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, Nancy Lee Badger, and her recipe for Hot and Spicy Mulled Cider along with an introduction to her latest release, Smolder, Book #3, Clan of Dragons. Please join me in welcoming Nancy and savor her recipe for mulled cider as you read about her new book!
Multi-published and award-winning author, Nancy Lee Badger, announces her 19th book. The author has used her love of all things Scottish, as well as years as a volunteer at a Scottish festival, to bring her readers another series. Ever since her first books were published in June 2010, she has successfully self-published a variety of novels and novellas. This book is a paranormal fantasy romance and is set centuries ago on the Scottish island of Skye.
I mention hot and spicy mulled cider many times in the three books in my Clan of Dragons series. Since one of the characters is very pregnant, offering her something other than ale or whisky seemed like a good idea. I have made mulled cider in my home, usually around Halloween or Christmas, and want to share my modern version with you.
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several tree species. I love the scent of cinnamon and believe in its ability to help lower cholesterol, so I use it in my mulled cider. Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree, also not native to Scotland. Unless a trader brought the spice to Skye, I included it because readers are familiar with it, as well as allspice, which is the combination of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Again, this is a fictional story, and I allow the locals at the tavern in Morbhan, using whatever was on hand to spice the brew.
A large pot
A roaring hearth fire
Apples, crushed and strained
Whole apples for stewing
Or any herbs available
An Electric Crock Pot
Qt. or Gallon of pressed cider
2 teaspoons Whole cloves
6 Cinnamon sticks
(You can also use allspice if you do not have the cloves or cinnamon)
If you are an ancient citizen of the Isle of Skye, build up the fire in your cottage’s hearth with bricks of dried peat, while someone else crushes a bushel of apples to create juice. Strain the core, skins, and seeds with your plaide, and add to a heavy stockpot. Add water and some slices of peeled and cored apples to the brew and dump in any spices, herbs, honey, and what-not that might be in your larder. Settle the heavy pot over the fire. Heat to boiling, and stir occasionally. Serve in a heavy metal or pottery tankard.
My New Southern Gal Way: Plug in the electric Crock Pot, turn to ‘high’, and add the cider. Toss whole cloves and cinnamon sticks on a piece of cheesecloth. Tie tight, and toss into the pot. Stir occasionally, and enjoy!
Fiona, a white doe, searches for her missing friend across Skye. Shifting, she swims in a fairy pool, until a dragon and two humans arrive. Their conversation about a festival makes her wonder if her friend might also visit the village.
Dougal, tasked with the safety of his kin while they celebrate Beltane, shifts into a human form. He would rather fly high, or race through the forest as a red stag. Spying the white doe he has sought for months, he follows her, but pirates, a villain, and drunken celebrators keep him from his task. Will he ever find her, and make her his? A dragon-shifter in pain wants nothing more than to fly, and he sure as hell kneels to no one.
Smolder is the 3rd Book in the Clan of Dragons series and follows Spark and Smolder.
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More About the Cook/Author:
Nancy Lee Badger loves chocolate-chip shortbread, wool plaids wrapped around the trim waist of a Scottish Highlander, the clang of broadswords, and the sound of bagpipes in the air. After growing up in Huntington, New York, and raising two handsome sons in New Hampshire, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Triangle Association of Freelancers, and the Celtic Heart Romance Writers. Nancy and her family volunteer each fall at the New Hampshire Highland Games surrounded by…kilts!
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Nancy is Giving Away a
Hot Prize Package
*Southern Cooking cookbook
*no purchase necessary!
(Open to Continental US addresses.
Any International winner will receive
An ebook from Nancy’s backlist)
Giveaway runs until midnight EST Saturday March 25th
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!