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Elle Jauffret

Writer ~ Science Enthusiast ~ Fork Handler

Blog posts : "romance"

National Selfie Day

Celebrating National Selfie Day with 8 literary genres: noir/crime fiction, SciFi, contemporary romance, drama, humor, horror, speculative fiction, historical fiction (1940s)  

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The 25th Easter of Éléonore

Nobles and dignitaries from all over Europe had courted her since she appeared at her first debutante ball, but none had succeeded in stealing her heart. Éléonore had turned down every single gift, gesture, or advance—from Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs to egg-shaped earrings made from the rarest pearls—for she wanted to be seduced not by riches but with her senses. She wanted to be romanced with adventures, with unapologetically raw emotions, which her gender was forbidden to know.

It happened on the Easter of her 25th birthday, when Sir Van Houten of the Netherlands brought her an egg-shaped cake that he had made with cocoa beans he had ground himself by hand. The first bite brought a flush to her cheeks, the second gave her shivers, the third one made her cry and want more. Sir Van Houten and she married on that day, for only he could oblige by serving her more.

 

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Stoverij from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren

A snippet of a scene from INCONCEIVABLE! 

John hovered a table covered in pieces of lace. “[…] Don’t you think you need to take home some Brussels lace?[…]” […] “What’s stoverij?” I asked. “It’s a meat stew, a classic Flemish dish. They add a nice bit of strong beer from one of the local Trappist abbeys. It also comes with pommes frites.”  (INCONCEIVABLE by Tegan Wren, ebook, p.136 & 145)

The story: A romance with a modern medical twist which follows Hatty Brunelle (a Missouri Ozarks native and journalism student at Toulene’s Royal University) and John Meinrad (the dreamy Prince of Toulene, a small European country), their romance, courtship, marriage, and struggles with infertility. European/international settings and characters guaranteed.

 

Recipe: Stoverij with pommel frites

For the "pommel frites" ("French fries" in French), simply peel and slice potatoes lengthwise, place in oven, drizzle with olive oil, and bake at 450 degree F for about 45 minutes. (or fry in a deep fryer until golden). 

Stoverij (a Flemish beef stew made with beer): for recipe, click here

 

 

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(Cover reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren (Fiction)

(Cover Reveal and) Raisin Cinnamon Scones from INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren.

The story: A romance with a modern medical twist which follows Hatty Brunelle (a Missouri Ozarks native and journalism student at Toulene’s Royal University) and John Meinrad (the dreamy Prince of Toulene, a small European country), their romance, courtship, marriage, and struggles with infertility. European/international settings and characters guaranteed.

"There were scone crumbs scattered on my notes; the taste of cinnamon hovered in my mouth. Because I ran out of time and din't get to eat at the palace. [...] I was in the throes of committing a cardinal sin for a journalist: I was crushing on him. [...] ...though I know a tailor in Paris who'd love to help you with both your wedding dress and your dress for Winter's Feast." - INCONCEIVABLE! by Tegan Wren (eBook p. 63, 64, 282)

Raisin Cinnamon Scones:

4 ½ cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 pinch of salt, 16 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut in small pieces), 1 cup raisins (soaked overnight in 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract or Grand-Marnier), about 1 ½ cups heavy cream, egg wash (1 egg beaten with ¼ cup milk)

Mix all dry ingredients. Add butter and mix (in food processor or with your hands) until the mixture resembles thick sand or coarse meal. Add the drained raisins. Mix all with fingers while adding just enough heavy cream for the dough to hold together. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out dough and cut scones of any shapes, but no thicker than ½ inch thick. Place on cooking sheet (best if on parchment paper), brush with egg wash and bake in a 375 degree-oven for about 15 minutes (until scones are puffed and golden brown). Let cool before serving.

 

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