Because I love to cook, my contemporary romances involve more than one kind of steam—my characters canoodle in the kitchen and seduce each other over sexy meals.
This delicious, slightly spicy chicken and rice soup is perfect for drizzly autumn days like we have here in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Mulligatawny is a British adaptation of a Tamil dish whose name means “pepper water.” Here’s my simple, easy version, a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken and/or rice.
I love my Instant Pot for soups, and save my rotisserie chicken carcasses for making broth in the IP. I find that much richer than the canned or boxed stuff. But this soup is so flavorful that canned broth will work fine.
First, the stovetop method.
1. Set a large stockpot on medium high and add your favorite cooking fat (A few Tbs. olive oil, coconut oil, or a combination of butter and oil), then sauté these veggies until fragrant and slightly tender, 5-8 minutes or so:
2. Add 2-4 cloves garlic, minced and sauté for a minute or two. Then stir in 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour and one Tbs. of your favorite curry powder, or more to taste. (I use the Hot Madras Curry Powder from The Souk, across from Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market. Such spice perfume in that little shop!) Stir for a few minutes to create a roux.
3. Stir in
4. Stir in
Simmer for 5-10 minutes more, until the apples reach your desired level of crunch or mush.
5. Taste for salt, then stir in heavy cream, unsweetened coconut cream, or unsweetened coconut milk. I used about ½ cup heavy cream for the whole batch. More cream = richer soup. Suit yourself.
**Note: Curry powders vary widely in heat levels, so be sure to taste yours before adding it to the soup. You can always add more, but once you reach volcanic heat levels, it’s hard to back it down. The cream tames the fire a little.
Instant Pot Version:
Ingredients and quantities same as above, with two exceptions: I used raw chicken and uncooked rice. If you prefer, you can cook the veggies, spices and broth for just five minutes, then add apple, cooked chicken, and cooked rice before finishing the recipe. You do you!
1. Set your Instant Pot to sauté. Add oil or butter and sauté your veggies 5-8 minutes, until fragrant and starting to soften.
2. Add minced garlic and sauté for a minute or two. Then stir in flour and curry powder, stirring a few minutes more to create a roux.
3. Stir in broth, turmeric, grated ginger, bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper, and diced apple. Plop in some raw, skinless, boneless chicken: thighs, breasts, or a combination of the two. The quantity’s up to you. Stir in a cup of raw rice.
4. Set your pot to Manual, 10 minutes. Be sure your control thingy is set to Sealing. When time’s up, let it natural release (in other words, don’t flip it over to Vent) for 10 minutes or so.
5. Release any remaining pressure, open ‘er up, and fish out the chicken. Shred it with two forks and stir it back in. Stir in heavy cream or coconut cream or milk. Taste for seasoning. Enjoy!
Runaway Love Story
June 24, 2019
Contemporary ~ Erotic Romance
She hates average...he's as average as they come.
High school history teacher Doug Garvey is trying to enjoy his last few weeks of summer vacation, but receiving his final divorce decree hits him harder than expected. After a brief fling fizzles, he fears love just isn't in the cards for him. If only he could find someone who's real, someone interested in something beyond herself…maybe a new running partner who can keep up with his more carnal appetite. When sexy, straight-talking Laurel runs across his path, he dares to hope again.
He's done with social-climbing posers...she's ambitious and has big dreams
Fired from an art gallery, Laurel Jepsen shelves her pursuit of an art career in San Francisco to help her beloved great aunt Maxie move into assisted living. While out on a morning run, she's harassed by a group of teens until a tall, broad-shouldered hottie steps in, pretending to be her boyfriend with a kiss that makes her wish it were true. But she's only passing through, not looking for a relationship.
Their fierce chemistry burns up the sheets—and the couch, the shower, the forest—but falling in love would ruin everything. Laurel can't stay in Eugene, and he can't leave. Doug's only hope is to convince her the glittery life she's after could blind her to the opportunities already in her path.
More About Sadira
Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance and cozy mysteries from her home in Washington State. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, belly dances, plays guitar badly, and gobbles all the books.
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