Why I Never Will Publish The Novel I Wrote

Once upon a time, I thought publishing a novel would be the utmost form of creative expression, so I wrote a rough draft. I ended up not caring for it much, and people who read parts of it cared for it even less. Some of the thoughts the characters had in this novel pertain to thoughts I had at a certain time, but I realize I no longer feel that way about certain things anymore. I am still the same person, but some of my opinions have changed about things.

Also, I realized if you write a novel you either have to find an agent or look for a press that wants to publish it. Most of the promotion work is up to you, and there is no guarantee it will be a success. So I think it is wonderful to publish a novel if you really believe in the story you have written, but I just am no longer compelled to bring this story to the public eye. I feel I can express myself with this blog, and it is much more instantaneous than having to labor years over something that might not pan out. If I want to invest in a longer-term creative pursuit, art projects can do that for me.

What Happens If You Microwave A Beast Burger?

 

The Beast Burger is a vegan burger made by the company Beyond Meat, and on the packaging states that pan frying or grilling is the most desirable method for cooking. Unfortunately, I was using the stove top to dry some pans on a towel, and I was excited to try the beast burger right then. Since it does not have meat in it I know it would cook just fine in the microwave, although I knew going in that it would not be crispy like when it is fried on the grill. So as an experiment I put the Beast Burger in the microwave for three minutes and came back to see the results.

A large amount of plant-based fat came out of the Beast Burger.

The burger tasted okay, but was a little pricey since I purchased the package of two for almost six dollars at Sprouts.

Organic Apple Pie And Whole Wheat Crust

An apple pie made with organic apples and whole wheat crust.

This week I made an organic apple pie with organic apples and whole wheat crust made from the Bronze Chief brand of flour. Since I am a vegan I made an apple pie loosely following a recipe my mom used frequently. For the dough I mixed together:

  • 2 1/2 cups Bronze Chief flour
  • 1/2 coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of Canola oil

 I sometimes use other kinds of oil and non-dairy milk, but what I happened to have in the pantry this time around were the above ingredients, so I these went into the pie. For future pies, plan to continue using the Bronze Chief flour because this red wheat flour is less processed than white flour that is traditionally used in baking. Also, this whole wheat flour adds more of a rustic taste to a homemade apple pie with this theme.

 

I allowed the dough to chill in the fridge for an hour, and then separated the dough into two equal parts. I used the rolling pin to roll out the bottom shell and the top shell of the pie.
I cut up about seven cups of organic apples into small chunks for the pie filling.

For the apple pie filling, I used:

  • 7 cups chopped organic apples
  • 1/4 cup sugar in the Raw
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder

I cut up the homegrown organic apples and mixed these with the sugar and cinnamon. Since this is a vegan apple pie, I decided to experiment by using arrowroot powder as a thickening agent mixed into the filling.

I laid the bottom shell on the pie pan, which did not require oiling since this ingredient is already in the dough.
I placed the apple filling in the bottom shell.
I laid the top shell over the apples and baked the pastry at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour.
Slicing open the pie showcases the contrast between the apple filling and the golden crust, which was quite brown because of the whole wheat flour.
I enjoyed a slice of apple pie and ate it with a fork.

The video illustrates how I created the pie for people who prefer watching videos over reading blog posts.