Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Have you ever had a Scotch egg? Delish! Plus book #giveaway from @DarylWoodGerber

 From Daryl aka Avery:

Happy Valentine's Day. This is NOT a Valentine's post. Although I "loved" writing it, does that count? FYI, I am having a giveaway below.  Now that's true love, right? LOL


When I researched foods I wanted to share in my upcoming Pressing the Issue, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery that features a Renaissance Fair plus a wedding at a vineyard (hence why I used "pressing" in the title), I was astounded by the variety. There are Renaissance Fair sites that specify which foods they feature, like hawker's mush and roasted legs of turkey, and creamed spinach, and yes, Scotch eggs. The vendors have charming names, too. Like Mayhawke Armory and Faire-icatures and Wicks and Woods.

As a writer, I like to make up my own names for venues, so check them out as you read along. I particularly like Thistle Thy Fancy, a crafts and hair wreaths.

As a foodie mystery writer, I like to make up my own recipes. This Scotch Eggs one is really simple and since there aren't many ingredients, so I couldn't quite pretend that I came up with all the ingredients; however, I made a gluten-free version that was very tasty. A few weeks ago, I mentioned using gluten-free panko crumbs for a veggie recipe. Well, they work for this, as well, so if you need to eat gluten-free, or you're just trying to avoid the wheat belly syndrome that is so popular right now, give them a try. (*I used Ian's brand.)

Enjoy, you varlets.

Scotch Eggs
(Serves 4)

1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon salt
4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
Flour or cornstarch (to make gluten-free, use cornstarch or rice flour)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup panko crispy breadcrumbs (if necessary, use gluten-free crumbs)

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix pork sausage, parsley, and salt. You’ll need to use your hands. Shape mixture into 4 patties.

Roll each hard-boiled egg in flour (or cornstarch/rice flour) to coat.

Place egg on sausage patty and cover egg by wrapping sausage around it. Dip each hard-boiled/sausage egg into beaten egg. Coat with panko breadcrumbs to cover completely (you may use gluten-free panko crumbs).

Set on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 35 minutes or until sausage is thoroughly cooked through and no longer pink near the egg.

How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

In a medium saucepan, cover 4 eggs with water. Bring eggs to boil. This takes about 7 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 13 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and immediately pour off hot water. Add cold water to the saucepan.

Meanwhile, fetch a dozen or so ice cubes from your freezer. Pour off the water from the eggs, and add fresh cold water and ice cubes. Let sit for 20 minutes. Remove eggs from water. Store in refrigerator until using.

THE ABOVE RECIPE IS IN THE BOOK. My daughter-in-law swears by another method, which I just tried this weekend and it worked like a dream. She brings a pot of water to boil. Inserts the eggs (using tongs) one at a time, and boils them on high boil for 10 minutes. She removes the eggs and they are done. Much simpler than my method. Both work.  :)


The annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder . . .

As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a wine press, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.

Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim’s errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner’s crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived lusty wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again? 

Pressing the Issue will come out Feb 20 in e-book and print on demand. You can order the e-book now and the POD on the day of release. PREORDER NOW 


To celebrate the upcoming release of PRESSING THE ISSUE, I'm giving away to one commenter a choice of any of my currently published titles. Tell me, what kind of medieval food would suit your fancy?
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  1. I would probably keep it simple with some sort of cabbage dish, if I had to live during the Medieval time period and eat the food, haha. Would love to read any of the books!

    1. Liz, a simple cabbage dish sounds good. Comfort food. ~ Daryl

  2. Turkey legs! I love those at the KC Ren Faire! moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. I'm a huge fan of turkey legs, Raquel. I love the protein and they take a long time to eat! ~ Daryl

  3. If I lived in medieval times, I think roast beef with boiled potatoes and cabbage would be my meal of choice. I might even try Scotch eggs!

    1. Lynne, roast beef is our go-to meal for Christmas dinner. ~Daryl

  4. Rabbit stew. That’d be pretty safe.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

    1. Sandy, I've never had rabbit anything. Though I did have a beautiful baking dish with a rabbit lid. Sadly, it cracked in one of our moves. ~ Daryl

  5. roast beef and baked potatoes with beans

  6. Oh, I so love scotch eggs, delicious! I am not totally certain what were medieval foods, I am guessing that I would love some kind of meat pie. Raised meat pies and ale sound great to me.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

    1. Lil, I have a meat pie recipe in the book, too. That was fun to make. ~ Daryl

  7. Not sure how medieval this is but probably a big old turkey leg lol or those scotch eggs looked pretty good! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Tari, glad you like the look of the eggs. My taste testers loved them. ~ Daryl

  8. I've been to a few faires in Minnesota and Texas. They all had turkey legs, dill pickles on a stick, and lots and lots of beer and mead. And funnel cakes!

    1. I've had one of the dill pickles on a stick, Pat. They're delicious! And mead. ~ Daryl

  9. Funnel cakes and pickles. Until I read your recipe I did not know a Scotch egg contained sausage.
    browninggloria@hotmail(dot) com

    1. Gloria, I know. Amazing, isn't it, what we learn when we read recipes? ~ Daryl

    2. Gloria, by random selection, you have won this giveaway. I'll write you an email for your info. Congrats and tell a friend. ~ Daryl

  10. Lamb stew with roasted potatoes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I have a shepherd's pie recipe in the book. I adore lamb. Not everyone does. In fact, having lamb for dinner tonight. ~ Daryl

  11. I think something made with beef and maybe bread. I would keep it safe, not to adventurous.

    1. I'm not sure there was anything too un-safe back then. Maybe haggis. Ugh. LOL ~ Daryl

  12. If we are talking about a Ren Faire, then funnell cake or fried dough and to drink mead or ale.

    1. I'm going to have to learn to make a funnel cake gluten-free. It's basically a waffle, and I can make those. :) ~ Daryl (On a mission)

  13. Scotch eggs can be quite tasty. I think if I were to make them I'd under-cook the eggs. They get cooked extra during the final baking.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

    1. Libby, that's not a bad idea, though these were "perfectly" cooked eggs and didn't overcook. So maybe the sausage protects them because it's cold until it's "not"??? ~ Daryl