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We spent a lot of time walking around the old city, making our way through narrow cobbled streets lined with shops and tapas bars, and visiting extraordinary churches and other historical buildings. After our long walks we discovered the very pleasant Spanish custom of sitting at a sidewalk café and ordering a pitcher of sangria. I’d never much cared for sangria before, but I’m sure that was because it hadn’t been prepared properly. The Spanish really know their sangria! In every café we had it, it was delicious and refreshing. I can tell you the world looks very good when you’re watching it go by with a glass of sangria in your hand.
Here’s a recipe I found from Minimalist Baker that I believe embodies the summertime, chilled-out feel of Barcelona. ¡Que aproveche amigos!
½ orange, rind on, sliced into small pieces, large seeds removed (plus more for garnish)
3-4 Tbsp (41-55 g) organic brown sugar, or 3 Tbsp (37.5 g) organic cane sugar
¾ cup (180 ml) orange juice, plus more to taste
1/3 cup (80 ml) brandy, plus more to taste
1 750 ml bottle of dry Spanish red wine
Ice to chill – 1 cup
1. Add apples, oranges and sugar to a large pitcher and muddle with a wooden spoon for 45 seconds.
2. Add orange juice and brandy and muddle again to combine for 30 seconds.
3. Add red wine and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavor as needed. You can add more orange juice, brandy or sugar if you wish.
4. Add ice and stir once more to chill. Serve as is or with more ice. Garnish with orange segments (optional).
5. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator for up to 48 hours, though best when fresh.
Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.
Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.
Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?
About the Author:When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website.