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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.

Check out my cooking canned and please subscribe:

www.youtube.com/adamdurnford

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.

don’t forget to also subscribe to my cooking channel: www.youtube.com/adamdurnford

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.

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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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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.

http://payhip.com/b/GSJx

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:

https://goo.gl/4rTxnz

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.

My Channel : www.youtube.com/adamdurnford