Whether you're an author or not, you've heard it before: All authors drink.
But what do they drink?
It's the first Happy Author Hour of the year ! Please welcome, Julie Doherty, her single malt and a delicious recipe for Wild Mushroom beef! Mmmmm... you won't be forgetting this Friday!
Julie Doherty & Lagavulin Single Malt
This isn’t a drink to belt down like a gunslinger. It’s meant to be savored, and I do, on very rare occasions, due to its cost.. The amber goodness packs a powerfully smoky punch with undertones of oak, sea salt, and sherry. It is distilled within sight of Dunyvaig Castle. Now in ruins, the castle served as a naval base for Somerled of Argyll, my 12th century protagonist from SCENT OF THE SOUL. I’m attaching photos of the drink—and of me, in Dunyvaig’s ruins!
Recipe: I’m a huge fan of the crock pot. Hey, I’m a writer with a day job! It’s either cook or write.
WILD MUSHROOM BEEF STEW
1.5-2 lbs. cubed beef stew meat
2 T flour
Salt & Pepper
1.5 c. beef broth
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 whole bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika (I like the smoked kind)
4 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium potatoes, peeled & diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced
Coat meat with flour, salt & pepper. Stick that baby in Old Crocky and cook on low for 10-12 hours or high for 4-6. Remove and discard the bay leaf. At the risk of sounding like a total alcoholic, you know what gives this an even better flavor? Marinating the beef in smoky Lagavulin whisky first!
In twelfth century Scotland, it took a half-Gael with a Viking name to restore the clans to their rightful lands. Once an exile, Somerled the Mighty now dominates the west. He’s making alliances, expanding his territory, and proposing marriage to the Manx princess.
It’s a bad time to fall for Breagha, a torc-wearing slave with a supernatural sense of smell.
Somerled resists the intense attraction to a woman who offers no political gain, and he won’t have a mistress making demands on him while he’s negotiating a marriage his people need. Besides, Breagha belongs to a rival king, one whose fresh alliance Somerled can’t afford to lose.
It’s when Breagha vanishes that Somerled realizes just how much he needs her. He abandons his marriage plans to search for her, unprepared for the evil lurking in the shadowy recesses of Ireland—a lustful demon who will stop at nothing to keep Breagha for himself.
Something magical happened in the musty basement of Julie Doherty’s local courthouse. She went there intending to research her ancestry, not lose herself in a wealth of stories, but the ghosts of yesteryear drew her into the past and would not let her go. The trail left by her ancestors in those yellowing documents led her from rural Pennsylvania to the Celtic countries, where her love of all things Irish/Scottish blossomed into outright passion. She came home with a handful of beach pebbles, a husband, and an overwhelming urge to write.
Julie is a member of Pennwriters, Romance Writers of America, Central PA Romance Writers, The Longship Company, and Clan Donald USA. She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, who sounds a lot like her characters.