Talon: Vegetable & Rice Soup

Carian Cole’s Ashes & Embers series have been definitely a positive surprise and it just keeps getting better book by book. This recipe is insipired by Talon’s wife, Asia. She made it for him after he was forced to drop out from the band’s tour due to getting sick.

“You can’t keep taking the pills on an empty stomach. Please eat little.” She makes a pouty sad face.
“For me?”
“How can I say no to you, jelly bean?” Impersonating the man I was before this mess happened isn’t easy, but I force myself, just to make her smile sometimes.
I eat the the entire bowl of soup, and not only is it delicious, but she was right – not looking up and down at the bowl made it easier for me to eat without getting all sorts of loopy dizzy.
(Carian Cole: Talon, Kindle Edition 78%)

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The Recipe
3 carrots
1 leek
2 shallots
3 cloves of garlic
½ – 1 yellow bell pepper
½ – 1 red bell pepper
8 button mushrooms (champignons)
1 sweet chili pepper
5 cm piece of fresh ginger
1½ dl arborio rice
1,5 liters water
3 tbs olive oil

1. Peel the carrots, shallots, garlic and ginger. Remove the seeds from the bell peppers and the chili.
2. Slice the carrot and leek into julienne strips. Slice the bell peppers and mushrooms too, but not too fine.
3. Chop the onions, garlic cloves, chili pepper and ginger fine.
3. Heat a frying pan with olive oil in it. Stir-fry the vegetables in three batches. First the carrots and leek then the mushrooms and bell peppers. When softened and ready, set them aside.
4. Take a kettle, fill it with water and bring it to boil
5. Take a stock pot and add olive oil. Stir-fry the chopped onions, garlic, chili pepper and ginger for a couple of minutes. Add the rice and fry it until it becomes translucent.
6. Add the hot water and salt. Let it simmer until the rice is cooked.
7. Add all the stir-fried vegetables and let the soup simmer for five to ten minutes.
8. Serve with home made bread. The recipe is here.

Talon (Ashes & Embers, #4)Talon by Carian Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After Lukas I said that Cole’s writing keeps just getting better and now, after Talon I couldn’t agree with myself more.

In Talon, the character building is better than ever before in A&E series. There’s raw soul baring emotion, there’s depth to the story and characters that lacked in the two first books.

Talon’s and Asia’s story is a rollercoaster ride with unexpected turns that leave you breathless, hoping for the best but expecting the worst.

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