Hello, lovely readers, and welcome to another delicious edition of Friday Feast. This week we’re playing in the snow with one of Australia’s best popular women’s fiction authors, seriously overdosing on sugar, and giving away a book!
But first, the rollercoaster ride that is Us Heins Weren’t Meant To Play Golf. I’m on the improve! There are signs of life! I even managed not to dunk my ball straight into the dam off the 15th tee two times in a row. Tis a miracle! It has to be the weather. The days have been glorious here lately and I think it’s tricked my feeble golfing brain into thinking it’s spring and therefore time to play better. Perhaps a dodgy theory but let the sun shine on, I say!
Now to our fab guest. Many of you will know Lisa Heidke from her novels It Started With a Kiss, Stella Makes Good, Claudia’s Big Break, What Kate Did Next and Lucy Springer Gets Even. Lisa’s books cover all the feel-good bases with plenty of love, drama and fun, but most of all they’re entertaining.
Her latest release is The Callahan Split and it looks a cracker.
THE CALLAHAN SPLIT
Samantha and Annie Callahan are successful doubles champions — the toast of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadow. But their winning partnership spirals out of control when Annie’s new boyfriend announces their engagement at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Bear, the sisters’ coach, guides Annie as much as she’ll allow. But when she insists on dropping Samantha in favour of a singles career, her game and rankings plummet.
Samantha is left floundering. Disillusioned, her only sweet spot is the growing passion between her and Bear. Amidst rising anger and betrayal, Samantha completely changes both their destinies when she does the unthinkable after a devastating Wimbledon loss.
The sisters are driven to create new lives by confronting the past and taking control of the present. But can Samantha and Annie both win?
I adore the sound of this book. Clashing tennis sisters? Wheee! I’m sure you’ll love it too. The Callahan Split can be yours with just a few clickety-clicks. Try Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, or Kobo.
Now prepare thee for a grand slam sugar hit with Lisa!
Christmas in July
I’ve just returned from a magical few days in Leura, NSW, where not only was I celebrating Christmas in July with friends, but it actually snowed!
Yippee. And I have photographic evidence to prove it!
It was a stroke of luck, really. Even though snow had been predicted, I didn’t believe it. But indeed it did.
After we played in the snow and built some daggy snowmen, we lit the fire and it was time to get down to some Christmas business!
Lots of champagne, yummy food and way too much dessert.
My contribution was this magnificent Yule Log!
Lisa’s White Christmas Yule Log
(not for the faint hearted)
125g caster sugar, plus extra to dust
3 large eggs
100g plain flour
25g cocoa powder, plus extra to dust
For the filling
300ml double cream, whipped
For the white chocolate fudge icing
110g (4oz) butter
90g (3 1/4oz) 70% white chocolate
425g (14oz) icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
175ml (6fl oz) milk
Reindeer Droppings (chocolate drops)
Preheat the oven to 200°C. (fan 180°C) Line a 33 x 23cm (13 x 9in) Swiss roll tin with nonstick baking paper.
Whisk the sugar and eggs with an electric whisk for 10 minutes, until pale and thick. Sift the flour and cocoa into the mixture, plus 1 tbsp of lukewarm water. Fold into the mixture until evenly mixed.
Pour the mixture into the tin. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes until risen and just firm.
Meanwhile, lay out a clean, damp tea towel. Place a piece of nonstick baking paper larger than the sponge on top and dust with icing sugar. Turn the sponge onto the paper and peel the paper off the base.
Make an incision line about 1cm from one short edge, being careful not to cut through the cake. This will help you start rolling. Use the paper to roll the sponge tightly. Wrap in the tea towel. Allow to cool, then unroll and spread the cake with whipped cream and roll back up again.
To make the icing, melt the white chocolate and butter in the microwave. In a large bowl combine the icing sugar, vanilla and 120ml (4fl oz) of the milk. Add the melted chocolate mixture and stir well.
Add the remaining milk, a little at a time, until you have the desired consistency. Let the icing stand until spreadable, it will thicken as it cools.
Spread the icing over the Yule log, then whipped cream and sprinkle with reindeer droppings.
Eat, sit back and wait for the sugar coma to hit.
When not gobbling food or playing in the snow, I can be found at my desk or out in the wild promoting my latest book, The Callahan Split, a story about sisters, love, lies and loss.
I loved writing this novel and I really hope readers enjoy reading it. I have 1 print copy to give away.
Do you have a sister? If so, what’s your most memorable experience together? If not, what’s a memorable experience you shared with another family member?
Thanks, Lisa. I luuuurve the sound of your cake and the photos are fabulous. What a lovely time you must have had.
So, did you hear that, Feasty people? Lisa is offering a…
Yes, a paperback copy of Lisa’s brand new release, The Callahan Split could be yours. All you need to do is reveal your most memorable experience shared with a family member.
Hmm. I’m going to have to think hard on this one because there’s been quite a few, but I did go on a hot air balloon ride in Alice Springs with my brother when he was living there that was pretty cool. The scenery was amazing and the ride so peaceful! I managed three trips to “the Alice” while he lived there so managed to do some wonderful touring around the area. Australia’s red heart is a definite must-see.
So what’s your memorable experience? Share away in the comments and feel-good book joy could be yours!
Please note: Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday AEST, 4th August 2015. Australian postal addresses only.