Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lot's Going On with Mary Simonsen

November and December will be busy months for me personally and as a member of White Soup Press which launches on Monday on Austen Authors:

"... as for the ball, it is quite a settled thing; and as soon as Nicholls has made white soup enough I shall send round my cards."  - Pride & Prejudice

This month has been full of surprises and gifts from Austen Authors to our readers - giveaways, sales and Pride and Prejudice 200  posts for your enjoyment.  Today's surprise is different; it's a present for us, one that's been in the works for many months.  Today is the 201st anniversary of the Netherfield Ball, the perfect day to unveil White Soup Press, a new publishing imprint for the authors who are part of this blog. - Abigail Reynolds

For much, much more on this venture, please visit Austen Authors.

FREE KINDLE DOWNLOAD: My time-travel novel, Becoming Elizabeth Darcy, is available for free download from Amazon on 11/27, 11/28, and 11/29. I hope you will take this opportunity to download my book and to share  this with your friends. You do not have to be an Austen fan to enjoy Becoming Elizabeth Darcy.

Mr. Darcy Bites Back, the sequel to Mr. Darcy's Bite,  launched last week and is available on Nook and Kindle for $2.99. The paperback should be out next week.

The last day to get Mr. Darcy Bites  on Nook and Kindle for $1.99 is this Friday, November 30. This book is published by Sourcebooks, and I have no control over pricing. So hurry! The paperback is also on sale for $6.00.


  1. Here you are Mary, a recipe for White Soup and a link to Women's Hour discussing White Soup.




    Serves 6

    6 pints/3.4 litres/15 cups water
    1 medium-sized boiling fowl or chicken
    8oz/225g lean bacon or gammon trimmings
    4oz/110g/half cup white rice
    6 black peppercorns
    2 onions, peeled and halved
    2 canned anchovy fillets
    2-3 sprigs each thyme, marjoram and tarragon (or other sweet herbs), tied in a cloth
    4-6 stalks celery, chopped
    4oz/110g/1 cup ground almonds
    1 egg yolk
    10fl oz/275ml/one and a quarter cups single (light) cream
    whipped cream and watercress leaves to garnish (optional)

    This is a modern recipe from

    Earlier versions involve veal or scalded milk. They would seem to produce something innocuous possibly for invalids. Or: According to The Friendly Jane Austen, by Natalie Tyler, "White soup is similar to syllabub in its marriage of cream and sweetened-liquor, but it is more fortifying in that it also includes meat stock, egg yolks, and ground up almonds. Served hot, this cholesterol-laden treat must have added to the general euphoria of a ball."

  2. How ironic that I am planning on making white soup this week from the Cooking with Jane Austen and Friends cookbook!
    Such exciting news today, Mary! A new publishing press for AuAus and sales of your books!