ROMANCE IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
I love reading romance, I love writing romance. So satisfying seeing two characters fighting their way through seemingly insurmountable conflict to their happily ever after.
That’s the great thing about romance. You’re guaranteed a HEA every time.
Which doesn’t always happen in the kitchen…ever had a cooking disaster? Tried a new recipe that didn’t work? For all those who prefer reading about food than cooking it, I think you’ll enjoy BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD.
Reviewers have said the book leaves them…hungry!
BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is a contemporary romance/romantic comedy/chicklit/women’s fiction novel.
Shari Jones needs to get a life. Preferably someone else’s.
Single, homeless and jobless, Indo-American Shari agrees to her best friend’s whacky scheme: travel to Mumbai, pose as Amrita, and ditch the fiancé her traditional Indian parents have chosen. Simple. Until she’s mistaken for a famous Bollywood actress, stalked by a Lone Ranger wannabe, courted by an English lord, and busted by the blackmailing fiancé.
Life is less complicated in New York.
Or so she thinks, until the entourage of crazies follows her to the Big Apple and that’s when the fun really begins. Shari deals with a blossoming romance, an addiction to Indian food and her first movie role, while secretly craving another trip to the mystical land responsible for sparking her new lease on life. Returning to her Indian birthplace, she has an epiphany. Maybe the happily-ever-after of her dreams isn’t so far away?
Think ‘Sex and the City’ meets ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’
With food. Loads of food!
And that’s what I’m sharing during my 3 week blog tour, my love of Indian food. I’m posting Indian recipes for dishes taken from the book.
Today’s BOLLY-BITE recipe is a firm favourite of mine. BAIGAN BHARTA (smoky spiced eggplant) is delicious served with rice or flatbreads. Lovely soft, mushy texture for kids too.
(Like most recipes, there are many different versions. This one is my mum’s.)
2 medium eggplants
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped tomato
1 chopped green chilli
1 inch fresh ginger grated
2 tspns ground cumin
2 tspns ground coriander
½ tspn garam masala
½ tspn tumeric
8 tbspns oil
Salt to taste
4 tbspns finely chopped coriander
Fresh coriander for garnishing
Roast the eggplants by holding them over a medium gas flame or heating under a grill, frequently turning, until skin blackened on all sides.
Wait until cool, peel off charred skin.
Roughly chop/mash the flesh.
Heat oil over medium heat, add onion, ginger and green chilli, fry until onion golden brown. Add spices, stir for a minute, then add tomato and cook until tender.
Add the eggplants, stirring through the spice mixture, and simmer for 10 minutes or until eggplants soft.
Stir through finely chopped coriander, season with salt.
Serve garnished with fresh coriander.
To discover what other tasty treats are coming up in BOLLY-BITES, follow the tour. Oh, and read the book!
Baigan Bharta is one of my favourite vegetable meals.
To win an E-book of BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD, leave a comment about your favourite vegetarian dish.
USA TODAY bestseller Nicola Marsh has published 30 books with Harlequin Romance and Presents series, and BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD is her first mainstream contemporary romance with Entangled Publishing.
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