Hello friends! Today we have a guest post from author Allyson Lindt. Welcome Allyson, and thank you for visiting us! -Vanessa
Thanks so much for having me today, Vanessa, and all of the amazing authors here at Love, Lust, & Laptops. If your readers are willing to stick with me until the end of the post, there are details about a couple of awesome giveaways I’m holding (including one here) to celebrate my new book launch, and links to more posts like this one.
I pondered for while what to write my post about, and it hit me. The holidays are about friends, family, and food. Fortunately for me, Archer, the hero in my new release, Learning New Tricks, is a fantastic cook. I mean, dude makes pancakes from scratch… just because.
Keep in mind though, he’s been a bachelor and living on his own for a while. So when I asked him about his favorite dishes to make, some of his answers were a little… unusual. I’ve tried them all, though, and they’re all tasty.
For instance, this one:
Red bean-paste filled buns
These are not the traditional, Japanese snacks, they’re an American variant. They’re a little sweet, without being too much so, and they make a great snack.
– 1 cup water
– 1 egg
– 2 tbsp butter, softened
– 3 1/4 cups bread flour
– 1 tsp salt
– 3 tsp dry, active yeast
– Red bean paste (Archer buys his from a local Japanese market, because it’s time consuming to make, and he’s never had much luck working with dried beans. But there’s a good recipe here:
If you’d like to make it yourself.
Or you can order it from Amazon if you can’t find it locally:
– I use a 1 1/2 pound bread maker, so for me, I add all the bread ingredients into the bread maker bowl, set the device on its dough setting, and walk away for an hour and a half, when the step is done, remove from the bread maker, and allow the dough to rest on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes. However, if you’re doing this by hand, no big deal, just:
– (skip this step if you’re using a bread maker) In a small bowl, disolve yeast in water and set aside. In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs and butter until blended. Mix in 1 cup flour. Mix in yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour and salt. Knead for 5-10 minutes and then allow to rise on a lightly floured surface.
(remaining steps apply to both methods)
– Divide dough into 12-15 equal parts
– Place on a parchment paper-lined cookie tray and allow to rise for 30-40 minutes (until dough is doubled in size)
– Preheat oven to 350 degrees
– Using your thumb, push divots into the middle of each ball of dough (don’t push all the way through)
– Fill dough with 2 tsp bean paste, and pinch tops closed around paste
– Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until buns are golden brown
If you’d like to meet Archer, and find out what he does besides cook, make sure you check out Learning New Tricks.
Archer should be focusing on how to keep his comic book shop from financially crashing and burning in an epic way. However, when his sexy-as-hell best friend and Sunday-afternoon-movie buddy, Tori, asks him to teach her how to keep emotions out of sex, he welcomes the distraction.
Tori couldn’t ask for a better best friend than Archer. He respects her fandom, and he lets her sell her custom-made costumes in his store. Even better, he’s willing to give her a hands-on demonstration of how to keep love and sex separate. Experience has taught her not to fall for a guy who’s as infatuated with an ex-girlfriend as Archer is, so she’s already got the no-love bit covered.
With each new lesson, the line between the physical and emotional blurs a little more. Can they let go of their pasts—and learn a few new tricks along the way—or will they lose their friendship and budding relationship for good?
I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card, and copies of Conflict of Interest (Bits & Bytes, #1), and Toeing the Line (Bits & Bytes, #2) to one person who visits during my blog tour. Each time you comment on another post is another entry, so if the recipes aren’t enough to entice you, make sure you leave a comment below, and visit all my other generous hosts as well.
Dec 17: Silken Sheets & Seduction http://silkensheetsandseduction.wordpress.com/blog/
Dec 18: Diane Saxon http://dianesaxon.blogspot.com/
Dec 19: TF Walsh http://www.tfwalsh.com/
Dec 20: Shiloh Saddler http://shilohsaddler.blogspot.com/
Dec 21: Love, Lust, & Laptops https://lovelustandlaptops.wordpress.com/
Dec 22: Daisy http://daisybanks.wordpress.com/
(I’ll also be offering a second prize on Daisy’s blog, as part of her advent calendar)
Dec 23: Eva Lafoy http://writery.wordpress.com/
Buy Learning New Tricks
Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com/learning-new-tricks-p862.php
Find Allyson Lindt
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/allysonlindt
About Allyson Lindt
Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She prefers that her geeky heroes come with the alpha expansion pack and adores a heroine who can hold her own in a boardroom. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.