20 Days to Get it Together

So I took the leap and created a campaign on indiegogo to raise the funds to produce my cooking show “Bring Home the Flavour” that is also a talk show with some sketches involved. I was going to do a video for the campaign but cliche phrases were said so I decided against that. Instead let me tell you why I want to do this. This is where I’ve always wanted to be, growing up I wanted to be an actor so bad but over the years I was kind of talked out of it by some of my teachers and peers. The feeling never truly went away, cooking happened. I can honestly say that cooking is one thing that keeps me sane, I love it but something is still missing. The audience, that’s what’s missing.

With this cooking talk show I can combine both cooking and entertaining with the added bonus of meeting some great people and sharpening those cooking skills. I can’t even begin to describe how bad I want this to become a reality. There have been several people I’ve reached out to but that was a lost cause with not so much as a response. So moving forward anyhow I know the end game and that it starts here the rest will be made up along the way. This is day one of the 20 Days as the campaign progresses each day I will post and add a recipe or two here and there. All I have to do is convince at least 30000 people to believe in me no big deal haha. Once the goal is reached and the show goes on there will be all sorts of cool things to be given out as rewards to all who contribute.

Click on the link to check out more about my campaign and to support/share:

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Check out my channel and be sure to subscribe wile you are there so you don’t miss out on some recipes. I’m currently on a boat for a while and it doesn’t have a strong enough signal to upload videos but as soon as I can get a good connection and I’m not feeding 20-35 people I will shoot and publish some new recipes.

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Homemade Fish & Chips, Will it Change My Life?

There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment, I’m gonna be a Dad, working a new job cooking and trying to get situated finically. So now I’m doing this for my little kid. He’s not even out this world yet and I already want to fight for him haha. I will push through and people will start subscribing to my cooking channel. Oh and watch my videos like the one I’m here to talk about today. Homemade Fish & Chips, the more people that watch the better a shot I will have at this changing my life.

Fish & Chips is a staple in Newfoundland and everyone makes it there own way. My recipe is easy and tastes awesome but if you don’t believe me try it for yourself. Then of course you have to like it and share it because that’s the only way that Fish & Chips will change my life. The thing about this recipe is that I have tweaked it so it stays crispy for a long time because typically on a boat it’s buffet style and no-one wants to come in for food and eat a soggy piece of fried fish. Here goes everything.

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Ingredients

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1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup baking powder
4-6 fish fillets
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 cup milk
4-5 large potatoes (russets)
and flour for dredging

Directions

Step 1: Wash & Cut Potatoes

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Wash potatoes thoroughly and cut fries on a cutting board or if you’re fortunate enough use a fry cutter and soak them in a big bowl of water so the don’t turn on you. Heat a deep fryer to 180 degrees (350), once heated strain the fries in a colander and pat dry with some paper towel. Don’t put wet fries in deep fryer cause that equals danger.

Step 2: Blanch Fries

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Cook the fries for about 7 minutes. You can test them to see if they’re done by pinching, if they pinch rather easy you are good to go. Lay them in a bowl lined with paper towel and set aside. This Process is called blanching, you finish cooking them once the fish is done.

Step 3: Whisk Dry Ingredients

 

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In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, garlic and pepper.

Step 4: Pour in Liquids

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Pour the water and milk into the bowl then whisk until a thin batter is formed. You can test this by dipping your finger in, if it sticks as a thin layer you’re good.

Step 5: Fry the Fish

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Take out the basket of the deep fryer and lay it in a pan along side. Dip the fish fillets in the flour then in the batter and let the excess batter drain off. Lay it gently in the deep fryer that is already heated to 180 degrees.

Step 7: Cook on Both Sides

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Let the fish brown on one side. Takes about 3-4 minutes, then flip to over and brown on the other side for the same amount of time. repeat the process with one piece at a time. lay the cooked fish on its end in the basket you took out so any access grease can come out.

Step 7: Finish the Fries and Enjoy

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Now finish off the fries by cooking them for another 5 minutes or until crispy and golden. We serve it up with some dressing and gravy here which I will show you how to make in the near future so please subscribe so you don’t miss out.

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So will this recipe change my life? Maybe but if I never made it I would never have known. I have had quite a few failures and that’s ok you just have to keep trying especially if you are passionate about it. Don’t get me wrong, I get bummed when there’s a video I’m excited to post only to see that no-one is interested but I will get over it and move on while still promoting the videos with lesser views. I just love everything about doing this. I love seeing people enjoying my recipes, the shooting of the videos and the editing as well. You gotta find your happy place and focus hard on it and one day who knows maybe one of these recipes will change my life.

Click on the link to get a copy of my digital cookbook it’s $5 and will help me to make my cooking show a reality. It has links to videos and help when you need it.

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Thank you,
Adam

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A little Inspiration and Travel Advice From Norway

So here I am in Norway, just prepared a galley (kitchen for those of you who are unfamiliar) on a new boat to take across the Atlantic back home to St. John’s. It’s very exciting stuff and I can’t wait to get cooking again. I’m still hard into the YouTube channel, published a video of my hike up one of the mountains a couple of days ago check it out below and give a like and share.

It was such a reward to get up there and see all the surrounding mountains. It put what I’m trying to do with the cooking channel into perspective.

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There are days that I just want to give up but no matter how hard it gets even with all the finical pressures that are there right now I need to fight more than ever for views to get this dream off the ground. Sometimes goals just seem so ridiculous that you have trouble  believing them yourself but hey other people can do it and sometimes the dreams may just be ridiculous enough. Youtube is a hard cookie to crack when you’re trying to create sensible content, its like spitting hairs. Most days it seems like people just don’t care but you gotta stick to it. People look at what I’m doing as trying to find the easy way out but let me tell you one thing there is nothing easy about setting up shooting and editing by yourself. Plus it takes a lot of people ignoring you before you find the ones who will follow. When you do find them, treat them with respect.

The digital cookbook was another way I thought would help me towards my goal. It was a blast to create and I may start in on the second edition soon. Just need to fight with myself some more first. Grab a copy for $5 if you like by clicking the link below, no pressure.

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Anyway the scenery here in Norway is breath taking, it reminds me of home which is good and bad because it makes me miss home more while making it comforting at the same time, I know weird, right? The only real negative thing about this place is the cost. If you ever plan on coming here, prepare a big budget for eating because a big mac will run you around $30 Canadian. There was one restaurant that was within reason in Aasland. It was a beautiful city that I would recommend you check out. The restaurant was called Egon Restaurant and it was very good. I had the pasta and the noodles were cooked perfectly, the sauce was great and the garlic bread was perfect. It was only roughly $60 Canadian for two people, that’s just entrees and soda. So if you’re ever here go check them out. I will let you all know if I find anywhere else to eat.

Below are some of the picture I took in Aasland, Norway. The First is the Pasta I had at Egon Restaurant, the second is of the theatre across the road from said Restaurant and the rest are randoms I took all around I hope you enjoy.

Take Care,

Adam

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Pushing Forward

So the latest video for my cooking channel on YouTube is not performing well with views, only 14 after 2 days and the loss of 2 subscribers, this may not seem like much but when you only have them in the 130’s it stings a little. One thing is for sure that will not make me give up just yet and niether should you.

No matter what is you want to do in life even if it seems completely ridiculous to the people around you, never back down. I for instance want to be a cooking show host, actor and cookbook author and I will get there even if it seems crazy to me some days . It takes a lot of work and things will not always run smoothly but preservence is key. Yes sometimes you will get frustrated but guess what? You make the rules as you go. Pick yourself up and move forward one slow step at a time.

I remember when I first started this cooking channel it was called “So you think you can’t cook” and the first video was for my Banana Bread Recipe. It was shot on my phone, compared to now it’s kinda funny looking back but I keep it there as a reminder of how far the channel has progressed, it keeps me motivated to do more.

here is the link so you can see:

The next video was a Baked Chicken Alfredo which was also shot on my phone and it’s still one of my most popular recipes to date.

Afterwards I moved on to a digital camera, the video quality was still bad but at least it could hook up to a tripod. These videos still get some residual views, nothing spectacular. Later I scraped together the money and used a credit card to purchase a actual video camera, a Sony Handycam and the quality of videos was much better. Such a happy day for me.  Overtime with lots of practice the editing got easier and I had fun adding music and all that.

Here is a video from a couple weeks ago, this is my Making Cheeseburger Egg Rolls:

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The name of the channel has also changed to “Bring Home the Flavour” and has a fancy new logo.

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It’s been a long road so far but it’s not over yet and like I said before just because the latest video didn’t perform well doesn’t mean it’s over. Keep pushing forward.

 

Here goes everything,

 

Adam

Banana Bread Pudding with a Fosters Sauce

This is the latest addition to my cooking channel on YouTube. It’s my twist on a classic Bread Pudding. I’m always trying to mix things up doing different variations of some great dishes and this Banana Bread Pudding is a huge hit on the boats that I’ve been on so I wanted to share it no matter what. The Fosters Sauce is just what you would expect, it’s the Sauce that is used in my bananas foster recipe and it goes great with the Pudding and some vanilla ice cream.

It took a while to get the video up this week because I am on the boat with a little mini laptop equipped only with windows movie maker. Overall I’m not impressed with it but there are a couple of things that would great if it were added to iMovie. Well mostly just the ability to move text anywhere. Either way it didn’t work, there was always an error when trying to export it. So I had to wait until a chance to get to town and pick up the MacBook, then I was set. There is way too much background noise on the boat so it had to be a text based video but all in all the Banana Bread Pudding video came out great. We have no wifi so I had to walk up to the library and upload the video, it was quite cold, the library was closed so I must have looked like a fool sitting on the step doing some touch ups, adding music and uploading. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below or on the YouTube page.

It’s been a day and the video has only gained 10 views which is sad considering the amount of work gone into it but that’s the game. YouTube is a very hard cookie to crack. Please take the time to watch, like and share it. You can’t give up just because your videos are not getting views, it takes time and care. Always go back and tweak them until they work, changing tags and such. Anyway that’s all part of the adventure right? Time to give you what you came for.

Banana Bread Pudding With a Fosters Sauce

Ingredients

8 slices of bread
1/2 cup melted butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 ripe bananas
2 cups of milk
4 eggs

for the sauce

1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp rum extract or you can use actual rum
3/4 cups chopped walnuts

Directions

1. Tear up bread and place it in a greased baking dish. then pour melted butter all over.

2. In a medium mixing bowl mash the banana with a masher or fork.

3. Add the eggs, salt, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. Whisk it all well.

4. Pour in the milk and whisk some more.

5. Pour the mixture all over the buttered bread and let it all soak in you can stir it to speed up the process.

6. Bake in a oven set to 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

7. making the sauce combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pot and stir until it starts to bubble.

8. once the banana bread pudding is out of the oven it may deflate a bit but don’t worry its still great. Serve it up with some vanilla ice-cream and the sauce.

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Please Subscribe to my channel for lots of great recipes posted every Thursday and spread the love. There’s a lot of competition out there and I just want to share my recipes with the world. If you also have a cooking channel or blog you would like to share please feel free to do so in the comments below, maybe we can help each other out. Take care and I will be posting more recipes, videos and the adventures in creating them as well as what I learn along the way so run along and tell your friends. Help me Bring Home the Flavour. Take care

 

Here goes everything,

Adam

 

 

Here Goes Everything

The economic downturn in Newfoundland is a scary thing, no one feels that it’s going to get back on track anytime soon. I refuse to let that define my financial future. Giving up is not an option in my mind, I’m going to push forward and keep posting my cooking videos to my YouTube channel and keep improving on the quality until people start paying attention by subscribing, sharing and actually watching.

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Creating a following on YouTube is a struggle for sure but it’s no impossible so I will keep focusing on that. 500 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute, you can see how it could be hard to get out there even if you pay a little money to boost the video. My last video got a mere 51 views in the past 5 days and that’s with practically begging people to watch it. This will not deter me though, I feel my love for cooking will show through and people will subscribe more over time it just needs to speed up a little.

Temptation to make ridiculous videos is very high, you see crazy stupid videos getting millions of views all the time and I’m like yeah I can make crazy stupid cooking videos but I take a step back because that’s not what I want to be known for as much as I do love comedy. This channel is all about sharing simple recipes that have great flavour with the world and I would like it to be something that could transition to television someday.

Using other forms of social media is tough to promote videos, I know a lot of people on my friends list on Facebook still use hotmail, so they don’t get access to subscribe or even really understand YouTube. Another issue is that the news feed is so saturated with content that the chances of the videos being seen is decreased substantially. So it becomes a balancing act posting enough to get a few views while trying to avoid spamming. It hurts a lot that the videos won’t auto play from YouTube, you have to sometimes post directly to Facebook with a link to the YouTube video and hope that people click on the link, which rarely happens.

i will keep filming, editing and cooking, doing what I love bringing my favourite recipes to the world. I will take control of my future, the fans are out there. There are a handful of people out there who believe in me which speaks volumes and I appreciate everything they do to help. Creating and cooking it’s what I have to do to provide for my family and I will take to the next level one way or another. If you are passionate about something, never give up.

Here goes Everything,

Adam

Here is the Video that got all those 51 views in 5 days

#NeverGiveUp

This is a hard sell sometimes, especially coming from someone who has been dealing with depression and anxiety for the past year but sometimes if you start writing it maybe it will manifest itself into something true.

There were a number of things that happened in the last year that almost made me give up about 70000 times, I won’t get into them because it doesn’t matter what happens, people are affected on different levels in different events. Here I am today still trying to figure out how to get from this point where I may loose everything to the point in my life where I’m living my dream job.

Let’s talk about this “dream job” for a minute we can use mine for example. I want to be a cooking show/talk show host. Not the most traditional thing to want to be but hey, I love cooking and I can’t advance anymore where I’m working offshore so some creative thinking has to occur, especially when the market is bad and you get laid off.

Where to start, well I tried googling but all you get there is a formula for success but guess what there is no real formula for success, everyone is trying to sell stuff and make a living themselves. You just make up the rules as you go. I just keep coming at it from different angles and if one fails, I’ll take a step back and try something else.

Determination and dedication are key, I have a hard time with this one because I get so down on myself that I’ll give up for a bit. Don’t do that! You give up in this world today it’s like falling Years behind. The attention span of a lot of people today is so short, if you’re not posting on social media constantly to remind them you exist  then you will be forgotten. So remember if you are trying to build a following don’t stop or you’ll be starting over.

I’ve tried reaching out to people in the feild but never got so much as a response back from anyone. That doesn’t mean I’m going to give up. It’s a hard thing to do when you desperately want to get moving in the right direction but everything is at a standstill but you need to put yourself out there. I don’t have much information on how this one goes but I will get back to you as soon as I learn more.

Starting a YouTube Channel. This one requires a lot of work, I’ve been building my cooking channel for a couple years now but it has been hard to keep it consistent with my job that requires me to be gone half the year, plus setting up and breaking down the kitchen takes time away from shooting. The most  important challenge I have is that constant battle where on one side I can do anything but the other side is saying just stick to the traditional way of living, you’ll never make it as a tv show host, look at where you live, it will never happen blah blah blah. If you can beat down the second thought you will be able to push on.

One more thing I’m trying at the moment is a campaign through indiegogo to see if I can get a team and create a cooking show from the ground up. It’s only been one day so far so I’ll let you know how this one goes in a couple days. You can check out that link below.

I’m not where I want to be yet and you may not be either but just remember you can do it, there are no real rules so make them up as you go. Most importantly remember #NeverGiveUp.

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