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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Featured_Grilled_Corn_on_the_CobThis is one of my favourite side dishes that uses an outdoor grill.  I individually wrap the corn, so they stay warm while guests eat their meals, so this recipe shows how to prepare one.  For more, just repeat this recipe for each ear of corn.

While they can cooked together, I find they will not keep warm as long once they are removed from the foil wrap.

Ingredients

  • 1 ear of corn (also known as maize)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • 1 sheet of aluminium foil approximately 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm)

Preparation

  1. Shuck then rinse the corn.
  2. Cut off a sheet of tin foil, should be big enough the completely envelop the ear of corn.
  3. Place corn over aluminium foil for the following steps.
  4. Using a fork apply butter directly on the cob, spreading over its entire surface.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the corn.  Otherwise substitute salt with an alternative like Mrs. Dash.
  6. Wrap the corn in aluminium foil.  To avoid leaks, be sure to twist the ends prior to folding in.  Otherwise there is risk flare-ups on an outdoor grill.
  7. Place on a grill set to high-flame for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Set flame to low then rotate corn ever 2-3 minutes for about 18 minutes.  When ready the corn will audibly sizzle even when removed from grill.
  9. Keep wrapped to stay warm.  To serve, unwrap and enjoy!

On an Authors Vision and the End Result

I was playing around with my camera, intent on creating a featured image for another post. However, when I looked at the finished product it got me thinking.  I know!  Rather dangerous for an author!

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‘Creating a Cake’ by Evelyn Chartres

During a flash of creative inspiration, the world I see is both pristine and clear. I could spend weeks writing that scene in all of its exquisite detail. How is that a problem? Like a lightning strike at night, details vanish as soon as they appear.

When looking at the shot, it sets the scene for someone collecting items and ingredients needed to bake a cake. In the picture there are ingredients, a tablet displaying the recipe, candles for later and even some serving plates.

However, once the flash is gone the minds rendition is no longer vibrant. In this case, the richness of reds have bled out from the shot.  There is also a lack of detail and the image is cropped in such a way to prevent viewers from getting a sense of the bigger picture.

Like any story there are also inconsistencies or plot holes. How could someone make a cake without eggs, butter or vanilla extract?  Why is a candle lit even though the cake is not ready?

Only after extensive reviews, reader input and hard work will author’s rendition approximate the original flash of inspiration. The reds will be more vibrant, the scene will sport a delicious cake that will make readers drool.

To think you can just taste that thick icing and marble cake… Wait? It was Maple Syrup cake originally!

Oh well minor detail.  Hope no one will notice!

A Modern Speakeasy in Halifax

A modern speakeasy at clip-joint prices in Halifax! While there are modern amenities in the room like computers and an air conditioner, the owners have gone through a lot of effort to make it seem like the Real McCoy. Patrons are required to casually embed a password into normal conversation and then are discretely whisked away through the bowels of the building to this hidden gem.

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Patron of the speakeasy. Face has been modified and blurred out on purpose.

Of course, there are differences which are generational. You will not find an iconic sliding peephole window, a phonograph, a tube radio or even a dance floor. The latter is probably the biggest omission, but many people are going to dance to the Charleston?

When you enter the space, music from the Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties can be heard in the background. It gives the space an authentic feel, however on occasion Moby or modern music is mixed in. Fortunately, the music is all environmental so the transition was not jarring.

Overall I would highly recommend the experience, even for non-drinkers.  Their deserts and appetizers are to die for!

As an homage to the era, the images have been formatted to resemble shots taken from a box camera.  I did opt to maintain the colour however, seems to create a better ambiance.

Yet Another Revision of Old Soul

Old Soul available on:
Google Docs
Wattpad

I have completed my fourth review of Old Soul. This story explores the concept of an immortal who discovers there are eventual ramifications to their actions. In this chapter, John also makes a macabre discovery when introduced to something from Edgar Allen Poe.

There were 68 modifications made to this 10 page chapter leading to a 50% reduction in changes when compared with revision three.

Both Google Docs and Wattpad display the revised edition. Note that the Google Docs version permits comments and revisions, so please feel free to make use of this capability.

A Belated Time to Celebrate

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I was making sure that all of my storefront links to the Portrait were valid, when I noticed that my novel had reached 150 downloads on Smashwords.  Well it is 151 because I was rather late in noticing the milestone.

My decision to target Smashwords seems to have been a good one.  Here are some reasons why:

  • Smashwords has enabled me to target other sites such as Kobo, iBooks, Scribd and Barnes and Nobel without creating individual accounts.
  • Smashwords has a user community of its own and have left more comments than any other.
  • Smashwords has not buried my book under tons of new material.  I still get views, even if the downloads have waned. I have to be realistic, pushing people to view and download a book can be a full-time job all by itself!
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Last 30 Days of Statistics for the Portrait Page Views

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Last 30 Days of Statistics for the Portrait Downloads

While this is an achievement (albeit a minor one), I did not feel it was worth the effort or calorie intake to make a full-sized frosted cake.  I will save that type of indulgence for later!