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FRIDAY FEAST with Shona Husk

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Hello, foodie-reader people! Welcome once again to the deliciousness that is Friday Feast. And what healthy little beasties we’re going to be today. There’s a pancake recipe that will sweeten up any breakfast, plus an amazing new paranormal romance to lose yourself in. How’s that for the perfect way to start your weekend off.

But first, the cringeworthy update that is Us Heins Weren’t Mean To Play Golf. The rot has well and truly set in. Shots were duffed. Balls were bulleted into dams. Swearwords were said. A head was hung in shame. On a good note, I guess the only way is up!

Author Shona HuskSpeaking of good notes (oh, I am the segue QUEEN!), our guest today is Friday Feast regular and multi-romance genre author Shona Husk (she of the Toblerone Brownies, which I made a batch of last week and nearly passed out from chocolate overdose after eating). Shona has a new book out in the brilliant Court of Annwyn series and it sounds a beauty, with spies and fairies and powerplays and, of course, that thing that makes good books even better, romance.

Take a look…


The Darkling Lord by Shona HuskA darkling with a lust for power…

Henry Saint shouldn’t exist. Every year on his birthday, he kills someone and takes their soul so that he may live another year. He is a darkling, not fairy… but not human either. Yet he is bound by the laws of both worlds. With a new King on the throne of Annwyn and the mortal world trying to rebuild after plagues killed so many, Henry seizes the opportunity to carve out a place of his own. He wants Detroit.

A spy without a soul…

Darah was Felan’s spy before he became King of Annwyn. Now he has one last mission for her. He wants her to join the darkling’s Court and discover what Henry’s endgame is. No one trusts the Banished when they gather in great numbers. As Darah gets drawn into Henry’s world she realizes he can give her the one thing she could never find in Annwyn—love. But is love worth betraying her King?

Far out, that sounds exciting and you’ll in the capable hands of a skilled storyteller with The Darkling Lord, so why not buy it today?  Try amazon.comKobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, or your favourite ebook retailer. And while you’re clicking about, add The Darkling Lord to your Goodreads shelf and give everyone else the heads-up about this cracking book.

Right. Now let’s get healthy with Shona. A woman who knows her way with chocolate…

Breakfast Made Extra Delicious!

For the last quarter of 2014 I had to go gluten and dairy free. It was extremely unfun (yes, I know it’s not a word but it should be). When you read labels you quickly realize that gluten and dairy are in everything. Coconut milk power…includes dairy. Gluten…where isn’t it?

So I did a bit of research and tried to find new things to eat. Breakfast was the big one for me because I liked fruit salad with yoghurt or porridge (when it’s made with water it’s just gruel) or cereal.

Fortunately the internet is wondrous and I discovered quinoa with apple and sultanas and walnuts and honey. Yum!

Then I found these. Chocolate chip oatmeal cookie pancakes by the Minimalist Baker.

These pancakes are so delish as long as you don’t go into them expecting light and fluffy, or thin and crepe like. These are chunky and full of awesome.

Recipes are just a guideline and we have giant bananas at the moment so click the link for the original or check out my slightly altered version (because I’m lazy and I use what’s in the cupboard).

Shona’s Choc Chip & Rolled Oat Pancakes

In a bowl put 1 banana, 1 egg, 1 tbsp peanut butter (crunchy, smooth, whatever is handy), 1 tbsp coconut oil, dash of vanilla and cinnamon (cloves and nutmeg too if you feel like it). Give it a whisk until smooshy.

Toss in 2/3 cup of rolled oats and ¼ cup gf flour and 1tsp baking powder. Whisk. It should be quite thick. Add ~80ml water (I ran out of oat milk one day and decided water would be fine. It totally was).

Let the mix sit for 10 mins. So go and get dressed, tell the kids to get dressed, feed the cat etc…

Stir the mix add a splash more water if it’s thickened up a lot. It should be gloopy not runny. Add 3 tablespoons of choc chips (throw in what looks like the right amount because who really measures chocolate?)

Blob mixture onto the frying pan. Don’t try for big pancakes, think pikelet size. Flip and then serve with nutlex and maple syrup and fruit (oranges, berries and pears go really well).

If your kids aren’t snarfing them down these will keep in the fridge for a couple of days once cooked so you can enjoy them for breakfast tomorrow without the fuss of cooking them.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…the Minimalist Baker has lots of other yummy recipes for the gf and df. I no longer have to be as strict which makes going out a whole lot easier but at home I try and avoid them still.

And while you enjoy choc chip pancakes check out The Darkling Lord for some paranormal romance with spies and fairies.


Honestly, Shona, you are the queen of healthy cooking with chocolate! These sound great and I love the idea whipping up an batch and keeping them in the fridge to have later. That’s very handy, especially for when you’re running late. And because they’re only pikelet sized, these pancakes would be perfect to munch on while reading The Darkling Lord!

If you’d like to learn more about Shona and her edgy romances, including the Shadowlands and Court of Annwyn series, please visit her website. You can also connect via Facebook, Twitter using @ShonaHusk, or sign up to her newsletter to keep up to date with new releases and more.

FRIDAY FEAST with Rachael Johns

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Well, Feasters, I’m super excited today. Not only am I in Stawell, Victoria, talking at the local library’s Girl’s Night In (7-30pm, Stawell Library, Sloane Street in case you’re in the area and on the hunt for a faaaaabulous evening) but it’s the official release day of my good buddy Rachael Johns’ rural romance Jilted.

Now, call me biased (cos I am), but I can honestly say that Jilted is a wonderful book. It’s the sort of story that hooks you from page one and keeps you entranced until the final page. The characters are vividly drawn, the setting dynamic, the story emotional and don’t get me started on the hero, the super sexy farmer Flynn Quartermaine. He’d nearly give Lachie from Heart of the Valley a run. Nearly. A girl has to stand up for her man after all, even if he is fictional.

Here’s the cover and blurb to whet your literary appetite.




She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his…

After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.

But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.

Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.

When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?


Fantastic, isn’t it? Fortunately Jilted is now released and you can buy it right here, right now.  Just click!

And now here’s Rach…


Hiya Cathryn!! Am ecstatic to be back on your wonderful Friday Feast for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s YOUR blog. Nuff said. For all Cathryn’s readers she’s not only an awesome writer, but an ace crit partner and fabulous friend. I certainly couldn’t do without her!!
  2. We’re talking food and I am a MASSIVE food fan. I admit I bake/cook less and less lately (probably cos my kids whine too much about my cooking and it’s given me a complex) but I’m a VERY good eater.
  3. Today is an extra special day for me – it’s the actual RELEASE date of my first print book – JILTED!

 The Way To A Heroine Is Through Her Stomach…


I thought as well as talk about food, I’d talk about fictional heroes! My ideal hero in a book is much the same as in real life – as well as being good looking, hard-working, intelligent, I like a man who can cook and happily does so for the woman in his life. Seriously, I think the saying should be ‘the way to a WOMAN’S heart is through her stomach’ because what woman doesn’t like a man to cook for her?

The hero of Jilted – Flynn – shares some traits with my hubby. When Ellie is at her absolute lowest, Flynn looks after her. He makes her tea, offers a shoulder to lean on and COOKS! Swoon. In one section of the book, he cooks her pancakes for breakfast and pancakes just happen to be one of my favourite foods.

When I was pregnant with my first son, my darling hubby would go into the kitchen at all hours of the night and whip me up some pancakes when I was hungry. Occasionally he’d use that ghastly stuff in a bottle but most of the time, he make them from scratch. How’s that for love!? Let’s not talk about the fact he didn’t make me even ONE pancake for the next two pregnancies.

Pancakes are important in our family. Whether it started with the pregnancy cravings, who knows, but every Sunday morning, we eat pancakes. 51 weeks of the year, I’m the pancake chef and on Mother’s Day my hubby and the boys will give it a whirl.

I’m a bit of a throw it all together and hope for the best cook, so rarely do my pancakes turn out the same. Sometimes they’re thick and fluffy, other times they’re almost crepes. But a few weeks back I saw a recipe in the Masterchef magazine for Coconut Pancakes with Orange Maple Plums. I didn’t do the plum bit but I did try the coconut and I’m hooked!! Delicious. Almost as scrumptious as the time I put choc-chips in the batter, actually maybe more so.

So today, I’d like to share with you a recipe I pretty much stole from Masterchef…




  • 1 ¾ cups SR flour
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp bi-carb soda
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 60g butter, melted
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Extra butter


  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper to keep made pancakes warm. Heat oven to 160 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, bicarb, sugar and salt into a bowl.
  3. Place eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and melted butter in another bowl and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour wet mixture onto dry mixture and whisk until smooth.
  5. Melt some butter in non-stick frying pan over low-medium heat. Spoon batter into the pan, and spread to desired size. Wait until bubbles appear, scatter coconut and then flip pancakes with a spatula.
  6. Cooke until lightly browned underneath. Transfer pancake/s to oven to keep warm while you repeat the process until the mixture is finished.
  7. EAT!

We prefer our pancakes the traditional way with maple syrup (must be the real stuff) or sugar and lemon. We also occasionally have strawberries and cream. These pancakes can be made without the coconut, but the coconut is what makes them stand out!!!


Mmm, now that’s a recipe to start your day with. Thanks, Rach. Love the piccies of your boys. They’re so cute!

Now, my lovelies, Rachael has very generously offered up a signed copy of Jilted as a giveaway. But to be in the running you have to share your ideal breakfast dish. Don’t have one? That’s okay. Rachael and I will compromise and accept a juicy description of your ideal hero instead. Better make him good though, between Rach’s Flynn and my Lachie that’s a whole lot of man to live up to!

Giveaway closes midnight Tuesday, 5th June 2012 AEST. Australian addresses only, sorry.

If you’d like to know more about Rachael and her wonderful books please visit her website. You can also connect via her blog, Facebook and Twitter.


This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Gemma who is the lucky winner of a copy of Jilted. Thanks everyone for joining in the fun and for all those beeeoooootiful (and rather fattening) breakfast ideas!