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, Mary Sullivan, and her recipe for Trout En Papillote along with an introduction to her Harlequin Superromance, Always Emily. Please join me in welcoming Mary and savor her recipe for Trout En Papillote as you read about her new book!
Jennifer, thank you so much for having me on Romance Recipes today! My May Superromance, ALWAYS EMILY, opens with a night scene between the hero and heroine against the backdrop of chirping spring crickets. Since May and June herald lovely spring vegetables, I’m contributing a springtime recipe.
For my birthday last year, my daughter made me fresh trout, which I love. We encountered a problem, though. She didn’t have any rimmed baking sheets and we knew the trout would drip so we cooked it in parchment paper. Here is the dead-simple recipe we came up with between the two of us. It might be the best fish dish I’ve ever had.
We used garlic scapes my daughter picked up at a local farmer’s market. Harvested early, in May and June, the scapes are tender rather than tough.
TROUT EN PAPILLOTE
2 trout fillets
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Slice the lemon thinly.
Cut two or three garlic scapes into 3/4-inch pieces. Garlic scapes are far milder than garlic bulbs, so use as many as you like, depending on how much you like garlic.
Cut two large sheets of parchment paper approximately 20 inches long and fold them in half, then cut into large hearts. They should look like this…
Open the hearts and place a trout fillet on one side of each heart. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Place lemon slices along the fillet. Sprinkle with garlic scapes. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Fold the other side of the heart over the filled side and make tiny folds all around the edges to seal the packets. I made a second series of small folds to make sure they wouldn’t leak. Don’t be intimidated. This is easier than it sounds.
We consulted the Joy of Cooking for the proper method of folding and sealing the parchment bundles. If you don’t own the book, follow these directions I found online: http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/03/how-to-cook-food-en-papillote-packages-vegetables-meat-fish-slideshow.html#show-77408
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. The garlic scapes will stay crispy, which is a nice contrast to the moist fish.
Serve with steamed asparagus, another great spring vegetable. Enjoy!
This time, it has to be forever…
Emily Jordan has been in and out of Salem Pearce’s life for years. As an archaeologist, her work often took her far away—even when he asked her to stay. She called it bad timing. He called it running away. Now she’s back and asking for one last chance.
But Salem is a single father with more than himself to think about. If he gives Emily another shot and she takes off again, it’ll hurt his daughters, too. He can’t take that risk. But deep down, he needs Emily. He always has. Maybe this time she’ll stay…
Emily had spent too much time in the past and not enough paying attention to the present, to her self slipping away from her so slowly and subtly she’d been stripped bare without knowing it, left skinned and vulnerable with nowhere to turn but here.
So dizzy her stomach roiled, she clung to the bannister. Her hands shook, more from greed than the malaria.
She wasn’t sure what.
She only knew that she was exhausted with the struggle to keep herself in one piece.
She forced one foot in front of the other. On the second floor landing, she stopped to catch her breath, like an old woman on her last legs, so close to finally achieving…what?
On the landing on the third floor, she stopped and stared at Salem through glass walls.
He bent over his desk, over a book, his attention focused and disciplined, as was his way. His dark straight hair hung in a braid down the center of his back.
This close to him, peace enveloped her. It settled over her with the softness of a flannel blanket. This, he, was exactly who she needed. She wanted to lay her head and her troubles on his broad chest.
When she swayed, it alerted him to her presence.
His jaw fell, his expression equal parts shock and anger. She knew she’d flitted into and out of his life too many times. Oh, Salem, I’m home. For good.
He stood, dropping the book onto the desk.
His simple male beauty stunned her. Why had she stayed away when perfection had been here all along?
He came to the door. “Emily?” His deepening frown reminded her of their argument.
When are you going to stop running, Emily?
Now, she thought. I’m not going anywhere anymore. Honest.
She felt herself slipping, falling.
“Emily!” He caught her before she hit the floor, his arms strong and dependable and oh so welcome.
“Salem,” she whispered. “I’m sick.”
Salem lifted her and carried her off. Her head fell against his solid shoulder. She didn’t know where he took her. It didn’t matter.
She’d made it home.
Buy the Book:
A few years ago, Mary picked up LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory and became hooked on romance. She discovered Harlequin Superromance and knew she wanted to write these heartfelt stories of love, family, perseverance and happy endings.
In 2005, she was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. She has since won writing awards and garnered wonderful reviews. Her tenth Superromance, ALWAYS EMILY, is in bookstores now. Who knew daydreaming could feel so rewarding?
I love springtime with its promise of renewal and hope.
I would like to give away a copy of ALWAYS EMILY to someone who comments today answering the question…what is your favorite season of the year?
Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipes! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and pick up a new book!