Sea Sisters and Macadamia Nut Fudge

I don’t normally review the non-cookbooks I’m reading (normally because I read a LOT of books – I average about three a week) and also because this is a baking blog – it would be hard to find a food to represent the biography I read of Nick Clegg recently or the book about culture of various countries after the Eurozone crisis!  But this book both really touched a chord with me and I could find a food for it, so I thought I’d share it with you.

078797-FC222Lucy Clarke’s The Sea Sisters is about two sisters from Cornwall, Katie and Mia.  Older sister Katie has a settled life and fiance in London, while younger sister Mia had been travelling around the world in an attempt to find herself.  But when Katie learns of Mia’s death, she sets out to follow her sister’s travel journals and retrace Mia’s steps.

Lucy Clarke told me that she was inspired to write these by her old travel journals, but what I found to be the most poignant part of the book was the relationship between the two sisters (I was shocked to find out that Clarke herself doesn’t have sisters!) – I think anyone with a sibling can relate to the deep love and competition between you – who am I if not my sister?

197541_1977084272955_1418554738_32294462_4655683_nMy sister lives in Washington State on the west coast of America and it can be hard to be so far away.  We fought like crazy as teenagers (I was moody and she nicked clothes from my closet), but she’s grown up into such an amazing, interesting woman – a bit more nature and sports oriented (while I’d prefer to be home with my reality tv and oven!), while incredibly passionate about the environment and ending poverty.  I miss her a lot and so the idea of missing a piece of yourself when your sister is far away – is something I know a bit about!

One of the places Mia and Katie visit on their journey is Hawaii and so I imagined Mia relaxing with a drink and this macadamia nut fudge…  Hope you enjoy!

Macadamia Nut Fudge (adapted from Hersheys)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sugar

7 ounces marshmallow fluff

5 ounces evaporated milk

1/4 cup unsalted butter

2 cups dark chocolate

1 cup macadamia nuts

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

DSC_0804Melt the sugar, evaporated milk, marshmallow fluff and butter over low heat.

DSC_0805Once mixed together, add in chocolate

DSC_0806Remove from heat and mix in vanilla and macadamia nuts.

DSC_0807I bought whole macadamia nuts, which Beardy Boyfriend nicely ground with a mortar and pestle for me, so I was able to put in a lovely macadamia paste.  Place in a lined baking tray.

DSC_0808Allow to cool overnight.

DSC_0831I was lucky enough to attend a book signing of Sea Sisters where I met the author, Lucy Clarke, and was able to pass my fudge onto her myself.

DSC_0814DSC_0816She loved the fudge and told me about her next book (which I’m really looking forward to!), so I would definitely recommend making this fudge and reading Sea Sisters!

I received a free review copy from Harper Collins, but all opinions are my own.

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