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Revising the Van Helsing Paradox

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The Van Helsing Paradox available on:
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I have completed my second review of The Van Helsing Paradox. This chapter explores what happens when a hunter walks through the doors of the Grand in pursuit of prey.

There were 760 modifications made to this 24 page chapter. Overall, this revision concentrated on improving the chapter’s readability. Several modifications were related to formatting and maintaining consistency.

This chapter also focused on making the dialogue involving Hecate and Clara easier to read.  This meant finding consistent and memorable monikers to use throughout.

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.

Galettes au Frigidaire

Refrigerator Biscuits

Biscuit_au_FrigoRefrigerator biscuits are made from a stiff dough that is refrigerated to become stiffer.  The dough is typically shaped into logs which are sliced into rounds before baking.

This treat is easy to make and can be prepared the night before.  Bake fresh when needed and can be easily doubled without re-adjusting ingredients.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (180 ml) of butter
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of shortening
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of salt
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of sugar
  • ½ cup (180 ml) of brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2½ cups (650 ml) of sifted flour
  • Parchment or wax paper

Preparation

  1. In a bowl mix melted butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar and egg.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt then mix.
  3. Add in vanilla then mix.
  4. Pull out a sheet of wax paper about the length of your ranges width.  Lay down the dough onto the paper, stretching it out then roll it into a log.
  5. Put the log in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight).
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  7. Pull dough from refrigerator, cut up into ¼” (5 mm) slices then place on a oiled baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Let cool and ready to eat!

Revising Toxoplasma Gondii

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Toxoplasma Gondii available on:
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I have completed my second review of Toxoplasma Gondii. This chapter follows the tale Morris Little, a travelling salesman who finds he is stuck on a woman with feline grace.

I am considering potentially renaming the chapter to Siamese Dreams.   I feel the title may be a bit too cryptic.  Any thoughts?

There were 367 modifications made to this 11 page chapter. 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.

Pâté au Saumon

Salmon Pie

Pate_SaumonSalmon pie is variant of tourtière filled with salmon. In this Québec version, the pie is a preparation of cooked salmon and mashed potatoes. The mixture is then placed between pie crusts, and is otherwise prepared in the same manner as most other sweet and savoury pies.

This dish is excellent when served with an egg and Béchamel sauce.

Ingredients

Salmon Mash

  • 12 oz (350 g) of potatoes
  • 7½ oz (215 g) of canned Sockeye Salmon
  • ½ finely chopped onion (approx 35 g)
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic (approx 10 g)
  • 2 tablespoon (30 g) of butter (halved)
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 g) of cumin
  • 1/3rd cup (80 ml) of milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Crust

  • Pie crust 9” (23cm)

Egg Béchamel Sauce

  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ onion (approx 35 g)
  • 3 tablespoons (45 g) of butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) of flour
  • 2 cups (475 ml) of milk
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Preparation

Salmon Pie

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Peel and dice potatoes then boil until they break apart by pressing against the side.  Drain when ready.
  3. Sauté onions and garlic in butter and cumin.  Drain then set aside.
  4. Open can of salmon and debone (if necessary).
  5. Place potatoes, onions, garlic and salmon in a bowl.  Mash contents and add butter, milk, salt and pepper until mash is creamy and smooth.
  6. Place into pie crust then cover with crust.  Make sure you cut a small hole near the centre of the pie.
  7. Place in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until crust is a golden brown.

Egg Béchamel Sauce

  1. Hard boil 4 eggs, remove shell, chop then set aside.
  2. Melt butter at medium-high to sauté onions.
  3. Add in flour then whisk until you have a consistent finish.
  4. Pour in milk slowly while stirring.  Continue stirring for about 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  5. Add in seasoning to taste and eggs.  Sauce is ready to serve.

The Portrait on Smashwords – Broke One-Hundred Downloads!

In February of this year, I released The Portrait. During its previous incarnation as The Portrait of a Woman, it saw little traffic and activity graphs conjured up images of a patient flatlining.

At least my decision to move away from Amazon‘s Kindle Direct Publishing sphere of influence and branch out into additional markets has breathed life into the project. On Smashwords, the novel has broken a hundred downloads (was 118 when I posted) and still sees daily views.

Shamshwords_Stats

Last 30 Days of Statistics for The Portrait.

While downloads may be waning on the graphs, I prefer to not make draw any definite conclusions.  The book is available through considerably more markets and is free! After all, what is the value of a novel if you cannot actually sell it?

Smashwords has also been wonderful in delivering my eBook to other markets.  True you may have more control if you do it yourself, however for free novels this I feel this feature is invaluable.