Monday, January 27, 2014

On a cold winter's day - two offerings to turn up the heat

While I am grateful that I am not currently in any part of the world affected by polar vortexes or other foul winter conditions, it's still  far from warm and cozy in my little corner of the continent. As I wrapped my chilly fingers around yet another mug of hot coffee, I thought I'd be productive and offer up a few ways to warm up your day. A smokin' hot snippet from 3013: Renegade, and a recipe for a seriously tasty soup to chase away the chills.

Snippet: (caution, not finalized or edited)

“Give me back my knife!” Alayna yelled, reaching for the blade despite the fact his reach was far longer than hers.

“Not fucking likely, minx. If I do you’re going to stab me with it.” As much as he disliked the idea of hurting a woman, he had no intention of getting his ass handed to him by a girl either. And right now she was doing her best to take him on. She was stronger than he’d expected given her lean build, and a hell of a lot fiercer.
She kept struggling with him, her deep green eyes wild and expression nearly feral. She was close enough he could smell her, a mix of warm woman and rain water that somehow seemed like the best perfume he’d ever scented. She wrapped her legs around his waist and gripped tight enough Nikolai felt his spine creak in protest. Nails slashed at his cheek and he dropped the knife, freeing his hands to grip her wrists. His face burned where she’d scratched him, adding more fuel to the fire raging in his blood. He pinned her hands to the wall on either side of her shoulders and leaned in, using his body to trap hers and force her to stop fighting him.

Adrenaline surged through him, but coupled with it was a powerful need for the woman currently trying to scratch his eyes out. She was glorious in her fury. Like a goddess of battle from another time. He growled as she writhed against him and she responded in kind, her soft lips parting as she snarled in challenge. Every twist of her body ground her pussy against his cock and dragged the swell of her breasts across his chest. Gazes locked, bodies bucking, what had started as a struggle turned into something just as primal, but far more intimate.

He dropped his head and kissed her, crushing their mouths together and capturing that first sweet moan of her arousal against his tongue. He released one of her wrists, using his newly free hand to cradle the back of her head, cushioning it from the wall behind her. She grabbed the front of his uniform and twisted it in her fist, using it as leverage to lift herself up.  Her mouth opened to his, tempting him to savor and taste. Her tongue dueled with his, their kiss evolving into a sexually charged battle for dominance that Nikolai had no intention of losing.

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Cheesy Cauliflower soup

1 head of cauliflower
2-4 med potatoes (thin skinned or peeled. I use 2 because I'm trying to keep the carbs down)
1 litre of stock
Half an onion or small leek
1 cup (or more) aged cheddar - shredded
Milk/cream to taste. (I use about 3 dollops)

Chop cauliflower into moderate sized chunks
Chop potato to similar size
Dice onion

Saute onion/leek in soup pot until caramelized
Toss in the cauliflower & potatoes
Add stock until veggies are covered. Med - high until boiling, turn down to med heat
Cook until veggies are fall apart tender.

Remove from heat. Use an immersion blender until soup has a creamy consistency. Place back on low heat, stir in cheese until completely melted. Add milk.

Season and let simmer for another 30-45 min.

Seasoning suggestions. Paprika. Cayenne, yellow curry (curry is my favourite)  salt, and pepper.