What’s Cooking Wednesday with Vanessa Riley



Here at Entangled, we like to read.

(Bet you would never have guessed that.)


So we also love quick-n-easy recipes that free up more time for us to indulge in our favorite past time.

Each week we’re sharing some of our favorite recipes to help you find a few extra minutes in your day to enjoy your next favorite book!


This week a special guest:

Fish Out of Water Ahi Tuna Salad with Vanessa Riley



Who tried it: Vanessa Riley, author of The Bittersweet Bride


Why she likes it: 

Love Ahi Tuna. Salads are good. I hear they are healthy.

I love to cook, so you’ll often find me in the kitchen. I like elegant great tasting full flavor recipes. So, this is a recipe satisfy your tuna craving.


The Marinade

  • 1-2 cups of left over fruit
  • 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil (the good stuff, extra virgin)


Blend the fruit in a blender. I used watermelon, grapes, and apples, but use anything you have. Blend it until it is all liquid. Then blend in the Worcestershire sauce and the olive oil.


Pour the marinade over the tuna steaks. Place tuna with marinade in a closed container or bag. Shake and then place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.



The Salad

  • Diced hardboiled eggs (optional)
  • Mixed greens (my favorite greens are romaine and spinach)
  • Cherry tomatoes (and/or cranberries, pomegranate seeds, anything that you want)
  • Diced red bell peppers (orange or yellow will also do)
  • A light vinaigrette dressing (anything from just balsamic and olive oil to my favorite – Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, basil)


Cooking Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons of peppercorns (for cooking in the pan with the tuna.)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1-2 Olive oil



Place a pat of butter and olive in your pan and begin to heat the pan until it is hot. Add the peppercorns and sauté until they start to pop. Pat dry your tuna and salt to taste. Place the tuna into the hot pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side on all four sides. Use less time for a thinner tuna steak. When it’s done, let it rest while you mix all your salad ingredients together, except the dressing.  I let my dinner guests put the amount of dressing that they wish on their salad. Slice up your tuna and place on the salad.


Enjoy your Fish Out of Water Ahi Tuna Salad.



With all that extra time not spent in the kitchen, what’s Tamara currently reading?

I’m currently reading about Krista Lopez in New York Engagement by Maida Malby. Loving this new voice.




Pick up The Bittersweet Bride by Vanessa Riley for just !


Widow Theodosia Cecil needs a husband to help protect her son. The former flower seller turned estate owner posts an ad in the newspaper, and no one is more surprised than she when her first love, the man she thought dead, reappears.

Ewan Fitzwilliam has been at war for six years. Now, the second son of a powerful earl is back but his beloved Theo needs a husband and will not consider him. She believes Ewan left her—in desperate straits—so she denies the feelings she still harbors for the handsome, scarred soldier. Theo and playwright Ewan must overcome bitter lies and vengeful actions that ruined their youthful affair. Theo must reveal her deepest secret in order to reclaim the love that has long been denied.








Award winning, Amazon Bestselling author, Vanessa Riley, worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. A Regency era (early 1800s) and Jane Austen enthusiast, she brings the flavor of diverse, eclectic peoples to her stories. The author of Madeline’s Protector, Swept Away, Unmasked Heart, The Bargain, and Unveiling Love, she has won the Beacon Award, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and placed in the International Digital Awards for her Regency romances. Vanessa Riley is a historical buff who has spent many years researching Regency society. During her undergraduate studies at Penn State, she gained a love of Western Civilization and took as many classes as she could while pursuing Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Her love of history has given her a passion for conducting precise research in architecture, customs, and rituals of the times. She lives in Atlanta with her career military husband and precocious child. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.

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