Monday, April 16, 2018

In the Kitchen with M. R. Pilot Author of A Bloodline’s Echo

Hello Creatively Green readers! I have an important disclaimer before you begin your expert stirring and sautéing: I am surely not a chef! But I do love cooking because I find it endlessly relaxing. Now that your expectations are sufficiently low, please continue 😊 

This is a recipe for VEGAN pasta deliciousness! The measurements may not be *100%* exact, in part due my refusal to adhere to precise cooking instruction, but mostly because it usually turns out best when spices are added to taste.

Here’s the grocery list:

- 1 box of elbow macaroni
- 1 can of tomato paste
- ½ cup cashews/1 ½ cups water (for homemade cashew milk)
- 1 decent sized zucchini
- 1 onion
- 5 handfuls of fresh spinach 
- 1.5 tsp of liquid smoke
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning 
- 2 ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp olive oil


- Add the ½ cup of cashews and 1 ½ cups of water into a blender. When smooth, set inside a fridge. You probably won’t need to use it all (I usually use almost 2/3rds of it). Homemade cashew milk is awesome for a creamy sauce base. *If you wanted to go the traditional dairy route, a heavier cream would probably work best to thicken the sauce.

- Put elbow macaroni in boiling water. Keep an eye on it, when it’s ready, it can be drained and set aside.

- Slice whole zucchini and as much of the onion as you’d like to add. I usually use about 2/3rds of it.  

- Pour olive oil in pan and turn on heat. Add zucchini, and onion; sauté until they are almost translucent.

- Add cashew milk, tomato paste, liquid smoke, spinach and all seasonings. 

Taste and add additional flavoring as necessary. 

- Add elbow pasta. 
- Stir and allow sauce to simmer and thicken.
- When you like consistency of sauce – Bon Appetit! 

This recipe is best enjoyed while reading A Bloodline’s Echo. 😉 Just kidding! But I sincerely you enjoy one or the other, and I’d be thrilled if you enjoyed both. 

Thank you to the Creatively Green Write at Home Mom family for hosting.

M. R. Pilot

A Bloodline’s Echo
The Avadi Series
Book One
M. R. Pilot

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance

Date of Publication: December 29, 2017

ISBN: 1976766052

Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 98K

Cover Artist: Illustration - JDSarte
Typography - Rebeca

Tagline: A missing father. A handsome stranger. A feud within the Avadi. Cori will find out who she is in this tale of romance and adventure.

Book Description:

Eighteen-year-old Cori has been tucked into a corner of Verbena her entire life. With no memory of a father and an abusive mother, her escape came in the form of living and working in her town’s inn, a place that happens to be owned by her best friend. Cori was all but resigned to the uneventful and dutiful life as a barkeep.

That is, until a hooded stranger showed up—just in time to witness an incident Cori herself cannot believe—and changed everything. Now Cori must leave Sagebrush, the only place she has ever known, setting off to discover love, adventure, heartbreak, and more about herself and the world she lives in than she could have ever imagined.

Excerpt 4:

Rylo quickly pulls me behind a wall, out of sight of any onlookers. Ignoring the roughness hitting my back, I take in his closeness, and he leans in even closer. I don’t know if it’s my imagination or if a pleasing scent of forest is wafting from him. My gaze flits across his features as if for the first time.
Have his freckles always been splayed out so perfectly?

My heart pauses until his voice encourages it to beat once more. Someone is missing. An Elder of Kamai, no less. The position of his freckles is not the thought that should be occupying my mind.

About the Author:

M. R. Pilot is an avid reader, coffee-drinker and animal lover. When she’s not cleaning teeth, she’s partaking in Alaskan hikes, watching anime, relentless page-turning and/or keyboard clicking. She loves to talk about any of those things for an indiscriminate amount of time—feel free to reach out if you do, too.

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