The random—and not so random—musings of a quirky Regency romance writer.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

~Regency Wednesday...continued~ Bon Appétit! (Part 3)

Continued from yesterday's Regency Wednesday, embedded below is part three of Supersizers Go Regency. Enjoy! 

Watch for part four in tomorrow's post. (Or just watch them all now using the links YouTube provides. LOL)  Happy reading, writing, and watching!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

~Regency Wednesday~ Bon Appétit! (Part 2)

Many of you saw the video I posted last week, the first part of a six-part series called The Supersizers Go... Regency. It's actually just one episode of a BBC series called The Supersizers. (If you live in the UK, I apologize for what is no doubt very old news to you. lol) 

Below I've embedded the second part of Supersizers Go Regency. In this part, they try jugged hare, English rarebit, and sweetbreads. (I will issue a warning here, if you are sensitive to the sight of a cook chopping up a bunny, don't watch this part.) As a special treat, I've included a recipe for English rarebit (a very simple recipe and similar to my husband's favorite snack), immediately below the video. 

English Rarebit (based on what is said in this video):

Cut thick slices of bread, douse with red wine, cover with cheese and grill or broil them until the cheese bubbles and browns.

(Apparently, the treat my hubby enjoys is Welsh Rarebit: same as above but without the wine.)

Instead of waiting until next Wednesday, I'll post Part 3 tomorrow. If you're interested in the cookbook mentioned in the first part of this series, you can download the Google book HERE.

Happy reading, writing, and EATING!! 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Your Last Chance

Today is your last chance to enter to win your choice of my five currently available eBooks. All you have to do is follow the directions for June 26 in the post 3rd Annual Summer Treasure Hunt: Dig For Clues & WIN! Contest. The winner will be drawn and announced tomorrow.

There are a few more days of other prizes to win as well. And don't forget to check back often to see if you've won!

Happy reading, writing, and WINNING!! 

*Photo came from Dreamstime free images section. Click the image for more information. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

~Photo Friday~ What is it? (Part 5)

(For last week's answer, see the post immediately previous to this one: ~Photo Friday~ What is it? (Part 4) REVEALED

Here is this week's mystery pic: 

Think you know what it is? Please comment here with your best guess. I'll post next Friday with the answer. 

Don't forget to check out the winners in our Annual Summer Treasure Hunt Contest. There are more prizes left to win, including winner's choice of my eBooks (look for June 26). 

Happy reading, writing, and guessing!! :O)

~Photo Friday~ What is it? (Part 4) REVEALED

To cut down on confusion, I've decided to do two separate posts for my mystery pic game. Right now, I'll reveal the answer to the pic I posted last week. Remember it?

I only had a few guesses on this one and none of them were right, although one was very close. This is none other than a morel mushroom. Looks pretty gross up close, doesn't it? 

(I don't know why but every time I upload this pic, blogger flips it. I apologize for the oddity.) 

Stay tuned! Later today I'll post a new mystery pic to exercise your minds. In the meantime, happy reading, writing, and blogging!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

~Regency Wednesday~ Bon Appétit! (Part 1)

I've started writing a new story, one that has a LOT to do with the food of Regency England. In researching the subject, I came across a cool Regency forum (Regency Society of America) and a series of youtube videos all about eating Regency style. I've embedded the first video here for your viewing pleasure. I'll post a new one next week as I continue my research into the cuisine of the time, along with a recipe from whichever cookbook I happen to be perusing at the time.

(If you can't wait for the next part of Supersizers Go Regency, there will be links at the end of this one.) 

Here's a recipe for a French Omelette, taken from Culina Famulatrix Medicinæ or Receipts in Modern Cookery with a Medical Commentary, 1810: 

Until next time, happy reading, writing, and researching!! :O)

Friday, June 17, 2011

~Photo Friday~ What is it? (Part 4)

Ready for another 'guess what it is' photo? Last week's was fun and there were a variety of answers, many of which were spot on. Let's see how well you do this week: 

Leave your best guess as a comment on this blog post or any of the other places this feeds through (facebook, twitter, goodreads, etc.) Meanwhile... 

If you guessed baked cheese, you are right, but this is specifically lasagna. It was one of my better efforts and I just had to take a picture of it. Should I mention it was also gluten-free? Yum, yum! 

Tune in next Friday for an all-new 'guess what it is' pic and the answer to this week's. And don't forget there are still a ton of prizes left to be won in our Annual Summer Treasure Hunt! Click HERE for the original blog post and to see if you're already a winner. 

Happy reading, writing, and blogging!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

~Regency Wednesday~ Countess of Jersey

Ozias Humphrey-Sarah Villiers
Lady Jersey appears in Honor, my most recent Regency romance.* In the story, the hero goes to her—as she is a leader of fashionable Society—for help in regard to his wife's reputation. He receives Sally's promise but he's not naive enough to believe she'll do anything other than what's most beneficial—or entertaining—to herself.

Sarah Villiers (Sally), Countess of Jersey is often, incorrectly, called Lady Sally Jersey in Regency least in the romances. Why this is, I'm not sure but it's a rather prevalent practice. She would have been called Lady Jersey; those closest to her might have called her Sally.

She was a leader of the Regency ton and one of the patronesses of Almack's, and often called "Silence" in fiction because she was anything but. Whether or not this is fact, I've not discovered. I used it in Honor, mostly because I think it's a funny irony, whether it's a true one or not.

As is the case with any Regency tidbit I post, please feel free to correct me where I've erred. Nobody's perfect, after all. :O)

*Honor is available from TreasureLine Books & Publishing or Amazon as a paperback or Kindle book. For more info on Lady Jersey, step on over to Wikipedia

Monday, June 13, 2011

For the Record

My turn to whine. Here's another edition of For the Record... 

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Last names can be changed. Instead of whining about yours (or how it's pronounced) change it. Better yet, grow up and get over it. Thank you.

This was another edition of For the Record. If you don't like what I have to say, or the fact that this series is nothing more than my excuse to whine, feel free to un-friend, un-follow, or un-whatever to avoid it. Have a lovely day!  

Friday, June 10, 2011

~Photo Friday~ What is it? (Part 3)

Last week's was harder than I thought it would be but here's this week's "guess what it is" pic. 

To refresh your memory, here's the pic I posted last week. Did you guess what it is? 

I know a few on facebook had the right answer. If you guessed beach sand, you are absolutely correct! Thanx for playing!! 

The answer for this week's "guess what it is" pic will be posted next week. Just leave a comment here with your best guess. Have fun!! :O)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

For the Record

Welcome! You're just in time for my latest whiny rant. I give you... 

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Don't believe everything you read or hear on the news. The media lies. A lot. 

Thank you for joining me for this edition of For the Record

Friday, June 3, 2011

~Photo Friday~ What is it? (Part 2)

Ready for another "What is this?" photo? 
Guess what this is 
(comment on this blog post with your guess): 

Remember last week's pic?  

Were you one who thought it was a sliced purple cabbage? If so, you are absolutely correct. Thanx for playing! 

I'll reveal the answer for this week's pic next Friday. Have a lovely weekend!! :O)


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