1.18.2015

"GIRLS" and creativity

I have not written in forever and the reason has much to do with why I am writing now. I've been extremely busy with my "day job" (which by the way is much more than that, it is a career that I'm fortunate to say I really enjoy.) and when I get overwhelmed with all the things I have to do, sometimes I freeze and veg out. In one of these manic episodes, I've started to watch "Girls" from HBO.

I'm not going to go in what the show is about, but fast forward three seasons and now the main character, Hannah, a writer who reluctantly took a "day job" at GQ magazine writing advertorial articles has voluntarily created a situation to force her boss to fire her so she could collect unemployment. I assume, although it wasn't clear in the show, she did that so she could have time to be a "real writer." Throughout the show, Hannah has always struggled to make rent. She's twenty five and single. So, yes, she can be bolder. I supposed now it's the time for her to make bold decisions and give up certain comforts in order to stay in the path that will lead her to accomplish her goals.
Lena Dunham, shot by Terry Richardson

And that got me wondering, despite "Girls" being fiction (not sure how much it's based on real life of creator and writer Lena Dunham -- and I'm not going to research it for this post because it doesn't matter), people who are boldly crazy and spontaneous (maybe even unbalanced) have more chances to create great artistic works achieve success?

Is that the reason some wonderful pieces of writing from regular, working-nine-to-five, abide-by-the-rules folk never get noticed? Because they are not bold enough to act crazy and lend in situations where they meet the right people at the right time?

Most importantly, Hannah, makes a huge deal about not living an "ordinary" life. She embarks in outrageous "adventures" in order to "feel everything" and have material to write about. (She writes personal essays). I know Jules Verne didn't actually journeyed to the center of the Earth to write his book and most people have a well of interesting thoughts that weren't acquired by spending a night snorting cocaine. (something Hannah did to write about it) A few of these people have the discipline to actually learn the craft of writing and tell their story. And only a handpicked number see their story widely read and appreciated it. The common denominator of this process is WORK, a lot of work; something that, apparently, Hannah hasn't learned to value of yet.

The show is entertaining but I'm developing a mild revulsion to Hannah and her self-centered and stereotypical image of a young writer. Her display of "cool" and "hip" youth in New York trying to find themselves is so far-fetched that if it has any reality is based in the singular oddities that might happen in the lives of dozens of people, because if one person acts that way all the time I'd say she's pretty stupid. 






6.30.2014

Summer Homemade Burgers

I get so happy when a recipe works out, specially when I completely make it up from scratch.

Today is one of these days!

A hamburger is not a "completely" new invention, I know. And I'm not saying I've invented something new, mostly likely not. I just got creative and it paid off. So, I wanted to share it everyone.

I knew I wanted to make hamburgers for lunch. The motivation was my 8 year-old son and his summer vacation. I mean, nothing says summer more than hamburgers, right? Lately, he's enjoyed burgers a lot. Every where we go, that's what he'll order if available.

Since we're stuck at home most of the week. I thought it'd be nice to make something he likes to spruce lunch up.

I departed from the common knowledge that to make homemade hamburgers you mainly need ground beef and saltine crackers.

So, I've seasoned the meat with black pepper and soy sauce. And sorry, no measurements. I cook often and I've learned to eye ball it.

 I looked for things on my fridge that I could add to my burgers, and voilá.

Zucchini (shredded)
Onion (chopped)
Basil (chopped)

And the ingredient that makes me feel healthier every time,

Flaxseed.

I mixed everything with the meat, then crunched some crackers over it and incorporated well.





I didn't care to have bits and pieces of zucchini coming off the patties here and there. I actually think it makes my masterpiece look better.

I just made sure to push all the chopped basil into the patty, because I knew those would burn otherwise.

I heated French Hamburger buns (from Publix's bakery) in the pan with butter before frying the hamburgers.

Now it'd be the time to fire up the grill, if you have one.






I also fried the patties in butter.

Simply because everything is better with butter!

But don't use too much or the butter will burn and start smoking before the burgers are done.

(When this happen, just carefully wipe the skillet with a clean paper towel. But, please, don't get burned.)








I topped my burger off with pepper jack cheese and sided with a salad.

Even if you don't want any butter,  these burgers won't be dry. The zucchini will soften and release its wonderful moisture.

It took me 25 minutes --tops-- from getting the meat in the fridge to sitting down to savor my meal.

Let me know if you try it, or leave a comment with your own version of homemade burgers.

Cheers!

PS: And if you want a light summer read, check out my bestseller (wishful thinking) One Hit Wonder available everywhere ebooks are sold.





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