Romance Cooks

Fried Okra – Ella Drake


In the opening of Desert Blade, the hero, Derek eats hushpuppies made by his foster mother. I don’t tend to fry up hushpuppies at home, but I do make a similar southern treat, fried okra.

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  • Bag of frozen cut okra (or definitely go for fresh if it’s available to you)
  • Two eggs, beaten
  • Cup of cornmeal
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Optional: cayenne pepper or other favorite seasoning
  • Oil to cover the bottom of pan


1. Defrost the okra

2. Mix the spices in the cornmeal

3. Dip the okra in the egg mixture until coated.

4. Roll the okra in the cornmeal until coated. (refresh egg and cornmeal mixtures when needed).

5. Fry in the oil until golden

6. Drain okra on paper bag or paper towels.

7. Serve! Some people like lemon or salsa with theirs, I just eat as is!

Desert Blade_Ella Drake


Near-Future, Science Fiction Romance, Post-Apocalyptic — Novella

In the post-apocalyptic Midwest, now a ravaged dust bowl, former guardsman Derek Covington must find help for a sick boy. With nothing but memories of all he lost, Derek crosses the desert alone in search of the doctor who saved his own life ten years ago. Drifter gangs who loot and pillage don’t dare come near, for Derek has a formidable weapon: a prosthetic arm with a deadly blade.

For a decade, Dr. Lidia Sullivan has fantasized about the handsome guardsman who’d been in her care. And now she can’t deny his dangerous request. But as they make the treacherous journey back to Old St. Louis, they must contend with much more than fierce desert winds and their unthinkable attraction. A fearless gang has spotted Lidia—a rare woman—and will fight Derek to the death to get her. And though he risks his life to save her for the sake of the child who needs her, she fears there’s one thing Derek will never risk: his heart.

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