Monday, 16 March 2015

A Tasty Recipe from Meradeth Houston and An Absence of Light

This week's blog feature is from Evernight Teen author Meradeth Houston. Meradeth shares a wonderful recipe from her book, An Absence of Light. Welcome, Meradeth!

Hi!! Thanks so much for having me today! I thought I’d pass along a recipe for one of the foods that is featured in An Absence of Light. The main character, Leah, loves to eat, and she ends up moving in with an older woman who can seriously cook. Nana, who is originally from Mexico, has some amazingly tasty treats that she whips up throughout the novel. (I think this aspect had a lot to do with the fact that I was desperately missing good Mexican food while writing—I’m originally from California and miss my favorite haunts to grab a tasty meal!)

Anyhow, Nana’s culinary skills know no bounds, but there’s something she will always have made fresh for dinner: tortillas. Warm, soft, and she is the kind of woman who wouldn’t buy store brand (even though I will—or those cook and serve ones they sell at Costco, which I love!). Anyhow, as I said, I was definitely in need of some good food while writing and I ended up experimenting with several different tortilla recipes to see if I could find something I liked. This wasn’t so easy because I don’t do lard J. Anyhow, this recipe, from, is actually pretty tasty:


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup hot water

·      In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, salt and baking powder.
·      Add oil, and mix until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
·      Pour in the hot water and mix until a dough-ball forms.
·      Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes.
·      Divide the dough into balls. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll each ball into a thin, flat circle.
·      Heat a skillet or griddle to medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla for 2 minutes on each side or until brown blisters form.
·      Serve immediately or let cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

So, I’m curious: do you like Mexican food? What’s your favorite dish? I’m pretty partial to tamales personally!


Leah’s always seen the shadow creatures. She thought she was immune to their evil—until now.

She’s walked into a massacre, stolen a BMW, and is running from the law for a crime she didn’t commit. Nineteen-year-old Leah’s life just went from mildly abnormal to totally crazy at lightning speed. But no one will believe that the shadow creatures are framing her for the murder, because she’s the only one that can see them. At least that’s what she thought.

When Leah stumbles across a group who share her ability, she discovers they have something she doesn’t: a way to fight back. When the group offers to teach her how to kill the shadow creatures, Leah jumps at the chance. But something is brewing with the creatures. They’re tracking down the hunters like there’s no tomorrow. Leah suspects that maybe there won’t be, and it’s up to her to make sure tomorrow comes. Because she’ll do anything to stop the shadows, including risking her life—and the life of the one she loves—to keep the world from being lost to darkness forever.

14+ due to sexuality, language, and adult situations

An Absence of Light is available here:

Evernight Teen / Amazon / B&N / OmniLit

Meradeth's never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
>She's a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.
>When she's not writing, she's sequencing dead people's DNA. For fun!
>She's been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she's so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she's terrified of heights.


Find Meradeth Houston online at:
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  2. The food sounds wonderful and an absence of light does too :)

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