Showing posts with label French Bistro Mysteries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label French Bistro Mysteries. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Luscious easy French custard #recipe + #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber


It's here. At least the cover is!
 The first French Bistro Mystery!!  
A DEADLY ÉCLAIR.
The books comes out November 2017!! 
You can pre-order on your choice of sites 
(indie, Amazon, B&N, etc. 
via my website links HERE
BUT the ebook pre-order isn't up yet. 
Not sure why... scratching head...  
I'll give a shout out when it is!


From Daryl aka Avery:

This is the first book in the FRENCH BISTRO MYSTERIES, featuring Mimi Rousseau, who owns a French bistro and the neighboring bed-and-breakfast, set in Napa Valley. (More below...)

Do you see the darling SCOUNDREL, a gray and white mouser, on the cover? You can't miss the éclairs! The artist is the same artist who painted my Cheese Shop and Cookbook Nook covers. Am I lucky or what?!

If you leave a comment at the end of the post, 
I'll be giving away a pretty wine-themed tea towel to celebrate the cover reveal!

So I was testing recipes for  A DEADLY ÉCLAIR...yes, I test recipes...and I made a delicious gluten-free éclair. Yes, gluten-free. The recipe will be in the book.

Anyway, I was making the custard for the inside of the éclair, and it took a couple of tries. One was the "easy" fast way (okay, the cheater's way) of making custard. Then I made it the authentic (cooked) way. Both were delicious. The authentic way recipe will be in the book.  :)

Today, I'm sharing the easy one because this turned out so good, and I had so much left over that I poured it into dessert ramekins and served to family. They loved it.

Here's a snippet about A DEADLY ÉCLAIR:

It’s always been Mimi Rousseau’s dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she’s been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband’s tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she’s able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn’s first wedding ever.

The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daughter of Bryan’s half-brother, Edison, has chosen the inn as her perfect venue. Anxious, Mimi is sure things are going to turn south, especially when Edison gets drunk and rowdy at the rehearsal dinner, but by the evening, things begin to look up again. That is until morning rolls around, and Bryan is found dead with an éclair stuffed in his mouth. And the fingers point at Mimi, whose entire loan is forgiven in the event Bryan died.


Now it’s up to Mimi to clear her name and get to the bottom of things before the killer turns up the heat again.


EASY VANILLA CUSTARD

 (Serves 4-8, depending on dessert dish size)

5-ounce box instant vanilla pudding (make sure it’s gluten-free)
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract

In a small bowl, make vanilla pudding by combining pudding mix and milk. Let it firm up in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes.

Place heavy whipping cream in stand mixer (or a regular bowl, which is what I did) and whip it at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. This takes about 2-3 minutes. Don’t over whip or it will turn into butter.

Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla with the whipped cream.  Now fold in the chilled vanilla pudding.

That’s it!

Pour into 4- or 6-ounce ramekins or dessert dishes. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill.


This keeps for about 4-5 days.



Make pudding
Whip cream, just to a small peak

Pour into ramekins

Serve!

Giveaway

I'm giving away this darling wine-themed tea towel to one commenter. 
So answer me this...do you tell your friends and family 
to buy books you've read? 
Or to look for those books at a library or bookstore? 
You all know that word of mouth is one of the best ways 
to get the news out about a release, right? 
Leave your email so I can contact you if you win!


Savor the mystery!

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Plus check out my website.

A DEADLY ÉCLAIR, the 1st in the French Bistro Mysteries, is coming November 2017. Can Mimi clear her name before the killer turns up the heat? Click here to order.











GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
Click here to order.









FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
Click to order.










GIRL ON THE RUN, a stand-alone suspense is out!
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
Click to order




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kid-Friendly Easter Egg Breakfast Popsicles from author @DarylWoodGerber



I know it's not yet Easter, but it's coming, and I already have a planned post for that week, so when I saw these on Pinterest, I thought uh-oh, I should make these instead.

But then I thought, why not share them early?  So what if they look like Easter eggs? They would be good to eat any time of the year.  In fact, I think you could easily make them in a muffin tin of even a popsicle maker.  They're frozen.

The Pinterest link for the recipe drove me to an English site. The measurements were, um, a little off for me, so I had to play with them. It was the portion for yogurt that stymied me. The photos on that site are gorgeous, however, so go feast your eyes!  Here's the LINK  

The measurements below are what I used specifically for 6 servings.

According to my taste testers, who were under the age of 10, these were delicious, and by the way, "Could you send the recipe to Mom like right now???"  

When I dropped the boys off later that day, they even remarked on them, and it had been hours since they had eaten them, so I think they are definitely a hit.

Best of all, they are nutritious!  Yay.

Enjoy.


EASTER EGG BREAKFAST POPSICLES
(makes 6)

Ingredients:
    1 cup yogurt (I used Yoplait Greek 100 protein-style)
    ¼ cup blueberries
    ¼ cup granola

Equipment:
Egg silicone mold or muffin cups
*I bought both on Amazon. 


Note: For a really healthy treat, natural or Greek yogurt is perfect because it doesn’t have any added sugar. Dairy free yogurt alternatives such as soya yogurt should also work for this recipe.


To make:

Place a dollop of yogurt into each egg of your silicone mold. Each should be about 1/3 full. Add a few blueberries.  (I had some in the freezer. They worked fine!) Then insert bits of granola into each egg. 






Place a lollipop stick into each egg – at the fat end of the egg - laying it down as flat as possible.

Now add more yogurt. It's messy. I used a paper towel to clean up around each egg.


Place the mold in the freezer and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight, until the eggs are frozen through.  

Once frozen, pop out of the molds, leave the popsicles on a plate at room temperature for a couple of minutes to soften a little, then serve immediately. 




Note: I popped them out and put them back in a freezer bag. I attempted to put a cake pop wrapper around a couple but they were simply too small to get the twists tied EASILY. I thought they would be pretty in cellophane bags when serving for dessert. If you can find a slightly larger bag than those, perfect! Maybe even tie with ribbon.  Put them back in the freezer until ready to serve.




Savor the mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous!

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Friend Daryl and Avery on Facebook
Follow Daryl on Twitter
Follow Avery on Twitter
Follow both of us on Pinterest
Plus check out my website.


GRILLING THE SUBJECT, the 5th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!
The Wild West Extravaganza has come to Crystal Cove.
Click here to order.




FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE, the 7th Cheese Shop Mystery is out!
Finally there's going to be a cheese festival in Providence!
Click to order.




GIRL ON THE RUN, a stand-alone suspense is out!
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, 
Chessa Paxton must run for her life...but will the truth set her free? 
Click to order





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