Spicy Beef Patty and a note on Testing
This post will be short as I have been having some issues with my blog with photos on the blog being used without my permission. So for now I will hold off on some pics in the future as I really do not know where the copyright laws go as to blogs, websites etc especially as it varies from country to country. I am working very very hard on making Vegan in the Sun a reality and to conclude all testing by year-end. I feel slightly better after the break and now it is full steam ahead. I have been working on Spicy beef patty that I ate as a child even if it was too spicy for my young palate. This is very similar to a Jamaican Beef Patty those who have tried it in the past. The almost flaky paper-thin flavourful crust is paired with a really spicy and flavourful veggie mince and baked to perfection. One of my favourites from the book so far.
Caribbean Beef Patties
These are eaten at 10 am in the morning with a box of juice as a snack in most islands. Sometimes filled with vegetables or other meat it is something that separates the Caribbean palate from the French palate as more savoury treats are preferred in the Caribbean.
These patties are great for lunch as they can be frozen or you can make mini patties and serve them as appetizers. In Jamaica they eat them with bread! I tried it once I admit when I was younger and I did not like it. Even if the pastry is paper-thin I do not like carb on carb action if you know what I mean.
I will try to do a blog post soon that are not linked to the book for now. I like to show what is going on with the book but as I get into the final stages it is better that the testing and developments are less publicized.
Testers again thank you for good work by most of you. It is because of you that this book is coming together so quickly and I really cannot express enough my thanks.
Note on Testing
This is for people interested in testing for cookbooks as this can be a serious matter. Testing for an author or a potential author is a serious thing and testers can make or break the person’s reputation. Remember in blog world image is everything. A good reputation with food as an author means a lot.Look at the successful bloggers like Vegan Yum Yum and ppk by Isa. You cannot taste food online so it has to be visually appealing first and foremost.
Many a time I have had requests for testing but with all testing some people start off strong and many fall by the wayside due to Life. I mean not everyone has time to be waiting by a pc to test recipes and I understand because I can be this type of person I am describing. There is a different between testing a recipe and trying a recipe. If you want to try my recipe let me know this in advance because I do not want to hear oh I substituted this for this. It defeats the purpose of testing. Also when you are testing make sure you clear all the fuzzies away before you start. If you have any fuzzies contact the author before showing it to the world or to your stomach. For testers I would prefer people who have already tested for published books already because they know the drill. Or someone who knows within themselves that they do not have the urge to throw in extra salt or do what you think is “right.This is a serious project as I have taken time from my career as a food microbiologist to do this book and to be honest with you I do not want to be some famous Vegan author it is just I think there is a need for a proper Vegan Caribbean Cookbook written by someone from that part of the world. Sometimes the author can make mistakes and there are situations that cannot be avoided. When you test you should write a proper report to the author so that they can easily pick out the changes if there are to be any. I speak about this because it was bothering me a bit and I needed to get it off my chest and I was really amazed with some of my testers and their efficiency so any potential tester can know what to expect. One of my testers Liz wrote a great article on Testing and I would like to direct you to her site.Click here . If you are really interested in testing and you know that you have the right personality for it leave me a comment or email just introducing yourself. I love getting to know a little my testers as it is like a network of knowledge and each tester always brings a new element to the table.