can’t say my presentation skills are all that great. 🙂 I like to make sweets (though rarely get a chance to make them). And my favourite and one sweet that is always incorporated into my Christmas hamper that I make for the family lunch, is peanut butter balls. I love peanut butter. And with a drizzle of chocolate, you can’t go wrong. And what’s more, they are quick and easy for the under-skilled cook!

So here’s my recipe 🙂


Peanut Butter Balls


1 cup of Peanut Butter (crunch or smooth, you take your pick J)

2 cups of icing sugar

6 teaspoons of softened butter

250gs of cooking chocolate (I prefer dark as the peanut butter is quite sweet) for drizzling!

Easy-peasy instructions:

So first, you want to soften the butter by placing it in the microwave for around 20 seconds.

Next, you mix the butter, icing sugar and peanut butter in a bowl until it forms a nice mixture that you can roll into balls. This is where the taste testing comes in. I tend to experiment a little with the sugar and peanut butter here, depending on how sweet I want the mixture to be.

Next, you spoon out the mixture and roll it into small balls and place them on a tray lined with baking paper (saves all that washing :P) and place them in the fridge to set. I’d give them 20 minutes (enough time for you to check my facebook :P) just to be on the safe side, but you want them to be hard enough that they don’t stick to your fingers.

And now for all you chocolate lovers, you melt the cooking chocolate via placing a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water. Once it’s melted, you can drizzle the peanut butter balls in the chocolate and ta-da! Once the chocolate is set, you have an easy treat!

You can also add Rice Bubbles to the mixture if you are looking for a crunchy texture, or even coat the peanut butter balls in some nuts or other bits. 🙂

Again, a big thanks to Cathryn for having me today! It was a pleasure and I’m having fun looking at some of the recipes other authors have place on here. Might have to try refine my cooking skills 🙂


Ooh, they sound very naughty, Whitney. But oh-so-perfect to snack on while reading about your sexy Irishman. An excellent and easy thing to whip up for a morning tea or as a gift too.

So, my lovely Feasters, any Irish tales out there? Have you kissed the Blarney Stone? (I have!) Get a bit wobbly the moment you hear a sexy lilting accent? Love a big dollop of colcannon?

I had a ball in Ireland. Spent a week with my girlfriend and her Irish friend hooning around in a borrowed car, freeloading with anyone who’d put us up. I still can’t get over the generosity of the people we met. Wonderful, wonderful country, and beautiful too. Really must go back one day. In the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy myself with Whitney’s What Happens In Ireland!

If you’d like to learn more about Whitney K.E. and her books, please visit her blog. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.