Vandal: Chicken Cordon Bleu and Rice Pilaf

While waiting for Carian Cole’s next book Torn, I decided to re-read Vandal (2nd book in Ashes & Embers series). Actually I’m reading the 2nd version of Vandal – Carian rewrote part of the last chapter and the epilogue. Vandal is true to his name, trespassing your mind and leaving everything wrecked behind him, like a trail of a tornado. A very hurt, sad, angry tornado. And that tornado happens to cross paths with another broken soul, Tabitha. And he is determined to heal her and get some remedy himself.

Anyway, this dish is from the beginning of the book. Vandal cooks for Tabitha and she’s really surprised that he has such skills.

As soon as we walk through the doors, I can smell food cooking, so he must have started dinner while I was out on the boat disappearing. He doesn’t strike me as the cooking type, but I guess he’s just full of surprises.
“It smells delicious. What are you making?”
“Chicken cordon bleu and rice pilaf.”
I can’t hide the impressed and surprised look that must be on my face. “Really?You made that?”
(Carian Cole: Vandal, EPUB 40,10%)

This recipe is for six persons, convert the measures here

Chicken Cordon Bleu 
6 chicken breasts
6 thick slices of gruyére cheese
6 thick slices of smoked ham
olive oil
butter
half of a lemon

Rice Pilaf
3 dl basmati rice
1 white onion
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch of cumin seeds
1 tsp salt
100 g pine nuts
bunch of fresh parsley
6 dl water

1. Preheat the oven to 225 ‘C. Soak some toothpicks (two to each chicken breast) in water.
2. Cut a pocket to each chicken breast starting from the thicker side of the meat. Be careful not to cut all the way through.
3. Stuff the pockets with slices of ham and cheese. Close the pockets with toothpicks.
4. Heat a mixture of olive oil and butter in a frying pan. Fry the chicken breast until golden brown and then put them on a baking dish. Squeeze the juice of a half a lemon on top and bake the chicken breast for 25-30 minutes until done.
5. Chop the onion fine. Heat olive oil in a pan and sauté the onions. Then add the spices and rice and sauté them until the rice is translucent. Add the water and lid and cook until done.
6. Heat a frying pan and roast the pine nuts on a dry pan until golden brown.
7. When all the water has absorbed, chop the parsley and add it and the pine nuts into the rice. The chicken should be ready at the same time. Enjoy!

Vandal (Ashes & Embers, #2)Vandal by Carian Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t get Vandalised.. I wanted to, but it just didn’t happen.

I just couldn’t understand how Vandal would use Tabitha in such devious way just to ease his own pain… well I couldn’t untill the end which ruined the story for me.

Towards the end of the book I was cheering for Tabitha, that she found the strength to stay away and stand on her own feet, for being able to continue her life as a strong and self-reliant woman. Little did I know… (view spoiler)[So when Tabi’s betrayal (of which was hinted along the way) was revealed, I was so disappointed. After finding out that her primary reason to get involved with Vandal was pure revenge, made Vandal’s deceitful attempt to heal and redeem seem very innocent in comparison. (hide spoiler)]

The story itself was well written, the flow of it effortless and the Dom/Sub-relationship was maybe one of the best descriptions of BDSM I’ve read so far. So I’m not giving up on the series, actually waiting to get to Lukas 🙂

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The re-read April 2016:
The book is better second time around. I understood the characters better and the re-edited epilogue explains the circumstances better and motivation of Tabitha’s choices. I actually got little Vandalized this time :). </[“br”]>

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