Tuna Pot Pie

Tuna Pot Pie

Tuna Pot Pie

I made tuna pot pie for lunch today – something I used to eat at my Grandma Beam’s table. This is a comfort food, but provides a balanced meal that the whole family can enjoy on a cold winter day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Hopefully you will also build many pleasant family memories that will come to mind as you savor it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup raw carrots
  • 1 cup raw potatoes
  • 3 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 can tuna (184 g or 7 oz)
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup lard
  • 1/4 cup water

PREPARATION:

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel and dice the first three ingredients. Place in a saucepan and add the 1 cup of water and cook over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the peas and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. NOTE: You can also use 2 cups of your favourite combination of frozen vegetables.

Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan. Add the oil or water from the can of tuna. Stir in 2 tablespoons of flour. Add 2 cups of liquid (the water off the vegetables and enough milk to make the 2 cups) and salt and pepper. Cook until thickened. Add the vegetables and the tuna. Turn the mixture into a 6 x 10 x 2 inch baking dish.

Place 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/3 cup lard into a mixing bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut lard into the flour. Add enough water (about 1/4 cup) to form a soft dough. Roll dough into the shape of the baking dish. Place pastry over the tuna mixture.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until pastry is flaky and browned. Remove from oven and serve.

 

 

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Diving into Marketing

Happy New Year!

Motivate your readers to buy
As I reflected on 2016, I decided that I wanted to be more intentional and consistent with my blog in 2017. One way I will do that is by blogging my way through 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer. Twice a month I will be sharing some nuggets from the book.

Two fundamentals of marketing: product and distribution

Let’s start with some fundamentals of marketing (covered in Chapter 1):

  1. If you want to sell books, you have to motivate readers to buy them.
  2. The two most important activities you need to do to market books are letting people know about the books and making sure the books are available.
  3. You need to do your homework!
  4. Each part/step of publishing a book should contribute to marketing the book.
  5. Marketing doesn’t happen overnight; it requires consistent effort over a long period of time (at least 18 months).
  6. You need to commit to marketing your book and stick with it.
  7. Marketing involves presenting a clear image to your audience.
  8. The foundation of marketing is building relationships.
  9. Remember your goal!

Never stop marketing as long as a book is in print

I am excited to be helping a fellow author with some publishing and marketing this year. If you are interested in being coached, or need help with publishing or marketing, I’d enjoy chatting with you.

Best wishes in 2017!