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Monday, June 27, 2016

Canadian Food 101: In honour of Canada Day!

Yup, that's me exercising my nationalist pride 

July 1, 2016 is Canada's 149th birthday!  

In honour of that, I'm re-posting one of my older Canada Day posts. Here, you'll find a ton of info on Canadian food and a few of our food traditions.

I've also updated it with a Youtube playlist of some of classic Canadian music, stretching across aaalll kinds of genres from the birth of 80's Canadian hip hop to Leonard Cohen, K'naan, A Tribe Called Red, and more!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Gluten Free Ma'amoul / Middle Eastern fruit-filled biscuit cookies (nut-free, with fig filling and vegan option)

Mmmmm... Ma'amoul, how I've missed you.

There were so many things that kept us apart for the last seven years, but I hung on to the memories of the good times we had. Back when I could eat both gluten and dates and nuts.  

I always wondered if there was some way we could make it work between us.

And now we have... 

In case you didn't know, maamoul is a Middle Eastern cookie / pastry / biscuit much like a fig newton. Except that they're usually filled with date or nut spread and made in a mold (don't worry, you can make them without a mold, too).

They're not too sweet, not too fatty, and go absolutely perfect with a cup of tea or Homemade Turkish Coffee.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway for The Draughtsman's Daughter

Guess what everyone! I'm giving away a paperback copy of The Draughtsman's Daughter (due for release July 1st). All you need to do to enter for the chance to win is sign up with a Goodreads account and be in the US or Canada.

What's it about? Here's the blurb:


Near the Land of the Dead:
Iset is juggling a gang of tomb robbers, a younger brother, a sick mother, and a multitude of secrets that could ruin the lives of her close-knit family. Just as she learns her life is in danger, she runs straight into the most unusual man she's ever seen. Can she trust him to help her, or will he hasten her demise?

Batr, one of the queen's Royal Guard, is determined to find the men behind the desecration of a nobleman's tomb. But when he's drawn into a web of mystery, he finds Iset at the centre of it all. And she's the most intriguing woman he's ever met.

Meanwhile, in the court of Abdju:
When Raia learns her father’s tomb has been robbed, she resolves to see the perpetrators punished. Aided by Makae, Batr’s twin brother, they uncover a series of confidences that force Raia to question everything she’s ever known.

Follow the two couples through the painted tombs of the Land of the Dead and into the treacherous world of ancient nobility as they seek a gang of dangerous thieves who threaten the peace of both the living and the dead.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Draughtsman's Daughter by Danielle S. LeBlanc

The Draughtsman's Daughter

by Danielle S. LeBlanc

Giveaway ends July 03, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Of course, if you can't wait, you can pre-order your copy today from one of the following eBook suppliers:

* Kindle
* Barnes & Noble
* iTunes
* Kobo
* Inktera 

 Haven't read the other books in the series yet? No worries! Each book is a standalone, so they can be read out of order. Want to stay up to date on other giveaways, or get book extras?  

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Book #3 in my Ancient Egyptian Romances series available for Pre-Order now!

Woot woot! Guess what everybody?! The Draughtsman's Daughter is available for pre-order right now! 

Release date is July 1, 2016 (Canada Day, for my fellow Canucks). 

Pre-Order your Kindle copy today, or stay tuned for updates on giveaways, promo stuff, and other ordering options. 

Wanna know what it's about? Check out the back cover copy below!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Gluten Free Lemon and Lavender Bread

I planted some lavender in a pot on my deck recently, and have been so impatient for it to grow big enough that I could use some leaves to bake with! Finally, last week I decided I could clip off a little and the first thing I wanted to try was lavender bread.

Most of the lavender bread recipes I found were quick breads, sweet and buttery and likely good with a cup of tea. But I didn't want a sugary sweet bread, though, I wanted one that I could have reasonably guilt free with breakfast, but still carry that delicate lavender flavour, with a touch of citrus to accent it.

So this recipe is a yeast bread (that doesn't need rising time), modeled off the gluten free rosemary beer / soda bread in my cookbook, Cooking and Baking with Gluten Free Beer.

It's a quick, easy, real loaf-sized bread that pairs well with jam or feta cheese. It's also soft, yet sturdy, so you could even make a sandwich out of it, if you like! It's sturdy enough that you can make nice, thin slices, too.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

I'm a day behind on my meal planning due to a wretched migraine yesterday, but I finally got around to it today, so here's this week's gluten free meal plan!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Easy Gluten Free Ragout, Greek-Inspired with Vegan Option

Ragout is a very flexible dish - made with or without meat - generally cooked slowly, over low heat. It's another one of those meals that can be different every time, depending on what's in the fridge, once you get the basics.

You all know I like a quick, one pot meal, so of course I had to tweak this dish to make it fast and easy. This recipe is inspired by a ragout my husband had the last time we were in Greece, staying in the small town of Sparta, eating in one of the handful of restaurants there. The cheesy Greek music and dirty pink walls were less than appealing, but the food was excellent!

So to appease my husband, who appreciates only having to wash one pot after dinner, I made this gluten free version of Spartan ragout!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

For this week's meal plan my main issue is that I'm having people over for dinner two nights in a row.

My plan? Serve Mediterranean & Middle Eastern tapas both nights.

It's the easiest thing to do, as most tapas can be served at room temp so I don't have to worry about timing everything so that it's warm. All I do is arrange everything on serving dishes, then pack it up and store them until the next night. It's a little trick I learned while in the Middle East and watching women cook for big families for the whole week. They made salads, cheese, sliced veggies, and all kinds of things to last for days.

So I've included a list of a few of the things I'll be serving, in case you want to have your own assortment of tapas!

Another Kindle Giveaway of my #Romance Novel

Guess what?! I'm running another #AmazonGiveaway. 

That means you can enter for the chance to win a FREE Kindle copy of my novel, In the Court of Kemet

All you need to do is click here, or on the above picture, sign in to your account, and follow my author page. 

There are 3 copies up for grabs, and the giveaway ends May 28, 2016. 

Sorry, US accounts only (Amazon's rules). 

Good luck! 


Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Here we go again! Another week of mostly vegan, gluten free breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (and a few snacks). 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Vegan, Gluten Free Easy Homemade Barbeque Sauce Recipe

You know I never used to be a huge fan of barbeque sauce. I didn't think it was really all that useful. However, my husband loves it, so I thought I'd try making some gluten free BBQ sauce (since buying it can be really expensive!)

It's a darn good thing I gave it a shot, because it turns out I can put this BBQ sauce on just about anything and my husband will eat it! Furthermore, I have discovered a newfound appreciation for this tangy stuff. It's so good you could eat it straight off the spoon.

And I have. I've been looking for excuses to dip a spoon into the jar, and this little photo shoot was the perfect opporunity ;)

Now that we're heading into BBQ season, it seemed like an appropriate time to post this easy recipe!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan

Last weekend I didn't meal plan because we were invited at the last minute to join some friends at a lovely cabin on the waterfront off the coast of British Columbia. It was a wonderful little getaway, but now that I'm back in the real world, I'm back at meal planning!

The weather is definitely heating up here, so there are a couple of my "warm-weather" dishes this week, including sushi and green juice.

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