Friday, December 13, 2013

SOME PLACE ONLY WE KNOW


December 14, 2013:

For MySexySaturday this week, I have seven paragraphs from SOME PLACE ONLY WE KNOW. If Adam and Domenic had never met they would probably have remained forever locked in the closet. But they did meet and when that happened they both wanted to tell the world. The only problem was Domenic’s family and whether or not Domenic could find the courage to forget his family’s outdated ideas and put his and Adam’s happiness first.

 

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Some Place Only We Know
by Christiane France

ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-450-1 (Electronic)


BLURB:

Adam Carstairs and Domenic Morton are both trapped in the closet. Adam because he’s never found the courage to do more than wonder whether or not he’s gay, and Domenic because he fears being disowned by his family.

The pair first meet at a local hospital where Adam is a volunteer, and Domenic is visiting his older brother who has been badly injured in an auto accident. The day Domenic learns his brother is unlikely to recover, he and Adam go for a walk on the Niagara Escarpment. The weather closes in and when they’re caught in a freak snowstorm, they shelter in an abandoned cottage where they take the opportunity to explore their feelings for one another. However, when Adam awakens the following morning to find Domenic gone and a note about Domenic’s brother having taken a turn for the worse, Adam figures Domenic used his brother’s condition as an excuse to disappear. Adam feels used and abused and hopes never to see Domenic again. But when Domenic turns up at Adam’s bookstore and explains what happened, can the men pick up where they left off?

***

Adam tossed him one of the blankets, and turned back to pick up the other for himself. “If I we had some logs and a lighter, I’d cross my fingers the chimney is in working condition and start a fire. But we don’t, so we’ll have to make do with these.”

          “How about a little body heat instead, bro?”

          Domenic’s hands slipped around Adam’s waist from behind, pulling Adam against his hard body. Adam first reaction was to simply freeze. Instead, he closed his eyes and kept perfectly still, almost afraid to breathe. However, Domenic did nothing more than just hold him and, after a moment or two, Adam started to relax.

          How long they stood there like that, Adam didn’t know. He felt warm and secure, content to spend forever inside a magical moment that had never before existed beyond the bounds of his imagination. When he finally opened his eyes, the room was in virtual darkness. All he could hear was the soft tenor of Domenic’s breathing. All he could feel or think about was the heat of Domenic’s body. And all he could see beyond the cottage was a world full of whirling, white snowflakes.

          He wanted so much to say or do something to let Domenic know this what he wanted, that this what he’d been waiting a lifetime to experience, but he remained where he was, silent and unmoving, reluctant to do anything for fear of breaking the spell. But then Domenic took the initiative, turning him around until they were face to face, and he felt the soft touch of the other man’s lips against his own.

          He could smell Domenic’s own special scent--a strange mixture of toothpaste, coffee, the fabric softener from his clothing, male sweat and sex. Scents that managed to combine and blot out the unused, musty aroma of the abandoned cottage and its decrepit furnishings; scents that transported him to another world while indelibly imprinting themselves in the furthermost corners of his mind. This was who he was. And this was the first step on a journey he’d been so afraid of taking, until now.

          The tip of Domenic’s tongue found its way between his slightly parted lips, and he welcomed the intrusion, opening his mouth to experience what he’d only read and dreamed about in the privacy of his room. Adam knew this first kiss was supposed to be something special, and it was all that and more. He’d been aware of Domenic from the first time they met, except what he’d felt back then wasn’t even lukewarm to what he was feeling now. From the instant Domenic touched him and his whisker-rough cheek brushed against the sensitive skin of his neck, those initial feelings had intensified ten-fold, rushing through his body like a fast-acting drug. Now, as their tongues tangled and the evidence of Domenic’s arousal pressed hard against his own, his body was on fire with needs that turned his blood to fire and his thoughts to a raging inferno of questions only Domenic could answer.
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Friday, December 6, 2013

December 7, 2013:

For MySexySaturday this week, I have seven paragraphs from A HAPPY CHRISTMAS ENDING, the fourth book in London Calling and the sequel to Raindrops And Roses, the story that launched the series. From the moment they met, Drew thought Michael was his every dream come true, but then as sometimes happens the dream began to fade… 

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A Happy Christmas Ending
by Christiane France

ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-525-7 (Electronic)
http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/HappyChristmasEnding.html

The sequel to the Amber Allure best-seller Raindrops And Roses...

When Drew and Michael first met, they spent every minute of their free time together, making love, dreaming, planning and generally behaving like they lived on their own private planet. Now, almost three months later, they’re still together, but only just. Michael’s been gradually distancing himself from Drew and he’s not returning Drew’s calls. They’re supposed to be spending Christmas with Michael’s family, so Drew forces a meeting. If Michael has met someone else, he wants to know, and he wants to know now.

Will the holiday turn into a disaster, or will the men have a happy Christmas ending?

***

I loved the way he smelled, even better how he tasted, a weird mixture of food, wine, soap and something that was uniquely Michael it wrapped around me like invisible bonds.  

It was moments like this I could never get enough of.  

I opened my mouth, loving the hard thrust of his tongue against mine and the speed with which my body reacted.  

The sudden rise in my temperature, the urgency in our movements, the sensation I was melting, and then the tightening of every nerve in my body.  

I slid my hands through his hair, holding his mouth in place.  

He moved his down my back and began squeezing my butt cheeks. 

My heart was racing and I knew Michael’s was as well.
 
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

A HAPPY CHRISTMAS ENDING - m/m adult R London Calling Series


A Happy Christmas Ending
by Christiane France

ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-525-7 (Electronic)
http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/HappyChristmasEnding.html
The sequel to the Amber Allure best-seller Raindrops And Roses...
When Drew and Michael first met, they spent every minute of their free time together, making love, dreaming, planning and generally behaving like they lived on their own private planet. Now, almost three months later, they’re still together, but only just. Michael’s been gradually distancing himself from Drew and he’s not returning Drew’s calls. They’re supposed to be spending Christmas with Michael’s family, so Drew forces a meeting. If Michael has met someone else, he wants to know, and he wants to know now.
Will the holiday turn into a disaster, or will the men have a happy Christmas ending?
NOTE: This story is part of the London Calling series.
Excerpt...
...I waited until after dinner to call Michael. He answered on the third ring.
I didn’t want to come across as pushy or make it sound as if I was checking up on him, so I said, “Hi, it’s Drew. How’s things?”
“Can I call you back?”
It was the same thing he’d said the two other times I’d called and I was still waiting for a call back. Three times in a row was way too much. My internal radar was flashing red alert and I wasn’t about to get brushed off. “Why? You busy or something?”
“I am kind of. Is this important?”
I sighed loudly in the hope he’d hear me. “You mean you have company?”
“No. I umm… Look, Drew. I’m busy. I have a headache, and I really don’t feel like chatting.”
“What’s wrong, Michael? And please don’t say nothing. I’m not stupid or thick, so I know damn well there is. If we’re done, please say so. Otherwise, an explanation would be nice.”
“Okay! So I’m tired, overworked, and I really do have a headache. Satisfied?”
“No, I’m not satisfied. Far from it. You’ve been pulling this overworked and overtired shit on me for weeks. It’s getting old. You don’t want to talk, you don’t want to go anywhere, and now you don’t even return my calls. All of which I take to mean you don’t want to see me. If this is your way of saying we’re over, then spit it out. I’m a big boy, Michael. I can take it. What I can’t take is living in limbo like this.”
“Don’t be ridiculous, Drew. I don’t want us to break up. That’s the absolute last thing I want. If I did, I would have said.”
“Then prove it. I haven’t seen you in ages. Let’s get together for a drink. Either here at Jasper’s or I can come over there to you.”
“Sure, but can we please do it some other night?” I heard him suck in a deep breath. “I’m sorry. It’s not you. It’s me. I have a few problems. Things I need to deal with. I wouldn’t be very good company.”
“So what? I thought we were a couple.”
“We are.”
“Well, for your information, couples are supposed to share things—the good times, the bad times, and especially the problems. Or didn’t you read the memo?”...
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Friday, November 22, 2013


November 23, 2013:

For MySexySaturday this week, I have seven paragraphs from ONE PERFECT NIGHT, the third book in my London Calling series. Paul and Nico spent a night together in Rome, then parted next day without knowing anything more about one another than first names. Two years later they meet again by chance… 

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One Perfect Night
by Christiane France

ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-502-8 (Electronic)

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Paul knew Nico was special the moment they exchanged that first glance at Termini station in Rome late one hot summer afternoon. And when it was announced their train had been cancelled and travel suspended until further notice, they explored their feelings over dinner and spent one perfect night of passion in a nearby hotel.

Early next morning, when Nico found a flight cancellation and took off, all Paul knew was his first name.

Two years later, Paul hasn’t forgotten Nico, and now when they meet again at another train station in London, the chemistry is still there. Nico believes Fate brought them together, and is ready to close his eyes and jump into a relationship. Paul, however, believes they need to be sensible, to first check the water and then take it one step at a time. Which man’s strategy will prevail?

NOTE: This story is part of the London Calling series.

***

I rubbed the pad of my thumb along his lower lip, feeling it tremble in response. “Do what? Hug your pillow and pretend?”

“How did you know?”

“Lucky guess?”

He smiled and held my gaze as he took hold of my thumb and sucked it slowly into his mouth. What he was doing was sexy, erotic and I forgot it was only my thumb he’d wrapped his tongue around. He had me so close to the edge. My balls ached I was so ready to come. But then he stopped, took off his jacket and tossed it on the chair.”

Still holding my gaze, he undid my pants and pulled them down to my knees. He then took possession of my cock, gently rubbing the tip and squeezing my balls. Again, I held my breath. I wanted to yell at him to stop teasing and get down to business. But he knew exactly how far to push me and still keep control. I could see it in his eyes and I could read it in the faint smile that played over his lips as he quit what he was doing and guided my hands to his waist.

“Touch me,” he said softly. “I want to feel your hands on me.”

Without breaking eye contact, I lowered his zipper, slipped my hand inside and encountered body heat and a dick as hard and as needy as mine. He hadn’t bothered with underwear either and I liked that. It was sexy, slutty as hell, and a huge turn on even though neither one of us needed the encouragement.
*** 
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Friday, November 15, 2013


Saturday, November 16, 2013

For MySexySaturday this week, I have seven sentences from SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE, the second book in my London Calling series. Cal and Rob have broken up and got back together a dozen times or more. Cal thought the last time was the end for sure. Then Rob called Cal’s boss and said he wanted Cal to come to England to interview him for the magazine.
 

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Simply Irresistible
by Christiane France

ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-474-8 (Electronic)

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When Cal and Rob first met, they were star-struck, wet-behind-the-ears teenagers who thought all it took to make it in Hollywood was a great body and good looks. Cal eventually gave up the dream and became a reporter for an entertainment magazine, while Rob went on to become a major motion picture star.

Over the next few years, they broke up and got back together a dozen or more times. Then Rob hit a bad patch when Cal caught him with another man and kicked him out. Now, almost two years have passed without a word. Cal has no idea if Rob is even dead or alive, until Rob calls Cal’s boss out of the blue and offers to do an interview—on condition that Cal flies to England where Rob is living so they can talk face-to-face.

Because of their personal history, Cal knows he’s the best person to interview Rob, and so does his boss. But since Cal is still in love with the man, will the trip to London result in even more heartbreak?

NOTE: This story is part of the London Calling series.
Genres: Gay / Contemporary / The Arts / Series
Heat Level: 3
Length: Novella (19k words)
* * *
My chest felt tight, I was having trouble with my breathing, and my cock was making its wants known by pressing hard against the zipper of my pants. This was ridiculous. The feelings were still there between us as hot and as strong as the day we first met. No matter what had happened in the past, or what promises I’d made about not getting involved again, I knew it wouldn’t take long before we forgot the unimportant things. We still wanted one another. No matter how we might pretend otherwise it was as simple as that. We wanted to rip off our clothes, jump into the nearest bed and fuck our brains out.
 
 

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 8, 2013

November 9, 2013:
For MySexySaturday this week, I have seven short paragraphs from RAINDROPS AND ROSES, the first book in my London Calling series. Drew and Michael first met early in the day. They’ve just returned from dinner and Drew has known all along how the evening will end. Then at the last minute Drew gets an attack of nerves.

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Raindrops And Roses by Christiane France ISBN-13: 978-1-61124-356-7 (Electronic) http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/RaindropsRoses.html

Blurb:

The day before Drew McEvoy is to fly home, following a temporary work assignment in London, he trips going down the stairs to a teashop and is saved from injury by the quick thinking of Englishman Michael Dawson. Michael can see Drew is a little shaken up by the incident, so invites him to sit at his table to catch his breath and offers to buy him a cup of tea.

The chemistry is there from the word "go." Drew doesn’t know if it’s a momentary thing, or if it could turn into something more, but there’s not enough time for him to find out. All he can do is hold onto the moment and stretch it out to the very last drop.

But Michael surprises Drew by inviting him to have a drink at his flat and then go for dinner. Drew knows the most they can have is a few hours, that this time tomorrow they’ll be thousands of miles apart. Should he risk spoiling their brief time together by telling Michael that? Or would it be better to keep his mouth shut? After all, they’re just ships passing in the night, right?

* * *
Michael got off the bed, poured a little wine into each of the two glasses and gave one to me. “Here. A little Dutch courage.”

“You think I need it?” I took a sip, but my hand trembled and I put the glass on the bureau. “God! I feel like an idiot.”

He took my face in his hands, kissing me gently on the mouth and putting his arms around me. “Hey, it’s all right.” He started rubbing my back, digging deep to loosen the tight muscles, then moving lower to squeeze my butt cheeks. “This isn’t the first time for you, is it?”

“No. It’s…” I forced what passed for a laugh. “It’s nothing. Just over-excited, I guess.”

“The result of too much anticipation?”

“Something like that.”

“It happens. Take off your shirt and pants and lie face down on the bed. Maybe a massage will do the trick.”


Friday, November 1, 2013

MySexySaturday


November 2, 2013: For my first blog for MySexySaturday I’ve chosen seven sexy sentences from the opening scene of LIKE A MOTH TO THE FLAME, an m/m/f contemporary menage. Ari and Darius are inside the house, watching their dinner guest, Rami, sunning herself by the pool, and anticipating the evening ahead.

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Like A Moth To The Flame
by Christiane France
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-514-0 (Electronic)  
Genres: Contemporary / Ménage (M/M/F) / Group Sex / Bisexual (M/M) 
http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/MothFlame.html

Blurb:

Ramona knew, for someone as sexually inexperienced as herself, falling in love with a heartbreaker like Ari Tarasios was a pretty stupid thing to do.  Not only is Ari a client at the place where Ramona works, Ari is also a swinger who makes no secret of the fact he likes to swing both ways.  What Ramona doesn't know, until Ari invites her for a swim and dinner at his house, is that the sexy swinger likes to take his pleasures in triplicate--he enjoys to watch and be watched.  And so does his equally handsome friend Darius Stewart.  With her pride at stake, Ramona tries to mask her inexperience until she realizes she's in way over her head.  All she can do now is either turn tail and run...or savor every single moment…

 

Now for the seven sexy sentences:

“You already know what I think.” Darius chuckled softly as he kissed Ari’s bare shoulder, then slipped a hand inside his partner’s thong and fondled Ari’s aroused cock. “Rami’s gorgeous. But I told you that right after the meeting we had with her at Hannington’s. I said we should invite her to have dinner with us one evening and…”

“And what?”

“I need to explain?”

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 7 - THE DESSERT


HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 7 - THE DESSERT

 

FROM LES RECETTES PRIVEES DE WILHELMINE


I like to save the best for last. And this dessert is a winner all the way.

One of Wilhelmine’s clients came to her one day with an extremely difficult problem. Because of his looks--his nose was huge, his face completely covered in warts, and he was so bow-legged everyone who saw him screamed with laughter and no woman wanted him anywhere near her. However, beneath the ugly outer covering was a dear sweet man who just wanted to find a woman he could love and who would love him in return. Actually, he’d found the woman, but she wouldn’t even look at him, let alone allow him to pay her court, and the poor fellow didn’t know what to do.

He’d consulted Wilhelmina, but according to the notes in her recipe book, Wilhelmine had begun to think his problem was insoluble, until someone left a basket of golden peaches on her doorstep as a gift, and suddenly she had an idea for the sweetest dessert this side of heaven.

Wilhelmine made a note in the margin to the effect that once the woman tasted this dessert, she couldn’t say “yes” quickly enough.

PEACH (or MANGO) MOLD

Dissolve 1 peach jelly powder and 1 orange jelly powder in 1 cup of boiling water.

Add:
 I - 14oz. Can of finely chopped peach or mango slices, including the juice

One half cup (4ozs.) orange juice.

One half pint of whipping cream, whipped until stiff.

Stir cream into jelly and fruit mix until well blended.

Take 8 lady fingers, break each one into 3 pieces and dist5ribute them evenly in a jelly, or ring mold.

Then, carefully pour the fruit and cream mixture on top of the ladyfingers. You’ll need to keep pushing the ladyfinger pieces down with a spoon until they absorb the liquid.

Refrigerate 6-8 hours, or overnight. 

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 6 - THE SALAD


HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 6 - THE SALAD 


FROM LES RECETTES PRIVEES DE WILHELMINE 


In Wilhelmine’s day, the world was not big on salads the way we know them. However, according to her cookbook, it seems she did manage to cancel the appointments of a few of the aristocrats with Madame la Guillotine by feeding their guards a strange mixture of wormwood leaves and mashed pumpkin. Wormwood is the basis for Absinthe, a liquor popular among the French Impressionists and their followers. Anyway, the mixture sounded awful, and since I have no idea where to buy wormwood leaves, I decided to go with the colors instead.

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ROMAINE SALAD WITH MANDARIN ORANGES 

Wash, tear into small pieces, and place in a large bowl, enough romaine lettuce for 4 people.

Add:

2-3 finely sliced green onions

Half a green pepper, seeded and finely sliced

A handful of sunflower seeds

One small can of strained mandarin oranges, reserving the juice.

Approx. 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise mixed with a little of the reserved juice

Season with pepper and salt to taste.

Mix well and serve.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

WILHEMINE'S HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 5




HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 5 - THE ENTREE 


FROM  LES RECETTES PRIVEES DE WILHELMINE


When it came to the main course, Wilhelmine had so many wonderful recipes for meat it was difficult to pick just one. But the average home does not have a roasting pit, the facilities to cook a whole animal, or the stomach for some of the more bizarre recipes such as ragout of bat with green lizard dumplings and pig’s blood soufflé, so I decided to go with something easy and delicious.

Apparently, Wilhelmine created this recipe for Pork Slices In Red Wine With Mushrooms so that one of her important clients could wheedle her way into both the king’s affections and his bed. Apparently it worked, so if you’re out to impress someone, maybe you should consider giving it a try.

Enjoy,

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PORK SLICES IN RED WINE WITH MUSHROOMS

6 Servings.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.

3lbs. Pork Tenderloin cut into thick slices and fried for 1-2 minutes in a mixture of unsalted butter and olive oil until they are lightly browned on each side. Place slices in a large ovenproof casserole and set aside.

Chop two large onions and cook in the same frying pan 5-7 minutes until they are soft and translucent but not brown.

Add onions to pork slices along with 1 teaspoon salt, one-half teaspoon black pepper, and 1-1/2 cups red wine. Cook about 1-1/2 hours or until tender.

15 minutes before the meat is ready, cook 10ozs. of small, peeled mushrooms in butter for approx. 3 minutes and add to meat for balance of cooking time.

When the meat is done, remove it from the casserole to a warmed, large serving platter, retaining the cooking juices.

For the sauce:

Using a wooden spoon, blend 2 tablespoons of flour with 12ozs, heavy cream until it forms a smooth paste. Add the casserole juices and cook over low heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes until sauce is thick and smooth BUT NOT BOILING. Pour sauce over meat and serve immediately.

Serve with roasted potatoes, or home fries, and steamed broccoli.


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Monday, October 28, 2013

HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 4 - THE FISH


 

HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 4 - THE FISH

 


FROM LES RECETTES PRIVEES DE WILHELMINE


Now, we come to the fish course. There were a couple of recipes I really liked the sound of. And Soupe des Poissons as it’s made in Marseille is my absolute all-time favorite. Unfortunately, some of the fish they use to make it is not obtainable here, and again, I was up against a bunch of weird ingredients.

But then I came across a recipe given to Wilhelmine by a ship’s captain from the South Pacific after she restored his libido to that of a much younger man--apparently the cabin boy had been complaining about his captain’s waning interest and the poor man was desperate for a remedy to cure the problem. 

I prefer tilapia over sole, it’s not so dry. Anyway, enjoy, 

Christiane France
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TILAPIA A LA PHILIPPINES

2 servings

Approx. 1 lb. of Tilapia filets, fresh or frozen, provided they’ve been boned and skinned.  (If you can’t find Tilapia, sole can be substituted)

Place fish in greased, ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of canola oil, 1-2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, and a tablespoon each of chopped garlic and fresh gingerroot.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 mins. Or until fish flakes when tested with a fork. 

Serve with rice, a green salad, and either mango or pineapple salsa.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 3 - THE PASTA


 

HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 3 - THE PASTA

 

FROM LES RECETTES PRIVEES DE WILHELMINE


I found only one pasta recipe in Wilhelmine’s book. Maybe they didn’t go for pasta back then the way we do now. Whatever! According to the book, this recipe was given to her by some grateful Italian dude after he was caught with his hand in a royal prince’s britches, and she hid him in her house until the heat was off. 

Since this recipe called for some seriously weird stuff in the sauce--chopped love apples, sliced fungus, marinated goat’s tongue and a pig’s unmentionables, I decided to substitute all the ingredients except for the vino.

Enjoy,
Christiane France
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FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

Serves 2

Skin and cook 2 large Italian sausages (mild or hot, according to taste). Allow to sausages to cool and then slice.

In the food processor--grind up one box of cherry, strawberry or grape tomatoes together with one large clove of garlic.
Peel and slice 6-8 medium-sized mushrooms and cook in a little oil.

Combine everything in a heavy pot or deep frying pan, add about a quarter to half a cup of red wine, a tablespoon or two of Parmesan cheese, and season to taste--salt, pepper, oregano, basil, rosemary, etc., and cook for about 30-40 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. 

Pour over freshly cooked pasta (I use spaghettini) and sprinkle with Parmesan or Romano cheese.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 2 - THE SOUP


HALLOWEEN BANQUET - DAY 2 - THE SOUP 

FROM LES RECETTES PRIVEES DE WILHELMINE 


The next course is soup. However, after going through this section in Wilhelmine’s cookbook, and discovering every recipe called for really outlandish items such as a pinch of dried rat’s tail, lizard gizzards, or a few slices of roasted mouse as garnish, I found a tiny, folded up slip of paper tucked between a couple of the pages that starts off by saying, “Take a pot of this to Robespierre, and he will do whatever you ask.” 

Well, we all know about Robespierre and his Reign of Terror that launched the French Revolution. He was one very mean and unfriendly dude, but if a little hot soup could transform that dreadful man into M’sieu Sweet and Cuddly, I figured it might come in useful for soothing our own savage beasts.

Enjoy,
Christiane France

GREEN PEA SOUP - 4 Servings

First, cook 2 small white potatoes, peeled and diced, and
4 sliced green onions
In 2 cups of cold water
Bring to the boil and add 1 sachet of chicken bouillon
Cook until veggies are soft. 
Remove from stove, but DO NOT STRAIN
Next, cook 3 cups frozen Peas in
1-1/4 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon white sugar
One-half teaspoon salt
Pinch of dried Mint, or a few sprigs of fresh, if available.
Remove from stove, but DO NOT STRAIN 

Finally, put the cooked vegetables and the liquids in which they were cooked into a blender and add: a teaspoon of unsalted butter, pepper, and more salt if required, plus one-half cup of milk and one-quarter cup of 10% cream.

And then puree until a creamy texture is achieved.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Banquet - Day 1 - The Appetizer


FROM LES RECETTES PRIVEES DE WILHELMINE

 

The first item on our menu is for an appetizer. When I found this recipe, I also found a scribbled note in the margin to the effect Wilhelmine invented it for one of the guards at the infamous La Bastille--a concoction so delicious she was allegedly able to spirit one of the prisoners away to safety, right under the poor man’s nose:

Wilhelmine’s original version called for “Cheese made from fresh sheep’s milk taken immediately after lambing.” It also called for a handful of green devilswort sprigs, gathered after midnight, chopped fine and cooked before dawn.”

As my local supermarket was fresh out of both ingredients and had no idea where I might find them, I’ve amended the recipe to the point where I truly believe if you feed my version to the object of your desire, he/she will immediately become putty in your hands.

Enjoy,

Christiane France
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FETA CHEESE DIP or SPREAD

Half a pound of plain cream cheese blended with approx. one-third of a pound of the driest Feta cheese you can find.

Add:
1 large clove of garlic--minced or finely chopped.
2 or 3 spring onions, finely chopped.
A few grindings of black pepper.
One-half package of fresh spinach that has been cooked and finely chopped.

NOTE: If you make this dip in a food processor, STIR IN THE CHOPPED SPINACH BY HAND. Otherwise the dip will be a virulent, bright green.

It’s great with either pita chips or plain crackers.

Happy Halloween


Starting today, Friday, October 25th, in honor of Halloween, I will be posting a few fabulous recipes from the “lost” recipe collection of the famous French witch, Wilhelmine.

Don't know who Wilhelmine was? Well, let me tell you a little about her:
           


LES RECETTES PRIVEES DE WILHELMINE


According to a magazine article I read soon after the death of the Baron FrouFrou de Chouxfleur, well known lecher, libertine, and all around pervert, a letter had been found in the Baron’s library of strange and erotic reading material to the effect that the legendary private recipe collection of the Witch Wilhelmine did indeed exist. It was last seen in the Palace of Versailles around the time of the French Revolution, but its current whereabouts are unknown.

For those who’ve never heard of Wilhelmine, she was a beautiful woman who lived several hundred years ago, and aspired to be the darling of kings, emperors and anyone else who had sufficient power, riches, and the sexual expertise to lure her into their beds. Due to of her ability to bring the most rambunctious man to heel and have him purring like a kitten, she was eventually accused of witchery, brought before the Spanish Inquisition, brutally tortured, and then burned at the stake.

Wilhelmine’s real claim to fame was her ability to prepare fabulous dishes guaranteed to loosen tongues, topple crowns, win wars, make and lose fortunes, seduce man or beast, and generally accomplish whatever small task her legions of lovers and clients either desired or demanded she do on their behalf.

            The article cited a few examples where her powers supposedly prevailed, but I won’t go into them because really, who would believe such rubbish? You can’t achieve the impossible with a bowl of stew or a slice of cake. Or can you? It all sounded to me like some old guy’s fishing story. The more times the story is told, the bigger the fish, and, in Wilhelmine’s case, the more magical and superhuman her powers.

            But then, a few weeks after reading the article, I was in Paris on business. I was on my way back to the hotel late one afternoon when I happened to notice a tiny secondhand junk store in a narrow back street. It had started to rain, so I figured I’d go in and look around until the weather cleared. The shop was dark, dirty, and full of the most amazing items from real stuffed black cats and bats, cobweb-covered broomsticks, genuine shrunken heads, very real skulls, arm bones, leg bones, bottles and packages of lotions, potions, mixtures, and ingredients of every kind and description, bearing faded labels that had to be seen to be believed. Talk about eye of newt and all that stuff, there was that and more. I’d somehow managed to stumble on what I knew must be Central Supply for witches and wizards. I became so entranced with the myriad of items on display, for the next hour or more time simply ceased to exist.

            But then, beneath a few dusty tomes on ancient curses and the fragments of a shattered crystal ball, I found it! I couldn’t believe my luck, and for a moment, I simply stood and stared. The spine of the book was broken and the leather cover cracked with age, but with the help of my reading glasses and the light coming in through the grimy window, I was able to pick out the title: Les Recettes Privées de Wilhelmine. I could not believe my eyes or my luck! For a moment I thought I was dreaming.

            My heart was beating like a drum and my breath had become labored and uneven. But somehow I managed to transport my precious treasure to the gum-chewing, black-haired, white-faced, Goth-attired teenager behind the counter. I then paid her the ridiculously low price indicated on the sticker, grabbed the plastic bag she proffered to protect the book from the rain, and hurried back to my hotel as if the hounds of hell were in hot pursuit.

            After returning home, I examined Wilhemine’s book very carefully. Sadly, , most of the ingredients called for in the recipes are either unknown or unavailable in today’s world, but with a little time, effort, testing and substitution, I’ve managed to come up with a seven-course Halloween banquet I’m sure even Wilhelmine would enjoy.

            Starting today, October 25, 2013, check for one of Wilhelmine’s recipes here at my blog each and every day up to and including October 31, 2013. 

Christiane France

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