Iyana Jenna (Holidays with the Authors…Recipe …)

Hi everyone,

First of all I would like to say the biggest thanks to Beckey who has given me a chance to visit her blog in this coming holiday season. I’m Iyana and if you have never heard of me, here is a little information about myself. My favorite genre is M/M either reading or writing, and I have several of my M/M short stories published by Evernight Publishing, JMS Books, Torquere, Fireborn Publishing, and Leap of Faith Publishing.

All right. Enough of the introduction. Let’s get down to business, aka holiday business. 🙂 To me, one of the most important things when it comes to holidays is food. I would like to share with you a favorite recipe from Indonesia where I come from you might not be familiar with.

So, I wonder if you’ve heard one type of cookies called kaastengels. It originally comes from the Netherlands, meaning cheese fingers. As Indonesia was once under the Netherlands, some things stay, including food. These cookies are very popular here in my country during holidays, such as Eid, Christmas, Chinese New Year, etc. As they are made mostly from cheese, they taste very … cheesy. 😀 They are crunchy, tasty, and mouthwatering. And here is a very simple kaastengels recipe. Enjoy!



  • – 300 gr flour
  • – 185 gr margarine
  • – 150 gr Edam cheese, grated
  • – 15 gr butter
  • – 3 egg yolks

For the spread

  • – 75 gr Cheddar cheese, grated
  • – 2 egg yolks, beaten


  1. Mix butter and margarine until soft. Add the three egg yolks one by one, stirring constantly and well.
  2. Stir in flour little by little. Add grated Edam cheese. Keep stirring.
  3. Roll the dough to about 0.5 inches in diameter. Cut the dough about 1.5 inches tlong.
  4. Grease the pan and arrange the cut dough in the pan.
  5. Spread the top of the dough with egg yolks and sprinkle the Cheddar cheese.
  6. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. Let rest and cool before serving.


A Boyfriend for Christmas

A Boyfriend for Christmas_ItalianSavor them while enjoying my Christmas short story, A Boyfriend for Christmas, or the Italian version, Un Fidanzato Per Natale.

Cold, injured, and afraid his ex-boyfriend will come find him, Oliver chooses instead to run away from the hospital and hide in his cabin on Christmas Day. Little does he know that Santa Claus and the Big Boss will drop a surprise for him through his fireplace. The surprise’s name is Derek.

(A Teaser that was created a few years ago for this story 🙂 )


Buy Links

English Version: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK ~ All Romance Ebooks

Italian Version: Amazon US ~ Amazon Italy

Author Bio

Reading, watching movies, and being unable to find exactly the thing she wanted to read have led Iyana to write her own stories, mostly about man-on-man romance that has fascinated her since as early as the Starsky and Hutch era. Teaching and writing English course books during the day, Iyana spends her nights mostly dreaming about love stories between two men who are protective toward each other.

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