Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, SARAH HEGGER, and her favorite recipe for JAMIE OLIVER’S PRAWNS with CHILI, PARSLEY, GINGER & GARLIC ON CIABATTA.
A Willow Park Romance
BY SARAH HEGGER
Sarah Hegger is back with another delightful Willow Park Romance, but this time the road to love might be a little bumpy…
Tiffany Desjardins has a plan. Well, she had a plan, until her past and all its complications came back to haunt her. Her not-quite-ex-husband, Luke, is missing, and suddenly everyone needs to find him–including Tiffany, if she wants to marry the true man of her dreams. Then there’s Thomas Hunter, Luke’s brawny friend, who won’t take “no road trip” for an answer–and who won’t stop showing up in her daydreams…
Thomas couldn’t care less about Luke’s personal life, but he needs to find him if he’s going to make his fledgling minerals and metals company a reality. And if that means following Tiffany, who’s taken off in Luke’s rare Lamborghini Miura, he’s more than willing–especially if there might be a chance to negotiate some of Tiffany’s lovely curves. As Tiffany and Thomas speed along without a map, the only destination that seems certain is being together…
“Sarah Hegger’s voice is rich and witty and in a word, addictive.”–Terri Osburn, author of the bestselling Anchor Island series
A Willow Park Romance
BY SARAH HEGGER
The vehicle took shape into one of those big trucks like her contractor drove. The sun glinted off the chrome detailing on its fender and obscured her view of the driver. An old movie flashed into her mind, the one with the truck and the car where the truck kept trying to kill the car. She stopped waving. This could be very stupid. Horror movies always started with some girl doing something dumb, like flagging down an unknown truck. She’d be better off calling AAA. She changed the motion of her hands to indicate the driver should carry on.
“What are you doing?” Dakota frowned.
“There could be a psycho in there.”
He gave her that teen look of total scorn. “There are two of us.”
Oh, she felt so much better now. There might be two of them, but her workouts were mainly Pilates. Lots of tone, not a lot of punching-type muscle. And Dakota might be all decked out in black and chains, but he’d be about as effective as a fart against a thunderstorm if the driver of that truck was anywhere near as large as his vehicle.
The truck slowed.
Too late, he’d seen them. He might be a she. Women drove those trucks, too, and it might be a woman in the cab. A really big woman with bulldog tattoos who called herself Bubba’s bitch.
The right flicker blinked and the truck pulled to the side of the road.
Did serial killers signal? Her heart pounded in her ears, and more sweat coated her skin. “He’s stopping.”
“Really?” Dakota dished out the death look.
A small cloud of dust swirled around the large wheels of the truck. The door opened. A boot hit the ground. Not a cowboy boot, but sort of a workman type boot and way, way too big to belong to any woman. Jeans covered the top of the boots as a second leg joined the first.
The Terminator wore boots like that in the first movie. Her mouth dried.
The driver cleared his door. The baking sun hit the blond lights in his hair. He was tall. Very tall, and filling out his tee to the point where the seams protested. “Well, hello again.”
About Author Sarah Hegger…
Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.
She currently lives in Littleton, Colorado, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
She loves to hear from readers and you can find her at any of the places below.
Links to Sarah’s Website, Books, & Social Media:
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1M5pErn
I hope you enjoy the recipe Sarah is sharing with us today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!
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A Note from Sarah: When time allows, I really love cooking. But I’m not one for a grocery list of ingredients and lots of picking and fussing with a recipe. I like simple, good ingredients, cooked well. I learnt most of my best recipes from Jamie Oliver. This one comes from an old recipe book of his called, “Happy Days with the Naked Chef.”
Trust me, not only is it tasty, it’s dead easy to do and has a maximum impress factor. You just plop it down in the middle of your table and let people have at it.
Extra virgin olive oil
1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
2-3 fresh chili peppers, deseeded and finely sliced
16 large whole raw tiger prawns (you can use any shrimp/prawns for this recipe, but take my word for it and don’t try it with precooked shrimp. You lose a lot of the flavor)
1-2 lemons to taste
1 handful of flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 long slices of ciabatta bread, toasted
Heat about 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add your ginger, garlic, chili and prawns. Fry until the shrimp change color and are ready. Reduce the heat and squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon. Add the parsley and a little more olive oil. Toss over and remove from the heat. You should have a nice juicy sauce – have a taste. It may need a little more lemon juice. Season to taste. Serve over your ciabatta, to mop up the juices.
I use those “ready to bake” ciabatta loaves, so the bread is warm and crunchy. You can also substitute the parsley for coriander (cilantro) if you prefer.
Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your story and recipe with us.
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!