I am lucky enough to bring to you, not only a new paranormal history book from Roberta Eaton Cheadle, but also a description of one of the historically accurate meals enjoyed by the folks in “A Ghost and his Gold”…something that sounds delicious, even if I can’t pronounce it! Enjoy and celebrate the tour with Roberta, and check out details below for a great give away offer!!
A Ghost and His Gold Give Away
Each stop on this five-day book blog tour will offer the opportunity to win a $10 Amazon gift voucher. (*Winners must be able to retrieve Amazon US gift vouchers.) Author Roberta Eaton Cheadle will also give away 2 paperback copies of A Ghost and His Gold. All you have to do to enter is drop by each tour stop and leave a comment!
The origins of potjiekos and a recipe:
The Dutch hutspot came into existence at the time of the Siege of Leiden in 1574 during the Eighty Years’ War. Hutspot closely resembles potjiekos as it is a layered mix of vegetables and often meat.
The Leideners survived the siege by eating the cooked bits of vegetables left behind in pots by Spanish soldiers and from this the first hutspot recipe originated. The dish became a symbol of Dutch victory and has subsequently been adapted for the modern palette.
When the Dutch arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in 1652, their tradition of cooking in cast-iron posts came with them. Potjiekos was the perfect dish for the voortrekkers when they trekked into the interior of South African. The pots retained heat well and allowed for the cooking of nutritious stews overnight as they could be left to simmer for hours. The pot was also a good storage container for meat until the next time a potjiekos could be made.
1 kilogram lamb knuckles
1 x packet brown onion soup
1 x packet mutton and vegetable soup
1 x chopped onion
4 x chopped garlic cloves or 2 teaspoons of crushed garlic (ready prepared)
1 x tin chopped tomato
1 x packed tomato puree
1 x mutton stock cube
Black ground pepper
Pour some oil into the pot and allow to heat up. Add chopped onion and chopped garlic and fry until the onions are translucent. Add the lamb knuckles and brown them.
In a measuring jug, prepare the soup mixtures in accordance with the instructions on the packet. Add the soup mixes to the potjie pot.
Add the tinned chopped tomato and tomato puree and then the stock cube and pepper.
Bring to the boil and then reduce the temperature to a simmer. Add the carrots and the potatoes. Keep the pot on a low heat and simmer for 3 to 4 hours until the lamb is tender and the vegetables cooked.
Serve on a bed of rice or mashed potatoes.
A GHOST AND HIS GOLD – BLURB
After Tom and Michelle Cleveland move into their recently built, modern townhouse, their housewarming party is disrupted when a drunken game with an Ouija board goes wrong and summonses a sinister poltergeist, Estelle, who died in 1904.
Estelle makes her presence known in a series of terrifying events, culminating in her attacking Tom in his sleep with a knife. But, Estelle isn’t alone. Who are the shadows lurking in the background – one in an old-fashioned slouch hat and the other, a soldier, carrying a rifle?
After discovering their house has been built on the site of one of the original farms in Irene, Michelle becomes convinced that the answer to her horrifying visions lies in the past. She must unravel the stories of the three phantoms’ lives, and the circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths during the Second Anglo Boer War, in order to understand how they are tied together and why they are trapped in the world of ghosts between life and death. As the reasons behind Estelle’s malevolent behaviour towards Tom unfold, Michelle’s marriage comes under severe pressure and both their lives are threatened.
About Roberta Eaton Cheadle
I am a South African writer specialising in historical, paranormal and horror novels and short stories. I am an avid reader in these genres and my writing has been influenced by famous authors including Bram Stoker, the Bronte sisters, Amor Towles, Stephen Crane, Enrich Maria Remarque, George Orwell, Stephen King, and Colleen McCullough.
I was educated at the University of South Africa where I achieved a Bachelor of Accounting Science in 1996 and a Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science in 1997. I was admitted as a member of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2000.
I have worked in corporate finance from 2001 until the present date and have written seven publications relating to investing in Africa. I have won several awards over my twenty year career in the category of Transactional Support Services.
I have been published a number of anthologies and have two published YA books, While the Bombs Fell and Through the Nethergate. I have recently published my first adult novel called A Ghost and His Gold which is partly set in South Africa during the Second Anglo Boer War.
Other Books by Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Through The Nethergate
Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own.
In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise.
With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.
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