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Cd Brennan mar 14Hello 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, Cd Brennan, and her recipe for Haggis along with an introduction to her books, A World Apart & Watershed. Please join me in welcoming Cd and savor her recipe for Haggis as you read about her new book! 


Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onionoatmealsuet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours. Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a sausage casing rather than an actual stomach.

Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish, considered the national dish of Scotland as a result of Robert Burns’ poem “Address to a Haggis” of 1787. Haggis is traditionally served with “neeps and tatties” (Scots for turnip and potato), boiled and mashed separately and a dram (a glass of Scotch whisky), especially as the main course of a Burns supper.

— Wikipedia

Haggis is not allowed into the US as the FDA doesn’t look too fondly on the offal coming into our borders, but I did find a contemporary recipe using ingredients easily found in any supermarket. Most have heard how awful (notice the pun?) things about Haggis, but it really is quite tasty! I lived in Scotland for two years and have acquired a taste for it. Yes, it can happen! Along, with the British “blood puddings”, Haggis is super rich in iron and fiber – fab for your health and figure! LOL

Recipe courtesy of Simply Elegant. Why? Because I can’t cook. And that’s why it’s taken this long for me to be a guest on Sara’s blog! LOL But I believe I may just try this. Haggis plays its own tasty part in my newest release A WORLD APART, set in Bridge of Allan, Scotland.


½ lb minced lamb shoulder

½ lb minced beef

6 oz. beef suet

½ lb beef liver

1 cup of oatmeal

1 cup of stock (reserve this from the boiled meat)

2 finely chopped onions (or you can grate the onions if you choose)

½ tsp grated nutmeg

1 piece of mace or ¼ tsp ground mace

¼ tsp of cayenne pepper

¼ tsp ground coriander

Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste


-Preheat oven to 250 °-300°F

-Place the liver in cold water, bring to a boil the liver for five minutes, allow to cool

-Chop the liver with the onion as finely as you can

-Boil the remaining meat in a large stock pot approximately one hour; then allow to cool.

-Reserve the stock

-Meanwhile, toast the oatmeal in a sauté pan shaking occasionally to be sure all toasts equally and doesn’t burn

-Chop the meats finely

-Mix all ingredients together including the reserved stock

-Transfer to a well-greased oven-proof glass bowl and cover with a layer of foil or parchment paper.

-Place in a baie marie (a water bath) using a pan large enough to accommodate the bowl and add warm water to come ¾ of the way up the bowl. Check from time to time to replenish the water level.

-Cook for 3 hours.

-To serve, cut open the casing if you are using and spoon out the filling

-Accompany with neeps and tatties.(turnips and potatoes mashed together)

Blurb for A WORLD APART:

She left home to find herself…and found love along the way.

Lizzy travels to Scotland to track down her roots, hoping where she comes from will help her figure out where she needs to go. An Aussie girl through and through, tough as nuts and a bit wild, she believes there’s nothing so wonderful as a world seen through wine-tinted glasses…

…until she meets Hottie Hamish, Bridge of Allan’s most eligible bachelor.

Hamish is Lizzy’s polar opposite in every way. He’s serious, driven, and motivated, focused on becoming the youngest associate professor at the Glasgow School of Art. But he’s hiding a social phobia behind his gruff exterior that makes it almost impossible to connect with people…

…until he meets Lost Lizzy, all sunshine and lightness, an Australian beauty with the proverbial heart of gold.

Where they come from may be worlds apart, but atop a Scottish Munro, they begin to realize where they’re going is best traveled side by side.

 CONTENT WARNING: Graphic descriptions of haggis ingredients.

 A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

Excerpt for A World Apart:

Just as Lizzy had determined that she would be brave and take his hand, Hamish leaned into her. “This song they are playing is called Flower of Scotland.”

“It’s beautiful.”

“Aye…it’s our song.”

Lizzy leaned in closer, her eyes buried deep into the Scotsman’s, mere inches away. “Ours?” It came out a whisper.

His eyebrow rose in question. “For all the Scots…for you, too. It’s one of our unofficial national anthems.”


Embarrassed, Lizzy looked away from him to the dance floor. She was surprised no one was dancing, only a few remained at the edge in small groups, laughing and talking animatedly. That’s where Hamish should be.

The lights in the room had finally been dimmed to get ready for dinner, and servers went from table to table lighting the candles.

“Will you dance with me?”

“The ceilidh doesn’t start until after the dinner.”

“Who says we have to dance when everyone else dances?”

Cd Brennan mar 14 cover watershedBlurb for Watershed:

She left home to find herself…and found love along the way.

Maggie isn’t looking for love on her backpacking trip through Australia. She’s got enough man troubles back in Ireland. Australia is her escape, a place of adventure where she can create memories to last a lifetime.

But some memories won’t be left behind.

Gray is ready to quit hiring backpackers to help with the work on his remote Queensland cattle station when Maggie turns up. She’s just passing through, but the connection they forge during the long nights herding cattle won’t be so easily cast aside.

CONTENT WARNING: A strong-willed Irish heroine, a stubborn Australian hero, and oceans of difference to bridge for love.

A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

Excerpt for Watershed:

“In Ireland we have the Banshee.” Maggie broke Gray’s daydreaming with a start. “She is the omen of death and the messenger from the Otherworld.”

She continued in a whisper. “Often she appears an old hag. Folklore says she may also appear as a stunningly beautiful woman.” Maggie raised her brow at him, her eyes twinkling with fun.

Gray threw his head back and laughed, and she joined him. There was no shaking her. He decided he wasn’t going to best Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he was content with that.

He shifted so she had to settle against him. He heard her sigh as he wrapped his arm around her. They sat watching the fire, listening to the sounds of the bush settle for the night. It was peaceful and, Gray had to admit, romantic. He smiled, fulfilled after a long day’s hard work, some good bush tucker and a beautiful woman by his side. He had almost worked up enough courage to kiss her when she shivered, wrapping her arms around herself.

“I’m going to sleep.” Pulling off her trainers, she climbed into her swag. “Goodnight.”

Buy Watershed:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Watershed-Love-Where-You-Roam-ebook/dp/B00IV1JWSQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394646228&sr=8-1&keywords=Cd+Brennan+Watershed

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Watershed-Love-Where-You-Roam-ebook/dp/B00IV1JWSQ/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1394647009&sr=8-1&keywords=Cd+Brennan+Watershed

Amazon Australia – http://www.amazon.com.au/Watershed-Love-Where-You-Roam-ebook/dp/B00IV1JWSQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394647100&sr=8-1&keywords=Cd+Brennan+watershed

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/watershed/id836754128?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Easons – http://www.easons.com/p-2010719-watershed.aspx#sthash.jrZT9OJ3.dpbs

Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/watershed-8

Meet Cd:CD pic

Having traveled and lived all over the world, Cd Brennan now talks with a strange accent, a mix of distant terminology, a blend of culturally cute but confusing euphemisms that leaves everyone looking at her with a blank stare. Luckily, her Australian husband (who she met in Ireland) and her two Aussie/Yankee sons have no problem understanding her – well, except for the word NO.

Now settled back “home” in Michigan, she enjoys reliving her glory days by writing about them. She considers the last fifteen years abroad the perfect research for her Love Where You Roam series; matchmaking women and men from different cultures, even different hemispheres, helping them find their true one across oceans of difference.

As destiny plays a hand in all the stories, Cd Brennan truly believes that what is for you, won’t pass you by. She hopes to inspire others to get out there: “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” [Mark Twain]  And of course, fall in love.

Get in touch with her at www.cdbrennan.com

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