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GUEST POST FROM SAMANTHA TONGE
Eat, Drink and Take it Easy
Kimmy in Mistletoe Mansion absolutely adores baking. In fact she wants to run her own cake business and at the end of the book enters a Christmas market baking competition. This side of her character was fun for me to write. I may not be queen of whisking up savoury dishes, but over the years have enjoyed creating all sorts of cakes and biscuits with my kids. And recently have had to learn to be more imaginative, since my husband had to turn gluten-free. Gluten-free flour isn’t the easiest beast to work with!
However, whilst I enjoy spending time in the kitchen, creating yummy things to eat, I don’t feel Christmas should be taken over by beating batter and chopping veg. Nor spending hours in front of the kitchen sink, missing out on family time or the festive chance to relax. Therefore I take a few shortcuts, so that I can spend more time playing board games or chilling out, perhaps reading a new book or watching a movie.
Firstly, I prepare all of the vegetables on Christmas Eve – this enormously reduces the amount of preparation time needed the next morning. I also set the table the night before, plus my husband makes up the stuffing on the 24th. In fact really, I’m more of the gopher, my husband takes control of the turkey. I’ve always been a bit clueless about roasting meat and recall one challenging Christmas, just after I’d left university (ie after four years of living off toast and Pot Noodles). Due to a family illness I was suddenly put in charge of cooking. I genuinely hadn’t got a clue which end of the turkey to stuff and rang a friend (my eventual husband, but we weren’t going out then). Fortunately he didn’t laugh, and gave me excellent instructions over the phone!
Also, I feed the masses rather late – a huge Christmas dinner at two to three pm means that in the evening guests will only feel up to eating an easy-to-prepare sandwich. Plus during my childhood, it became a tradition to eat out on Boxing Day, and I’ve carried this habit on. There’s nothing nicer than visiting a restaurant for lunch on the 26th, and then later that evening enjoying a simple home-made buffet.
Plus I don’t get carried away with making everything from scratch. My mum and I decided to do this one year and it certainly was fun, but hard work – we even made our own sweet mincemeat in jars. Yet not everyone could tell the difference between our product and the supermarket alternatives. So now I cut corners where I can!
Of course, food is a huge part of Christmas, and Kimmy in Mistletoe Mansion has concocted all sorts of themed cakes – mini Stollens and small chocolate logs, plus rich mincemeat muffins and cinnamon and spice cupcakes. Her entry, however, to the Christmas market baking competition comes as something of a surprise. She is desperate to win, in a bid to launch her cake business, but has she taken too much of a risk…?
If you do read this fun book, I hope your mouth waters at the descriptions of cake - and that you enjoy the rest of the story that features a supposedly haunted mansion, a peek into the celebrity lifestyle, plus hunky handyman, Luke! And do enjoy your Christmas – it’ll be here before you can say “mulled wine”. Most importantly, remember to have a relaxing time.
THE REVIEW FOR MISTLETOE MANSION
Mistletoe Mansion is such an entertaining read, its full of sugary goodness, celebrities, ghostly encounters and a swoon worthy handyman who looks good in a lumber jacket and cream cords. What more could you want. Leading lady Kimmy has a very bad day and is catapulted into a situation that could change her life. When her very sensible and quite frankly boring boyfriend gives her an ultimatum work in a potato factory and give up her dreams or leave, with no choice she ends up homeless and at a bus stop with her best friend and total opposite Jess who is also homeless due to her OCD and a bachelor brother.
The girls end up house sitting for Mr Murphy who has put the gorgeous house up for sale after being left it from good old Walter, but not everything is as it seems. What I really enjoyed about this book was how gossipy it was, everyone loves a cupcake and a natter about the latest scandal and the residents of this small but very fabulous village have more secrets and trouble than you could imagine.
Our heroine Kimmy dreams of the celebrity lifestyle, she wants it all but now she is living next door to it, with WAG Melissa and sees what it really is like. I love Kimmy's internal monologue with her ever changing facebook status and the headlines she makes up for her adventures she is truly a comical woman who dreams and dreams big.
Samantha Tonge brings us a entertaining and delicious story that is perfect for those winter evenings, put on those flannelette pyjamas, grab a hot chocolate and buy Mistletoe Mansion, its truly scrumptious read.
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I'm a bookwhore, yes I said it, I have no shame, I will wander off with any old book I'm not even a little bit ashamed. Twenty Seven, Mum, SEND Teaching Assistant, general beauty hoarder and lover of the Irish.