Before I introduce this morning’s visitor to the virtual kitchen I’d like to announce that this is the second to last post from the VK. It’s been very interesting and has attracted eyeballs for all the guest authors and myself. There’s been some great recipes and at the close of the series I’ll announce my favourite three recipes and those lucky souls will win a copy of my latest book, For One Night Only.
Sasha Cottman with a plate of curried prawns, (and a minimalist recipe for said prawns) joins me today. Sasha writes Regency romance, a genre that never seems to fall out of favour, and on her blog she’s constructed a Regency period kitchen where she reconstructs the food of that era.
What was your favourite dish as a child?
I can’t remember ever having a favourite dish as a child. My favourite food was the egg and lettuce sandwiches the school canteen sold. I think I ate egg and lettuce sandwiches every day for six years at high school.
Do you like to cook?
I like to cook if I have time (and a glass of chardonnay) but most days it is a case of how fast I can get a hot meal prepared and served when I get home from work.
What do you like to eat?
My favourite food these days is sushi. We have a great Japanese restaurant in the village near my house and it has a sushi boat. Sitting at the bar choosing the fresh sushi and sashimi as it floats past on the little boats is my idea of heaven. Of course I enjoy a great pasta dish, angel hair pasta is brilliant.
What are some of your favourite books about food?
I like cook books, but I have thrown out quite a few in the past few years as I wasn’t using them. I have quite a few of the Jamie Oliver cookbooks and like his approach to food. He believes in waste not want not, as well as putting a healthy meal on the table for your family each night. I am looking to buy his new 15- minute meals cook book and try some more of his recipes.
Is the food in your stories important?
I am surprised to read how much food actually creeps into my books. My new book has roasted potato, ginger sweets, and chicken. The Regency period has lots of great recipes. I cook Regency recipes and share the, sometimes mixed results on my website.
What’s your latest book?
My new release is An Unsuitable Match, the next in the Duke of Strathmore series, released by Destiny Romance. The book is a Regency Historical Romance.
What do you love most about this book?
Being able to take two secondary characters from my first book and give them their own story has been an amazing experience. Working to weave the two stories together, while making them stand alone books has been a challenge. I love a book series and to now have my own series is fantastic.
Where can readers find it?
An Unsuitable Match is available from all good e-book stores.
Six Minute Curried Prawns.
• 300g of peeled garlic prawns
• 1 packet of pre-cut Asian greens (most supermarkets have these in the fresh produce section).
• 1 jar of Thai Green Curry paste
• 1 medium can of coconut cream (or coconut milk).
• 90 second packet brown rice (serves 2-3).
Cut the packet of brown rice open and put it in the microwave, set the timer, but don’t turn it on.
Put a little oil in a frying pan and heat it. Put two heaped teaspoons of curry paste in the pan. Add the prawns and cook them for a minute.
Cook the rice in the microwave.
Add the Asian greens to the frying pan and stir them through. After 2 minutes add the coconut cream and stir through.
Cook the greens and prawns on a medium heat for another 1 minute.
Serve them over the rice. Enjoy.