I absolutely love when authors visit and bring food with them. Who doesn’t? And this week it’s a complete garden of goodies.
Today I welcome Brenda Dyer. Brenda write paranormal romance and today she’s sharing not only a wonderful sounding recipe but also her newly released paranormal novel, Prophecy’s Child. Welcome Brenda!
Hello everyone. So glad you stopped by. Thank you very much Anne for having me on your site today.
Are you scratching your head over the title? LOL, did I confuse you? Sorry. Today I have two things I’d like to show you. An excerpt from my latest paranormal romance novel, Prophecy’s Child, and a delicious recipe for broccoli, apple and bacon salad.
What? You don’t like broccoli? Well, as you know, broccoli is full of vitamin C, vitamin K, fibre, calcium, and beta-carotene. Broccoli is loaded with dietary benefits. It also can be used in many dishes—dishes your kids will eat! And let’s face it. Kids—including ten year old vampires—need all the goodness we can get them to eat.
Both my sons don’t care for broccoli very much, but they love this broccoli salad.
Broccoli, Apple and Bacon Salad
(This recipe is from the Wal-Mart live better magazine)
Prep 5 mins/Total 25 mins/serves 4
- 4 strips of thick cut bacon—I don’t always use thick cut—I use what I find on sale.
- 1 large head of broccoli
- 1 cup toasted walnut halves
- 1 medium red apple, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Chop bacon into small pieces and cook in a frying pan until crisp and golden brown.
- Slice floret section of the broccoli at the base of flower. Discard the tough ends.
- Cut the flower-top portion of the broccoli lengthwise and into bite-size pieces and then dump into bowl.
- Chop ½ of the walnuts and add to the broccoli.
- Slice or chap apple into cubes or thin slices and add to broccoli and walnuts.
- Whirl remaining walnuts in a food processor until finely ground. With food processor running, add olive oil. Once oil and walnuts are combined, pour into a bowl—not the bowl with broccoli and apples—and then add lemon juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper.
- Spoon mixture over salad and toss. Serve salad and garnish with bacon bits.
And there you have it. A delicious and nutritious salad that even kids will eat.
His secret will shatter her world.
Katherine Colby’s life splintered ten years ago when her lover suddenly vanished, leaving her with more than a broken heart. But when Kal unexpectedly makes an appearance, her safe, dependable existence is shattered once more. Drawn into Kal’s deadly world of vampires and demons, she must now put aside her hurt and anger and learn to trust him. Can she forgive past deceptions and find the courage to love again? Or will she turn away the one man who owns her heart and soul?
Her secret will change his life.
Powerful, and lethal, Kal is a vampire warrior, sworn to protect humans from demons. Loving Katherine too much to pull her into his dangerous world, Kal deserted her, believing his decision was best for them both. But not even time could assuage his yearning for the woman who has captured his heart. As fate tosses them together once again, Kal must fight to win Katherine’s trust and forgiveness before evil separates them forever. But is he ready to become the man she needs him to be? Or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?
Excerpt from Prophecy’s Child.
Ike’s smiling face turned toward Katherine. “Kal’s going to teach me how to disappear. Isn’t that awesome?”
Katherine framed her son’s face and grinned down at him. “That’s pretty neat all right.”
She glanced Kal’s way. Her lips trembled, and her eyes stood out against her colorless complexion. Her pale face showed her anxiety, but she held herself together.
Sitting beside Kal on the couch, Ike asked, “Can you teach me now?”
As much as he wanted to give into his son, Kal needed to speak with Katherine about their next move. “Not tonight, little dude.”
“Ooooh, why not?” Ike bounced up and down.
Katherine stopped his bouncy movements with a hand on his shoulder. “Because it’s late. You need to get some sleep.”
“But I’m not tired.” He shrugged away from her hand and moved closer to Kal. “When can ya teach me?”
“Soon. I promise. But your mom’s right. It’s getting late, and your mom and I have a few things to talk about.”
Ike’s shoulders sagged. He deflated like a balloon. “Okay.”
“Come on. We’ll tuck you into bed.” Katherine took a step back and held out her hand.
“Can I get something to eat first? I’m starved.” His ruddy cheeks quickly drained of color. “Can…can vampires eat food?”
The horrified look on his son’s face was comical. Kal couldn’t hold in his laugh. “We sure do. My favorite is two double cheeseburgers and fries.”
“That’s my favorite, too. But mom’s always naggin’ me to eat vegetables.”
With her hands on her hips, Katherine frowned, but a smile flirted with her lips. “I don’t nag you.”
“Yes, you do! You’re always saying, ‘eat your broccoli.’” He looked at Kal and put a finger in his mouth then made gagging sounds.
Kal roared with laughter, and Ike joined in.
He glanced at Katherine and laughed harder. She tapped one foot, and her frown turned into a scowl.
LOL. See kids? Even young vampires have to eat their vegis. I bet Ike would enjoy this Broccoli, apple and bacon salad.
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