Monday, June 22, 2020

Special Guest Post: Bad Fairies & Cabbage Patch Stew

Title: Bad Fairy
Series: A Bad Fairy Adventure (Book One)
Author: Elaine Kaye
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Fantasy Middle Grade
Length: 66 pages
Age Range: 8-12

Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.

Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

Recipe for "Cabbage Patch Stew" from Bad Fairy

Cabbage Patch Stew is Thistle’s favorite meal in Bad Fairy.

In real life, I made Cabbage Patch Stew for my kids from an old recipe I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I still make cabbage patch stew a couple of times a year.

When I had to write about Thistle and her family eating dinner together, I immediately thought of cabbage patch stew, because with words like “cabbage” and “patch” it just sounds like something fairies would eat.

One medium-sized onion, chopped
One large green bell pepper, chopped
Three stalks of celery, chopped
2 cups of chopped cabbage
One 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
Two 15-oz cans stewed tomatoes
Two 15-oz cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
½ teaspoon garlic powder (more to taste)
11/2 teaspoon chili powder (more to taste)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar

- Chop celery, onion, and green pepper. Sauté with oil until almost done.
- Mix chopped vegetables, and chopped cabbage in a pot.
- Add the can of crushed tomatoes, can of kidney beans, and both cans of stewed tomatoes.
- Add garlic powder, chili powder, and brown sugar, to taste.
- Cook until cabbage is tender.
- If you desire more broth, add water.
*Feel free to add more or less cabbage or other vegetables. 



As I fly through the front door, I smell my favorite dinner—cabbage patch stew. I stand next to Mom, who is still at the stove, stirring the pot. I give her a big hug.

She turns and smiles at me. “What’s that for? Did you get into trouble again?”

I roll my eyes. “No, Mom. I didn’t get into trouble. I just love cabbage patch stew, that’s all.” Shrugging my shoulders, I grab plates for the table.

The table is ready when she calls me over to the counter. “We still have enough time to make dill weed biscuits. You can start on that since you know how. I’ll help you as soon as I finish this salad.” She’s chopping up dandelion greens and other delicious weeds. I get right to work on the biscuits. Maybe I am a “good” fairy after all.



Eligibility: International

Number of Winners: One

Giveaway Ends: July 1, 2020 12:00am Eastern Standard Time

Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup DisasterBad Fairy is her middle grade debut and the first of A Bad Fairy Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. 

She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

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  1. Cabbage patch stew sounds good - and co-incidentally I had a Chinese Cabbbage stirfry for dinner this evening.
    I am really pleased to have seen Elaine's book featured on several blogs today. I hope the launch goes really, really well.

  2. Sounds like a fun story. And the recipe sounds very yummy, I'll try that! Thanks for sharing, hugs, Valerie

  3. Congrats to Elaine! And awesome that Elaine is sharing a recipe too.

  4. Nice to see that Elaine's book is receiving some blogger highlights. Congratulations on its release. Have a lovely week and thanks for sharing.

  5. Sounds like a cute book! And that recipe looks yummy! Going to make it soon!


  6. This sounds like such a sweet story! Something I would have love while a middle-grade reader :) Cabbage patch stew sounds really interesting and tasty!

  7. The book sounds good, thanks for the recipe

  8. This is an adorable story. I bet your local library would love a copy. Good idea.

  9. Sounds a great book.
    Cabbage patch stew sounds interesting …

    All the best Jan


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