Welcome to the third of the end of summer party meals today. Afternoon Tea is a time for sandwiches, cakes and scones… and I hope my guests today have brought their appetites with them. Later on this evening.. a dinner party to round the day off. And tomorrow Sunday Lunch.
I asked my guests if there was one particular food that they could not live without and hopefully I have catered for all of their tastes if not I hope they will enjoy the menu I have selected. I have also asked for their music requests and I have drawn four of the choices out of a hat to play in each post.
Those tracks that there is not time for will be shared during next week in special editions of the Blogger Daily.
With that out of the way I hope you will enjoy this opportunity to meet blogger friends in a slightly different setting, and also new contacts that will increase your blogging pleasure.
This is a party and if you are popping in then please do not leave without leaving you name, a little bit about yourself and the link to your blog and to Amazon if you are an author.
My first guest is children’s author Robbie Cheadle co-writing The Sir Chocolate Series with her son Michael.Robbie is also the author of While the Buzz Bombs Fell, a biographical novel set in WWII based around her mother’s childhood years. We can also expect another new release as part of a YA supernatural/horror series under the name of Roberta Eaton and at her new blog Roberta Writes
Here is a brief background for Robbie and you can find out more on her website along with amazing recipes Bake and Write
Robbie Cheadle was born in London but tragically lost her father when a baby. Her mother immigrated to South Africa when Robbie was three months old, and they have lived in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant specialising in corporate finance, but still amazes us with her writing, blogging and fabulous baking skills. She is married to Terence and they have two great boys, Gregory and Michael and they now live in Johannesburg.
Here is a selection of Robbie and Michael’s books on Amazon
Here is one of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves
This latest adventure of Sir Chocolate contains some of the most beautiful decorations in the series so far – the Chrystal Cave must have taken ages to construct and the other fondant figurines are lovely. The recipes are ideal for children as it shows them to make aeroplanes and wind mills with wafer biscuits. Sir Chocolate and Lade Sweet embark on another adventure to make sure that the sugar crystals won’t melt and they would still be able to make cool drinks for the inhabitants.
Robbie says she loves grilled prawns and chips… and it so happens that one of the starters this evening is some grilled prawns…
And to kick the music off this evening, here is Robbie’s request for Making Love Out of Nothing At All by Air Supply. Robbie says she loves this song because it reminds her of her relationship with her husband Terence.
Another starter to enjoy as the guests chat to each other, smoked salmon and cream cheese and chives on oatcakes, and also a glass of wine direct from the Smorgasbord Vineyards……in Italy so I hope that my next visitor will enjoy.
My next guest is the lovely Patricia Salamone who was born in Queens, New York to her Italian mother and German father. The Italian influence always dominated in her home, and from that seed, and her tip to Sicily in 2002 to meet relatives, was born her first memoir The Italian Thing Amazon. I am particularly happy to see Patricia here as she has had a very tough year with complications from a knee replacement and the return of cancer for the fourth time, which she is determined to beat again. A very strong lady who is an inspiration to us all. You can read some of her wonderful fiction serials on her blog The Writer’s Desk
One of the terrific reviews for The Italian Thing.
As a woman raised in a large extended Italian-American family, I have to say that the author and her husband lived out my dream: to go to Italy and meet with long-lost relatives.Every bit of their adventure as recounted in this book, helps me to understand even more about the traditions and behavior of my own beautiful extended family, especially the endless meals and delicious, lovingly made food.
This is is a simple travel account written by a joyful storyteller, but the author’s sense of humor and love for the people they met and the experiences they had, elevates it to a culinary adventure that made me smile from my heart. I am inspired now to create my own trip and hope it is just as love-filled and delicious.
Patricia requested I Hope You Can Dance by Lee Ann Womack, and I will be playing that during the week in the Blogger Daily
Time for the salad course and my next guest has a preference for green olives, and there are plenty to be found in this Greek Feta cheese salad with tomatoes.
Meet author Leslie Tate who shares a little bit about himself on his Website
On my website I post up weekly creative interviews and guest blogs showing how people use their imagination in life, in many different ways. I studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and have been shortlisted for the Bridport, Geoff Stevens and Wivenhoe Prizes. I’m the author of the trilogy of novels ‘Purple’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Violet’, as well as my trans memoir ‘Heaven’s Rage’, which has been turned into a film. I run a comedy club, a poetry group and a mixed arts show in Berkhamsted, UK.
You can find out more about Leslie’s books on Amazon
Here is a review for Leslie’s latest book Violet
Violet is a beautifully written study of life: its trials and tribulations as well as its joys and delights. It tackles many of the most important questions of humanity – the dichotomy of religion and faith, duty and free-spiritedness, imprisonment and freedom, sickness and health, battle and surrender and, of course, love in its many manifestations.
The ‘love in later life’ story centres around Beth and James, both of whom have a failed marriage behind them but both of whom are willing to take the ultimate risk of starting again, seizing the day and opening themselves to the happiness as well as the heartache that love can bring. The plot is revealed through a variety of techniques: narratives, conversations, phone calls, letters, poetry, dreams and imaginative descriptions of photographs and a garden map. It is poignant, happy, sad and sensitively-written with many references to art, poetry, architecture, music, faith and nature which are all important to the protagonists.
Beth and James experience intense joy as well as deep despair and anguish and are not afraid to show their vulnerability, anger, sense of injustice and coping strategies in a very open and honest way which draws the reader in. Throughout the book we get to really know them – their life experience, love of nature, spirituality, appreciation of the arts and their deep and immortal love. We are, indeed, taken to ‘the place where love makes us whole’.
Leslie is married to Sue Hampton who was here earlier today for Afternoon Tea and has requested the Second Movement of Beethoven’s last piano sonata opus 111 which was played as he walked down the aisle. However the piece is over 25 minutes long, so I hope that he will forgive me for substituting one of my favourite pieces, The Moonlight Sonata.
It is now time for the Fish course and I have opted for delicious Salmon, and in honour of my next diner, it has a spicy and tangy Thai dressing.
Carol Taylor has been a fixture on Smorgasbord for over a year now with her first series that we wrote together, Cook from Scratch and now with The Food and Cookery Column.
Here is Carol in her own words: Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
There are now hundreds of recipes to enjoy, created and perfected in Carol’s kitchen in Thailand. With a background in the hospitality trade, and years of experience of working with exotic flavours, it is no wonder that Carol is writing a cookbook, which I will have great pleasure in promoting. You can catch up with Carol’s life in Thailand and many delicious recipes each week, as well as her travels in Thailand, on her blog Retired No One Told Me
While Carol was on a break from the column this week, I hit the rewind button and shared her recipes for Salmon including a lime, coriander and chilli sauce.
Carol also writes fiction and has contributed to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS
Carol requested Puff Daddy and I’ll Be Missing You... and I will be playing that later in the week on her column on Wednesday.
My next guest requested that she be sat next to Carol (who supplied the dish) as she loves Pad Thai when it is authentically prepared, and so here it is to accompany the Salmon dish.
Debby Gies, author D.G. Kaye is also a treasured member of the team here on Smorgasbord, having recently joined us with her amazing Travel Column. Debby is incredibly supportive of her fellow writers and if ever you are in need of a friend and advisor then look no further.
Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.
D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives. You can find out more at her eclectic blog D.G. Kaye Writer Blog
A selection of Debby’s books all the books and read the reviews on Amazon
A recent review for Conflicted Hearts
I give this author kudos for revealing the deepest parts of her soul and sharing her experience with readers. Many readers, myself included, will identify with many of this author’s feelings of loss and abandonment in childhood. The guilt, anger and resentment felt growing up and the sense of urgency to break free was well-described—even to the point of triggering in me some of the feelings I also experienced. These are feelings that when held inside eat away at us and make us physically and emotionally unhealthy. Letting go of the guilt, anger and sadness is sage advice. This is a must-read self-help memoir for those who have harbored resentment and have yet to let go.
Debby has selected So Amazing by Luther Vandross, which is the song that she chose to walk down the aisle to. She says it reflects the way her husband made her feel then and still does.
It is now time for the main course and since the nights are getting a little chillier for us in the Northern hemisphere, I have chosen the rich and tomato infused Beef Goulash served with some Bastmati Rice.
It is time to introduce you to Marjorie Mallon who writes as M. J. Mallon, who I hope has been enjoying the oriental flavours that she loves with the previous courses of prawns, and Thai dishes. She is the author of the YA Science Fiction Fantasy novel The Curse of Time Amazon
Here is a little about Marjorie and her blog Kyrosmagica
What can I tell you? Well before we start I’d like to suggest that you might want to pull up a comfy chair, sit back and enjoy my blog, Kyrosmagica, which is all about the magic of writing, my love of books, crystals, laughter, and much, much, more! I’m writing a second novel, and blogging, of course, writing book reviews here, and on Goodreads, and Amazon, and in fact anywhere else that will have me! Being an open minded type of gal, I like to review a wide a range of genres as possible, including YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Asian Literature, Detective, LBGTQ, and from time to time when I’m feeling brave I read dark thriller, or perhaps a horror story..read more Kyrosmagica
The most recent review for The Curse of Time on Goodreads
This book introduces you to 15-year-old Amelina Scott, living in a rather unusal home. With The Curse of Time, M. J. Mallon has created a well-crafted paranormal teen story that made me follow Amelina as an invisible ally; inwardly cheering her on as she tried to find a solution for her family’s issues. It is a very compelling read that draws you close to Amelina and her quest. M. J. Mallon introduces Amelina with utmost care, she is a complex and believable teenager, and you want to find a possibility to support her. The story has a steady yet fast-paced flow, still leaving you sufficient opportunity to grasp the situations. Even if I am way past my teenage times – I had a great time reading this first book in the Bloodstone series. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
This is a book for you if you like paranormal and occult stories with believable characters, mysteries, the young adult genre per se, and if you appreciate great story-telling. Highly recommended
Marjorie requested The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd as it reminds her of her youth… and I will be playing that later in the week on the Blogger Daily.
It is now time for some dessert which I hope everyone has room for and there will be some cheese to follow. Cheesecake usually goes down well and I know that there are some chocolate fans in tonight too.
And also something a little special for my next guest whose birthday it is today. Happy birthday Noelle and I hope you enjoy this pavlova made with strawberries and cream
Noelle Granger, writes as N.A. Granger and was recently a guest on the Getting to Know You interview and if you want to know about knitted swimsuits, and their distinct drawbacks, then head over and read.
Noelle grew up in Plymouth, MA, in a rambling, 125 year old house with a view of the sea. Summers were spent sailing and swimming and she was one of the first tour guides at Plimoth Plantation.
She graduated from Mount Holyoke college with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and from Case Western Reserve University with a Ph.D. in anatomy. Following a career of research in developmental biology and teaching human anatomy to medical students and residents,the last 28 years of which were spent in the medical school of the University of North Carolina, she decided to try her hand at writing fiction.
Apart from the three Rhe Brewster Mysteries, Noelle has also had short stories, both fiction and non-fiction,published in Deep South Magazine, Sea Level Magazine, the Bella Online Literary Review, and Coastal Style Magazine.
Noelle’s books and their reviews can be found on Amazon
One of the recent reviews for Death In A Mudflat
Another great mystery by N.A. Granger! The plot is intriguing, as mystery after mystery piles up and one senses a connection between seemingly unrelated murders. The small college of Pequod is also visited by drug traffickers and leads to several tragedies. Through all of this, Rhe Brewster is on the trail with her sidekick, Paulette, taking a larger role than in the previous books. Of course the Chief of Police, Sam Brewster, is still there trying to do two jobs at once: his own and attempting to keep Rhe from endangering herself — a job too big for just one man. Altogether another fantastic mystery read!
Although Noelle requested Peace Train by Cat Stephens... I thought that since this was a special occasion…here is something more appropriate for her birthday. A little Jazz Piano with Jonny May.
My next and last guest today loves cheese so I am ending with a mixed platter with a glass of red wine…
Here is the lovely author Mary Smith who has been a generous supporter of my blog, and so many others in the last few years.
Mary Smith has always loved writing. As a child she wrote stories in homemade books made from wallpaper trimmings – but she never thought people could grow up and become real writers. She spent a year working in a bank, which she hated – all numbers, very few words – ten years with Oxfam in the UK, followed by ten years working in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
She longed to allow others to share her amazing, life-changing experiences so she wrote about them – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalism. And she discovered the little girl who wrote stories had become a real writer after all. Find out more at her new blog Mary Smith’s Place
Here is a selection of Mary’s books and you find more and reviews on Amazon
Here is a recent review for No More Mulberries on Goodreads
I bought this book because I love reading stories that take place in the middle east. I was not disappointed. Mary Smith has written a wonderful story about cross-cultures, family, relationships and Afghanistan. The detailed descriptions of the land, people and culture are fascinating. The story is told through the point of view of Miriam, the main character, who is a wife, mother and medical practitioner. It is easy to identify with her as she struggles to maintain a home for her family in a culture so different from her life in Scotland. Miriam also has to deal with ghosts from the past and feelings she has suppressed for too long which are having a negative effect on her marriage. This well-written book takes place in a troubled time just before the Taliban take control. Since the reader knows what will eventually happen, but the characters don’t, it keeps you on your toes and turning the pages. I highly recommend this book.
Followed by coffee with after dinner macarons
As with any of these parties, it is an opportunity to introduce yourself and leave your link to your blog and your Amazon author page. It would also be great if you would share the post as far as possible through the web…
My thanks to https://pixabay.com for providing the food that I could not make myself.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing dinner with us today and don’t forget to sign the visitors book on your way out the door… thanks Sally