Dempsey Dog is spreading the news – we are going to be grandparents!!!
Looking for suggestions – I don’t really want to be known Nan or nana or grandmother – are you aware of any alternatives?
“Lemon Curd Soufflé Tartlets
These are lovely served barely warm dusted lightly with icing sugar.
Start to finish : about 1 1/4 hours makes : 12
13/4 cups (260 g/91/4 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
1/2 teaspoon salt flakes
2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
100 g (31/2 oz) cold butter, diced
1 large free-range egg yolk
2 tablespoons iced water
4 large free-range eggs
1 cup (220 g/73/4 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
1/3 cup (80 ml/21/2 fl oz) lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
125 g (41/2 oz) cold butter, diced
pinch of salt
4 large free-range egg whites
pinch of salt
1/4 cup (55 g/2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
Put the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse process until the mixture is a coarse knobby meal. Add the yolk and water and process until the mixture forms a clump. Tip the dough out onto the bench and pat into a disc shape. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (fan-forced 160°C/315°F).
Roll the dough out and line 12 tartlet moulds about 6 cm (21/2 in) in diameter and prick the bottom with a fork. Put the pastry cases in the freezer for 5 minutes, and then bake for 15–20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and almost cooked through. Cool.
To make the curd, whisk the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a stainless steel or glass bowl. Place the bowl over a large pan of gently simmering water. Whisk in the diced butter adding a few pieces at a time with the salt. Keep whisking for about 8 minutes or until the curd has become thick and creamy and coats the back of a spoon. Remove the bowl from the pan of water and whisk briskly to take as much heat from the mixture as quickly as you can. Set the curd aside to cool completely, stirring occasionally. The curd will continue to thicken as it cools. Press plastic wrap lightly on to the surface and refrigerate until required.
Increase the oven temperature to 200°C (400°F) (fan-forced 180°C/350°F). Whisk the egg whites and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer and when they start to foam sprinkle in the sugar. Continue whisking until firm but not dry peaks form. Put a teaspoonful of curd in the bottom of each pastry shell. Gently fold half of the egg whites into the remaining lemon curd and then fold in the remaining whites. Spoon the mixture on top of the lemon curd in the pastry shells. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the filling is puffed, golden and set.
and a bit more :
To get ahead, the curd and the pastry shells can be made in advance leaving just the meringue to be made at the last minute. Once they cool they start to sink a little.”
3 massacres, 2 detectives, 1 writer, 0 answers
Freelancer Kendall Jennings writes fluff pieces for women’s magazines. When a horrific massacre occurs at Café Amaretto, she scores an exclusive interview with a survivor. Suddenly, she’s the go-to reporter for the crime.
Investigating veteran detective Lance O’Grady and his partner Trip are tasked with finalizing the open and shut case. Seven people are dead at the hands of an unprovoked killer wielding an axe. It seems simple.
Then another mass killing occurs. This time, arson, and ten eldercare facility residents die in the blaze. Both killers die at the scene. The crimes have no motive, and Lance O’Grady is left wondering how evil can strike twice.
Then it happens again. Even more shocking: a mother with a gun goes on a rampage at a family birthday party.
The killers share one odd detail: none have a murderer’s profile. No history of violence, no connection to terrorists, no vendettas. Ordinary citizens suddenly became killers.
Drawn deeper inside the crime investigation, Kendall finds herself not only clashing with O’Grady but also struggling with old demons. O’Grady resents Kendall’s involvement as her presence provokes memories of a personal tragedy.
O’Grady and Kendall are caught up in a plan greater reaching than the crimes. They just don’t know it. Someone is sending a message. And unless they can decipher the meaning, very soon, many more will die.
Deadly Messengers is a page-turning thriller taking readers into the minds of mass killers in all their disconcerting madness. It poses the question: Is there a killer lurking inside everyone? The answer could prove more frightening than the crimes.
Recipe for Compulsive Reading:
Mix together the following:
One cup horror (those opening scenes are pretty horrific).
One cup crime fiction.
One cup science fiction/science fact.
Add a dollop of incredibly well written, fast paced, action packed narrative.
Stir and imbibe.
Guaranteed to produce a satisfying outcome!
***Note from the author:
Are you looking for a page turning thriller read? I’m looking for early readers/reviewers!
If you would like a FREE copy of DEADLY MESSENGERS, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to send an e-copy in any format to suit your reader or app.
This offer is open until the 30th September.
“Cup-of-Tea Fruit Loaf
This is a family name given to this moist and densely fruited loaf, one of which always seemed to be in the cake tin when visitors dropped in for a cup of tea. In addition to dried vine fruits, sultanas, raisins and currants, other dried fruits including figs, apple, pear or apricot add to the lusciousness. The fruit plumps in cold black tea. Use whichever tea you prefer but Lapsang Souchong gives it an intriguingly divine slightly smoky flavour.
Start to finish : 1 1/4 hours serves : 18
125 g (41/2 oz) butter
1 cup (250 ml/9 fl oz) strong black tea
2 cups (370 g/13 oz) mixed chopped dried fruit
2 cups (300 g/101/2 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, ginger and allspice
1 cup (220 g/73/4 oz) white granulated sugar
1 large free-range egg, whisked
Put the butter, tea and dried fruit in a pan over medium heat. Bring the mixture just to the boil, reduce the heat and gently simmer for 2–3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool completely.
Preheat the oven to 175°C (345°F) (fan-forced 155°C/310°F). Grease and line a loaf pan about 23 x 12 cm (9 x 41/2 in) with two layers of baking paper.
Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and spices together into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar, fruit mixture and the egg. Mix well and fill into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 45–50 minutes, or until the top is golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove the loaf from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes on a rack before turning out. Let it cool completely before wrapping and storing.
and a bit more :
The loaf can be sliced when cold but the flavour vastly improves if you resist eating it for a day or two. The men on the farm slathered butter on the slices. I think it is rich enough on its own. Mum put a small container of water in the oven which she claimed kept the cake moist and gave it a lovely golden crust.”
My Version – with chopped almonds was just as delicious.
In A Dark Dark Wood
Random House UK, Vintage Publishing
Someone’s getting married. Someone’s getting murdered.
In a dark, dark wood
Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.
There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room
But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
And in the dark, dark room….
Some things can’t stay secret for ever.
A brooding and atmospheric read – Ms Ware certainly knows how to set a scene and places her characters in situations that scream – “Don’t go there, turn around, and go home, listen to you intuition…” Bleak isolated locations, a house that is cold, sterile and seems to be waiting… then it starts snowing, the phone line is dead…the guests seem just that little bit weird and very quirky…. Would I stay there – no way! Would I go for a run in an isolated forest in near dark conditions when it is freezing outside? No.
This is the stuff that is made from your worst nightmares. Clever, atmospheric, a great introspective about relationships and the nature of the evil. This is manipulation pared to the bone, exposed at a cellular level.
This is a great debut novel – a writer to keep a look out for.
First One Missing
Random House UK, Transworld Publishers
A page-turning psychological thriller with the gripping plot of GIRL ON A TRAIN and the chilling suspense of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP …
There are three things no-one can prepare you for when your daughter is murdered:
– You are haunted by her memory day and night
– Even close friends can’t understand what you are going through.
– Only in a group with mothers of other victims can you find real comfort.
But as the bereaved parents gather to offer support in the wake of another killing, a crack appears in the group that threatens to rock their lives all over again.
Welcome to the club no one wants to join.
Tammy Cohen writes crisp and pure psychological thrillers –the emphasis is on the story and the lives affected by a shocking event. Ms Cohen is a skilled writer; she writes a great narrative that engages and keeps the pages turning. Ms Cohen shows a great understanding of characterisations – her characters have a depth that makes them credible and allows the reader to empathise with or understand the motives of. Further the twist in plot that is revealed toward the end is a total surprise – you will not see this one coming, you will never guess this one at all – there are no breadcrumbs scattered along the way that lead you to this conclusion – there is just surprise, and sadness and understanding.
A great read! I will definitely be adding Ms Cohen to my list of must read authors.
More great books arrived in the mail this week! Where to start? Well I have had sneak peak at Shakespeare, Not Stirred – a fun and delicious read. My husband has already picked through this lot and read Six Square Metres – a great read for the home gardener, and as a fan of Peter Corris Gun Control looks very inviting… So may exciting choices.