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Spaghetti Italien

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Featured_Spag_BowlIt seems that every major North-American city has an Italian district and the city of Montréal is no different.  This recipe has been in my family for generations and serves as a base for other recipes.
For example, I used this sauce with fries and cheese curds to make an Italian poutine. It also makes an excellent base for a Lasagne.

Ingredients

  • 38 fluid ounces (1125 ml) of stewed tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 5½ fluid ounces (160 ml) of tomato paste
  • 1 pound (450g) of lean beef
  • 1 onion (approximately 50 g) finely chopped
  • 2 cloves (5 – 10 g) of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 g) of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) of celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) of Italian seasoning

Preparation

  1. On medium high in a large pan, melt butter and pour olive oil.
  2. Sauté onions and garlic until onions are transparent but not brown.
  3. Add beef and cook until meat is no longer pink.
  4. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, celery salt, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning and sugar to the meat.  Stir contents to ensure an even mix.
  5. Reduce heat and add in stewed tomatoes.  Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in the paste to thicken sauce.  Simmer while covered for another 15 to 25 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick.

Another End of a Cycle

Even Things That Go Bump in the Night Need a Place to Unwind

The_Grand_Bravo_Revision_3One of the core changes between my review process for the Grand compared with the Portrait was record keeping.  The Portrait‘s development had taken place over a decade, using various mediums and statistics were honestly an afterthought.

As of this post, my third review of the Grand is complete.  This review marked a 48% drop in overall corrections when compared to the previous revision.  Siamese Dreams had the most substantial drop at 56%. Journey Through the River of Belief stood at the opposite end of the spectrum with a 42% reduction in changes.

Overall there were 2,385 corrections done over the whole of the Grand giving us an average of 139 changes per chapter.  It shows a trend where each review results in less overall changes.  However, some of these changes included the addition of sentences and paragraphs.

Here is a summary of the above:

  • Overall a 48% drop in modifications when compared to revision two;
  • 2,385 modifications for the entire work;
  • 139 modifications per chapter;
  • Siamese Dreams had the fewest changes at leading to a 56% decrease;
  • Journey Through the River of Belief had the smallest reduction in changes at 48%.

I also learned that there is no easy metric from which to work from.  The Grand uses changes per work page (A4), changes per Kindle page and changes per eBook percentage.  None of these match up in any way, if two chapters have similar scores in changes per work page, they will not match up for the other metrics.  I found it odd, but it provides me with an idea on my progress.

Perhaps in my next novel, I will keep track of changes compared to the total word count. Again it will not be the perfect metric to follow, but it will provide some insight!

Elbow Grease and a Vintage Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Camera

A couple of days ago, I got my hands on a nice vintage Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, a model popular during the mid-Twentieth century.

I found the camera on Etsy and the order arrived within the week!  The item was described as ideal for photo shoots and I agree. It would certainly have made a lovely addition a shoot I did for the Portrait.

Pictured above, the camera arrived with a bit of dust and grime covering certain aspects of the body. Since I suspected that the camera was made of Bakelite, a popular thermosetting plastic used for making phones, cameras, and even grenades, I scoured the internet looking for a way to clean it.

Most sites pointed out that metal polish would do the trick.  Additionally, comments in their threads mentioned how their cameras cleaned up nicely.  So I pulled out some Brasso and started applying the polish.

Sites recommend that you apply a liberal dose of Brasso then wipe it off with a clean cloth.  Instead I used some disposable paper towels and started with the rear casing.

Sure enough, after the first iteration the material was noticeably cleaner.  All I had to do was apply more Brasso where required and rub away the polish and accumulated grime.  This process is similar to shoe shining.

Overall the process worked great!  The camera looks a lot cleaner and the grime has disappeared.  However the name plate in the front did not agree with the Brasso and the red Kodak logo faded slightly.  Knowing this, I would have used a clear lacquer to protect the name plate, since it is difficult to avoid putting any polish near that area.

There is also dust within the lens assemblies.  Since this is internal to the camera, the only way to clean those lenses would be to disassemble the camera.  I will have to give it some serious thought before making the attempt!

Another Revision of Ghoul Hunters

Coda – Ghoul Hunters available on:
Google Docs
Wattpad

I have completed my third review of Ghoul Hunters. In this modern day chapter, a group of paranormal researchers discover the truth about the Grand.

There were 161 modifications made to this 15 page chapter leading to a 51% reduction in changes when compared with revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

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

Another Revision of Journey Through the River of Belief

Journey Through the River of Belief available on:
Google Docs
Wattpad

I have completed my third review of Journey Through the River of Belief. In this chapter John comes face-to-face with Eleanor and discovers the truth.

There were 109 modifications made to this 9 page chapter leading to a 42% reduction in changes when compared with revision two. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

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