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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Recipe: Delicious Focaccia

Recipe: Delicious Focaccia

So I made a focaccia this weekend that was utterly delicious and a lovely chewy texture, so I thought I'd share the recipe. It is based on this one by Kitchen and Craft on Youtube, but I changed is up a little, so here is my version. This vid is very good for technique though, very, very useful for all new to making focaccia, so definitely watch it. You may also prefer their recipe.


Ingredients

  • 600g/4.5cups Strong Bread Flour
  • 1 sachet of fast action yeast (7g)
  • 450g warm water (38-39C / 100-105F this is approx blood temp, so if you don't have a thermometer, check it with your little finger, if it feels hot, it's too warm, if it feel cool it's too cold)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

toppings - dried rosemary, garlic granules, sea salt granules

Equipment

  • 2 large bowls
  • 1 med bowl
  • large 35x26cm baking pan (~14x10 inches)

Method

  1. Put the flour in one of the large bowls and add the yeast and mix through, making a well in the centre.
  2. Put the warm water in the med bowl and add the salt, making sure it dissolves fully.
  3. Add the salt water to the well in the flour, then add the olive oil as well.
  4. Bring the flour and liquid together (I put a little bit of oil on my fingers so the dough doesn't cling completely to them) until it's homogenised.
  5. Grease the second large bowl and transfer the dough to it (a bench scraper/dough scraper is really useful for this, but use a spatula if you don't have one - best not to use a hand since the dough will be very sticky).
  6. For this bit, it is definitely a good idea to lightly grease our fingers with oil as well. Grab a chunk of dough (about a third) from the side and drag it up and over the top, tucking it onto the other side of the dough. Turn the bowl 1 quarter and do the same again. Repeat two or three more times.
  7. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth or cling film and leave for 20 mins.
  8. Repeat 6 and 7 four more times, or until the dough is smooth and shows resistance to touch.
  9. Cover the bowl tightly with cling film or something equivalent so that there is an air tight seal and put the dough in the fridge for a slow prove. Overnight is easiest. This is to develop extra flavour and gluten in the flour, since we aren't doing a big knead.
  10. In the morning, grease the baking pan and transfer the dough to it. Push it out to the edges of the pan with finger tips. Sometime the dough will resist because it is cold, cover it and leave it for 10 minutes if it won't stretch, then try again.
  11. Cover with cling film or a damp cloth and place in a warm place to prove for about an hour. (I put my oven on its lowest setting in advance and then turned it off when I placed the pan in it).
  12. Take the pan out and with wet fingers put dimples all down the dough, but be careful not to knock out all the air.
  13. Put the dough back in the warm place and let rise for another 45 mins or so before bringing it out. The dough should fill 1/2 to 2/3 of the tin and should look a little bubbly and wobbly. If the dough has not risen enough, find a slightly warmer place - my oven was too cool at the end and I heated it up a little bit, then put the dough back in for another 15 mins, which did the trick.
  14. Pre-heat the oven to 230C/450F.
  15. Now add the toppings - you can add what you like, I went with dried rosemary, and garlic granules with some sea salt, but go with whatever flavours you fancy. Just add a drizzle of extra virgin oil over the top.
  16. Bake the bread for 15-20 mins until golden. If you have a baking thermometer the internal temp of the bread should be ~88C/190°F.
  17. Transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool.
The bread is very nice dipped in oil or slathered in butter 😋.



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Author: Tasha Duncan-Drake
Posted: August 2, 2021, 9:36 am
Måneskin Word Search

Måneskin - Word Search Fun #8

I am a simple soul and so have decided to share my love for this band and channel it into this week's word search Wednesday. 💖

Måneskin by Vanity Fair Italia

So if you haven't heard of Måneskin, you are probably not Eurovision fans or up with the latest trends on Spotify and Tik Tok. Måneskin is the Italian band that won ESC this year with their rock anthem Zitti E Buoni (Shut Up and Behave). I may, or may not have been listening to their current album Teatro d'Ira Vol 1 on repeat ever since I bought it the week after Eurovision. In their back catalogue they have ballads in Italian, rock in Italian, rock in English and covers too.

One girl, Victoria on bass (and she is badass), and three boys, Damiano on vocals, Thomas on guitar and Ethan on drums - all very talented and they know how to perform. Well worth a listen if you have the chance.

The Puzzle

Måneskin Word Search with blurred word list and the word Preview over the top

Options for Solving

  1. Click the button below and start solving online. If you create a free account with MyWordSearch.com (you only have to pay to create word searches) you can save your progress and come back later.
     Create account - top left of pop-up.
  2. For those who prefer the old school pen and paper, click here to download the PDF so you can print it.

Solution

For those who would like to check their answers or who can't find that last word, here is the solution:


Check out My Books Too

I write paranormal, vampires, romance, sci-fi, fantasy and any other genre that takes my fancy, and you can find all of my book here. Some are free so you can try out my writing style to see if you enjoy it. All are available as eBooks, and some are paperback and now hardback as well.

If you enjoy fanfic, I have also been writing that for many years - check out my stories on AO3.

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Author: Tasha Duncan-Drake
Posted: June 30, 2021, 1:13 pm
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Assassin's Blood
Word Search Fun #7

Greetings lovely people and welcome to word search number 7. I apologise for being absent for the last couple of weeks - it's been a bit hectic here. But I am back today with Word Search Wednesday.

This week my puzzle is based off of my book Assassin's Blood, an exciting paranormal adventure with some romance thrown in to sweeten the deal. It is available for free for to all subscribers of the Wittegen Press Newsletter. The links to download it are in the final welcome email when you sign up. Come and join the Wittegen family. We don't spam and you also get a free short story every month, so it is win/win.

Anyway, on to this week's word search!

The Puzzle

Assassin's Blood Word Search Preview - word search with blurred out word list

Options for Solving

  1. Click the button below and start solving online. If you create a free account with MyWordSearch.com (you only have to pay to create word searches) you can save your progress and come back later.
     Create account - top left of pop-up.
  2. For those who prefer the old school pen and paper, click here to download the PDF so you can print it.

Solution

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Book of the Week

Assassin's Blood

Assassin's Blood
Meet Kira Roltof, or rather Jasmin Welby at the moment because she’s undercover. Kira’s an assassin with a sense of humour that’s almost as dangerous as she is. When hunting down her targets it helps that she’s a vampire/werewolf hybrid and has been at the killing game for over seventy years. Practice makes perfect and all that jazz.

Of course her combined species status could just as easily get her killed as help her out. If either the vampires or the werewolves figure out she’s both, she’ll never be safe again.

Her latest target is a Mafia big shot. Nothing she can’t handle easily, except she runs into a little snag of the vampire persuasion at the end of the job.

Assassin’s Blood is a short story full of paranormal intrigue and action with a little bit of romance to round it off.



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Posted: June 23, 2021, 2:39 pm