Guest Author Josie Riviera

Welcome everyone to the garden. It's a scorcher out there today. Please fill your plates with goodies and pour a beverage, then please find a seat in the shade. We have a guest today, author Josie Riviera, and she will share her newest book Seeking Patience with you. Not only that, but some very interesting recipes.

Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character?

Half-Romany, half-English lord, he lives a perilous Gypsy life … until a sweet English rose saves his life, and perhaps his soul. Widowed by a cruel husband, she's given up all hope of love. Brought together in peril, they dare to reach for a brighter future together.

Luca Boldor, Romany leader, lives a nomad’s life in Regency England with his Gypsy caravan. Believing his noble father abandoned him at birth, he refuses to acknowledge his English blood, or live a settled life. But when a vicious attack by a rival leaves him bleeding on an English lady's doorstep, he has no choice but to accept her help. Her gentle faith stirs his heart in a way he has long denied.

Lady Patience Blakwell, widowed countess, lives in near poverty. Her husband's heir uses threats to keep her from demanding her rightful inheritance. With a few faithful servants, she exists quietly in the country, only her faith keeping her strong … until the day a bold, handsome Gypsy collapses in her hall. He's unlike any man she's ever known, and she'll confront any subterfuge to keep him safe.

But when a secret from Lady Patience's past emerges, Luca must face his own past, or lose her and all hope of love. Will this strong man humble himself to open his heart for his lady?

Travel back to Regency England for this sweet, inspirational romance—get your copy of Seeking Patience today!

Author info and links:
Best-selling author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband.They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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I'm sharing a recipe for roasted hedgehog, which was a favorite Romany (Gypsy) dish. In my Regency Inspirational novel, Seeking Patience, the Rom would have dredged the hedgehog in black pepper after cooking.

Although I can't personally verify the results, here's the recipe, modified from Medieval Cookery:

Roasted hedgehog:
According to medieval experts: "Hedgehog should have its throat cut, be singed and gutted, then
trussed like a pullet, then pressed in a towel until very dry; and then roast it and eat with cameline sauce, or in pastry with wild duck sauce. Note that if the hedgehog refuses to unroll, put it in hot water. This dish is based on traditional methods of cooking meat dating back to prehistoric times.

2–2.5kg joint of meat (or leg of lamb)
Sufficient long grass to cover the meat

Season the meat. Wrap it in long grass, first lengthways and then tying more grass crossways to secure the green wrapping in place. Prepare your barbecue and place a large pot filled with water on it. Cook the meat for two hours. Once the meat has cooked, remove the grass then place the meat back in the barbecue to sear.

Carve and serve. Nettle pudding can be boiled in the same pot and served as an accompaniment.
(Sorry, I don’t have a recipe for nettle pudding!)

Honey Cake:
Easy and delicious, with ingredients you may have on hand:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 cup orange juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
3. In large bowl, combine sugar, honey, oil, eggs and orange zest. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, then cool and enjoy!
Thank you, Josie, for sharing with us. I am going to try the Honey Cake, but not sure about the Hedgehog.


Josie said…
Many thanks for hosting me on your blog. Hope everyone enjoys the recipes! :)
Melissa Keir said…
What a beautiful cover!! I wish you all the best!
stanalei said…
What a treat! Honey cake and Gypsies! Best of luck with the release.
Mary Martinez said…
Thanks for dropping by Stanalei and Melissa.

Josie, you're always welcome!
Josie said…
Thanks so much, Melissa. I love my cover artist!
Josie said…
LOL, Stanalei. Honey cake and Gypsies and...roasted hedgehog! :)
NLB said…
The recipe sounds as yummy as the book. Love the cover. Congrats!
Nancy Lee Badger
Josie said…
Thanks for stopping by, Nancy.

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