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, SHARON BLACK, and her favorite recipe for FISH PIE!
GOING AGAINST TYPE
By SHARON BLACK
Some would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic and a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports department. But Charlotte is not quite so sure as she seems. Recently split from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends, surfing in the Atlantic, and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at the TV.
Derry Cullinane is a fashion writer, gossip columnist and sophisticated man-about-town. The go-to guy for any woman seeking expert advice on what fabulous outfit to wear for any given occasion. He’s also tall, dark, good looking – and straight! So what’s the snag? He has a track record of dating glamorous, vain and shallow women.
Charlie gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, but soon is drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s columnist The Squire – and their verbal fireworks get readers and editors talking. Yet neither Charlie nor Derry knows just who the opponent is…
When Charlotte and Derry meet at the Races, the attraction is instant. As their relationship develops, so much more proves at stake than protecting their alter egos. But a blunder puts Charlotte’s job in jeopardy just as Derry’s past makes front page, and Charlotte begins to doubt her feelings. When Side Swipe and The Squire are finally forced to reveal themselves, will they revert to type – or confound everyone’s expectations?
GOING AGAINST TYPE
By SHARON BLACK
Charlotte had waited years for Donal to utter those magical words. This morning he’d finally said them.
‘We’re trying you out as a columnist, Charlie. Go grab ‘em by the…’
‘Thank you, Donal,’ Charlotte replied fervently. Yesssss!!!! She mentally punched the air. ‘I won’t let you down.’
Maybe not the magical words every girl longed to hear, but for Charlotte Regan – sports reporter for Ireland Today – they were music to her ears.
Now she sat at a blank computer screen in the noisy sports department and thought hard about her first column. The sports editor had given her carte blanche. She grinned mischievously as she typed her introduction.
What witless wonder dreamt up the idea of men’s underwear with the logo ‘Small’ emblazoned on it?
And what was English striker Adam Small thinking when he recently dunked his two big feet into the tacky world of big brand fashion?
‘What are you down to do this weekend?’
Oh, let’s see. Paint my toenails. Bathe in goats’ milk. Have wild sex with that gorgeous new reporter in the newsroom.
‘I’m covering the hurling match on Sunday…’
‘I need you to get down to Cork. There’s open war! Nine months’ stand-off and the players have called a strike from next week. No-one gets that GAA bloodletting the way you can.’
‘Uhhmm. I was there yesterday. Just drove up last night.’
‘Yesterday? Monday? You were in Cork?’ Donal’s eyes widened. Charlotte nodded. What other yesterday was there? Maybe he was surprised she’d gone down on a day off.
‘And I got a story.’
Donal rubbed his nose as he stared in bewilderment at Charlotte. ‘What are you talking about Charlie?’
She smiled patiently.
‘I mean, I went into the dressing room last night and got a story. JJ Nevin’s not being disciplined. The selectors haven’t been stood down. Nevin’s switching codes. He’s going to sign for Galway. He’ll be playing soccer in the Airtricity League.’
Donal, Charlotte thought – not for the first time – did a great goldfish impression.
‘When were you going to tell me?’ he managed finally. Then, as an afterthought, added, ‘Hang on, you went in where last night?’
‘The dressing room.’
Donal glanced over at the deputy sports editor, Tim Hanlon, who grinned and shrugged. ‘They let you in?’ His eyes narrowed.
‘Not the first time I’ve been in a men’s dressing room,’ Charlotte said, enjoying herself now.
‘Well yes, but…’
‘What am I supposed to do? Let the male reporters steal a march? Who’d stop me anyway? After JJ was substituted, he was taking a shower. I’d never get a story if I were shy!’
‘Nobody could accuse you of being shy, Charlie,’ John Dempsey, the soccer correspondent announced as he strode in and threw a newspaper down on the adjacent desk. ‘We talking about the weekend activities?’
Charlotte rolled wide-set, hazel green eyes and grinned.
‘Not yet.’ She switched her attention back to Donal. ‘Anyway, Nevin–clothed in a towel, I might add–and I had a long talk. He filled me in on the whole thing. They’re announcing the signing on Thursday.’
‘And we lead with the story tomorrow in the supplement!’ Donal said, slapping his hand down delightedly. ‘You boys hearing this? None of you will ever be half the man Charlie is!’
Sharon Black trained as a journalist and worked for The Evening Herald and The Irish Examiner.
She has had short stories published and she won the 2010 Dromineer Short Story Competition.
She lives in Sandymount, Dublin, with her husband and their three children.
Links to Sharon’s website, blog, books, etc.
Going Against Time Buy Link ~ Tirgearr Publishing
Amazon and Goodreads buy links.
I hope you enjoy the recipe Sharon is sharing with us today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!
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SHARON BLACK’S FAVORITE RECIPE
This fish pie is easy to make and relatively cheap. It’s also good for you and provides perfect comfort food when the evenings start to get a bit colder.
Better still, you don’t have to put the same vegetables into it each time. So it’s perfect for using up whatever you have – within reason. My whole family loves this meal – so clean plates all round. Serve with a green salad if you like.
This makes enough for six, but you have to judge the fish yourself – it depends on how much your own family will eat.
* Any amount of chopped, mixed fish (often you can get ready-diced mixed fish in your supermarket, especially for fish pies).
* 2 red onions.
* Any mix of the following veg: leek/courgette/celery/cherry tomatoes/frozen peas.
* Enough butter and flour to make a roux.
* White wine (optional).
* Seasoning (salt/pepper/parsley/dill – whatever you like)
* Olive/other cooking oil.
1. In a pot of water, gently bring the fish to a boil. The minute it’s boiled, take out the lightly cooked fish with a slotted spoon and retain the water.
2. In a pan, heat the oil and lightly fry the chopped onions, leeks, courgettes and/or celery. Then turn off the heat.
3. Make a decent amount of roux in a clean pot. Start to whisk in about half a pint of milk. You’re aiming for a reasonably thick sauce. Gradually, start to add some of the water you cooked the fish in. At this stage, it’s a matter of judging and tasting, to see how much of each you want. A splash of white wine is lovely. Once the sauce is made, check for seasoning.
4. As you’re making the roux, steam enough peeled potatoes to make a generous mash covering for the pie.
4. Line a pie dish with the fish and lightly fried vegetables. This is the time to add frozen peas and raw cherry tomatoes.
5. Mash the potatoes well in a pot, and cover the pie with the mash. Finish with a couple dots of butter and a grinding of black pepper.
6. Put it in an electric oven at 200 degrees/ Gas mark 6. It should be cooked in about 40 minutes, but all ovens are different. Keep an eye on it. The potato should turn golden if you’re using a bit of butter on top, but don’t be afraid to take the pie out after 20 minutes and make a hole in the middle to ensure it’s cooked right through.
Thanks for stopping by to share your story and favorite recipe with us, Sharon!