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New post on Examiner: Give Dating a Twist with FantasyDatingGame.com

As promised, for the next few weeks I’m going to be reviewing a variety of dating sites, apps and services aimed at helping you find love – or at least fine tune your dating skills! And today’s review is aimed specifically at the ladies. If you’ve ever felt like the “dating game” was getting just a tad bit boring, I have a review that’s going to interest you. Think “fantasy sports meets dating”. The website is called,Fantasy Dating Game and the goal is to compete with your friends to rack up the most points online while finding real love offline.

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Jamaican Beef Patties Recipe – By Popular Request!

Ok..

So, I don’t normally post too much randomness on my business or writing blogs, but I’m a foodie and wanted to share this! I love cooking, and when I get the chance, I also like to watch cooking shows. Last week I was watching “Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” and she had a show where she made beef patties from scratch.

Now as back story, I’m not much of a beef patty fan. Yes, I have West Indian ancestry…but I hate those beef patties that you get at the pizza shops and Golden Crusts here in NYC. They just taste, well mass produced. Anyway, I decided to give beef patties another go when I saw the Mad Hungry show. The results were quite yummy and according to the hubs, my filling beats Golden Crust’s in flavor, but he didn’t like that the dough from the homemade versions was a bit thicker. So, here’s my twist on LSQ’s version of the recipe. I’ve made notes where I substituted or added something different. The portions recommended in this recipe will make about 18 patties (each one being about half the size of the ones you get at Golden Crust/pizza shops).

Italics = addition, strikethrough = substitution:

Ingredients

  • FOR THE PASTRY

    • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 tablespoons curry powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
    • 1/4 teaspoon of sugar
    • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
    • 3/4 cup ice-cold water
  • FOR THE FILLING

    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 italian pepper finely chopped
    • 4 mushrooms (any kind) finely chopped
    • 3 whole scallions, finely chopped
    • 1 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 Scotch bonnet peppers (any color), seeded and minced I chose to use 1/2 a teaspoon of Hot Chili Oil (can be found in the Asian section of any grocery store)
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 sprigs fresh
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons curry powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt (I used pink himalayan salt)
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
    • 1 packet Sazon
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
    • a few shakes of Worcester sauce
    • a few shakes of rice vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
    • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups water
    • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • FOR THE EGG WASH

    • 1 egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon water

Directions

  1. To make the pastry, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and curry powder in a large mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl. Working quickly and using your fingertips, squeeze together the flour mixture and butter and toss it together by scooping under the mixture with both hands. When the mixture resembles a very coarse meal, add the water to the bowl.
  2. With floured hands, mix and squeeze the dough just until it forms a ball. Knead it once or twice to combine it fully (the less kneading, the better). Spread the dough into 2 pieces, flattening each into a thick pancake. Wrap in plastic and set them in the refrigerator to chill for at least 15 minutes. (The dough will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Remove it from the refrigerator a few minutes before using it.)
  3. For filling, mix together the beef, onion, scallions, garlic, peppers, and thyme in a large bowl. In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat until it is very hot, and add the beef mixture. Fry until the meat is brown and the moisture is evaporated, about 8 minutes. Add the curry powder, salt, and black pepper, stirring occasionally over high heat, allowing a crust to form on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the water and stir the mixture, scraping the bottom to incorporate the browned crust. Add the breadcrumbs and stir. The consistency should be like a thick stew. Add more water as needed. Cover, reduce the heat to very low, and cook for 15 minutes. Set it aside to cool.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut each piece of the dough into 9 pieces. Using a rolling pin on a floured surface, roll out each piece of pastry into a rectangle shape with rounded edges. Spread a large spoonful of the cooled meat mixture over one side of the dough, leaving at least 1/2- to 3/4-inch border on the outside edge. Using your finger, paint water around the border. Fold the other side of the dough over, and roll and crimp the edges. Lightly press a floured fork around the edge of the patty. I forgot this step! ^_^
  6. Place the patty onto a cookie sheet and repeat the procedure with the remaining dough. The patties may be covered in plastic and frozen at this point for later use. Brush each patty with the egg wash and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the patties begin to turn a golden color.
 

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Character Profile: Hachiro Takuma

 

Hachiro believes in a strong code of honor and will follow that code regardless of the consequences. He is Kenji’s unlikely ally who will face tougher challenges in the future.

 

 

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New Post on Examiner: Getting to the Point with BestDailyDates.com

So, for the next few weeks I’ll be reviewing various dating applications and platforms that make it easier for you to either meet singles in NYC or stay connected to your honey once you snag one. Every app or website may not be the ticket for you personally, but from reading this column, you’ll be armed with an arsenal of tech tools aimed to help you find love on the go without always having to be tied to your home computer. This weekend, I have an interesting website for you that acts like a traditional dating site with an immediate goal in mind – getting that first date ASAP. The website is called Best Daily Dates and it helps you cut to the chase.

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New Post on Examiner: Figuring Out What Went Wrong with WotWentWrong

Learning from your mistakes is probably one of the most important forms of growth in life. Whether in your personal or professional circles, if you’re not learning, you’re not giving yourself the chance to become a better person. But how can you learn from a broken relationship? How can you get that much needed feedback without over analyzing the past and driving yourself crazy in the process? And more importantly, how can you directly give or receive feedback about a date or relationship without making the revelations public or sounding like a member of the Bitter And Lonely Community? Enter the online service, WotWentWrong, which aims to provide helpful insight into your failed relationships while keeping those honest truths private to just you and your former beau.

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New Post on Examiner: Navigating Breakups with Technology

Breaking up is an unenjoyable experience whether you only have to deal with real life reactions or the online ones as well. There’s always that uncomfortable period where you have to correct people’s assumptions of your current romantic status. And as if that’s not enough, in the virtual world you’ll constantly have reminders of your ex either with contacts you made through them or status updates or tweets where they’re also tagged. But, how do you navigate the world of the newly single without relocating to the island of the newly single and bitter – population of one.

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My Interview on KindleMojo.com!

Yup!

So psyched! Today my interview with KindleMojo.com was posted. It covers everything from my creative process, details about Mind Games and my everyday life outside of writing! Check it out by visiting here!

KindleMojo is an independently run site (not affiliated with Kindle or Amazon) that focuses on achievements and new releases by independent digital authors.

My interview on KindleMojo

My interview on KindleMojo

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in mind games, press

 

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