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#ChangeMyStory

Would I be deluded  in thinking that maybe one day one thing I do will change my story for the better? It’s one of the few things that keeps me going so I hope not.

my social game hasn’t been strong. One on one is fine, small groups give me some horrible anxiety and causes exhaustion. This is probably the one thing that has held me back over the years because most people don’t really get that. You know what is the weirdest part? If you put me in front of a huge audience or in front of a camera, that’s what I live for. It’s one of those feelings that can be substituted for anything else and that’s why I keep trying to get somewhere with cooking channel, hoping that one day someone or some people may see something there, I truly don’t know what other route to take. Suggestions are welcome.

There needs to be some sense of purpose for my cooking, so I’m hoping to one day set up programs in cooking and the arts to help people who have been bullied or just feel left out in life. I know there are lots of people who don’t feel like they fit in anywhere and I want to do my best to help them. Cooking has been a great therapy for me over the years, I’m just always looking for a way to share that with others.

So basically, I want to take my cooking as far as it can go. Create an opportunity to better take care of my family. They are a huge motivator because I haven’t been able to take care of them like the deseve but I hope to change that. I want to help others never feel left out or bullied. Meet some awesome people along the was and always learn.

Pelase share my story with others, I’d like to know of anyone who struggles to do whatever it is they want to do to change their story. Maybe we can work together to get each other where they need to be. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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Feel free to grab a digital copy of my cookbook “The Beta Cookbook” and don’t forget you will receive a final digital copy of the book when it’s done. It’s $5 though PayPal. The money goes back into making the most awesome interactive cookbook ever.

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Thanks for reading,

Adam

 

 

28 Days of Recipes

“28 Days if Recipes” This is the official title of what “The Beta Cookbook” will become once it is published. It will be a menu plan for 28 days with all the recipes included. That’s 28 breakfast recipes, 28 Main Dishes, 28 desserts etc. I’m going with the 28 Days because that is what we typically work offshore cooking but I will take that a step further and give you lots of tips and tricks if you run out of certain items which happens from time to time being at sea and all. It’s going to be so much fun, I’m super excited. I was having a hard time coming up with the funds for the book so I created “The Beta Cookbook” as a way to raise money for the creation and publishing of the actual cookbook which is now going to be called “28 Days of Recipes”.

So please grab your copy of “The Beta Cookbook” now for $5 so you can help me turn this dream into a reality.

Click here to get the copy

It’s safe and secure through paypal and you will get the final digital copy of 28 Days of Recipes as soon as it’s done along with lot’s of other cool stuff. Take a chance on this nobody. I can’t wait to cook for you all.

Here are a couple shots from “The Beta Cookbook”.

Take Care,

Adam

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Another Shot Because I don’t Know When to Quit

So I have been trying to make a cookbook and in order to come up with the funds I decided to write a collection of recipes called “The Beta Cookbook” and sell that for $5 as a digital download through payhip. So far I haven’t been all that successful, moved a few copies at the beginning but nothing much after that. Hopefully with this blog post and help from the fine people of the internet hopefully we can get the ball rolling here. I’m doing it this way because I need the funds for a food photographer and obviously funds to have it published but I don’t want to ask for a hand out so I created the digital book.

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What’s the incentive for you? Well how about a finished digital copy of the final book and a whole bunch of chances to win some great cooking gear if we can get enough to get this off the ground. The digital download has 75+ recipes with links to videos for extra help. There’s breakfast recipes, main dishes, sweets and more.

Click here to get your copy

I’m using Payhip because transactions are safe and secure through Paypal but if you don’t have Paypal. I have set up a campaign for a cooking show and you can get a copy of my book there using credit card. I’m focusing on the show as well but my main priority will be the book. I have this habit of trying to change my life all at once but I gotta keep reminding myself one step at a time. So please help me get this off the ground get your copy now, it’s only $5 and it will make a huge difference and please share as well. I’m doing this on my own and kind of making it up as I go. I’ve reached out to several people for guidance with no response. Thank you for your support I can’t even begin to describe how much it means to me.

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Oh and for those of you that paid $15 in the beginning, you will all get a final physical copy of the book once it is published.

Take Care,

Adam

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10 Things You Can Make From One Dough Recipe

Cooking is really just a variation of the same things, Beef Stew and Curry are two completely different things but can be prepared using the same concept. A english muffin is pretty well a touton (fried bread dough in Newfoundland), only the english muffin is fried halfway in the pan, not squished and then finished off in the oven. Yes there are tons of different doughs you can use for each different type of bread you make but I’m just saying for ease you don’t have too. You can just use one recipe and turn it into different things while simultaneously impressing the pants off your friends and family.

I’ll do a whole video for this one when I get home but for now I can’t do any videos crossing the atlantic and all but I will be back the first week of July so look out and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss out. Also please take a look at my campaign for a cooking show I’m looking to start and give it a share. Here goes Everything.

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I’ll Start this off by sharing the recipe.

The Dough

Ingredients:

1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
3 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup of water
1 cup of milk
1 egg
3/4 tbsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
6 cups flour

Directions:

Mix together 1/4 cup of warm water with 1 tsp sugar and sprinkle with yeast. Let the mixture sit until it starts to ferment (about 5 minutes). Next whisk together 1 cups water with, salt, sugar, 1 egg and oil. Add this to the yeast mixture along with 1 cup of flour and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the rest of the flour while mixing with a wooden spoons or mixer with a dough hook attachment, (Note: When mixing with a wooden spoon stir until the dough starts coming away from the sides of the bowl and a ball starts to form. Switch to your hands and knead the dough while adding the rest of the flour). It’s best to move the dough to a floured surface. The dough is ready when is smooth and elastic. Let it proof in a greased bowl with a damp towel over it for 45-60 minutes (grease the top of the dough once in the bowl so it doesn’t stick to the towel).

Bread buns

 

10. Bread Dough/Dinner Rolls

 

Well Obviously these would make the list, some people would say that life is made for fresh homemade bread or rolls. I included the two in one for this recipe because they are much alike. The rolls are only proofed for 20 minutes after they are rolled out as opposed to the bread where you  punch it down and separate it in to preferred size loaves and let rise for 45 minutes. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Once out of the oven brush with butter and let set for 15 minutes, then remove and cool the loaves on wire racks. Oh and you only bake the rolls for 25 minutes because they are smaller.

I’ll leave a link for both of these recipes right here:

 

9. Toutons: A Newfoundland Tradition

We here at home always leave a little dough aside for these little suckers and one is not enough. Just pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a golf ball or however big or small you want, stretch it out until it’s about a quarter inch thick and fry in a pan set to medium heat with a little butter in it. Fry on one side for a few minutes then flip it over squat it down and fry on the other side, they will be golden brown. Serve them up with some molasses or you can make a sandwich out of them like I do, see picture below.

Touton Sandwich

8. English Muffins

Like I was saying before, these are very similar to toutons but a little more sophisticated. First roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness then using a round cutter, cut out the buns and lay them out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and you let the dough rise for 15-20 minutes. Next fry the little buns in a pan without squatting this time just to brown on each side for a few minutes, then return to the pan and finish them off in the oven for 15 minutes at about 375 degrees. I don’t have a picture of this one but I will have proof next time.

7. Cinnamon Buns

That’s right you can do it even if it may be frowned upon but I have made these many times and they always get eaten, in fact people love them. Just take your dough to a floured surface and roll it out with a rolling pin into a rectangle or as close to a rectangle as you can get. It should be pretty thin like iPad thin haha and brush melted butter all over. Next mix together 1 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon and sprinkle all over the buttered dough, leave a little dough clear at the time so you can pinch it together. Start rolling up from the bottom to the top keeping it as tight as possible. You can male the top part of the dough a little damp so it sticks together. Now that it’s all rolled start cutting off your rolls at about 1/2 inch thickness and place on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven set to 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Once out of the oven, brush with the following glaze.

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tbsp melted buter

1 tsp vanilla

a splash of milk

whisk all ingredients in a bowl add more milk if necessary for a thinner glaze.

Cinnamon ROlls

6. Pitas

This is simple, Just roll out pieces of dough the size of golf balls as thin as you can get them and fry them in a pan at medium high heat with a little oil until the puff up then flip and let it puff again…Poof Pitas.

5. Calzones

These you make like the pitas but instead of frying them you fill them with stuff, fold them over  and bake them. Watch the video to see how it’s done.

 

4. Dessert Pizza

That’s right, dessert pizza. Roll or stretch out the dough to fit the size of a pizza pan about 1/4 inch in thickness. punch some air holes all around the dough with a fork so it doesn’t bubble up and put the plain dough in the oven for 5 minutes. Take it out an top it off with your favourite pie filling, I use blueberry and make a crumble to go on top.

1 cup flour

3/4 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup butter, soften

mix all together until it looks like coarse crumbs and sprinkle all over the pie filling than bake at 400 degrees until the crumble browns. serve it up with some ice-cream or the glaze for cinnamon buns or you know, both.

3. Pretzel Things

Basically anything pretzel related. Just roll some dough under your hands until you have long 1/2 inch sticks and fold them into a pretzel shape. Bake for about 15 minutes on 400 degrees then butter and salt them with coarse sea salt. You can cut them up into one inch bites and follow the same concept. You could even make the sticks thinner and wrap them around a hot dog to make pretzel dogs. I will show you how to do all these things in the first week of July when I make the video for this blog post.

 

2. Doughnuts

You can make yeast doughnuts with this dough recipe just after initial proofing, all these items on the list require initial proofing. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out the doughnuts with a doughnut cutter or you can use a tin can and an apple corer to piping tip to cut them out. Fry them in a deep fryer set to 350 degrees until browned on each side. once fried, let them drain and toss in the cinnamon sugar mixture or drizzle with the glaze.

Doughnuts

1. Bagels

I’m sure I could come up with more but these are the 10 recipes I have made from the same dough. Here is one of my favourites to make, the bagel. I do this the non traditional way. It’s the same way as I cut the doughnuts but typically you would roll them out similar to a pretzel except not as long and a little thicker probably about 1/2 inch. Then you just make them into the bagel shape and boil them in a large pot of water with 2 litres of water and 1/4 cup of honey for 60 seconds on each side. Transfer the bagels to a baking sheet and bake for another 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees and enjoy.

Bagels

There you go the ten things in no particular order that I have made from one dough, just remember to proof the dough initially for 1 hour before doing any of these. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or you can message me through my Facebook page. I will leave a link below along with my other social media stuff. This is not the traditional recipes for all these things, it’s just a way to simplify your cooking. Just remember one recipe and a few techniques and you can bake like a pro in no time. I hope you take the time to give this a share and I also hope this will help convince some of you to check out my campaign and channel to bring me closer to my goals. thank you and I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Signing off from the Atlantic Ocean.

Take Care,

Adam

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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The Recipe Video That Started it All, Banana Bread

When I first started this channel with my Banana Bread Recipe, I never thought I would be doing a campaign to try and raise funds to do more with it but here it is. This was a rough shoot done on my phone and edited on iMovie, which is what I use for every video. I haven’t had much experience with anything else you just kind of use what is available. Bottom line, I had a lot of fun shooting and editing, so much that I was hooked in an instant.

Check out my campaign and give it a share, it would help a lot.

There has been a lot of lulls between videos, mostly because of the offshore work. Cooking on a boat takes up 12 hours a day and the internet is not exactly video friendly. So in my time off I would have get as many done as possible which was not a lot sometimes. Anyway I’m going to keep going and build on my channel and hopefully soon have a cooking show to reach more people who can enjoy my recipes.

Here is the Fresh Banana Bread Recipe it makes one loaf.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp greek yogurt (or regular)
  • 3 mashed bananas

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour one loaf pan.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt then set aside.
  3. In another bowl whisk together eggs and sugar well. It will be thick and light in colour. You can use a stand mixer, hand beater or whisk.
  4. Add oil to the eggs and sugar while whisking, then add the vanilla, bananas and yogurt.
  5. Fold the flour mixture into the banana mixture until well mixed.
  6. Pour that into your greased bread pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  7. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.

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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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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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:

Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

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