Irish Blog full of easy recipes & a little romance – by Irish Author – Sheila Kiely
Author: sheila kiely
Irish Author - Dubut romantic fiction novel 'Good Enough' published in 2021.
'Enjoy' published by Mercier Press in 2016 .'Gimme the Recipe' published in 2012. Work in admin of our Food Safety Consultancy business - Industrial Management Systems with my husband Denis.
At last I get to announce the arrival of my debut romantic novel ‘Good Enough.’
Enjoy a feast for the senses as you interactively engage with this story written for the modern world. This novel has a multidimensional existence that the reader can experience and interact with in the virtual world via a variety of social media platforms.
Get a feel for the themes and vibes of each chapter by enjoying the specially curated Instagram reels, Spotify playlist and the blog posts that accompany each chapter.
If you’ve been visiting these pages recently you will have noticed that the last 20 blog posts each are called by a Chapter Name.
Each Chapter in the book has an accompanying blog-post because naturally our heroine Eva likes food and she occasionally cooks!
To best enjoy the book I’d firstly recommend a cosy night in, perhaps a fire lighting and maybe the spotify soundtrack on low in the background.
After you’ve read a chapter why not take a look at a reel on instagram, there’s one for each post. Stories on instagram ( @good_enough_novel )will be kept up to date with book news and there will be highlights of the Book Tour and readers hall of fame. I’d love to interact with readers over there too.
2kgs of cooking apples 50g caster sugar (for cooking the fruit) 100g plain flour 50g wholemeal flour 50g porridge oats 100g unsalted butter 200g light golden brown sugar Butter to grease baking dish
Preheat the oven to 170oC/Gas Mark 5. Core, peel and chop the apples into smallish chunks and cook in a saucepan with a splash of water and the caster sugar over a medium heat until softening (still with a bit of bite and not a pulp). This takes about 5 minutes. Put the plain and wholemeal flours and the oats into a mixing bowl and chop in the butter. Use your fingertips to crumble the flour, oats and butter together until it starts to resemble breadcrumbs. Add the brown sugar and mix well with a fork. Place the cooked apples in a large greased baking dish and scatter the crumble mixture on top – press it down lightly but do not over-compact it. Bake for 35–40 minutes. Delicious on its own, even better with custard or vanilla ice-cream.
After eating a couple of the freshly baked sausage rolls for tea, Eva tucked into a portion of the crumble. Adorned with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream it was delicious.
Time was pushing on and when the caterers arrived Eva set to work helping to prepare a space on a table for mulled wine, vodka and cranberry juice cocktails and another table for the food. Various tasty bites filled large white serving platters. There were delicate cheese straws, canapés of chicken satay sticks, goats cheese and Parma ham wrapped together in crispy pastry and other savouries that included pork and cranberry patties, fig crostini with melted stilton sitting beside an equally appealing array of bite-size desserts.
It was getting dark by the time they left and they decided on an early dinner. This time it was chicken wings that Luke was after and his eyes popped at the high pile of spicy ‘buffalo’ wings that were placed in front of him.
The kids arrived home at seven and Eva made them all toasted cheese sandwiches. The sandwich-maker was rarely pulled out because it lived at the back of a cupboard hidden behind serving bowls, a cake mixer and lunchboxes. It did make delicious sandwiches though and was worth the rummage. Eva tucked into hers and nearly scalded the roof of her mouth on a slice of tomato as the melted cheese and chopped onion oozed out the sides of the toasted bread.