Sunday Lunch with Jenn J McLeod…

 Please give a warm welcome to author Jenn J McLeod as she joins me for Sunday Lunch…

1. Can you tell us about a happy memory from your life that revolved around food?

At 22, travelling around Australia in a Ford F100, my girlfriend and I were ‘rescued’ by four Sth Aust. farmers (on their annual pilgrimage). We dropped our exhaust on the (then corrugated dirt) Stuart highway, miles from anywhere. We met up with them again at Coober Pedy pub and they suggested we camp out of town. We did! (Had not heard of Wolf Creek then obviously.) What an experience. In the middle of nowhere – 100 clicks from Coober Pedy – they cooked us kangaroo tail soup, kangaroo steak, damper and baked vegies – all from a campfire (see picture below!). My love of a life in the country was born.

2. Do you have any food-related rituals or routines in your household, such as a specific meal for certain days of the week?

Very regimented at breakkie time  – need it to wake up. After that, who knows! As long as I get my two soy lattes every day I’m a happy girl.

3. What is your favourite

Drink: alcohol – full stop. Only don’t stop. Pls don’t stop. Barman! Another one pls…and one for my friends. (I shout cyber drinks these days since deciding too much of the real thing is bad for my health and my waistline. Although I will be lashing out come Conference. Try and stop me!)

Indulgence: brie cheese & crackers with homemade persimmon paste, pretzels and red wine under a setting summer sun.

Meal: Home made pasta or pizza with home grown spices and herbs.

4. What’s the most revolting thing you’ve ever eaten?

Oysters or smoked cod in white sauce. Brrrrrrrrr!!!!!

5. If you have children, have you discovered any ingenious ways to hide vegetables in meals?

I hide the dogs’ tick prevention pills in yoghurt (a dollop in each bowl of biccies). Does that count?

6. Is eating out at cafes and restaurants a regular part of your life? Do you have any favourite places you’d like to mention?

Eating out was my all-time fav thing to do…until I bought a café. If you want to stop eating out (save money and lose weight) buy a food business and see what some chefs do in the kitchen, learn what the 10 second rule is, or discover how cheap and easy that $30 masterpiece is to make! I promise you will never eat out again.

7. Do you eat while you write? Are there any particular foods or drinks you always have on hand while writing?

Who can eat and write at the same time? I need every finger to hunt and peck my way around the keyboard. Besides, I can’t afford slippery food fingers if I want to keep the letters from fading away.

8. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would you choose?

Kylie Minogue or Tina Arena. Two different and very successful women who found success their own way. I admire their tenacity and the ability to reinvent themselves to broaden their audience and grow with the changing music scene. I’m not sure writers can ever do this. Both these ladies have endured set backs (in different ways) and stayed focused and positive.

9. Which one of the following types of cooks are you?

  • Cooking? What’s that?
  • I cook only when I absolutely have to
  • I’m an average cook, and stick to my regular meals
  • I like to experiment with new recipes regularly, or create my own
  • Next season of MasterChef – lookout!

None of the above. I now use my new status of soon-to-be-published-author, milking it wherever possible (usually at dinner and dishes time), except when I can’t because my B&B – purpose built for pups and people  – visit us on facebook here. (shameless plug) — offers evening meals. Typically:
Char-grilled Atlantic salmon fillet on Moroccan cous cous, with homemade mango chutney, cucumber yoghurt and salad with preserved lemon dressing

Our Mediterranean Table – Spaghetti Bolognaise with hand-made fettuccini, Mediterranean salad, olives, shaved parmesan & crusty sourdough bruschetta

Hungry yet?

10. Do you have a favourite recipe you’d like to share?

The Calingarry Crossing CWA ladies (from my first novel) have THE best / easiest no peeling required pumpkin soup. They posted it on my blog a while back! Here it is.

Thank you, Juliet, for my very first invitation to blog as a ridgy-didge author, having signed up with Simon & Schuster for my two contemporary Australian novels earlier this year.

House For All Seasons (due May next year)
The Simmering Season (due May 2014)

In the meantime, come on over…

Come home to the country…

Jenn J McLeod

Small town stories. Discover them. Love them.

Thanks for visiting, Jenn, and I can’t wait for your books. Consider them pre-ordered!

Leave a comment for Jenn below, and you will go in the draw for prizes at the end of the month (Just make sure you also subscribe to the blog posts ;))

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Posted on May 27, 2012, in Interviews, Mouthwatering May and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Rebecca raisin

    Home made fettuccine and sourdough bruschetta! I’m on my way ….

  2. Jenn – if your book is as entertaining as this post, I can’t WAIT to read it. And that soup looks divine. Perfect for the freezing day it is here today. x

  3. Great post, Jenn. I’m heading for the kitchen to do some hunter / gathering of my own. Loved the story of your outback adventures.

  4. Hey Jenn,

    First of all, I’m very excited for you and your new soon be release “House For All Seasons.”

    Now on to food, “brie cheese & crackers with homemade persimmon paste, pretzels and red wine.” I’m there! Yummo! I’ve been rather spoilt by my local deli who imports cheeses from all over Europe. They bring in triple brie French cheese. It’s to die for! Once you have it you’ll be spoilt for life.

    I laughed with your eating and writing comments. Shhh I try to eat and write. I know, I know it sounds terrible but I’m awfully guilty of it. Food just seems to follow me where ever I go.

    Your B&B sounds and looks (yes I had a peek) wonderful. I’ll keep it in mind. Next time we are up that way. Oh and I’m sold on the Salmon 🙂

    Thanks for an entertaining post.


  5. Jenn I can’t wait to read your new book because everything I read from you, on blogs or emails etc is just so entertaining. I must come and stay at your B&B, it sounds wonderful. x

  6. Lookout GC here we come, wine and all! Nice blog Jenn as always.

  7. Hey Jenn, I well remember sharing a few glasses of wine in a late night room party at last year’s conference! Hope we get to do it again this year. Your soup looks delicious – may have to make that one.

  8. Yay for no-peel pumpkin soup! Best of luck eith your book, Jenn, it sounds great!

  9. Congratulation Jenn. So impressed you have two books coming up for publication.

  10. Ooooh, what fun! Lovely post, ladies.

    Glad to hear you’re going to lash out at the conference, Jenn. And so you should. You have much fabulousness to celebrate!

    Think I may have to come stay at your B&B…

  11. Hi Jenn,
    It’s a shame I won’t get to share a drink at the conference. Lovely posts

  12. I know where you live – hold dinner, I’ll be up in about hmmm… 5 or 6 hours?!

  13. Best wishes, Jenn. Love the cheese & persimmon paste idea – sounds yum. Best for your books, Rae

  14. I recall you saying something about the no peel pumpkin soup. In fact, I have tried it at your place haven’t I. lol not sure.

    Great post Jenn. Your enthusiam shows through on your posts.

    Can’t wait to have a read. I’m really looking forward to it. 🙂

  15. okay it’s redirected me here and this post was in May. Drrrrrrr

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