In the Kitchen with Mary Morgan
Cooking and baking are wonderful stress relievers after a long day of sitting in my writer’s cave. Since I love to be in the kitchen, you’ll find me adding a scene about food in all my stories—from feasts to light fare traveling on horseback.
We are soup lovers in my family. Serve it with a garden salad or warm sourdough bread and you have a perfect meal. In addition, I make refreshing, cold soups during the summer months, too. I’m always creating new and different versions, since I’m a firm believer in tweaking a recipe to accommodate our tastes. This particular soup is wonderful on a cold, dreary day. It’s hearty and filling. The stout beer makes the soup have an intense, deep flavor. However, for a lighter taste, I’ve substituted pale ale for the stout. Also, if you’re not fond of spicy heat, then omit the red pepper flakes.
In Dragon Knight’s Ring, the hero, Adam MacFhearguis, had a fondest for the modern Irish stout, so I believe he would have enjoyed this recipe.
Beer, Onion, and Cheddar Soup2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 large yellow (quartered and sliced)
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
Leaves from 3 thyme sprigs
1-cup Irish stout beer
4 cups vegetable stock
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1-tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
Melt the butter with the oil in a heavy saucepan, add the onions, garlic, herbs, and red pepper flakes, if using. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over a low heat for 40 minutes until the onions are translucent.
Stir in the Irish stout beer, vegetable stock, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.
Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cheddar cheese. Serve with warm sourdough bread.
Let's get to know chef, Mary!Award-winning Scottish paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return. Mary's passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn't until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling—writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.
Here's a peek at Mary's book, Dragon Knight's Ring
Crusader, Adam MacFhearguis is on one last quest to the standing stones in Scotland where he seeks to bury the past. However, a silent prayer sends him to an unknown future and to his beloved Meggie. When he uncovers a shocking revelation, Adam questions everything about the woman he thought he knew and loved. He may have traveled the veil of ages, but time is now his enemy.
Margaret MacKay lives a life in the future without the memories of her past—her death. When Adam arrives at her door confessing he knows her, she is confused and wary. With each passing day, she yearns to learn more from this stranger. Yet, when a truth is revealed, can she trust the man to unlock the chains from her mind and heart?
Will love free the bonds to unite the two lovers who were doomed centuries ago? Or will evil finally claim victory over the Dragon Knights?