Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! This week I have a special promotion for my wonderful readers! Crimson Romance is offering a few select titles for a fabulous low price of $1.99 today through November 10th! And I will be introducing you to a few of those Crimson authors and their recipes! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Morgan O’Neill, and her recipe for Modern Pear Patina along with an introduction to her Roman Time Travel Series/Paranormal, After The Fall. Please join me in welcoming Morgan and savor her recipe for Modern Pear Patina as you read about her new book!
PATINA DE PIRIS (Pear-and-honey soufflé): The dessert course in ancient Roman was called the mensa secunda, or “second meal.” This ancient pear patina recipe is similar to the modern recipe, the major difference being the modern version lacks garum (a Roman fish sauce used as a flavor enhancer).
Ancient Recipe Version: Grind boiled and cored pears with pepper, cumin, honey, passum (Roman raisin wine), garum, and a bit of oil. Mix in eggs and bake over moderate heat. Serve with a bit of pepper sprinkled over the top.
Modern Pear Patina Recipe Version: (serves 4)
water or white wine (to cook the pears)
1 tablespoon honey
pinch each pepper and cumin
1/2 cup passum (Very sweet red wine sauce, made by boiling new wine to thicken it. Perhaps honey was added.)
1 1/2 cups milk (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Poach the whole pears in water or white wine. When they are done, peel and core them, then crush them into a puree, mixing in the honey, pepper, cumin and passum. Beat the eggs, adding the milk if desired. Then blend this into the pear mixture with the olive oil. Pour into a casserole and bake for around 20 minutes at 350° F.
In Morgan O’Neill’s Roman time travel series, a twenty-first century, flute playing heroine journeys to dangerous and barbaric fifth century Rome, where she meets a Roman military commander. Sparks fly and enemies give chase. Will love conquer all?
Gigi’s husband came out of the tent, an upstart Roman who had also thrown in his lot with the Visigoths. Quintus Pontius Flavus Magnus. His name reflected great heritage and high honors. Gigi felt a burst of pride when she recalled how he had bravely defended her after she was enslaved by Honorius, how he had engineered her escape. Then, with a death warrant on his own head, he had barely made it out of Ravenna. But they were now free!
She almost laughed as she envisioned him riding a white horse. Magnus had his back to her, bending an ear to Athaulf, who considered him an equal. He was valued here, and she could see how much he had changed, his confidence reborn, now that he was out of the emperor’s evil shadow.
Sunshine lit her husband’s dark brown hair, now almost long enough to start a braid in the Visigoth style. Gigi loved how he looked, loved even more all the little things he did to show how much he cared: making certain she got the first taste of whatever was served; letting her ride his horse for hours as they traveled, and when she walked, placing himself between her and the jumble of wagons for safety’s sake.
Gigi smiled, her will to succeed, to embrace this life, fully restored, and she marveled at how everything had changed since she’d met him. Magnus, I adore you.
Just then, he turned, searching the camp as if sensing her presence and the intensity of her thoughts. His gaze found hers, and he gave her a long look back. Soon, he told her, love lighting his blue eyes. Very soon.
Writing as Morgan O’Neill, Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance – with a time travel twist. AFTER THE FALL is the second novel in their Roman time travel series.
Crimson Romance is pleased to offer these select Crimson titles, for only $1.99 on Amazon, from November 4 – 10th.
Under Her Spell by Eliza Daly
Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy
Nature of the Beast by Stephanie Freeman
Falling for Flynn by Nicola Marsh
Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipe! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and read a new book!