Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Cooking with Author Han Gibson!

Welcome to the Patchwork Quilt!

Thanks, Han, for joining us here and for sharing a recipe and your books.

Han Gibson: I was actually surprised not to have to go and think about which recipe to share. My ultimate dish is a childhood favourite and traditional coconut milk tart / pudding I adjusted to suit a busy family.

Makes 4-5 standard tarts.

Crust:  4-5 packets of coconut shortbread biscuits. Crumble and add a bit of coconut oil or butter until it makes a dough. Press out thinly into tart dishes and normal bake until golden brown or crispy.

Filling: In a large, heavy bottomed pot, place 2 cups brown sugar (or less to taste), one and a half litres of milk and 8oz (226gr) of butter. Bring to the boil over a high heat stirring continuously. While waiting to boil, blend 3/4 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of corn starch with a bit of milk or water. Add 4 large, beaten eggs to the flour mix and add to the pot when contents tart to boil. Put on low heat and keep on beating the filling to avoid lumps. Boil for 4-5 minutes or until the taste of the flour is no longer evident. Add 5ml of vanilla essence or real vanilla. When the mixture is stiffening, pour out into the cooled crusts. 

Allow to cool. Sprinkle cinnamon powder over cooled tarts and refrigerate until cold.

Devour everything in one sitting.  

Alice:  I think I will devour in one sitting. This Milk Tart has so many of my favorite flavors---shortbread, brown sugar, vanilla, and that creamy custard.

Tell us about yourself and your  books. You had a traumatic experience that led you to write an autobiography and then your fiction. How awful to have to go through the accident for you and your family!

Han Gibson: In 2004 I was caught up in a cooking oil explosion, sustaining third degree burns to 35% of my body including my face and both hands. I twice went into cardiac arrest and was resuscitated by the emergency personnel. It took quite a while for me to get back to functionality, with healing, physiotherapy and two small children to contend with (my baby was seven weeks old when the accident occurred.)

In 2008, after the scarring finally started to heal with the products my husband had developed for me, he gave me a laptop, encouraging me to stop saying that I would one day like to write a book and actually do it.

One book quickly became a 2-million-word series packed full of reading excitement.

After the autobiography about my near death experience, Living a Multidimensional Life, The Han Storm Saga continues to unfold.

The Chronicles of Han is loosely categorized by readers as real life past life adventures enhanced with metaphysical/paranormal undertones, a good dash of romance and a sprinkle of horror.

It was not my original intention for people to grow and heal through reading The Chronicles of Han. I started to write the books to heal myself. My husband and a host of fans cannot wait to read the rest of my re-tellings, finding them extremely exciting stories.

If you love Avatar, The Matrix, Dune, Stargate or Lord of the Rings, these books will suit you.

My books are not on Amazon. You will have to purchase directly from me. Some books are available for free on Smashwords.

You can contact Han Gibson at these social media places:
Facebook: @ChroniclesofHan

Alice: Thank you, for joining us, Han, and sharing here!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

There's nothing more dangerous . . . A chance to win our new cutting board!

So when my husband and I find a quote we like, we often engrave it onto a cutting board.

A few nights ago we watched the movie, The Wife (based on the 2003 book by Meg Wolitzer.). When actress Glenn Close said this line, we had to rewind and listen again. And again. I elbowed my husband and he grinned at me.

Here's the quote: "There's nothing more dangerous than a writer whose feelings have been hurt."

As a writer, I can relate to that line. Can you?

So, the quote has been engraved and the cutting board is ready to view.

Here's your chance to win our bamboo cutting board. Simply follow the instructions below to win this 13 3/4" x 9 3/4" bamboo cutting board. It's free to enter.

You can also find out more about this cutting board here at our Etsy shop.

Enter the contest:
1) Post a comment in reply to the statement: "There's nothing more dangerous than a writer whose feelings have been hurt."  Agree with the line? Disagree? Have a witty line to tell us?
2) Must be in the USA to enter and win.
3) Names will be drawn (without peeking) later this month.
4) The winner will be notified on Facebook in a message from me.
5) Once the winner has provided her/his address to me, the winner will be sent this engraved bamboo cutting board.

Leave your comment below.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Cooking With Author Yvonne Robertson!

Today I welcome author Yvonne Robertson to the Patchwork Quilt Blog's segment, Cooking With Authors.

Yvonne Robertson was born in Holm in the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland. She grew up in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. Her father was from The Shetland Islands, the most northerly part of Scotland and closer to Norway than to the Scottish mainland. Her mother came from the beautiful county of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland. She has four brothers and one sister.

In 2007 Yvonne, her husband, and sons, made the momentous decision to relocate to the USA. They packed up and moved 4000 miles to Atlanta, Georgia where they still live today.

Yvonne has a recipe for us.  It looks delicious.

Sticky Toffee Pudding 


     100g/3½oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
     175g/6oz light muscovado or brown sugar
     2 large eggs
     225g/8oz self-raising flour
     1 tsp baking powder
     1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
     3 tbsp black molasses
     275ml/9½fl oz full-fat milk
     Whipping cream or vanilla ice cream, to serve

For the sauce

100g/3½oz butter
125g/4½oz light muscovado or brown sugar
1 tbsp black molasses
300ml/10fl oz whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla essence


1.    Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Butter a wide shallow 1.7-litre/3-pint ovenproof dish.
2.    Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and molasses into a mixing bowl. Beat using an electric handheld whisk for about 30 seconds or until combined. Pour in the milk gradually and whisk again until smooth. Pour into the prepared dish. Bake for 35–40 minutes or until well risen and springy in the center.
3.    To make the sauce, put all the ingredients into a saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted. Bring to the boil, stirring for a minute.
4.    To serve, pour half the sauce over the pudding in the baking dish. Serve with the cream or ice cream.

About the Book . . .

Cuckoo in the Nest: Lauren is the first book in a contemporary romance trilogy, each has a 'Happy for now' ending but there is continuing suspense that's revealed in the third book. The second book is also available and the third will be released in a couple of weeks.
The beautiful Baker triplets, Lauren, Madison and Angel.

Children's book illustrator Lauren Baker takes a break from work and goes to Scotland to try and uncover the truth behind her birth almost three decades earlier, after a shocking death bed confession by their father. He admits in his confused state that he and his wife Nancy were not the birth parents, but the sisters don't know which one of them he was talking about.

Reeling from the implications, she rents a cottage in the quaint Scottish village in the beautiful Angus countryside to begin her search for the truth. Distraction is the order of the day however in the form of local Adonis Dr. Daniel Reece and his adorable son Dylan. Innocent Lauren finds herself caught up in a love affair so intoxicating she puts it above all else.

And then there's Anna, his late wife's sister, cold, calculating, beautiful and out to catch Daniel, anyway she can. When Lauren finds evidence that Daniel has been intimate with him, she flees from him, her heart crushed.

From the bright lights of Atlanta to the beautiful Scottish countryside, follow these strong, independent women as they fight to uncover the truth about their identity and find love and passion along the way.

This is Lauren's story. 

See more about her novel and get a copy of Cuckoo in the Nest: Lauren here on Amazon.

So glad you joined us today, Yvonne!