This, my “I’m thankful for…” post, may be a tad tardy; especially given Canadian Thanksgiving passed weeks ago. And, my “mid-thirtieth” birthday is even longer past. But, it has taken this long to gather 35 shots as we at foodiePrints have been a tad busy.
[It also may or may not be my second or third mid-thirtieth birthday...]
Still, I am thankful for my friends, my family, my wife, and being gainfully employed. I am also thankful for being utterly and completely exhausted.
Jenn and I embarked on quite the ride after the editor of Recipes.ca, Andrea Tomkins (@missfish), asked me to “quit dawdling” and complete our interview. She first approached me before my August wedding. Jenn and I were a tad busy then too…
How do you unwind?
What’s downtime? My blog foodiePrints is a second life! I really enjoy doing prep after a long work day, but, give me a book, a birch beer or good lemonade (like Absinthe Café’s lemon grass lemonade!), and somewhere I can escape to sit for a while. That’s bliss!
It would be September when my disdain for Brussels sprouts were revealed. I never could abide by those wretched green orbs.
Later that week, Tara Simpson, Event Coordinator of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, asked if I’d be willing to compete with other local food bloggers in a salsa competition. I willingly accepted, visiting Viki, my local purveyor of all things produce. At the Rochon Farms stall in the Parkdale Market, she loaded me up with Roma tomatoes, two varieties of chiles, and never-been-kilned red onions. Garlic and cilantro, I picked up at the Herb and Spice on Wellington Street W.
In the end, the 2 L of roasted tomato salsa I made was the only one submitted or served. Simpson asked for the recipe. It was published in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper the following week.
Then, Thornley Fallis asked for a festive side dish for one of their clients’ campaigns. Jenn told me to work with Brussels sprouts, so we baconized the vegetable.
That same week, we found out we were finalists in the the Courvoisier Collective Culinary Masterpieces Competition. The savoury cognac recipes we submitted last summer were chosen to be served at a gala event in Toronto.
But more on that later…
Shortly after we delivered our festive side dish recipe, Julie Delaney of CBC Radio’s All in a Day with Alan Neal contacted us. She challenged us to make an impossible to pass up side dish. Asking Facebook for its favourite things Thanksgiving, we turned to stuffing. Borrowing from Chef Steve Mitton’s (chef/co-owner of Murray Street Kitchen, Wine, and Charcuterie) rendition of San Francisco’s “meat cones”, we made stuffing cones. These, we brought with us and shared with Neal on air, live.
The idea is to be able to account for all possible tastes and dietary restrictions when entertaining guests. That is, roast up one or more baseline stuffings with dried bread and offer a variety of topping options. Only, we strongly recommend sourcing butcher paper and good tape.
Thereafter, Erin Lannan, Producer for CTV Morning Live, asked if we would demonstrate our cognac dishes on air. Following some very rushed prep, I demoed mine with host Kurt Stoodley. Jenn, with host Jeff Hopper.
Mine? Well…I don’t expect to be invited back to the show…
Last week, we went to Toronto for the Courvoisier event.
You are now caught up.
Suffice it to say, Jenn and I were difficult to contact for four weeks; four wondrous weeks we wouldn’t trade for anything!
I ascribe to the “spend the first day of the new year the way you’d like to spend every day” philosophy. If the next 11 months are anything like the past 4-weeks, my birthday situated somewhere near the beginning, I will need more coffee.
Thank-you to everyone for being so patient and supportive. It is a dream come true that we at foodiePrints are able to share our passion for food with you.
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