Friday, November 27, 2015

Featured Guest Author: Rhys Ford is sharing recipes on the tour for the release of her new book Fish Stick Fridays includes Giveaway


Please join us in welcoming the lovely Rhys Ford to Sinfully. She has a delicious recipe to share with us and don’t forget to check out the wonderful Children’s Book giveaway.


Skip to the recipe if you’ve already seen this part. *grins*

When I first thought about writing Fish Stick Fridays, it was a lot darker than it turned out. I know. I’ll let you have a moment to be shocked and amazed. But then I wrote it and its innards changed, softening a bit. A lot of that change had to do with building a relationship between Deacon and his niece, Zig and then adding Lang into the mix.

I went round and round on the title. Nothing was working. They were decent titles. Hell, Mary Calmes even stole one of them for her own book but nothing was fitting the story. Then I said… why the hell aren’t I calling it what it is? Fish Stick Fridays.

That might seem a random, odd title and kind of off. But see, it’s not so much about the actual fish sticks or Fridays. It’s about what Fish Stick Fridays represents. For Zig and Deacon, it’s about being together, in a home. An actual home. Where Fridays means no vegetables but cups of hot cocoa and maybe eating in front of the television. It means a place to come to and find a family—their family.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Deacon knows how to cook gourmet meals but he can cook. So for this blog tour, it’s all about cooking out of the pantry—cheap, relatively easy and cobbling together meals from fresh, canned, and jarred food. So much of Deacon’s cooking on the fly really is about how to maximize time and using what’s in the pantry. We don’t have a lot of time in our lives. That’s a fact. But we can make do. Making do is so very much a kitchen life hack.

So for this tour, I am sharing some comfort food recipes even Deacon can make and it took him a bit to get the fish sticks and blue box macaroni & cheese right. Follow all of the blog tour stops and get a new comfort food recipe every day. Recipes include:

• Fried Chicken

• Beef Stew

• Portuguese Watercress Soup

• Nutty Mushroom Pasta

• Fried Rice

• Lasagna

• Kalua Pig

• Mac Salad / Loco Moco

• Pad Thai

• Shoyu Chicken

What’s the Giveaway? Because there is ALWAYS a giveaway… Leave a comment or enter the Rafflecopter if the blog uses one and hopefully win the right to tell me where to send a set of childrens’ books to a library or charity of your choice. Book sets will randomly chosen from a list and cost between $20 and $50 USD and donated in your name.

Also, if you want a gluten free way to thicken soups and stews… and soupy potato salad, use instant mashed potato flakes. You’ll see me say that time and time again through the blog tour. It also adds a layer of flavour. I sometimes grab the garlic and herb instant potato packets and just keep them for when I need to thicken a stew.

And now, for what’s next in Deacon’s recipe book.


The Portuguese came over to Hawai’i in a huge immigration wave along with other ethnicities. There was work to be found in the cane fields and from this intense mingling of cultures, Hawai’i’s local language pidgin slowly evolved. It’s considered an actual language, a type of creole. A lot of cultural dishes also had to be bastardized due to lack of certain foods and resources. Originally this dish used young kale but that wasn’t available in Hawai’i. Instead, watercress was used. For this recipe, you can use watercress, tender kale or any type of hearty green like collard or turnip greens. This will be a crock pot recipe or on the stove for hours as it uses ham hocks and those need to be tenderized.

Portuguese Watercress Soup

3 WatercressSoupStep One

4 smoked ham hocks (Or 1 lb ham cut into chunks but the hocks are traditional.)

32 oz Beef broth

1 medium onion, chopped

3 T garlic

Step Two

1 lb browned Portuguese sausage (Use kielbasa or Lil Smokies)

2 small bay leaves

3 medium potatoes, chopped

1 lb watercress, washed and chopped roughly (or young kale or greens)

2 14 oz can of kidney beans

Salt and pepper to taste

Step Three

Instant mashed potatoes

Toss everything under step one into a very large soup pot and let simmer until hocks are soft. Make sure hocks are covered. If not enough liquid, add water. You can also do this in a pressure cooker. If using ham, then simmer the ham for about half an hour.

When hocks are soft, try to remove as many of the bones as you can. I prefer to leave the ones with marrow in the soup but not everyone likes it.

Add the ingredients in step two. The greens will need some punching down into the broth. Mix it all in well. Then let simmer for an hour. Then taste.

Thicken with instant mashed potatoes. Add a little bit at a time but not so much it thickens to a gruel. This binds the soup together a little bit and distributes the flavours.

Serve with buttered sourdough bread.


Fish Stick Fridays

Rhys Ford


Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press 

Published ~ 30th November 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary Mystery/Suspense M/M Romance



Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suited him just fine—until his baby sister died and he found himself raising her little girl.
Staring down a family history of bad decisions and reaped consequences, Deacon cashes in everything he owns, purchases an auto shop in Half Moon Bay, and takes his niece, Zig, far away from the drug dens and murderous streets they grew up on. Zig deserves a better life than what he had, and Deacon is determined to give it to her.
Lang Harris is stunned when Zig, a little girl in combat boots and a purple tutu blows into his bookstore, and then he’s left speechless when her uncle, Deacon Reid walks in, hot on her heels. Lang always played it safe but Deacon tempts him to step over the line… just a little bit.
More than a little bit. And Lang is willing to be tempted.
Unfortunately, Zig isn’t the only bit of chaos dropped into Half Moon Bay. Violence and death strikes leaving Deacon scrambling to fight off a killer before he loses not only Zig but Lang too.

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Meet Rhys Ford

!Bioheadshot_Rhys FordRhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys  admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur, and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.

If you’ve actually read this, yay! I need coffee. We should have coffee.


For more books by Rhys Ford check out her




Leave a comment and hopefully win the right to tell me where to send a set of childrens’ books to a library or charity of your choice. Book sets will randomly chosen from a list and cost between $20 and $50 USD and donated in your name.


The Tour

Nov 25 • It’s About the Book:

Nov 26 • Joyfully Jay

Nov 27 • Sinfully:

Nov 29 • Gay Guy Reading:

Nov 30 • Boys In Our Books:

Dec 1 • The Blogger Girls:

Dec 2 • Love Bytes:

Dec 3 • Prism Alliance:

Dec 4 • Boy Meets Boy:

Dec 5 • The Novel Approach:


  1. Got to admit I'm not totally sold on this recipe. Might give it to my mum to try out for me!

  2. I like new soup recipes. Soup is a staple at our house.

  3. Looks delicious..I've had ham hocks but never cooked them on my own so this recipe makes me nervous.

  4. This synopsis sounds great. I do love an mm romance with a child as a key side character. As per the soup - I can imagine the sausage adds a beautiful smoky flavour. @HojuRose

  5. Oh - that soup looks yummy. We just had some yummy Boar's Head Kielbasa that I bet would be perfect in this soup.

  6. I love to make soup, especially when the weather turns cold - nothing like hot soup and fresh bread on a cold day! But this recipe is maybe not for me - I'll have to do some hunting for a vegetarian version, or just make one up! Could be fun!

    1. Hi Mandy, Congratulations! ~ you have been chosen as our lucky winner for this post. An email is on it's way to you :-)

    2. That's so cool! Thank you!

  7. Not a huge fan of watercress, but soup is always good.

  8. I eat a lot of soup in the winter.

  9. I've never had this soup, it sounds yummy!