Switching gears here from celebrating the release of the first in the Safeguard series to spotlighting the first in the upcoming True Heroes series. Extreme Honor releases on January 26, 2016 from Forever Romance.
This will be my first book in print available in brick and mortar book stores. As much as I love digital books and the convenience of being able to carry a single ereader with me in my travels, loaded with hundreds of books, there’s something very special about holding a print book in your hands.
Today, my publisher and I are doing a blitz to share two treats with you all, a sneak peek excerpt of Extreme Honor, first in the True Heroes series -plus- the cover reveal of Ultimate Courage, second in the series.
Here’s a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the blitz:
To celebrate, we’ve got a blog blitz scheduled this week in addition to the blog tour scheduled by the Carina Press team. Every blogger on this blitz has unique behind-the-scenes insight into the writing of Hidden Impact.
Kanom Krok (ขนมครก) is a Thai street food I enjoyed growing up. It was generally available in the market place around breakfast time but can be enjoyed throughout the day. These little cups have a thin, crispy outer layer with a super soft delicately coconut inner core. Some may add a few kernels of sweet corn or a few shreds of spring onion for added flavor but I find these are just as good on their own.
(recipe adapted from Rachel Cooks Thai)
Outer Layer Ingredients:
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 Tablespoons cooked jasmine rice
1/4 cup finely grated unsweetened coconut
8 Tablespoons club soda
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Inner Layer Ingredients:
1 cup coconut cream
4 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons rice flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
green onion, corn, taro, or pumpkin for toppings
Make the inner layer by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mixing until smooth. Set aside.
Next start to make the outer layer by mixing all ingredients except the cooked jasmine rice, coconut flakes, and 2 tablespoons of the club soda in a small bowl. Set aside.
Pound or blend the cooked jasmine rice and coconut flakes with the 2 tablespoons of club soda until they form a fine paste.
I use a traditional mortar and pestle made in Thailand but a food processor will do the job.
Incorporate the rice and coconut paste into the rest of the outer ingredients along with the remaining club soda.
Heat your seasoned khanom krok pan over medium heat. (An Ebelskiver pan or even a Cake Pop Maker can work!)
Add a drop of canola oil (~1/8 teaspoon) to each well and let it get hot. It should be hot enough that when you add the batter it sizzles. I used a silicon pastry brush to oil the little wells.
Add about 1 tablespoon of the outer layer mix to each well and then lift the pan (using a pan holder – it’s hot!) and swirl it until the batter forms a thin layer around the entire well OR use a tiny spoon or chopsticks to gentle press the batter up along the sides of the well. I used cooking chopsticks and found this safer than lifting the pan and swirling.
Add about 1 tablespoon of the inner layer to each well to fill it. If you want to add toppings, add them at this point.
Then, cover the pan with a top and let it steam for about 5-6 minutes until the bottom layer is golden brown and the top layer is fairly solid.
Using a teaspoon, gently lift each custard from the pan. They should be golden brown on the undersides.
I’ll be working on Deadly Testimony, a Safeguard Novel, on the cruise because if I don’t, my editors at Carina Press may be incredibly angry with me. (I’m on deadline!) Somewhere in there, I also hope to record the next episode of #EMEPiper. There may be a Piper Travels or Piper Notes video coming out of the cruise too. Hopefully.
But first and foremost: WRITING.
I’m looking forward to several of the workshops scheduled for the cruise. There’s sessions on description, worldbuilding, revision, giving critiques, deconstructing structure, writing with multiple viewpoints, dialogue, and much more.
It’s been more than a decade since I’ve been on a cruise and I’m delighted to be leading a discussion on one of the excursions at Grand Cayman as well.
There’s so much nifty about this coming week, I can’t even hope to describe it all. So there will be pictures and video and podcasting involved. 😉
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