Welcome Wendy James…Lets Talk About Characters and The Golden Child

 

Please welcome the fabulous Wendy James to my blog – I am so excited to have her featured here today.

Wendy’s latest novel is The Golden Child – a book that is racing up the charts.  I loved this read- the manipulations, the twists, the brilliantly developed characters.  I asked her a few key questions regarding her characters and how they are created/evolve. As a reader I am fascinated with the writing process and what inspires my favourite authors.

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Are you a “people watcher”? Do you imagine the life histories/futures of strangers? Do you read a book, a news  item and imagine a scenario, a narrative? Let’s hear what Wendy has to say.

 

 

 

More to come…stay tuned.

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Sweet Potato Noodles with a Creamy Peanut Satay Sauce: Deliciously Ella with Friends – Ella Mills ( Woodward)

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Deliciously Ella with Friends by Ella Mills RRP $29.99 published by Hachette Australia on 31 January 2017

“These noodles were quite a revelation to me. They’re so much heartier, more filling and more like conventional pasta than everyone’s favourite courgette noodles, and this satay sauce really brings them to life. It’s so incredibly creamy, with subtle hints of chilli and tangy lime. Together they make for the best pick-me-up dinner, healthy but comforting and bursting with flavour. You will need a spiraliser for this recipe.” p.86

SWEET POTATO NOODLES WITH A
CREAMY PEANUT SATAY SAUCE
Serves 2

FOR THE NOODLES
olive oil
1 celery stick, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, crushed
2.5cm root ginger, finely grated
pinch of salt
250g mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 small sweet potatoes, about 200g each, peeled and spiralised
100g baby spinach

FOR THE SAUCE
3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
(or almond butter also works)
70ml almond milk, plus more if needed
1 teaspoon tamari
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp honey
a little olive oil, if needed

Heat a glug of oil in a large frying pan, then add the celery, garlic, ginger and salt and sauté over a low heat until the celery is softening. Add the mushrooms once the pan has been bubbling for a couple of minutes.
After a minute or so more, add the sweet potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes.

COMFORT & SPICE
Next, make the satay sauce. Simply place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding oil if it helps to process the sauce, then add salt to taste.
Once the noodles and mushrooms are tender, add the spinach and the satay sauce. Stir until the spinach has wilted and the sauce is warm. If the sauce feels a little thick, add a splash of water, olive oil or almond milk and stir it in until it reaches your desired consistency.

DELICIOUSLY ELLA WITH FRIENDS by Ella Mills (Woodward). Hodder & Stoughton 2017.

CLEVER COOKING
Slice the ends off the sweet potatoes to create flat surfaces at either end before spiralising, it makes the process so much easier!

Indian Feast, Chana Masala: Deliciously Ella with Friends – Ella Mills (Woodward)

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Deliciously Ella with Friends by Ella Mills RRP $29.99 published by Hachette Australia on 31 January 2017

Indian Feast

Chana Masala

 

“Absolutely delicious and filled with incredible spices that really transform the chickpeas. I also add leeks and spinach, as I love getting the extra veg in and they add a great flavour, plus the green of the spinach makes the meal look beautiful, too. I love this served alongside my Aloo Gobi and Coconut Rice (pages 130 and 133), with a generous dollop of coconut yogurt.” p. 129

 

DELICIOUSLY ELLA WITH FRIENDS by Ella Mills (Woodward). Hodder & Stoughton 2017.

DELICIOUSLY ELLA WITH FRIENDS by Ella Mills (Woodward). Hodder & Stoughton 2017.

CHANA MASALA
Serves 6

NUT-FREE
5 tablespoons olive oil
6 curry leaves, or 1 teaspoon curry powder
1 leek, finely chopped
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons garam masala
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 onion, finely chopped
2.5cm root ginger, finely grated
5 garlic cloves, finely grated
2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato purée
2 green finger chillies, halved lengthways
plenty of salt and pepper
2 x 400g cans of chickpeas,
drained and rinsed
250g baby leaf spinach
juice of ½ lemon
fresh coriander leaves, to serve
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and throw in the curry leaves, if using. Let them sizzle away and release their flavour for a few minutes, then drop in the leek and stir.
Next add the dry spices – including the curry powder if you’re not using curry leaves – and stir so that they’re mixed nicely with the leek. Let this cook for a few minutes before adding the onion, ginger and garlic; at this point you can add 1–2 tablespoons of water if things are starting to stick to the pan. Cook for a few minutes before adding the canned tomatoes, tomato purée, green chillies, salt and pepper. When you’ve poured in the tomatoes from their cans, swish a little water around in each to get the remaining juice, then add this to the saucepan, too. Let everything bubble away for 20 minutes.
Add the chickpeas and cook for another
10 minutes.
Stir in the spinach, just until it wilts. Let cool slightly, then stir in the lemon juice and serve in shallow bowls, sprinkling coriander leaves over the curry.
INDIAN FEAST CLEVER COOKING
Make extra so that you have leftovers. As with most curries, this tastes even better the next day, as the flavours have had a chance to develop further, so it’s worth saving some to enjoy in your lunch box!
FEASTS p 129

Meatless Monday: Deliciously Ella With Friends – Ella Mills (Woodward)

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Deliciously Ella with Friends

Ella Mills (Woodward)

Hachette Australia

Yellow Kite

ISBN: 9781473655263

 

Description:

Healthy recipes to love, share and enjoy together.

The much-anticipated follow-up cookbook from Deliciously Ella, the inspirational bestselling healthy food writer who has taken the cookery world by storm.

In the follow-up to her amazing bestseller DELICIOUSLY ELLA EVERY DAY, Ella makes it easy for you to prepare delicious healthy food for you, your friends and family, whatever the occasion. No more wondering whether certain dishes go together, Ella makes life simple with her menus – whether you are planning a laid-back brunch, a last-minute lunch or a fancy supper, Ella has it covered with wonderful hearty and filling recipes that celebrate her healthy eating philosophy.

With ideas and inspiration for every foodie occasion, including cosy nights in, easy kitchen suppers, flavoursome feasts, birthday parties, picnics and mocktails and cocktails, this is the go-to book for anyone who lives a healthy lifestyle and loves sharing food with friends and family.

 

My View:

Ella Mills (Woodward) is my go to author for great plant based recipes. I eat a balanced diet, a little bit of everything with a healthy a spin (90% of the time).  🙂  We are omnivores, with vegetarian offspring – so delicious, easy to make, plant based recipes are regularly included in our menu planning.

Ella’s style of cooking busts the myth that vegetarian food is boring and salad based.  Ella’s number one tip for encouraging friends and family to eat healthier is: “FOCUS ON FAMILIAR FOOD. If you’re having a real sceptic for dinner or trying to get an unconvinced family member to try a healthier meal, then always cook something that looks and feels familiar to them. Choose a classic dish with a healthy spin on it. Something like the Indian feast in this book with bowls of coconut rice, chana masala and aloo gobi. This is a perfect meal and your guests are never going to look at this and think ‘What is that, it looks terrifyingly healthy!’ and decide they don’t like it before they try it, plus it is really satisfying and hearty, which means everyone will go home full. So remember to go easy on everyone, don’t leap straight to raw food, or anything too unfamiliar and scary looking.” P. 11  A great tip Ella, and the Indian feast – perfect – this si a meal that can be enjoyed by all my family and friends alike.

 

A great book full of tasty easy to make recipes that will hold a treasured place in my cook book library.

 

Caravaning Company

Travel = husband, dog, 5th wheeler caravan, beautiful scenery,  wild dolphins and books:)

Augusta-2017 Garry & Bob

Bob the Dog enjoying the sites and smells of holidays.

Dolphins

Dolphins playing in the river – you had to be there to appreciate it 🙂

The Animators

The Animators – Five star reading

The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman

The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman – a fabulous read.

The Unfortunate Victim

The Unfortunate Victim – a great Australian historical crime fiction read.

What more could you want?

 

In The Mail 20th February 2017

The wonderful people at  Five Mile Press and Bonnier Publishing sent me this delightful assortment of children’s books this week and I cant wait to share my reviews with you.  These books are gorgeous –  the illustrations are award winning, in some the irony and humour will even have some adults smiling as they read to their little ones and the narratives are charming and educational. Look out for these books when thinking of gifts for the 3 + children in your lives.

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