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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.

http://payhip.com/b/GSJx

Thanks for reading,

Adam

 

 

I’m Literally Just Trying Sell My Digital Cookbook

I was going to get a little deeper with this post, talking about bullying and such but you know what? That stuff is in the past. I’m all about moving forward and trying to convince you all to purchase a copy of “The Beta Cookbook” so I can make the most ultimate awesomest interactive cookbook ever.

You see cooking has sort of been my escape from just about everything negative in the world. When I pick up that knife and start creating meals it takes me to some place of true zen and it doesn’t matter that I’m a horribly socially awkward introvert because the food usually speaks for me. Think of it the same ways as a musician who picks up an instrument and plays.

Now the reason I want to get my book published is so I can do more with food than my current job will allow. I would also like to meet, learn from and become friends with all sorts of like minded food people along the way. Let’s not forget I’m always looking for more ways to provide a better life for my family and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s all about growing as a chef and a person. There are lots of exciting and new things I would like to learn so help give me that chance by purchasing my digital collection of recipes. Click on the link below, you will also receive a digital copy of the final cookbook as well once it is complete. You can also help by sharing this and helping me convince the rest of the world to take a chance on this little old nobody from Newfoundland.

http://payhip.com/b/GSJx

I’m not trying to become a top chef or anything like that, it’s just trying to provide for my family while doing what I love to do and hopefully meet some awesome people that share the same passion along the way. Thank you for your support, you are helping turn my life around and making a dream come true. I will truly pay it forward.

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Take Care,

Adam

 

A Letter From A New Dad

Dear Son,

The months leading up to becoming your father people kept telling me my life is about to change and I brushed this of thinking no, it’s going to be the same life but just with a child in it. I couldn’t have been more wrong but not in the way I thought they meant when they said “change”. The way it was interpreted in my head included all the chaos, diapers and crying, that was going to be the change. It wasn’t that at all in fact.

How do I put this into words, the day that you were born was one of the most amazing days of my life of course it never went the way we expected it, let me rephrase that, it went exactly how we would expect it to go for us but the second I heard that cry  time just stopped and I knew from that moment that Love is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel for you. When you get to hold your child for the first time it’s like nothing else even matters. You are my son and I’m going to do everything I can to protect you and give you the life you deserve, that is all that went through my head.

Leaving to go to work offshore after only two weeks of meeting the little light in my heart just may be the hardest thing I could have ever done. I have felt this anxiety for the last few days and it’s not going to get any easier as the years go by but hopefully you will one day know that I am only doing this because it has to be done and one day I will get to where I want to be with my career as a chef that there will be more time spent with you. That is what I strive for. I still can’t believe that you are our child, a true testament to how much love your Mother an I have for one another.  Greyson, you are my strength that I have needed. I still don’t think there are words that can describe it but I love you.

Always,

Your Dad

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.

beta-cookbook

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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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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