Let’s share barbecue recipes! #LoveChatWrite Blog Hop

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Welcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived from Jenna Da Sie’s blog, hi, and thanks for joining me!

This week the authors of Romance Writers’ Weekly are sharing recipes. We’re posting our favourite barbecue food – just in time for the sun to come out 🙂

Before I start, can I just say that I LOVE barbecues. There’s something about lighting that grill that makes me smile every time. We have a gas grill, the pride and joy of Mr Elks, and it’s a thing of beauty. So whenever I get the chance I’ll shove some food in the fridge to marinade, toss a salad together and we’ll eat al-fresco. If I can pour a cheeky glass of Prosecco to go with it, I’m pretty much in heaven. And this recipe is one of my faves. It’s loved by all the family – the kids included. Hopefully I don’t have to put a huge disclaimer, but obviously if you, or anybody you’re cooking for, has a nut allergy, then SKIP THIS ONE!

Without further ado, I present my recipe for Chicken Satay Skewers. Hope you enjoy it!

BARBECUE CHICKEN SATAY SKEWERS (feeds 4)

Ingredients

1 tbsp peanut butter (smooth or crunchy – I use both)

4 tbsp light soy sauce

2 tsp brown sugar

1 tbsp Curry powder

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp hot sauce

4 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch chunks

8 Wooden skewers (pre-soaked)

 

Method

Mix the first 6 ingedients together into a satay sauce. Add the chicken pieces, and stir until all are covered with sauce. Cover with cling film and marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hours. I find the longer you marinate them, the better they taste. About 10 minutes before you’re ready to cook, thread the chicken pieces onto the pre-soaked skewers. Warm the barbecue up and then grill for around 5 minutes on each side, until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

I like to serve with some boiled rice and an asian salad, but you can also eat these with wraps, grilled vegetables, or just on their own.

Now let’s hop over to Xio Axelrod’s blog to get some more mouthwatering recipes. And after that, be sure to check out some of her books!

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 Until next time,

Carrie Pink

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Where I write… #LoveChatWrite Blog Hop

Welcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived from Victoria Barbour’s blog, hi, and thanks for joining me!

This week’s topic comes from author Brenda Margriet – and we’re talking about our perfect writing space.

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One of the best things about being a writer is the versatility of it all. Unlike my previous jobs which involved being tied into a location — whether that be an office, a factory or a shop — when you’re a writer, the world really is your oyster. I’ve written in so many places it’s hard to keep track. In the kitchen, the dining room, in bed, in the garden; and that’s just in my own home. As long as I have a pen and paper (or in my case a Macbook) I can pretty much write wherever I go.

Last year on vacation I spent an hour a day writing on our beautiful patio overlooking the pool. That was pretty memorable, and I have to admit that it may be my ideal place.

I also spent a day last year writing at Hampton Court Palace. Once the home of Henry VIII (and many of his wives!) writing in the beautiful gardens gave me a sense of history and longevity that made me feel energised.

On a normal (!) day, I’ll mostly write in my dining room. Here’s a picture of my space here:

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One of the things I love about writing in my dining room is the sense of light and space it gives me. I have a lovely view of the garden here, and can watch the birds, the cats, and my dog chasing around on the grass. I’m also within easy reach of the kitchen, which means coffee on tap – a must for writing days!

I also like the fact that I have a big table to spread out on. The wooden surface is usually covered in sheets of paper — character bios, locations, story plots etc. And then at the end of the day I’ll gather it all together and put on the shelf behind me, ready to serve up dinner to the masses, a real one-stop shop.

Of course, the real question is, where would my ideal writing spot be. For me there’s no question. It has to be hot, needs a good view, and most of all it needs to be comfortable. A cabana on a tropical beach springs to mind. Preferably one that has waiter service (with cocktails on tap in the afternoon). Now I just need to win the lottery!

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Now let’s hop over to S.C. Mitchell’s blog to see where he likes to write. And when you’re done there, don’t forget to check out some of his books!

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 Until next time,

Carrie Pink

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Photo credits: Depositphotos & authors own.

A Love Letter to Berlin

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Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Berlin Loveletter Convention 2016. This is an event that brings together Romance writers, readers, bloggers and publishers, and I have to admit that it absolutely blew me away.

I was invited to attend because my book, Kiss You, will be released in Germany this June. And if you haven’t seen the cover yet, here’s a little gratuitous plug! (I love this cover!)

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My lovely German publishers, Ullstein Buchverlage, were kind enough to host me in Berlin, and provided excerpts of Kiss You to every attendee of the convention in this fabulous book. Though I can’t understand much of it, I’m so excited to see Richard and Hanna’s story in another language.

The convention took place over two days, and included a mixture of workshops, q&a sessions, meet and greets and a signing. Even though my book isn’t yet released, the German readers were so welcoming and kind, and it was a real pleasure to talk to them about our shared love of romance books.

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I also got to meet some of my own heroes, including the lovely Mhairi McFarlane, who I took part in a q&a session with. It took place at 10am on the Saturday (after a fairly heavy night out) but despite the early hour the audience threw themselves into the session and we had a lot of fun.

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On Sunday, I took part in a workshop about agents and authors. I was privileged to meet the amazing Simona Ahrnstedt whose book, Ein Einziges Geheimnis, has recently been released in Germany.

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As we had a break in the afternoon, my agent, Meire Dias, and I had the privilege to visit the Berlin Wall Memorial. Both the remains of the Wall and the stories of the German people who were affected by it were breathtaking and humbling. We were there for three hours and both of us were extremely moved by this tribute to Berlin’s recent history. It’s difficult to believe that such a historic and beautiful city was divided in such recent times (the Wall fell 26 years ago), and yet reading about the heroism and stoicism of those who lived there made me feel proud to be able to visit their lovely city.


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On Monday, I had to return home, as both work and my family called. I left Berlin feeling very honoured to meet so many lovely readers, writers, publishers and bloggers, and also knowing that I will be returning to that lovely country as soon as I can. Germany, thank you so much for your lovely hospitality. I loved every minute that I spent there.

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Kiss You will be released in Germany in ebook on 17th June and in paperback on 9th September by Ullstein Buchverlage.

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Danke,

Carrie Pink