Evelyn Chartres Author

Crunchy and Chewy Country Fried Potatoes

Other than bacon, this is one of my favourite breakfast side dishes. The ingredients are always readily available and can be made up while the rest of the breakfast is ready.

A combination of potatoes, onions, garlic butter and herbs. This recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) of potatoes
  • 1/2  cup (120 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of garlic butter
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons (60 to 90 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper

Preparation

  1. Clean potatoes then cut into small ¼ inch (0.6 cm) cubes.
  2. On a skillet on medium heat, melt butter.
  3. Add olive oil and mix.
  4. Add potatoes, onions, salt and pepper to skillet.
  5. Stir contents on occasion. Add oil as necessary to make sure contents do not stick.
  6. When potatoes edges are a golden brown, remove from skillet.
  7. Place in a bowl, use paper towel to absorb any remaining oil.
  8. Ready-to-serve.

Balsamic Chicken Bites

A tasty dish that I have made for years. Based on a recipe for Chicken Kung Pao and it’s easy to make. The difference in vinegar really makes the flavour pop! Serve with snow peas and rice to make a complete meal.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 ml) of onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of pressed garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of roasted red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of shaved fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 pound (450 g) of chicken
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of cornstarch

Preparation

  1. Chop onions and red pepper then add to a small bowl with pressed garlic. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Set aside.
  3. Combine chicken and cornstarch in sealable container. Toss to cover the chicken.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  5. Add chicken and cook until it is no longer pink. Remove from skillet.
  6. Add onions, red pepper, ginger and garlic into the skillet. Cook until onions are transparent.
  7. Return chicken to skillet.
  8. Quickly stir bowl then add contents to the skillet.
  9. Heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
  10. Remove from heat and ready-to-serve.

Cheese and Crab Quiche

Quiche has its origins in French cuisine and has many variants. This one fuses crab, spinach, eggs whites and cheddar cheese to create a tasty meal!

This recipe can be made from either fresh or canned ingredients. I keep the ingredients on hand in case I need to make a meal on short notice.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170 g) of flaked crab meat
  • 5 ounces (140 g) of chopped spinach
  • 2 ounces (55 g) of finely chopped onions
  • 3 ounces (85 g) of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 12 fluid ounces (350 ml) of evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5. ml) of salt
  • 1 x 9 inch (22 cm) deep-dish pie crust

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  2. Line bottom of pie crust with crabmeat.
  3. Reserve 1 ounce (30 g) of cheese for later.  Mix spinach, onions, and cheese then line over crabmeat.
  4. Blend egg whites, milk and seasoning. Pour over the pie, allow to settle.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Visually Comparing the Grand’s Revisions

A visual comparison between revisions for the Man and the Sea, a chapter for the Grand. This particular video demonstrates how the Spiral Development method can apply to the review process of a novel; namely how chapters are refined over time.

This is a follow to my Comparing the Grand’s Revisions post, which goes into why and how this particular chapter was selected for comparison. This video also demonstrates how the amount of changes gradually recede to leave behind a coherent manuscript and that is something any author wants to see!

Direct comparison between Revision 2 and 14

This video is a composite comparison of 12 chapters in all. While there are 14 versions of the chapters, some had no changes to bring forward so there was nothing gained by showing them. For those curious, the above image below denotes the total changes between Revision 2 and Revision 14.

Comparing the Grand’s Revisions

When I wrote the Grand, I made sure to collect statistics on changes and kept a copy of revisions. This enabled me to measure my progress and gauge how things were moving along. I detailed this process before under the post titled Spiral Development for the Literary World.

There was one element I never explored at the time and that was comparing the earliest revision available against the newest. In the back of my mind, I half-expected it show me a document filled with corrections and would find very little original text remaining. What I found was pretty much exactly as I imagined.

To find the ideal candidate, I looked through the amount of changes made per revision and originally found that the Van Helsing Paradox had the highest number. Not a revelation per sey, considering it is also my largest chapter.

Instead, I compared total revisions made against the amount of words and discovered that the Man and the Sea had highest percentage of corrections over it’s lifetime. Since this chapter is also one of the shortest, it also allowed me to show visually how the bulk of the chapter was altered.

For those curious here is a list of the number of changes based on revision:

  • Revision 2 – 62
  • Revision 3 – 30
  • Revision 4 – 17
  • Revision 5 – 12
  • Revision 6 – 4
  • Revision 7 – 3
  • Revision 8 – 2
  • Revision 9 – 1
  • Revision 10 – 3
  • Revision 11 – 2
  • Revision 12 – 1
  • Revision 13 – 1
  • Revision 14 – 1

Overall I found it humbling and fascinating. It allowed me to see how dramatic 12 revisions could be when compared directly!