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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Serbian Stuffed Peppers -Guest Author Serena Fairfax


It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious! Today I'm happy to have special guest Serena Fairfax, author of Loving That Feeling. She's here to share her recipe for Serbian Stuffed Peppers. Take it away, Serena!


SERBIAN STUFFED PEPPERS

This is a traditional Serbian recipe for a classic dish of peppers stuffed with rice. There are many regional and family variations of this dish that includes stuffing with minced meat or bulgar wheat. I was lucky enough to be served this dish in a traditional Serb home. An eccentric, demon driver lurched me around Belgrade in his dilapidated taxi all the while singing Serbian songs, distinctly off key, at the top of his voice and regaling me with his entire life story. He was a school teacher and drove taxis to supplement his income. His wife had left him but he’d quickly recovered and found another partner. He considered all politicians crooks! I asked for a restaurant recommendation, and despite my protests he insisted that I should share an evening meal with him. We went to a small apartment (crammed with traditional Serbian furniture and charming bric a brac) in a leafy suburb of Belgrade. His partner was very welcoming and giggly. They could both speak English, after a fashion.

We had a long, delicious meal and a tipsy evening together. They wouldn’t take a penny from me.

Serves 4-6
Ingredients

A combination of 6 large red, yellow and green peppers
2 medium tomatoes peeled and chopped (or a small tin of chopped tomatoes)
8 oz (250 g) short-grain rice
1 large onion (preferably red), finely chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons crushed pine nuts
Large bunch of mixed mint, dill and parsley finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large tin tomato soup
Tomato juice
3 small cartons natural yoghurt and diced cucumber.

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 190 degree C (375 degrees F or gas mark 5)

Cut a small slice from the stem end of each pepper and put to one side. To enable peppers to stand upright in a baking dish, lop off a small piece from the bottom of each pepper. Remove pith and seeds from the peppers. Wash the rice and drain well. Fry the onion until soft and golden. Next add the pine-nuts and when they begin to color mix in the drained rice, stirring well. Season to taste. Mix in the herbs and the chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Rice should still be a little hard and also moist. Stuff the peppers loosely with the filling. Cover the peppers with the tops. Stand upright in an ovenproof baking dish. Pour the tomato soup round the peppers and add tomato juice if you think the sauce produced by the soup is too thick. Cover dish with foil or lid and bake for 40/50 minutes. Make sure peppers don’t blacken or split. Combine the natural yoghurt with the cucumber, place in a bowl and hand round separately.

Loving That Feeling
by Serena Fairfax
Siren BookStrand link: http://www.bookstrand.com/loving-that-feeling
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Loving-Feeling-Siren-
Publishing-Classic-ebook/dp/B00HQ0IOOG/
Book also available on Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Ibooks.

Seared by a bigamous love cheat, London designer Deborah Tremaine
backs off sex. But when wealthy Serbian Zoran Pavlović, who wants to
demolish an art deco cinema she’s campaigning to save, crosses her path
she’s up for a fling.

Zoran has clawed his way out of Serbia’s turbulent past but believes his
background means he find happiness simply because he can’t trust a
woman to cherish him for who he is—a Serb. But he’s a hot-blooded Slav
up for no-strings sex and Deborah sends him into overdrive.

Deborah’s finances are in meltdown when a customer goes bust. Zoran
dangles a business deal based in Belgrade, Serbia that she can’t refuse.
She’s confident the job won’t compromise the campaign and decides that
Zoran is the guy who can jump-start her love life.

They embark on a sizzling affair but tension, erotically sexual and work
related, skyrockets. Incidents trigger the revelation of their personal

demons. Can they escape the black holes?



About the Author
Serena Fairfax spent her childhood in India, qualified as a Lawyer in England and joined a law firm in London. She has published and indie published (digitally and in print) a number of novels all, but one, having a romance theme and a happy ever after ending. LOVING THAT FEELING is her first erotic romance novel to be published by Siren-BookStrand. Serena has also authored a number of short stories that feature on her blog. The saying: age cannot wither her nor custom stale her infinite variety aptly describes the tug of law that makes the heart beat faster so she hasn’t yet quit the day job although she now practices law part-time.

Serena and her golden retriever, Inspector Morse (who can’t wait to unleash his own Facebook page) divide their time between bustling London and the rural quiet of Kent. As Charles Dickens said: Kent, sir. Everyone knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women.

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