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San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Practice Session

14 Feb

Good Morning everyone! Hope you’re all having a fabulous Valentines Day so far!!

Do you all have Valentines day plans?

Mr. Delish and I have plans for tomorrow night. It will be nice to go on a non-work night so we can enjoy a few glasses of wine (read: we forgot to make reservations ahead of time.)

In all seriousness though, it will be nice to not have to worry about going out on a weeknight. Especially because we all know my bedtime is 9:30.

Actually I found this website the other day that tells you what time you should go to sleep dependent on what time you have to/want to get up. We all know you’re supposed to get 8 hrs but this website actually tells you what time exactly to go to sleep, to make the most of your sleeping patterns. If you wake up in the middle of a REM pattern, you will likely be drowsy and groggy no matter how much sleep you got. However, if you get a full pattern in and then wake up, you will feel more refreshed, even if you don’t get your full 8 hours. If you wanna try for yourself, click here.

Psychology brought to you by Miss Delish.

Anyways, on to some food stuff.

I told you a few days ago about the Almost Famous Chef Competition being put on my San Pellegrino, and on Tuesday I had the opportunity to watch the two Vancouver contestants practice their dishes. I took a few photos and I wanted to share them with you today!

 

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Matt Cusano of the International Culinary Arts School at the Arts Institute of Vancouver, prepping his ingredients

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Matt slicing some spicy Chorizo

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Matt Cusano’s finished plate, Miso Glazed Poached Halibut with Chorizo and Parsnip Puree, Garnished with Celery Leaves

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We were lucky enough to get to sample a taste! It was very delicious.

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Kevan Hafichuk of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, peeling his BC spot prawns for his dish

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Kevan rolling out the fresh handmade pasta for his oxtail tortellini

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Kevan with his completed sample tray

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Kevan Hafichuk’s finished plate, Oxtail Tortellini with Sustainable BC Spot Prawns Cooked in Kaffir Lime Butter Sauce with Roasted Cauliflower and Cauliflower Puree, Garnished with Baby Watercress. Can I just say YUM.

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Lastly, Kevan and Matt scoping out the competition. They will be two of the seven contestants competing in the regional competition, which will be held in Toronto at the end of this month.

I want to say good luck to these aspiring chefs and I really think that both of you will do very well in the competition!

Thank you all for reading today and I will be back tomorrow with a yummy casserole recipe. Yes, casserole!

We’re going back in time tomorrow.

Miss Delish asks:

Which of these awesome dishes, do you think will be the winner?

Do you still make casserole? If so what kind?

 

Christmas Gifts Recap!

28 Dec

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great week! Friday party time!!

What are you all doing for the weekend? We should be pacing ourselves for New Years Eve, I guess.

I hope you all enjoyed my Quinoa recipe yesterday, that is a new favorite of mine and I will be making it again very soon.

As you know, on Wednesday I did a recap of my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day eats! If you’re planning on making that menu any time soon, I would advise getting a weeks worth of “non-restrictive” pants.

Seriously.

Anyways, I told you about the Christmas eats, and now on to gifties! I know that Christmas is NOT about presents. I am a firm believer in the fact that being with family and friends over the holidays is all you need! However, I got some awesome gifts from family and friends and I want to give a shout out to show how much I appreciated everything.

Here are a few of the things that I was lucky enough to get gifted to me on Christmas:

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China Glaze nail polish in Pizzazz

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China Glaze nail polish in Flip Flop fantasy.

My sister Jenna got me both of those guys in my stocking, she knows I love China glaze polishes best.

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Old Navy Knitted Infinity Scarf

I love this sooo much, it is warm and cozy and my favorite color!

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American Eagle Super Dark Jeggings

I’m not going to lie, I pretty much live in jeggings. I find they are the most comfortable and they fit me better than most regular jeans.

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David’s Tea Timolino Travel Mug

I love this thing! It has a steeper built in and even a secret compartment to stow extra loose tea.

My mom got me the scarf, jeans, tea mug and a bunch of other things too!

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Lu Lu Lemon No Limits Tank in black

I’ve had my eye on this baby for a while and Mr. Delish listened to me so well and got the right size and color too, score!

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Lu Lu Lemon Back Burner Tank in Black Swan

He also picked this one out and chose a beauty color! It’s a really dark purple and it has sparkly stuff woven into it!

Then lastly, something shiny:

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This is a custom necklace from Laladesign Studio on Etsy! Lauren makes these beautiful necklaces by hand by bending the wire into your initials. You can get one like mine in Gold, Silver or even Rose Gold which is super pretty!

She also has necklaces, earrings and other items!

Anyways, that was some of my Christmas haul, I also got a bunch of stuff from Bath & Body Works, gift cards, PJ’s, candy and all that kind of stuff!

I’m a spoiled brat, I know!

Miss Delish asks:

What did you get for Christmas?

What did you GIVE for Christmas?

 

Friday Things

2 Nov

Hey all! Sorry I haven’t posted the last few days, it has been crazy around these parts.

As I said the other day, we are in the process of packing and moving so things are a little bit hectic. I got home from work last night and cleaned and packed like a maniac and got so much done. Before I knew it, it was 8pm so we took some stuff over to my Mom and Dad’s and my mom fed us some Hamburger Stew.

Thank goodness because we packed up all our food. Ha!

Anyways, I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I probably won’t be posting any recipes until later next week. Since I am not going to be posting any recipes for a bit, I figured I would stop in and send you some things about Friday!

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My Recipe to Riches Journey: Updated!

18 Oct

Sighhhhhhhhhhh

That was me breathing a sigh of relief now that the show has aired.

As many of you already know, I was chosen to be a finalist on Recipe to Riches Season 2! I wrote about my journey up until the point of being able to announce it to the public, here.

At that time, they had just announced when the show was airing and the names of the contestants and their recipes. Although I was able to tell you all about my experience with auditions and then filming, I still couldn’t divulge any information about the outcome of the show, which was the most stressful part!

Every time I would think about watching the show I would get butterflies and get all crazy and jittery! Then I would think about how I was going to need about 6 or 15 glasses of wine and maybe to have someone physically restrain me, just to get through watching the show.

I hope that I am not alone in feeling this way, but I absolutely hate seeing or hearing myself on TV. The filming was honestly not bad at all, considering I’m totally that person that acts like a total goof on camera, but then gets incredibly embarrassed later when I have to see it played back.

When I initially was able to announce I would be on the show, everyone wanted to have a big viewing party and invite every person I know, which I agreed to at first and then got super shy and decided I just wanted to have a small intimate gathering. I invited a few of my good friends as well as my aunt and of course, my parents and sister. My little sister Jessi had to watch in Victoria with her roommates since she is currently away at University.

My Mom made Pioneer Woman’s Lemon Chicken Pasta which is my absolute fave, and then we drank wine and it was time to watch the show.

Jill’s Brain = ahhhhhhhhhh nooooooooooo gnjfgfdghjkdfhgfjdghgfjgkfjgfjdgjfdfhgjdfg

I really enjoyed watching the auditions since I felt like it was such a blur that I don’t remember anything I did or said. Luckily I acted like an excited yet normal human being, which I was pleased with.

It was also cool to see my competitors auditions as well to see how the judges reacted to trying their desserts for the first time. I may be biased but I think that my dish got the best reaction from the judges. They loved it! Tony had to calm the ladies down which was hilarious.

Then they showed our bios and I thought mine was really funny because we had no furniture. Mr.Delish also made a cameo in that part which was awesome!

Just a side note, when they filmed that segment where we are eating at the table, we had just eaten lunch, and I made that green curry seafood dish as more of a prop. I guess I didn’t realize we would actually be eating a lot of it. Anyways, it ended up being SUPER spicy and we had to continually eat it for probably 10 or 15  minutes for them to get the shots they needed. Mr. Delish and I were both laughing so hard because our mouths were on fire!

Then we did the scary part, the batch up challenge. I die, seriously. That thing made me sooo gosh darn nervous it was ridiculous. Walking into any kitchen that you are not used to is hard enough, never mind a commercial kitchen that has equipment that I’ve never used before.

It probably didn’t help that I have a psychotic, irrational fear of burning myself and the kitchen didn’t have oven mitts. Yes, I know, real chef’s use towels but I am not a real chef and I need the MITTS.

I also will just have you know that usually one batch of this recipe makes 6 servings in about one hour. I had to make 200 servings in 3 hours. The math doesn’t add up folks.

Okay the time, or lack thereof, killed my performance in the batch up challenge. I was sure I was going home after that. I really didn’t want to go home but I thought there was no way that I would be staying.

To my surprise, they eliminated Cherilynn instead! I could not believe it. Poor Cherilynn, she was such a sweetheart and she did so well. I guess her recipe wasn’t what they were looking for.

Once I came to, it was time for the Marketing challenge. NOW that was where I was going to win it all back folks. I am very interested in marketing and promotions and I was excited to hear what the experts had  to say about my product and what kind of ideas they had for me. The company I worked with was AMAZING to say the least. They were all so enthusiastic and excited to help me market my product. We ended up incorporating my blog name to come up with the name “Delish de Creme.” They also helped me come up with a pretty pink Parisian themed logo, I loved it!

We also had to brainstorm ideas for the Event and we continued with the Parisien Garden theme. As you all know by now, I also agreed to dress up as Marie Antoinette. HELLO. Let’s go back to where I said I end up acting like a goof on camera, and then regret it later. Ya, perfect example.

How did you all like my Marie Antoinette Getup?

I thought it was fun and set me apart from Jay’s rocker style.

Oh, and that HAIR. My goodness. That took forever for the stylist to do but I just sat and watched in amazement as she teased and tousled it into the Marie Antoinette style. Yes that was my real hair, not a wig.

Anyways, when the event rolled around, I had to take control and make sure all of those culinary arts students were giving me the good marks that I needed. In the end I think that really made the difference in the scores I had at the end.

Lastly, we had to stand in front of the judges and hear our fate. I didn’t know what to think and I really had no idea what was going to happen. The only thing I was thinking when I was standing up there, was how amazing the experience was and no matter what happened I was going to stay positive and keep a smile on my face.

When they announced that Jay was the winner, I was disappointed but I was very happy for him. Although the show was not just about the money, I know that Jay and his family really could have used that $25,000.  It made me feel happy for him.

My family and friends watching the show with me were super supportive and they really enjoyed watching the episode with me. Afterwards, the outpouring of wonderfully positive comments were sent to my Facebook, Twitter and email. I am still so overwhelmed at the support that I received before, during and after the show aired. I tried my best to respond back to every comment and message I received so if you haven’t heard back please resend it so I can write you back!

I always love to read your comments and messages so please send em over! Facebook  Twitter  Email me at contactmissdelish@gmail.com

I wanted to show you some photos that my friend Lani took, of the gang watching the episode. She got some really great shots!

Before I finish this lonnnngggg long post, I wanted to ask you guys some questions! Feel free to leave answers to one or more in the comments below:

1. Did you watch Season 1 of Recipe to Riches? And what did you think?

2. What is your favorite category?

3. Who did you think was going to win my episode and why?

4. Do you think I should dress like Marie Antoinette more often?

5. Why did the camera make me look like I was 7000 lbs during the interviews?

Hah ok well the last two were for fun, but if you have any insight into my double chins, I’d love to hear it.

Thank you all again for watching and reading!!

What I’ve Been Up To

26 Sep

Hey guys, I’ve been MIA lately and I apologize!

Things have been super busy around the Delish household and I’ve been having trouble making time to post.

I have a couple recipes waiting to be posted as well so I will definitely do that this week!

This is what has been keeping me busy the last few days.

My Aunt from Nova Scotia is out visiting this month and last weekend my Mom and I went with her to visit some family on Vancouver Island. My Grandma and Grandpa ‘s house is right on the ocean, and I love going there! It’s so relaxing.

This is the view from their house!

We had a big beach bonfire for my Aunt’s Birthday and I got to see lots of my Family and Friends that I rarely get to see. I also met a new friend who just showed up on the beach to join the party!

His collar said Coop but I named him Brian. Muchhh better.

We were confused because he didnt seem to have any owner nearby and when we looked at his collar it shows that he lived quite far away from the beach. We called his owner and she eventually came down later on but she didn’t seem too concerned about her doggie roaming the beach alone!

She said that he always wandered out of the yard, but she’s the one that should have a fence! I feel so bad for animals that have careless owners.

Anyways, I also made some fall flavored cupcakes for the party!

Those are vanilla cupcakes, topped with homemade salted caramel and then topped with salted caramel frosting and a salted caramel drizzle! Salted caramel overload.


I also had my fill of one of my favorite sweets! My Granny’s homemade glazed doughnuts.

She got up one morning at 5am and made them so they were ready for us when we woke up. YUM!

I also ended up trying something new that was a little scary.

It’s called k’aaw and it is basically herring roe on kelp. Very different and I have to say it wasn’t my favorite, but I was open minded and tried it at least!

I also met another furry friend while I was away, her name is Sophie! I think she is a miniature airedale terrier.

I asked her if I could take her picture and she sat down right away and smiled! Best dog ever.

Anyways, it was a great trip and I came back feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and now I can be ready for fall!

Who is excited for fall? MEEEE.

These are the things that I love about fall:

  • squash
  • roasting things
  • pumpkin spice lattes
  • soup
  • stew
  • anything pumpkin flavored
  • cranberries
  • the fall smell in the air
  • cool weather
  • sweaters, boots and scarves
  • casseroles

I could really go on and on, but I won’t because I’m probably losing followers by the minute.

I better get going but I will be back tomorrow with a new fall-ish recipe!

I hope everyone has an excellent day and tell me:

What is your favorite thing about fall?

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