Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday and Friday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am bringing you author, Sharon Clare, and her recipe for Sweet Potato Coconut Soup along with an introduction to her paranormal romance, Love of Her Lives. Please join me in welcoming Sharon and savor her recipe for Sweet Potato Coconut Soup as you read about her new book!
First off, I’d like to say thank you to Jennifer for inviting me to share a recipe on her wonderful blog today. Romance Recipes inspires me every time I visit.
I love food, love to cook, love to entertain. I can be happily lost in recipes planning a menu for guests. At this time of the year, I love to start with a soup.
So does Beth, the heroine in my paranormal romance novel, Love of Her Lives. The novel begins with Beth contemplating a break-up menu for her soon to be ex-boyfriend.
Here’s a short excerpt of Beth having some fun choosing a menu:
If the best way to a man’s heart was through his stomach, then tiramisu may just be the best way out of a man’s heart, or so Beth Stewart hoped. She needed all the help she could get. Breaking up with Matthew required tact and diplomacy. Her financial security depended on them remaining friends.
She stood at her kitchen counter, bent over a shopping list, considering the perfect break–up meal. He loved her sweet potato coconut soup, one of the few things about her he’d not tried to improve. Since it was vital they continued to work together amiably until their investment house in Belize sold, she would butter up his palate to ease the breakup.
Matthew, you deserve a woman who is crazy over you … Or one who didn’t see his endless suggestions as a need to control. Was that a good way to start the break–up conversation? Should she wait till dessert?
And what else to serve? Nothing that sparked romance, no chocolate–dipped strawberries tonight. Perhaps tiramisu was too decadent. Perhaps an old–fashioned apple pie to bring thoughts of support, community, the golden rule? Or was she reaching with that?
She should serve something to ensure Matthew left the house after dinner. Baked beans?
She chuckled as she approached her garden shed. A heaping plate of Rocky Mountain oysters would have him running for the curb before dinner. How do you prefer your bull’s testicles, Matthew? Rare? Well done? Roasted in their sac?
She was just kidding. Although she ultimately chose to start with a sweet-potato coconut soup, Beth doesn’t get the chance to serve that dinner, so I thought I’d share her soup with you today.
I often substitute a combination of carrots, squash and sweet potatoes for the 6 cups of sweet potatoes, or you can just use sweet potatoes. Either way, it’s delicious.
Sweet Potato Coconut Soup
2 tbsp. oil
2 onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 tbsp. gingerroot, chopped
1 tsp. mild curry paste
6 cups diced sweet potatoes (or combination of carrots, squash (peeled), sweet potatoes)
2 apples, peeled, cored & diced
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup coconut milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. chopped green onion or parsley
Heat oil in a large saucepan. Cook onions, celery, gingerroot until tender. Add curry paste and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
Add potatoes, apples and stock. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.
Add coconut milk and heat for 5 minutes.
Puree in food processor. Return to pot, add lime juice. Garnish soup with green onion or parsley.
Back Cover Blurb:
Calum and Beth are soul mates who have lived many lives together until Beth decides to live a life on her own. Left behind in the Upper World, Calum sees a wrongful imprisonment in her future, so he bargains with Finn, an elven trickster to return to Earth, rescue Beth and reclaim her heart. Unfamiliar with the twenty-first century, he must determine who plots against Beth while playing Finn’s passion-provoking game.
Beth has no recollection of their lives together and didn’t ask this sexually-charged stranger to come to her aid. She is horrified to find her house ransacked and her life threatened. With a secret to keep, she takes the greatest risk of all—trusting Calum. Her life soon depends upon re-evaluating everything she thought normal. Their eternal bond will only be saved if Beth can rescue the man who spanned worlds to rescue her.
Sharon Clare lives in Ontario with her husband and three wonderful grown-up kids who come and go from the nest. She fell in love with writing at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a science degree in psychology and professional writing. She writes paranormal romance and has published short stories, art reviews, newsletter and magazine articles. Her favourite place to write is outside under the maple trees beside the trickling pond and blooming lilies.
Author and Buy Links:
For more Love of Her Lives please visit sharonclare.com
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