Natasha Duncan-Drake – Author

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Pseudonyms: Tasha D-Drake, Tasha Duncan

Bio

Natasha is a British author with Wittegen Press and has been publishing genre fiction since 2011. Her work includes everything from horror to young adult fantasy and she has never met a genre she didn’t like. A prolific producer of short stories and novels alike, Natasha currently has over twenty five titles in her back catalogue with further releases always imminent.

Natasha has been writing since she was a young girl ever since she read The Hobbit at Primary School. She is a big fan of science fiction, fantasy and horror in all their forms and is a big advocate of fanfiction as a great tool for writers to polish their skills in a welcoming and supportive community.

Before establishing Wittegen Press with her twin sister, Sophie Duncan, Natasha was a database and systems consultant. She combines these skills with her writing to create and manage her career in the bold new eBook market.

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Caramelised Onion and Goats Cheese Frittata

Caramelised Onion & Goats Cheese Frittata

#Vegetarian #GlutenFree

Now this recipe is very versatile and you can basically add anything you want, as long as it is cooked in advance or will cook in the same time as the frittata. So for meat lovers, make sure to cook bacon or sausage before adding it in. This method is for the air fryer, but you can also make it in a skillet and pop it in the oven to finish off.

serves 2-3 people or 4 with sides

Equipment

  • Air fryer or oven proof skillet/frying pan and oven
  • baking tin that fits in the air fryer
  • grease proof paper
  • med bowl
  • whisk

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs
  • 160ml (2/3 cup) milk 
  • ~4 tbsp caramelised onions (use your preferred method - I do something like this Instant Pot Caramelised Onions this is A Stove Top Method - they keep in the fridge well)
  • 45g (~1/4 cup) soft goats cheese
  • 30g smoked cheese (optional)
  • handful of frozen peas
  • sprinkling of grated cheese (I use a pre-grated four cheese mix, but mozzarella would do, it's mostly for the crust)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

Air Fryer

  • Line your baking tin with greaseproof paper on the bottom - as you can see from the image, I use a cake liner, but that's because my springform tin leaks - ask me how I know 😏. In the photos I hadn't cut down my liner, but now I cut off about a cm at the top, which prevents it folding inwards.
  • Spread the caramelised onions over the base of the lined tin.
  • Beat together the eggs, milk and seasoning (you can add other herbs here too if you like - rosemary would be good).

Eggs milk and seasoning in a bowl

  • Pour into the baking tin.
  • Dot in the goats cheese and smoked cheese in little lumps and scatter in the peas.
  • Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.

Frittata in the air fryer ready to be baked.

  • Pre-heat the air fryer to 150C /300F (my air fryer is an Instant Pot Pro Crisp)
  • Pop the frittata in the air fryer and cook for ~20mins or until set in the middle (use a knife to test it). My baking tin is quite deep, so it takes longer, but start at 20 and keep checking.

Cooke frittata
As you can see my liner folded over, which is why I trim them now.

or

Oven/Hob

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
  • Heat a little oil in the frying pan on the hob.
  • Add the onions on the base of the frying pan and pour in the egg/milk mixture.
  • Dot in the goats cheese and smoked cheese and peas.
  • Cook until the bottom is just set.
  • Sprinkle over the grated cheese and pop in the oven for 10-15 mins until set.

This comes out as a light and fluffy frittata which is delicious on its own or served with potatoes and veggies.


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Author: Tasha Duncan-Drake
Posted: November 28, 2021, 10:24 am

Recipe: Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Cauliflower Cheese Soup

This is a lovely, filling soup, comforting and warm with some deep wintery flavours. Now the first part of the recipe where we roast the cauli is optional, but it really enhances the flavour of the soup, so only skip it if you really don't have time. 

I made my soup using my Instant Pot Pro Crisp, which is an air fryer and a pressure cooker (I really wanted to try it out since it's new and I had only used the air fryer part once), but it is totally possible using an oven and a large saucepan.

As long as you check your stock, this recipe is gluten free and vegetarian. To make it vegan, swap out the cheddar cheese for a vegan alternative and maybe a bit of nutritional yeast to boost the flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can (400ml/14oz) coconut milk
  • 1lt vegetable (or chicken if you don't mind it not being vegetarian) low sodium stock
  • 150g shredded mature cheddar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the cauliflower into medium sized florets, then cut each in half.
  2. Mix the turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. In a large bowl add 1tbsp olive oil to the cauliflower and make sure it is all coated, then add the mixed spices and toss until each floret is covered.
  4. Optional, but recommended - Roast the cauliflower: in the air fryer, place in the basket and roast at 200C (390F) for around 15 mins, giving it a shake at regular intervals, or until the edges of the cauli have browned nicely - in the oven, spread the cauli on a large baking sheet and pop it in at 220C (425F) and roast for 20 mins, turning the cauli ever 5 mins or so.
  5. Chop the onion into medium sized pieces.
  6. Sauté the onion: for an Instant Pot, press the saute option on high, for the hob, put a large saucepan over a med to high heat and add the other tbsp of olive oil with the onion. Cook the onion, stirring constantly until it is going golden, but not crisping on the edges.
  7. Bruise and add the garlic cloves and cook for another minute until it is fragrant.
  8. Add the cauliflower (if you would like, reserve some of the cauli as a garnish, but I totally forgot) to the pot and mix with the onion.
  9. Add the coconut milk and the stock and stir to combine.
  10. Cook until the onion is melting away and the cauli is so tender it is breaking up. Instant Pot - put on the lid, pressure cook for 10 min and do an instant pressure release. Hob - simmer for 15-20 mins.
  11. Taste the soup, add more seasoning if necessary, but remember the cheese will add salt. I also added some garlic powder at this point because pressure cooking can mute garlic flavour.
  12. Add the cheese to the pot and using a stick/immersion blender, blend the soup until it is smooth.
Serve with something crunchy sprinkled on top, or your reserved cauliflower as a garnish. Those little crunchy fake bacon bits would be really nice, or real crispy bacon, or croutons, or crunchy onions - the options are limitless.


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Author: Tasha Duncan-Drake
Posted: November 13, 2021, 8:44 am
Tales with Tasha - OFFICIAL LAUNCH DAY

OFFICIAL LAUNCH DAY
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The mico!fiction countdown is complete and it's time for the first official long video on my new, narrated fiction YouTube channel:

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Tales With Tasha - Spine Tingling Ghost Story

Ali works at the Chatham Historic Dockyards as a night security guard. He's new at it, but he likes it, and it suits his university schedule. There's only one rule that seems weird: Do not do rounds between 3 and 3:05am. It has to be a joke, right?

Come on over and enjoy the spine tingling ghost story I have in store for you.

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Author: Tasha Duncan-Drake
Posted: October 29, 2021, 3:00 pm