Top secret stuff from the amazing Celine Kiernan

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to have the fabulous Celine Kiernan on my blog today. I read Begone The Raggedy Witches last year, and absolutely loved it. And the sequel, The Little Grey Girl, was published recently.

She gets described by the press as “Ireland’s answer to JK Rowling”, but I really don’t think this does her justice. She has a magical quality to her writing – I’m more in the world of CS Lewis and E Nesbit.

Anyway, we had a little chat, although she did have to vanish up into the attic for a while in the middle, and here it is. How she didn’t end up a crime writer is beyond me – you’ll see what I mean!

What kind of stories did you write as a child?

Weird, dark, spooky stories, such as the one about the murderously xenophobic astronaut trapped on a crippled ship with the ghosts of the crew they poisoned and the hapless alien hitchhiker who was their intended victim.
Could you share a childhood pic of yourself, or your early writing, if by some lucky chance they’re still shoved in your parent’s attic?

Oh boy…
Me as a kid:
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You just sent me off on a very dusty hunt to look for some school day’s writing (If I have an asthma attack, it’ll be your fault)
I had an idea that I might have had some old copybooks in a trunk in my husband’s office, but in fact I turned out to have a wee folder of typed stories! My mam and dad bought me a huge old second-hand dinosaur of a typewriter when I was about 12, and I used to tippy-tap away at the kitchen table almost every night. Here are sections from a few of my stories (including the murderous astronaut one!) It’s hard for me to believe I wrote these as a child. They seem far more mature than I recall myself being.
And a tough one: the Magic Faraway tree or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?

Alice in Wonderland every damned time (though I prefer Alice Through the Looking Glass!)
What are your top tips for children wanting to develop their writing skills?

Don’t worry about what you think other people want to read, find a story that you want to tell. Write that story without fear or worry or shyness. Be true to yourself and what you want to say. Everything else – spelling, grammar, punctuation, all that stuff – can be learned or fixed later: even if you’re dyslexic ( I know, because I am dyslexic)

 

Top-up your kindle, and a $100 Amazon gift card giveaway!

OK, here’s something a little different. Eternal Seas is part of an amazing collection of free fantasy books. As far as I can see, there are only a few kids books in the bundle, although there are lots of YA. Anyway, thought I’d share as there are a few I’m adding to my kindle – I think I’ll start with Fire & Sword …

If you haven’t used BookFunnel before, I highly recommend it – you get a code for the book which you type into your Kindle and the book just pops up by magic.

Anyway, please do share the link, and don’t forget, if you’d like to grab a free ebook of Eternal Seas or any other book, this collection is only on offer until the end of the month.

Theres also a $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs – details on the link ….

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A splash of Sri Lankan magic

I’ve been exploring different recipe books recently, both here on my blog and at home. I think after years of Jamie and Nigella I’m craving something a bit more exotic, and a little more challenging to prepare, than the “bish bosh bash whack it in the oven” approach. Last night we had friends round for a casual supper and in between downpours we managed to do a bit of a bbq with a few salads and a cake from Ottolenghi. Of course these involved his usual list of 400 ingredients and a trip to a specialist shop to find Orange Blossom Water, but it was devoured so I’m taking that as a good sign. Anyway, today we’re off to Sri Lanka, a country which is right at the top of my bucket list to visit despite the recent terrible bombings.

So I greedily grabbed an advance copy of A Feast of Serendib when I spotted it. And I love it. Most of the ingredients are easy to find (unlike Orange Blossom Water, thanks Ottolenghi), and it’s straightforward home cooking. This has definitely earned a place on my cookbook shelf.

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My only slight gripe is that it’s aimed at the American market so you’re converting measures  again – can someone tell me how many grams are in a stick of butter please?! I confess I have finally relented and bought a set of measuring cups but I do wish recipe books gave alternatives for international readers.

It’s not the book (or cuisine) for you if you don’t like onions though. Apart from the puddings, virtually every recipe has a big pile of onion in it, and I’m sure given a chance they’d sneak onions into the Mango Fluff too. Personally, I’m toning down the onion a bit, but I hope the author forgives me!

In case you’re exploring veganism, like so many of my friends are currently, I noticed on her website that she has also published a small vegan cookbook.

The blurb

Dark roasted curry powder, a fine attention to the balance of salty-sour-sweet, wholesome red rice and toasted curry leaves, plenty of coconut milk and chili heat. These are the flavors of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka was a cross roads in the sea routes of the East. Three waves of colonization—Portuguese, Dutch and British—and the Chinese laborers who came with them, left their culinary imprint on Sri Lankan food. Sri Lankan cooking with its many vegetarian dishes gives testimony to the presence of a multi-ethnic and multi -religious population.

Everyday classics like beef smoore and Jaffna crab curry are joined by luxurious feast dishes, such as nargisi kofta and green mango curry, once served to King Kasyapa in his 5th century sky palace of Sigiriya.

Vegetable dishes include cashew curry, jackfruit curry, asparagus poriyal, tempered lentils, broccoli varai and lime-masala mushrooms. There are appetizers of chili-mango cashews, prawn lentil patties, fried mutton rolls, and ribbon tea sandwiches. Deviled chili eggs bring the heat, yet ginger-garlic chicken is mild enough for a small child. Desserts include Sir Lankan favorites:  love cake, mango fluff, milk toffee and vattalappam, a richly-spiced coconut custard.

In A Feast of Serendib, Mary Anne Mohanraj introduces her mother’s cooking and her own Americanizations, providing a wonderful introduction to Sri Lankan American cooking, straightforward enough for a beginner, and nuanced enough to capture the flavor of Sri Lankan cooking.

About the Author

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Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion(HarperCollins), The Stars Change(Circlet Press) and thirteen other titles. Bodies in Motionwas a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages.  The Stars Changewas a finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards.

Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine, Strange Horizons, and alsofounded Jaggery, a S. Asian & S. Asian diaspora literary journal (jaggerylit.com). She received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon. She serves as Director of two literary organizations, DesiLit (www.desilit.org) and The Speculative Literature Foundation (www.speclit.org).  She serves on the futurist boards of the XPrize and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Mohanraj is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, withher husband, their two small children, and a sweet dog. Recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’s WildCardsseries, stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies. 2017-2018 titles include Survivor(a SF/F anthology), Perennial, Invisible 3(co-edited with Jim C. Hines), and Vegan Serendib. http://www.maryannemohanraj.com

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Website:  http://www.maryannemohanraj.com

Serendib Kitchen website: http://serendibkitchen.com

Purchase Links:

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Astronaut alert and a book giveaway

What is it about characters called Stan that they must boldly go where no man has been before, tailed by an annoying younger sibling?

In case you hadn’t worked it out, I’m looking at Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson and Space Dragons by Robin Bennett. Nothing to do with a TV series that may have possibly trademarked that phrase. Out of curiosity, I googled “Astronaut Stan” and he’s real … Stan Love

 

If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll know I absolutely loved Robin Bennett’s last book, The Hairy Hand – you can check out my review here but in a nutshell it was Rincewind (Terry Pratchett) meets The Twits (Roald Dahl) and had me laughing out loud.

Space Dragons is very different. To start with, it’s pitched at the younger end of middle grade, so it’s not a follow on read for fans of The Hairy Hand which I’d say was slightly older. It is, however, ideal for fans of Planet Stan. The writing style is easy, the characters (human) are relatable, and the dragons definitely have touches of Hitchikers Guide to The Galaxy dripping with sarcasm and dry humour.

Anyway, Robin has very kindly popped over to have a bit of a chat about books and kids (his own!) …

I wrote Space Dragons to have two protagonists: a boy and a girl. This was partly just for the helluvit and partly a personal bid to try and get our boys to be nicer to their little sister. And it almost worked.

However they are not completely reformed – I found one of her dolls lashed half way up our conker tree in the garden the other day (quite impressed they managed to get it that high) and, to be fair – aged 10 – she gives as good as she gets these days.

My secondary goal was to have a central character who wasn’t wise cracking or terribly damaged or so mundane as to go out the other side and be perversely interesting. I wanted normal because most of the time most kids like normal –  it is their comfort zone. Aside from winding up spending their summer in the outer reaches of our Solar System, Stan and Poppy are pretty typical: Stan is a bit quiet and will get picked on because of it; and Poppy is talkative, but that’s about it, really. However, no-one ever fits the mould completely and growing up is partly a) coming to terms with whatever it is that makes you (usually) just a bit different (tall, short, clever, not-so-clever, weird hair etc) and b) how you turn that into an advantage.

Oh, and I wanted dragons … in Space!

Note

For the record, my primary goal was the same as usual: to write a book that children will read and enjoy … and moral tone, which is frequently just adult posturing and of no interest to children, points vague and points pertinent can go whistle.

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The blurb

If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.

But when he gets kidnapped by the Planet Dragon Mercury, most things suddenly seem small and insignificant. Stan finds himself in a universe of dragons who had once ruled the skies as gods: Mars, Venus, Saturn and even Uranus way out back. This is shaping up to be the best summer holiday in the history of the cosmos until Stan discovers his stupid sister is missing and that Pluto (AKA Hades) is trying to use her to destroy the Solar System. And it will be all Stan’s fault if he doesn’t get Poppy back.

So, all Stan has to do is learn how to fight like a hero in space armour, defeat the dragon god of the Underworld, Hades, rescue his sister and save the world. All before his parents realise she is missing.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-Dragons-Robin-Bennett-ebook/dp/B07NDY2394

US – https://www.amazon.com/Space-Dragons-Robin-Bennett-ebook/dp/B07NDY2394

About Robin Bennett

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Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary “Fantastic Britain”, about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012. Robin is also a director at Firefly Press

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To idly or not to idly?

I’m going to start this with a confession. I thought this was a book of slow cooker recipes. Turns out it’s a book of pressure cooker recipes. Oops. And I have a slow cooker, but not a pressure cooker. Double oops. However, if ever a book was going to convince me to free up some space in my kitchen cupboards, then this is it. Seriously, the bread maker can go. I never use it anyway.

Why?

Because it has my all-time favourite Indian recipe – the humble idly, or idli. (pronounced “id” as in “hid”). Or as they are known in my house, flying saucers. I’ve been lamenting the sad demise of my wonderful local southern Indian restaurant which supplied my regular fix of idli and dosa. And now it turns out they’re really easy. I just need a mould.

Now I’m really excited and I start to read, but the first recipe scares me rigid. I need a gallon of milk? Last time I heard of a gallon of anything, my dad was putting petrol in the car. A gallon seemed like a swimming pools worth. Or at least a bucket full. Alexa – how many litres is a gallon? It turns out a gallon is almost 4 litres. That actually is a bucket load. To make 1 3/4 cups of evaporated milk? Pretty sure I have a can of Carnation.

Don’t let that put you off. I LOVE this book. Most of the recipes are straightforward (once you’ve converted from pounds and gallons).

Here is a seriously quick and easy one that is top of my list to try.

Cozy Butter Chicken Creamy Chicken Curry with Tomato Fenugreek Sauce

Butter Chicken is one of those dishes that makes a party complete. A classic from the corners of old Delhi in Northern India, this dish has seen many variations, including the creation of its famous cousin, Chicken Tikka Masala. This is our household’s easy variation, sure to warm us up on chilly days—which is why we call it “Cozy” Butter Chicken. It is an incredibly flavorful version of the comforting chicken dish, but without any cream. Greek yogurt yields a thick, flavorful sauce that is finished with a dollop of butter to add in the right amount of indulgence.

Serves: 4 to 6

Total Time: 40 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Sauté Time: 15 minutes

Pressure Cook: 10 minutes

Pressure Release: 10 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons oil

1 medium red onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon tandoori masala (page 34)

1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder or paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs

Method of Preparation

  1. Set the Instant Pot® to Sauté mode and heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and sauté for about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring well, to allow the onions to gently turn pale, golden brown.
  2. Mix in the tandoori masala, Kashmiri red chili powder, cayenne pepper powder, chicken thighs, and salt and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Stir in the tomato puree, tomato paste, and sugar and stir well. Add the Greek yogurt and mix well.
  4. Press Cancel to turn off the Sauté mode. Close the lid and set the Instant Pot® on Manual Pressure for 10 minutes.
  5. When the cooking time is complete, allow for Natural Pressure Release for 10 minutes. Once the pressure is released, remove the cover and gently stir in the fenugreek leaves and butter or ghee. Serve with bread or steamed fresh hot rice.

 

Now I need to really need to give you the book name. I guess the clue that it wasn’t a book of slow cooker recipes is in the title, and the blurb. OK, you’re going to laugh at this …

Instant Indian – Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made Easy in the Instant Pot

Discover favorite foods from all over India with the first regional Indian cookbook authorised by Instant Pot!

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Rinku Bhattacharya — cookbook author and founder of Spice Chronicles — has put together a collection of 100 authentic recipes that showcase the diversity and range of the foods of India, where every state and region boasts its own unique dishes. Whether you crave takeout favorites or want to be introduced to lesser-known specialties, this cookbook brings the best of India to your table in an instant!

The Instant Pot®lends itself perfectly to Indian recipes, making flavorful, nutritious Indian fare (like simmering-all-day dals, legumes and all manner of curries) in minutes instead of hours. Instant Indianfeatures numerous vegetarian and vegan options , and nearly all recipes are gluten-free.

With step-by-step instructions and color photos throughout, Instant Indianmakes Indian cooking easy and fool-proof using all the functions of this popular appliance.

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Indian-Classic-Foods-Region/dp/0781813859/

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Instant-Indian-Classic-Foods-Region/dp/0781813859/

 About Rinku Bhattacharya

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Rinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.”
Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.

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Another bus journey and a creative writing workshop

A few weeks ago, I spotlighted the first Jay-Jay bus adventure. Well there are five more in the series and, since I’m Scottish, the story behind his Island Adventure caught my attention …

Over to Sue …

‘Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure’, was originally written for a Scottish book bus.

‘Play,Talk, Read’ was the project which visited remote areas if Scotland to encourage reading in the very young. It was a great success and the bus even visited the Shetland Islands travelling on a very small ferry.

The children had never seen a double-decker on their island before and certainly not one to play on.

However, the Scottish project was too busy with referendums and with the book ready and edited, I changed the name of the bus from Benji, sending Jay-Jay instead, and relocating to Spain.

The island on the cover of the book was based on a piece of mainland Spain which I have visited many times. Cap D’Or is the promentory near to a little village of Moraira.

The villagers in Moraira invited me to read this book in their library and local schools. The people in this little village were surprised to find that Jay-Jay was a real bus. Now all of the books are in the local library in both Teulada and Moraira.

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Review

I haven’t got much more to say than for the first Jay-Jay book: this is a super positive story for readers ready to start tackling longer books, but reluctant to let go of the pictures. The illustrations are gorgeous in a lovely traditional style (think Famous Five rather than Charlie & Lola or Neon Leon). For parents and teachers, if you’re bored to tears with Biff and Chip, please add this to your reading pile! 

Of course, as a Scot, I wish it had stayed in a Scottish island, but Jay-Jay relocated well (which fits neatly with my recent blogs on expat life!)

Creative Writing Workshop

Sue and I are doing a creative writing workshop at the Festival of Chichester on Saturday 29th June where we’ll plan a journey, and make some badges to go with it. Do come and join us!

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Does your family like spicy food?

It’s been a while since I showcased a cookbook, but this one is packed with recipes I want to eat NOW (and it’s only 8 a.m.). I’m lucky that my kids are happy to eat a bit of spice, in fact the chicken wing roulette at Nando’s is their favourite “treat” … honestly – they were having fun!

 

Spices and Seasons Indian cookbook

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I eagerly grabbed a review copy of this cookbook and I absolutely love the recipes, but there are a caveats for UK readers though

  • it’s all in American measures – cups and pounds. I can estimate a cup, but it would be so much easier if there were UK measures added to help international cooks.
  • on a similar theme, it uses American terminology so all the recipes I looked at required a bit of interpretation, e.g. cilantro (coriander), all-purpose flour (plain flour) and heavy cream (I actually don’t know if this is double cream or whipping cream?)
  • some tricky ingredients – I’d struggle to find mace blades where I live, so would have to swap for nutmeg.

That means I’d need to buy a paperback not ebook so I could annotate the recipes or it would drive me nuts, but it’s definitely worth a space on my shelf.

Here’s an example for you …

Saffron and Almond Salmon Kebabs

Our friend Vivek Kumar, who makes a tandoori version of fish kebabs, inspired these salmon kebabs. I love delicately grilled or baked fish morsels and decided to see if I could do more with the spicing. This recipe emerged. The spices in this recipe are designed to highlight and accentuate the saffron which leaves a delicate orange color against the natural pink of the rich-tasting salmon. Since I do not use additional cream, it is important to use whole milk Greek yogurt in this recipe.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 2 hours for marinating | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients

½ cup whole milk Greek yogurt

½ cup blanched almonds or cashew nuts

1-inch piece fresh peeled ginger

2 green chilies

1 teaspoon saffron strands

¾ teaspoon salt or to taste

2 or 3 mace blades

⅛ teaspoon nutmeg

1½ pounds salmon fillets, cut into 1½-inch pieces

2 tablespoons oil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill to garnish (optional)

Preparation

  1. Place the yogurt, almonds or cashews, ginger, green chilies, saffron, salt, mace blades, and nutmeg in a blender and grind until smooth. You will get a pretty saffron-colored thick sauce.
  2. Place the salmon in a mixing bowl and gently toss with the yogurt mixture. Marinate for about 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Grease a baking dish with 1 tablespoon of oil.
  4. Place the salmon pieces with the marinade on the baking dish about 1 inch apart to allow room to pick the cooked pieces up neatly (skewers are optional). Drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  5. Bake the salmon for about 10 minutes, then broil for 2 to 3 minutes to gently brown the top (the salmon should have a few golden brown specs, but it is important not to dry it out).
  6. Serve immediately garnished with dill.

 

Blurb

Rinku Bhattacharya combines her two great loves―Indian cooking and sustainable living―to give readers a simple, accessible way to cook seasonally, locally, and flavorfully. Inspired by the bounty of local produce, mostly from her own backyard, Rinku set out to create recipes for busy, time-strapped home cooks who want to blend Indian flavors into nutritious family meals. Arranged in chapters from appetizers through desserts, the cookbook includes everything from small bites, soups, seafood, meat and poultry, and vegetables, to condiments, breads, and sweets. You’ll find recipes for tempting fare like “Mango and Goat Cheese Mini Crisps,” “Roasted Red Pepper Chutney,” “Crisped Okra with Dry Spice Rub,” “Smoky Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Puree,” and “Red Harvest Masala Cornish Hens,” to name a few. As exotic and enticing as these recipes sound, the ingredients are easily found and the instructions are simple. Rinku encourages readers to explore the bounty of their local farms and markets, and embrace the rich flavors of India to cook food that is nutritious, healthy, seasonal and most importantly, delicious.

 

About Rinku Bhattacharya

Rinku Bhattacharya (spicechronicles.com) was born in India, and now lives in a house with a vibrant backyard in Hudson Valley, New York with her husband, an avid gardener, and their two children. Rinku’s simple, sustainable approach to Indian cooking is showcased on her blog, Spice Chronicles, and in her Journal News column “Spices and Seasons.”

Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years, and works extensively with local area farmer’s markets on seasonal demonstrations and discussions. Rinku is also the author of The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles (Hippocrene Books, 2012), winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2013 for Best Indian Cuisine. She writes for the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Journal News, and several online sites, and is a frequent guest on CT Style TV.

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Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Spices-Seasons-Simple-Sustainable-Flavors/dp/078181331X

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spices-Seasons-Simple-Sustainable-Flavors/dp/078181331X