As a food blogger, you have to wear multiple hats – cook, stylist, photographer, writer, editor. Last week, thanks to the seventh Project Food Blog challenge*, which is to demonstrate a recipe on video(!), I added director, actor, videographer and film editor to that list. When you write a blog, you’re putting a little part of your life, all your thoughts and ideas up for public scrutiny. But with words, you can hide as much as reveal. In front of the camera though, unless you are a fabulous actor (which obviously I’m not), nothing is hidden. And I have a new found respect for every single person who has had a video camera trained on him. (Okay, make that almost every single person.)
But let’s get to the crux of this video challenge, which is not me, but the recipes. Yes, I used the plural form. As if life wasn’t complicated enough running between my (normal, not video) camera and the ‘set’, and alternately cursing and pleading with the fading winter light (looking back on it, it must have made for quite a comical sight), I decided to make not one, but two of my favorite recipes. The first video shows you how to make classic French dessert crepes – if you haven’t already discovered how easy it is to make them, I urge you not to blame me for any weight gained after you do. For the second recipe, I took a little detour to Italy and transformed my crepes into a Tiramisu Crepe Cake – a dessert with three of my favourite words and one of my better ideas to date. And as a bonus, for being so good to me, I’m giving you a special backstage pass and some fairly tongue-in-cheek tips on making a budget home cooking video.
I’ve watched, edited and re-edited these until I was sick of the sound of my own voice. But in the end, I was happy with the result – it’s not slick or fancy, but it’s honest and, I think, fun. I’ll be glad if you like and enjoy it, but even happier if you find it helpful in any way – whether it is to cook something new or be inspired to create your own twist on classic recipes. The challenge was to channel our inner Julia Child and I think I’ve done that. Because wasn’t it Julia who said “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking, you’ve got to have a ‘What the hell?’ attitude!”
The Classic – French Crepes
The Contemporary – Tiramisu Crepe Cake
Click here for complete recipe – Tiramisu Crepe Cake
(Music Credit and Copyright (Creative Commons): Pitx / CC BY-NC 3.0)
The Crazy – Me
(Music Credit and Copyright (Creative Commons): Teru)
*Thank you everyone for the overwhelming love and support – I am so grateful and couldn’t do it without all your amazing feedback. If you like these videos, PFB voting is now open.