Not literally, but something in it hits you between the eyes with its familiarity? This happened to me a few times reading Inkwell's own Julianna Deering's Death At Thorburn Hall (excellent mystery--grab it if you haven't already!).
For one thing, there's a female ginger cat in the story, which is somewhat uncommon as most gingers are male, which the characters discuss But I have a sweet little ginger girl, too, in real life. For another, the book is set in Scotland, just like my current release A Mother For His Family, and coincidentally, certain characters do something illegal that's almost identical. I'll say no more there, except to note that DeAnna (Julianna herself) and I have chatted many times during the writing of our most recent releases, but never about our stories.
But the thing that made me very excited was the inclusion of one of my favorite comfort foods, Rumbledethumps (or as I know them, Rumpledethumps). Drew and company ate this dish in the story, and I'm pleased to inform you they enjoyed it. Of course they did. If I am sad, cold, sick, or it's St. Patrick's Day, this is what I yearn for.
Rumbledethumps is a Scottish dish comprised of potato, cabbage and onion. The Irish have something similar in colcannon, and English have bubble and squeak. Or, if we're branching out a bit, the Germans have sauerkrautauflauf. Rumbledethumps can be a main dish, side dish, or served with sausage or another meat.
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So dive right in, make up a dish, and dine like Drew and Madeleine on holiday at The Open in Scotland.
2 lbs. potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks, and boiled until tender
2-3 c. chopped green cabbage
2 leeks, washed and chopped (white part only)
2 c. chopped broccoli
2 T. butter
3/4 c. milk, adding more if necessary
1 t. salt
a few dashes nutmeg
2 c. grated cheddar cheese
While potatoes are cooking, preheat your broiler. Combine vegetables and a half cup of water in a large skillet. Cover and cook around ten minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.
When potatoes are tender, drain the water and mash them with the butter, milk, salt and nutmeg. Combine potatoes and green vegetables. Spread the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and place under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is hot.
Enjoy, and pretend you're in Britain!
Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com