Friday, August 2, 2013

The Real Housewives of Sydney

I have someone famous on the blog today. Yes, Caitlyn Nicholas. Keep reading if you want to find out more. 

What are you reading at the moment?

The Content Makers – Understanding the Media in Australia.  Um, unless you’re studying Journalism, like me, then I’m not sure it’ll be your cup of tea.

Bedtime reading is The Glitter and the Gold, the autobiography of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan. Consuelo married (an arranged marriage) the Duke of Marlborough in 1895 and lived at Blenheim Palace, and the book is the story of her life.  She was an amazing lady, and had a fascinating life.

What is your favourite genre? Now be honest!

Romantic Suspense, of course.  I’ve written six published romantic suspense stories (and about twelve not quite finished ones) so its totally my favourite.   

Please share an inspiring, smutty or funny sentence from a book you’ve read. Or all three if you so choose!

What if it’s an intriguing sentence from a book I’ve written…

The quote is from her newest release. It's fantastic!

Aside from the four C’s (cooking, cleaning, children and chauffeur) what else do you manage to fit into your day?

Writing novels, studying a Masters of Journalism, I’m also addicted to Candy Crush on my phone (I will deny this if ever asked about it ;))

These housewives aren't just pretty faces, they've got brains too! We won't worry about the addiction to Candy Crush. Everyone's got to have one vice, right?

How do you prefer to shop (online or other) and where?

When I reluctantly drag myself to the shops it tends to be Hornsby Westfield.  Chatswood if really living dangerously.

What do you consider to be your best and worst feature?

Best feature: Both my children still alive. (Go me!)
Worst feature: I hate tomatoes.  Hate them. Never met one I liked.

We all love a holiday. Where’s your favourite place to kick back and unwind?

We love anywhere there’s a beach.  We’ll often head to Port Stephens on the NSW coast for a week during the holidays and spend days on the beach or poking around in rock pools.

Heels or flats?

Actually, being slightly short of leg, and having a gigantic husband (he’s 6ft5) I’m a bit of a heels fan.

 An embarrassing moment…

Oh so many to choose from.  I can’t pick just one!

As a gift to all our readers please share one of your favourite recipes?

Chocolate brownies…

110g butter
50g plain chocolate (dark, I use 70% Lindt) Have made it with milk though.
2 eggs, beaten
225g white sugar
50g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g chopped nuts (I use any I have around, walnuts this batch, pecans the last)

Pre-heat oven to 350 F or 180 C

Melt butter and chocolate (I do this in the microwave)
Stir all ingredients into melted butter and chocolate
Bake in oven for 30mins, until the mixture shows signs of shrinking away from the side of the tin, and the centre feels springy. A knife inserted in the centre should come over clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10mins
Eat and Enjoy.

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