For the Love of Food

 

DSC_2255I’d love to give you a little more about myself, but when it comes to food – I just eat it. I love food, and I have my grandfather to thank for that. No, he was not a chef by trade, but he was the chef at the fire house where his primary job was firefighting. At home, he was a father to five and a husband to the most wonderful lady I’d ever known (yes, my grandmother).

Particular when teaching me his recipes, I’d get close to what he’d make but it was not quite the same, it always seemed to taste better when he’d make it. When he passed away, I got the best thing to remember him by – his recipe book; recipes were either handwritten or typewritten. Such a big part of him stayed with me when I inherited it, that I made copies for all of those who’d lost him (family and very close family-friends). I’ve never shared his recipes with anyone else, as I enjoyed keeping it all secret.

Because of his food, I’ve developed a love for cooking; I love hosting for friends and family, and therefore, when hosting, I’ll often make something from his book. I get asked to share recipes and I never do, until now – I’m ready to share a little piece of him with the world, one recipe at a time – his cream puffs.

Ingredients

  • 4                 Eggs
  • 1 cup        Flour
  • 1 cup        Water
  • 1/2 cup    Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp     Salt
  • 1L               Whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup     Icing sugar

Preheat oven to to 350 degrees Celsius.

In a medium sauce pan, bring water and butter to boil. Lower the stove to low-medium and add flour and salt and continuously stir until dough detaches from the sides of the sauce pan, while creating a ball of dough in the middle.

Remove from heat and add one egg at time while mixing the dough thoroughly until well blended between each egg. When finished, dough should be smooth.

Using a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), make small balls with the dough using two teaspoons, as dough will be sticky – balls should be about 1 inch wide. Plan baking sheet on the highest rack in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until slightly golden on top. Let cool

In a separate bowl, on medium-high speed, whip cream while adding icing sugar a little bit a time. Whip until cream creates a peak.

Put whipped cream in an icing bag, using a filling tip, while poking a whole on the side of the puff and fill until full.

To add a little extra sweetness, dust icing sugar on puffs before serving. Puffs can be refrigerated for up to two days.

Enjoy!

 

Essential Post : My first video

For my first video, I decided to give some DIY tips to help lower your budget and add that bit of creativity to your wedding. It really comes down to shopping around for the material and doing your decor or favors yourself.This can save you a substantial amount of money and can be a lot of fun to do with your bridal party. I hope you enjoy this video, it is more to show you what I have done myself rather than coaching as to how to do it. Thought I would share some inspirations with you.

Essential Post: My Thoughts on Creating My First Video…

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Well… my first video was a lot easier than my first podcast as I learned the first time that the proper software matters! I downloaded the software provided in #ADL310 and from there it was smooth sailing. I do however, look forward to playing around a little more with the editing and adding images into the video. Overall, I thought it was quite fun and can see it being useful for actual full DIY episodes.

Thanks for watching…

Essential Post: Are Videos Essential in our Social Media World? #ADL310

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I would say they are. That it is to entertain, advertise, or educate, videos can deliver a message across that cannot be accomplished in another way. It is ofter by having a visual that you get a full effect. Depending on what is being presented to its audience, perhaps a picture can be sufficient, but I think it is fair to say that certain messages are more effective through video. I think Youtube is a perfect example. If you see the traffic on certain videos, it is ofter in millions if not billion view.

Are videos effective for all line of work? I would say yes. I think somehow it can contribute in some way. For example, as a wedding planner, I ofter google DIY favors or decor for both ceremony and reception. There is just so much knowledge to be gained in searching for specific videos that save you time as well as you are not required to read a full step by step article. YouTube shows you how to do. Love it!

A Case Study on Effective Videos

shared by a classmate. I thought it was very well written

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In the Zen of Social Media Marketing, Shama Kabani asserts that “[a]lthough video doesn’t usually fall within the category of social networking sites, it is an important tool within the bigger sphere of online marketing.” (2013, p. 174) The greatest benefit of an engaging web video is to attract the attention of a viewer.

With that in mind, I decided to explore what makes a web video effective. I selected three videos from YouTube that focus on the same theme of work-life balance. Each video had a different style, audience, purpose, and duration.

Rethinking Work-Life Balance is an animated video produced by The Wellness Lawyer. The animation is in the style of a video scribe. The verbal presentation links to live sketches to provide visual reinforcement. The black-and-white sketches contain few words; however, key words or concepts appear in blue text and stand out. The verbal presentation is rife…

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Creative Writing Clip – Fun over Function #ADL310

Shared by a classmate. I thought it was pretty funny! As Julie quotes on her bog about this video ” well done and refreshingly ridiculous”

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Creative Writing http://vimeo.com/16598885  is an example of a video that is not particularly useful, but it is funny. And – at just under four minutes, it doesn’t even feel like a waste of time.

A fellow in a fake moustache stands in front of a small class on the “first day of Intro to Creative Writing.” Discussing the five most common types of conflict in literature, the moustachioed man begins writing on the chalkboard:

Man vs Nature

Man vs Man

Man vs Supernatural

Man vs Self

Man trying to have sex in space

The seven students in the class look confused and sometimes disgusted. When they try to contribute to the lesson, the “teacher” disregards what they say, and continues developing his “Man trying to have sex in space” story.

A few minutes later, the real teacher walks in and apologizes for being late. The educator impersonator tears off his moustache and takes his seat with the other…

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