Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PRESSING THE ISSUE is out + book #giveaway @DarylWoodGerber

Pressing the Issue, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery, is out!  
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"Another great book in a fantastic series. Daryl Wood Gerber is a masterful storyteller. Jenna Hart once again finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation, through no fault of her own. This book has a lot of twists and turns, and kept me engrossed from beginning to end. If you love books, food, and cats, then this is the book, and series, for you. I highly recommend this book!" ~ Goodreads review by Robin. 

From Daryl:

Last week I wrote about visiting the Renaissance Fair to research Pressing the Issue, which features a Ren Fair. This week, I have to tell you about all the wonderful “unique” foods I discovered when I did my foodie research via the Internet and cookbooks and elsewhere. Many will be found at the end of the book. For example, I found a 14th century ginger cheesecake recipe that I tweaked, and it turned out great. I landed on a delicious Sin in a Cup recipe that is like a chocolate cheesecake bonbon (frozen). My friend author and blogger Kim Davis will be sharing that with you on Cinnamon, Sugar and a little bit of Murder on Friday! Check it out. She’s such a fabulous cook. Today, I thought I’d share one of my new favorite foods. It’s so easy to make and is packed with flavor. Hawker’s Mush. What is it? I’ll let Jenna tell you. Remember, Jenna is a foodie but not a gourmet cook, so whatever she shares has to be easy!

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Hawker’s Mush
From Jenna:

Hawker’s Mush happens to be one of Rhett’s and my favorite dishes at the fair. It’s basic yet so delicious. Think of it like potato pancakes. If you can’t eat garlic, leave it out. The onions add plenty of flavor on their own. Also, I have to admit that I had no idea how easy Hollandaise sauce was to make. What a find!

 (Yield: 6–8 servings)

4 tablespoons or more butter
1 large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
4 cups raw spinach, chopped (becomes about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons sherry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups cooked brown rice and wild rice mix
3 eggs, beaten
Hollandaise sauce (recipe below)

In a medium-sized frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onions until soft and beginning to turn golden brown, about 8–10 minutes. If the onions seem dry, add another tablespoon of butter. Then add raw chopped spinach.

Sauté until all the moisture from the spinach is absorbed, about 2 minutes. Turn heat down and add the thyme, crushed garlic, and sherry. Add salt and pepper. Simmer until all liquid is absorbed, about 2–4 minutes more. Cool 5 minutes.

In a large bowl combine the cooked brown rice and wild rice, the onion-spinach mixture, and the beaten eggs.

For this next step, you’ll have to do it in batches: in a medium frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add rice-onion-spinach mixture in 1/2-cup portions. Flatten each down so you have rounds about ½ inch thick.

Cook over medium heat until set, about 2–3 minutes. Flip over and cook until golden.

Slide onto a plate and put in a warm oven. Repeat until entire mixture is cooked.

Keep warm. When ready, serve with Hollandaise sauce.


What's Pressing the Issue about?

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?


To celebrate the upcoming release of PRESSING THE ISSUE, I'm giving away to one commenter a copy of the book (ebook or trade paper). Tell me, what costume would you wear to a Renaissance Festival? Even if you would never attend a festival, come up with a costume. C'mon. Play along. And remember to include your email (cryptically if necessary) so I can contact you if you win.

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  1. I would wear something comfortable. Long skirt...long puffy sleeved blouse. Always a shawl...knitted, of course. Maybe one of those ruffled caps? I’d have my knitting along and look for a comfortable place to sit and knit and watch the jousting. Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot)com...

    1. Jane, sounds so fun. Love those ruffled caps. ~ Daryl

  2. I've been to local Renaissance Festivals in the past, and I always wore Fairy wings and a small tiara.

    1. Liz, I have fairy wings but no tiara. Must find one. Cute. ~ Daryl

  3. I would go as a buxom bar wench.. I lived fairly close to the big fair in So. Calif. but was always working and couldn't go. I did manage to the Gilroy Garlic Festival when I moved to No. Calif. Who knew garlic ice cream could taste good!

    1. Sue, it does taste good? I've been afraid to try it. ~ Daryl

  4. I would wear long skirt with ruffle blouse carry a basket to bring home goodies I found at fair.

  5. I would wear a long green skirt over a long sleeved shift with a tabbed vest that laces up the front. Perhaps a cloak if it is cold. Low heel boots. moodiesmum(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. A cloak. Raquel, great idea. And definitely low-heeled anything. LOL ~ Daryl

  6. I would definitely have to wear something comfortable although I've always wanted to wear a tight-fitting gown with big puffy sleeves.

    1. Shannon, I made a puffy sleeved white blouse in college (very pirate-like). It was so fun. Went with everything. ~ Daryl

  7. I would want to go all out and wear a Victorian floor length ballgown. Why not?

    1. Tami, absolutely. Why not go all out and have fun? ~ Daryl

  8. When I was younger, I’d definitely wear the bar wench outfit. Now I don’t know. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

  9. With total disregard to comfort, I would wear a deep blue velvet gown with gold braid trim and long sleeves. Dmskrug3 at hotmail(.)com

    1. Right, Daniele. Comfort is not all it's cracked up to be. LOL ~ Daryl

  10. I would wear a lady in waiting outfit with a heavy velvet ornate jacket . saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. Love it, Traveler. ~ Daryl PS even your fictional name "traveler" goes with the times. :)

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  12. I would wear a long blue gown and one of those pointy hats.