Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Louise Reynolds, and her recipe for Clams in a Garlic & Parsley Veloute along with an introduction to her contemporary romance, Outback Bride. Please join me in welcoming Louise and savor her recipe for Clams in Garlic Parsley Veloute as you read about her new book!
Thanks for having me on Romance Recipes, Jennifer.
In Outback Bride, Lara and Jake live thousands of miles inland, in the great Australian outback. It’s a place where meat is traditionally served at every meal and seafood, apart from being almost impossible to source, is regarded with suspicion. Clams would no doubt make them shudder.
But I love these fiddly little molluscs. How can such a tiny morsel pack such a flavour punch? Here is one of my favourite ways to prepare them.
This is not smart dinner party food although I have served them to good friends who are happy to use their fingers, are unafraid to make slurping sounds at the table and eagerly mop up all the garlicky sauce with a hunk of bread.
The recipe is courtesy of Rick Stein’s “French Odyssey” cookbook.
Clams in a Garlic and Parsley Velouté
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large shallot. Finely chopped
200ml (7 oz) full cream milk
1 kg (2lb 3oz) clams (soaked an hour in cold water to release sand)
2 tabs dry white wine
1 tab crème fraiche or double cream
1 tab chopped parsley
Melt the butter, add garlic and shallot and cook gently 4-5 mins. Stir in flour and let it cook 1 minute. Add milk gradually and stir to form a white sauce. Leave on a low heat.
Put clams and white wine in a large pan and place over high heat. Cover and cook 2-3 mins until the clams have opened. Strain over a bowl, reserving clams in a warm place.
Stir 100ml of the clam juice into the white sauce with cream and parsley. Bring back to a simmer then add to hot clams. Serve with crusty bread, huge napkins and fingerbowls.
Legal star Lara Burke has worked hard to escape her country past and is finally on the way to being made a partner at her city law firm. At the worst possible time, her former flame Jake Forester arrives, bringing tragic news from home.
Forced to return to her family property, Jindaburra, Lara must confront her past at the home she loved and lost. But big-sky country and bittersweet memories are not all that await her at Jindaburra.
As Lara’s past and present collide, old passions are rekindled and new connections are formed. And as her visit comes to an end, how will Lara choose between the city life she’s grown to love, and the life she left behind?
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Louise Reynolds is an author of contemporary romantic fiction. Born in Sydney, she spent her childhood frolicking on beaches before moving to Melbourne at age 10. After one look at Melbourne beaches she got a library card and started to read. It was a logical step to take her love of romance novels to the next stage and tell her own stories. By day, she works in the commercial lighting industry, lighting anything from bridges to five star hotels. By night, she’s working her way through a United Nations of fictional heroes.
After a lifetime of kissing frogs one finally turned into a prince and she lives with her partner in Melbourne’s inner north. She loves live jazz, cooking complicated meals that totally destroy the kitchen, and dining out. She has embraced Melbourne by wearing far too much black.
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