John Matthew’s first appearance was in Lover Eternal. I’m 100% sure, that I’m not only one who was touched by the way Tohrment and Wellessandra took JM under their roof, gave him food that he could stomach and home that he never had before.
Wellsie put a bowl down in front of him. It was filled with white rice that had some kind of pale sauce on it. The aroma was delicate, but appealing.
“This will ease your stomach. It’s got ginger in it,” she said. “And the sauce is high in fat, which will help you put on some weight. For your dessert, I’ve made banana pudding. It goes down easy and has lots of calories in it.”
John stared at the food. She knew. She knew exactly what he couldn’t eat. And what he could.
(J.R.Ward: Lover Eternal, pb p. 323)
So that’s where the inspiration for this dish comes from. Convert the measures here
2 tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 dl arborio rice
2 dl dry white wine (I prefer German Riesling -grape)
7 – 10 dl chicken broth, the recipe is here
25 g fresh ginger
40 g butter
40 g parmesan cheese
chicken from making of the broth
1. I saved the chicken from making of the broth, so first I chopped it to bite size pieces and seared it in frying pan. You can also use fresh chicken breast to do that. Set them aside when cooked.
2. Heat the chicken broth in a stock pot.
3. Chop the shallots and garlic into fine pieces and sautée them in a pan in olive oil, don’t let them sear.
4. Rinse the leek and chop it fine. Add the leek and the arborio rice to the pan with the onions and fry them in medium heat for couple of minutes until the rice is translucent. Don’t forget to stir.
5. Add the white wine, the alcohol will evaporate leaving wonderful taste to the dish.
6. Once the wine has cooked into the rice, turn down the heat to simmer and add a ladle of broth into the rice. Stir it constantly and once the broth has cooked into the rice, add another ladle of broth. Keep going until the rice is cooked (it takes about 8 dl of broth), so remember to taste while cooking. It should take 15-20 minutes depending on the rice.
7. Grate the ginger and the parmesan cheese. When the rice is cooked, add the butter, ginger and parmesan cheese and mix it well. Taste, if there’s need to add salt.
8. Finally add the seared chicken into the rice. Serve with rucola or sorrel.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As a result of a mistake Rhage made barely out of his transition, he’s been baring a curse over a hundred years. And some curse that is, defining almost everything he is and does. The curse makes him the best fighter in Brotherhood, there’s no match for his strength. The curse has also made him a legend among the race, there’s no match for his sexual appetite either. But that’s just a front, means of survival and keeping those close to him alive.
Mary is cancer survivor, tough woman who has built a wall around her to protect herself, she doesn’t need anyone… or that’s what she tells herself. But basically she doesn’t think herself worthy of love.
Rhage’s and Mary’s love story proceeds on pretty predictable path; there are obstacles to overcome, suspicion, regaining the ability to trust other person, letting one’s guard down. But although I said that their path to HEA is predictable, it’s also fun to read. There is the beast, chains on the bedpost (I laughed so hard reading the scene with Rhage, Butch and V leading to that moment ).
In this book, there’s first BDB scene that made me cry. Without spoiling it further, it was the one where Rhage tried to make a bargain with Scribe Virgin.
Lover Eternal carries also the Brotherhood -story further, giving the readers more details of the brothers and introducing us new characters such as John Matthew and Bella. And as we know now, they both will play important parts in the books to come. The war against the lessening society is taken on a whole new level and damn, it get’s ugly.