Monday, February 11, 2013

Tasty Tropical Treats for an Exotic Valentine's Day

Today's guests are friends of mine who are both authors of steamy romance. Julia reached out to me as a new blogger and Penny reached out to me through our mutual contact with Julia.
Julia, a former caterer and restaurateur  is an awesome cook and grows a lot of her own produce.  One of my favorite of her books is BEAUTY AND THE FEAST. 

Penny likes a good drink, hard or soft, and often posts delicious drink recipes on her blog  She also has a penchant for beardy lumberjacks and dachsunds. Her latest book is a children's story called LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE. They teamed up to bring you an exotic Valentine's repast.   And, since Julia's recipe uses a rotisserie chicken, it is an easy time saver too!

by Penny Watson and Julia Rachel Barrett

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We all know the traditional treats to serve on Valentine’s Day: chocolate-dipped strawberries, glasses of bubbly champagne, maybe a platter of oysters to “set the mood.” But what if you’re looking for something a little more daring and exotic to serve your loved one for the holiday?

How about something hot, something spicy, with a cool, refreshing, tropical cocktail?

Julia and I have concocted an exotic treat for Valentine’s Day. If your special someone appreciates fine food and likes a little bit of heat (in and out of the bedroom…wink, wink) then this delicious Thai dinner will be the perfect meal. I would serve it with a chilled fruit salad of mango, kiwi, strawberries and pineapple. Topped with some star fruit for fun.

Here’s our tasty treat for an exotic Valentine’s Day: Mango Martinis and Thai Pulled Chicken Sandwiches.

Julia’s Tiny Thai Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

1 rotisserie chicken, remove the meat from the bone and shred by hand.  Set aside.

2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 large shallots, sliced
Saute garlic and shallots in 1 Tbs. Canola Oil until soft.

1/2 cup non-hydrogenated crunchy peanut butter
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 Thai chili or 2 tsp. dried chili flakes (or to taste)
1 tsp. Thai red curry 
Warm chicken stock as needed.

Put the above ingredients in a food processor or blender.  Add the cooked garlic and shallots.  Process, adding chicken stock a Tbs. at a time until the peanut sauce is smooth.  
Coat the shredded chicken with the peanut sauce.
Serve on potato rolls accompanied by shredded cabbage, lettuce, carrots and cilantro.

Penny’s Favorite Mango Martini

2 oz. mango nectar
1 oz. mango rum
splash of cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it up and strain into a frosty cold martini glass. Garnish with pieces of fruit. Enjoy!

If you’re also looking for some sexy reading material to spice up your Valentine’s Day festivities, why not try Julia’s The Daughters of Persephone Series, a space opera. Julia is giving away a print copy of  her hot and sexy space story: CAPTURED.

Or if you’re wishing your husband was actually a big, bearded lumberjack, try reading Penny’s book Lumberjack In Love. And, Penny is giving  away a print copy!

We hope you all have a romantic and tasty holiday!

Penny and Julia



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  1. I'm going to have to try out the Mango Martini,it looks just delish! Thank you Penny and Julia for stopping by and sharing these fabulous recipes with us, today. Penny your tweets always put a smile on my face. Have a great week, ladies.

  2. Both recipes look really good. There are several foods that I really like together. My favorite by far is fried potatoes and when they are almost done, pour a couple of scrambled eggs on top and cook until done. That's some great comfort food right there.

  3. That pulled chicken recipe has been copied :)! Pizza and beer (and I don't like beer ;) are a great combination. I also love a mocha with biscotti.
    Thank you!


  4. I love specific things together like Milkshake and Fries, tomatoes with A1 and ice cream and brownies. ;)


  5. Hi all, thanks for visiting! Happy early Valentine's Day. Been under the weather, but thanks to Penny hauled myself out of bed to stop by! Enjoy the recipes and the books! Julia

  6. Thanks for having us on your blog hop! I can't believe Valentine's Day is this week. One of the treats I'm making is lemon cookies with fresh lemon curd from Julia's garden.

    Happy Valentine's Day to all!



  7. The recipes both look great, but I'd have to go with the Mango Martini. I've just discovered Martinis in the last few years, thanks to my DIL, and am working my way through the different flavors.

  8. Both recipes look super yum, but I may have to try that mango martini tonight! I'm a martini girl and can't pass one up.

  9. Those looks sooo good... Lol I love a Sex on the Beach or a mud slide on dates with hubby as i can let loose lol... I do like a frozen martini though... But at the house i have a glass of wine.

  10. The recipes look very yummy. My favorite combination is chocolate milk. It can be hot or cold.

  11. I'm a former bartender, so I'll have to try out that mango martini soon! Yum! Some of my favorite combos are ice-cream with apple pie, and mac and cheese with mashed potatoes. Mmmmm

  12. my fav combination is omelette with mashed potato, thanks for sharing the recipes, looks yummie.


  13. Not really...I don't drink alcohol. I like sweat tea or water with just about anything. So I guess I am pretty boring!

  14. Mango Mojitos with Lemon Chicken Piccata ... or Peach Sangrias with a chicken cobb salad.

  15. Dark Chocolate and dry white wine...bacon & chocolate.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  16. Book Attict That sounds good , Cabernets go well with chocolate too.
    TBL What IS sweet tea anyway!
    Everyone eggs and potatoes seem popular.
    I never heard of a frozen martini!
    mac and cheese with potatoes!
    thanks for coming by!


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