Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tasty Tuesday Garam Masala!

While researching a new romantic suspense novel in which the hero is originally from India but lives in London, I began experimenting with Indian cuisine. I'm hooked on dosas (thin Indian pancakes) which I make using a combination of chickpea flour (besan), brown rice flour, and whole wheat flour, but I probably don't make them like anyone in India does because my favorite filling is deli style American cheese. Strange, but true.

Anyway, in learning to cook Indian style, I soon discovered that I needed a spice mixture called garam masala. I didn't have any, of course, but found a recipe online. That recipe (link below) called for coriander, which I'm not overly fond of, so I substituted fenugreek, which is another spice used in Indian cooking. Apparently there is no one certain way to make garam masala, you simply combine the spices you like. Garam masala can be used to flavor just about anything you want to add a little zing to.

What follows is my adaptation of the Easy Garam Masala recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Cat Master Garam Masala

Ingredients (All spices are already ground)

1 tbsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp fenugreek (or coriander if you like it)
1 1/2 tsp cardamom
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp salt (optional) I use pink Himalayan salt, but any type will do


Mix together and store in an airtight container. I keep two batches on hand at all times: One without the salt that I use for cooking, and one with the salt added in a shaker bottle on the table. I've sprinkled it on everything from baked potatoes to fried eggs, and it's always tasty. If the cumin is a little strong for you, it can be omitted or reduced.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Great News!

Just wanted to share that Wildcat is a finalist in the Futuristic category of the Prism Awards, which is the contest for published authors sponsored by the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter of RWA. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner in San Antonio!

Fingers crossed! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

RAGT Live in Suite 120!

Fri, Jun 6, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - EROTICA
Authors: Dee Brice, Cheryl Brooks, Trinity Blacio, Julie Kenner, Joan Coy/Nickie Asher, Heather Lire, Lila Dubois, Terri Snethen, Tianna Xander
Moderators: Liza Brown and Joyfully Reviewed 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rebel ARC Winners!

Congratulations to E.L.F. and Kimberli Crook! You have each won an advance copy of REBEL!!!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Final Rebel Cover!

Got a nice little surprise in my email this morning!

Ain't it pretty?
Perhaps I should celebrate by giving away another advance copy! Post a comment and include your email address for your chance to win!