Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday and Friday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am bringing you author, Sue Swift, and her recipe for Ridiculously Easy Bouillabaise along with an introduction to her romantic suspense, Spy Game. Please join me in welcoming Sue and savor her recipe for Bouillabaise as you read about her new book!
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Ridiculously Easy Bouillabaise (served by Richard Rexford to Ani Sharif at dinner aboard his boat in Spy Game by Sue Swift).
Because I have been a vegetarian for years, I haven’t eaten this dish for a long time. But I’m sure it’s still good!
I large can of whole tomatoes
Firm white fish of your choice—maybe a few chunks of halibut. Sea bass works well, also. Don’t choose a fish with a lot of flavor, like salmon or tuna. It won’t taste right. I love sole but it tends to fall apart.
Shellfish of your choice, well-scrubbed. Frozen shrimp work fine. Scallops are lovely and traditionally French.
Half a lemon, washed and sliced thinly
Garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
A stalk of fresh oregano leaves
A strip of orange zest
Salt and pepper to your taste
Chopped Italian parsley
Open the can of tomatoes and dump it into a large stewpot, including all the juice—this becomes your stock. Heat it while breaking up the tomatoes with your fingers into chunks. Season it with everything else on the ingredients list except for the fish and the parsley. Don’t worry if you can’t afford saffron or you don’t happen to have bay leaves. It’ll turn out fine. You can even throw in a little dry white wine if you wish.
Warm it gently to allow the flavors to merge. Before you serve it, remove the garlic, the bay leaf, the oregano stalk (leave the leaves) and the zest. Add the fish and poach it gently in the liquid until the fish is cooked through. Tinker with the seasonings until it tastes good. Don’t be shy!
Serve with any starch of your choice, with the chopped parsley on top. I liked this with a good crusty French country bread and a nice California chardonnay.
Fledgling agent Ani Sharif has finally been assigned to her first undercover mission—to seduce software tycoon Richard Rexford, known as the fearsome T-Rex of Silicon Valley. He’s suspected of selling software secrets to the Chinese. Ani must succeed at her first assignment, but will handsome, clever Richard uncover her secrets and seize her heart?
This scene takes place after Richard has prepared a lovely meal for Ani, including bouillabaisse.
She cleared her throat, which felt thick and dry. “I don’t want to like you too much.”
“You’re right.” He put the desserts onto a counter and crossed the galley to stand in front of her, mere inches away. “So why don’t we stop this right now?”
His heat radiated, igniting every cell in her body. The raw sexual tension between them, thicker than the stew she’d eaten, unnerved her. That dangerous flutter started again, but this time it made her tingle from head to toes.
She couldn’t speak. She couldn’t move. She couldn’t look away from his unfathomable blue eyes.
Taking her chin in his hand, he brushed her lips with his. He didn’t break eye contact, and neither did she. The intimacy created was unbearable, as though he’d reached inside her and caressed her soul with the gentlest of touches.
The brief kiss wasn’t nearly enough, but sharpened her appetite for him. She wanted more and took it, grabbing his shirt front and dragging bring him closer so she could flick her tongue over his lips, deliberately enticing him.
He pulled her into his arms, drawing her to his male heat. He dipped his head again to kiss her and this time, he didn’t hold back. He slid his tongue between her lips, making love to her mouth with an insistent rhythm. Desire pounded at her in waves, intense and powerful as a high tide. Her body throbbed with passionate hunger.
“It’s going to be very good between us, you know that?” he whispered into her ear.
“Mmmm, yeah.” Too good, maybe. She’d never experienced anything like Richard’s kiss. Hot and deep and all-encompassing, like a desert whirlwind, he threatened to sweep her away.
But she couldn’t let herself be swept away. She couldn’t take what he offered, no matter how much she wanted it. Allowing caution to assert itself, Ani sighed and drew away from him.
As if reading her mind, Richard said, “Look, I’m in no rush. I just had to know how you’d feel and, umm, taste.” He looked at the floor. A lock of blond hair fell across his forehead.
Ani wanted to stroke it, play with it … and with the rest of him. Every inch. Instead, she somehow managed to lift her brows. “Like really good fish soup, I bet.”
Best-selling, award-winning author Sue Swift, a.k.a Suz deMello, has written over fifteen novels, plus several short stories and non-fiction articles. She writes in numerous genres including romance, mystery, paranormal, historical, contemporary comedy and erotica. She’s a freelance editor who’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Ai Press, Liquid Silver Books and Etopia Press. She also takes on private clients.
Her books have been favorably reviewed in PW, Kirkus and Booklist, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.
A former trial attorney, she resides in northern California. Her passion is world travel, and she’s left the US over a dozen times, including stints working overseas for many months. Right now, she’s working on her next manuscript and planning her next trip.
Her blog is at http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com. Find her reading picks @ReadThis4fun on Twitter, and befriend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SueSwift ). Her sites are at http://www.sue-swift.com and http://www.suzdemello.com.
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