Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tasty Tuesday - The Unescpected Spicey Sweet with Eva Lefoy

Welcome special guest, Eva Lefoy today!

Have you met Putting Up With the Turnbulls yet? If you’re at all into “putting food by” as they say, or aka: canning such as jam, jelly, etc. you might want to check out their blog. They’ve got some stuff on there that’s simply delish!

I’ve made the Beer Jelly and quite liked it, but it’s the Tomato Jam that’s flying off my shelf. *gives little sister the stink-eye* Good thing I’m getting very adept at making it. Bad thing – I’m out of tomatoes!

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that when I think of tomatoes and the word canned together I tend to think of canned whole tomatoes or tomato paste. At the very least prepared spaghetti sauce or salsa. But this little gem of recipe is none of those things. It’s guaranteed to take your tastebuds for a different kind of ride.

Take a look:
5 Pounds of tomatoes – small amount, but remember this is jam. Can’t make good jam in big batches. 3.5 cups of sugar
8 tbs lime juice
2 tsp freshly grated ginger – note: I cheat and used dried ground and double it
1 tsp cinnamon – I double this too
½ tsp ground clove
1 tbs salt
1 tbs red chili flakes

How does it look? You’ve got sugar and tomatoes which one doesn’t normally think of together. And you’ve got all those interesting spices that almost make it sound like Greek meatballs you’ve got cooking and not jam. The red pepper flakes add just the right kick to take this from sweet to savory.
If you’re interested give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

And speaking of spices, I mentioned Greek food and you’ll find a lot of cinnamon and such in meat dishes from that country. Also, the array of spices in Indian cooking is similar – a little hot, a little sweet. I happen to like Indian food quite a bit. Perhaps that’s why I wrote my very first 1 Night Stand for Decadent Publishing set in India!

While there’s only a quick passing mention of curry in the text, there’s a lot of hotness and a lot of sweet between two sexy men. The book will be out --- soonish (bows to 1NS book gods) ---- but in the meantime, here’s the cover:

Now if that isn’t hot and sweet I don’t know what is!

Thanks, Mary for hosting me. And y’all come visit her on my site where she’s talking about her 1 Night Stand story, Handcuffs and Silk, which has a gorgeous cover by the way!

Thanks for reading and I hope some of you try the jam! Books and jam are two things one can rarely regret!

~ Eva

By the way there’s a giveaway going on at Decadent Publishing to celebrate the 1 Night Stand 200th book. Enter here

Bio: Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

Amazon Author Page

My current book out with Decadent Publishing is Sweet Cravings and it’s a foodie romance available here: Decadent Publishing / Amazon U.S. / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble / All Romance Ebooks


Anonymous said...

Mary thanks for having me here today :)

Mary Quast said...

I can't wait to try the recipe.