Blog Tour Stop for New YA Release – Ratgirl: Song of the Viper

Gayle C. Krause

Gayle C. Krause

Last May, I interviewed Gayle C. Krause, a prolific blogger, writer, and YA and children’s author. Today, I’m excited to share in Gayle’s blog tour as she introduces her new YA book available by the end of the week at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

For more information, please visit Gayle’s blog – The Storyteller’s Scroll – and website.

Thanks for the yummy muffin recipe! Congratulations and best of luck with your new book!

Thanks for having me as a guest blogger, today, Sandy. I’m thrilled to share with your readers a little bit about RATGIRL: Song of the Viper.

Global warming has affected the Earth, and the people of Metro City have had their lives turned upside down. For them, day is night and night is day. Drenched with heat, the surface is unbearable in the triple digit temperatures of the day. Frequent thunderstorms allow some hearty plants to survive. It’s these plants Jax harvests to feed her brother and friends.

Quite interestingly enough, you requested something that relates to recipes and food. So I’m basing my blog entry on the foods found in Metro City in the year 2511. 

Ratgirl: Song of the Viper

Ratgirl: Song of the Viper

So they eat their main meal just before dawn and retreat to the abandoned sewer tunnels or subway stations when the sun rises. Food is scarce in Metro City and Antarctica is the only sustainable continent left. No more ice and snow, the land revealed after they melted is fertile, and grows most of the crops that feed the world.

The rich from Metro City have migrated to the New Continent and the poor, who are left, rely on the Antarctica Air Caravan to bring produce and meat to the dying city. Though Jax Stone is homeless, she’s not desperate for food.

Her grandmother, one of the founders of ECO, an environmentally active organization that tried to preserve the earth, taught her the importance of natural foods in a wild setting. Jax carries on her grandmother’s tradition of preparing foods she forages from the park or the forest. These wild foods include:

Chokecherries, acorns, black locust flowers, hickory nuts, hazel nuts, wild tart apples, fox grapes, wild leeks, wild mushrooms, pine or spruce needles, juniper berries, black walnuts, wild mint, wild onions, wood sorrel, dandelions, fireweed, blackberries, fennel, persimmons, and clover.

The foods mentioned in Ratgirl are simple. For Jax’s brother’s birthday she prepares sweet bread made with acorn flour, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, and raisins.

Simple suppers might include rice and chipmunk stew, which is nothing more that pieces of small game in boiled water, seasoned with spruce needles (a form of rosemary).

Coffee and water are the main drinks. Coffee with crushed hazelnuts. Coffee with chunks of stale bread. Coffee cold. Coffee warm. Coffee grounds are reused.

Here is a recipe Jax might have used:


This recipe uses 4 wild ingredients. These non-dairy muffins are moist and very good.
2 ½ cups grated wild apple, peeled and cored
2 cups raisins

1 ½ cups boiling water

3 Tbsp. oil
1 cup + 2 Tbsp honey

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

1 ½ tsp allspice

½ tsp cloves

1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups Acorn flour

1 ½ cups wheat flour
½ tsp baking soda

¾ cup hickory nuts (or walnuts)

Pour boiling water over grated wild apples and raisins. Top with oil and let stand for 10 minutes. Add honey and spices (including salt), then allow to cool.
 Sift together dry ingredients, add walnuts and combine with the wet ingredients.
 Spoon into well-greased muffin pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.

Acorn Muffins w/Wild Apples and Hickory Nuts

Acorn Muffins w/Wild Apples and Hickory Nuts



About Sandy Green

I am a poet and children's author. Visit my website at
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4 Responses to Blog Tour Stop for New YA Release – Ratgirl: Song of the Viper

  1. What a fun post to have on a book blog tour. I love that you talked about their foods and included a recipe. Very interesting!

  2. gayleckrause says:

    Thanks again, Sandy. Try making those muffins. They’re moist and delicious. 🙂

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