Kade’s Dark Embrace: Moo Shu Chicken

Kym Grosso’s first novel in the Immortals of New Orleans – series is Kade’s Dark Embrace. Kade Issacson is a vampire of the highest authority in New Orleans and something or should I say someone from his past takes him to Philadelphia. There he encounters Sydney Willows, police detective working on a homicide case. After series of events involving wolves, witches, mages and vampires Sydney ends up in New Orleans, eating Chinese take-out in Kade’s kitchen.

Sydney padded into the kitchen wearing just his robe, and sat at the granite counter bar. Relaxed from her shower, she smiled at him.
“So, Kade, not to be rude or anything, but vampires and Chinese food? What gives? Thought you guys only had blood on the menu. Unless you got that delivered too?”
Kade laughed. “Ah, you do have quite a bit to learn about us, and I would love to be the one to teach you.” He winked at her, causing her to blush. “Vampires do need blood to survive, but we only need to feed a couple of times a week. We can eat food, and it tastes great, but it will not keep us alive; only blood does that. My favorite food is Peking duck, but I also got Szechuan shrimp, dumplings, moo shu chicken, and garlic broccoli. I wasn’t sure what you liked.”
(Kym Grosso: Kade’s Dark Embrace, 66-67 epub edition)


The Recipe
400 g chicken breast
2 garlic cloves
2 tbs fresh ginger
2 tbs sesame oil
3 tbs soya sauce or teriyaki sauce

120 g white cabbage
120 g Napa cabbage
120 g carrots
120 g bamboo shoots (canned)
100 g white button mushrooms
1tbs olive oil

2 eggs

1. Cut the chicken into thin strips.
2. Peel the garlic and ginger and cut them into fine pieces. Mix them with sesame oil and soya / teriyaki sauce in a bowl. Add the chicken and cover with plastic wrap and set in fridge for at least half an hour.
3. Peel the carrots, cut them into julienne size pieces. Grate or cut thinly the white cabbage, cut thinly the Napa cabbage.
4. Heat a wok or frying pan and fry the chicken strips. Set aside.

5. Add the olive oil to the pan used for chicken (the marinade gives flavor to the vegetables as well) and stir fry the vegetables starting from carrots, then white cabbage, Napa cabbage and mushrooms. Vegetables should be cooked but still some crunchiness left to them.
6. While frying the veggies, break the eggs into a bowl and whisk them. Then heat a frying pan, add a little oil and make an omelette. Once cooked, cut the omelette into thin stripes and set aside.

7. When the veggies are almost done, add the chicken and omelette strips. Mix them and warm them and serve with chinese pancakes.

Kade's Dark Embrace (Immortals of New Orleans, #1)Kade’s Dark Embrace by Kym Grosso

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was not bad but it wasn’t excellent either. I like how the world has been build in this book. Supernatural creatures are out in the open, they have their own law inforcement division and they live and work side by side with humans.

Sydney works as a cop in Philadelphia, when mutilated bodies of young girls start to turn up. To her annoyance, these killings have also drawn attention of supernatural authorities and along comes Kade. A vampire from New Orleans, that has personal issues with the one doing the killings.

This book has everything, wolves, witches, voodoo, vampires… and the storyline of the catching the killer is good, a bit shallow though. And that’s the problem, I would have liked more depth to the characters, because now the hot, sexy vampire and the independent woman – story is little too common. So few more pages would have done no harm.

Besides being too fast forward and shallow, only thing that prevented me giving three stars, were the porn movie lines whenever Sydney and Kade were getting it on. Not very credible.

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