June 20, 2011

Wedding Video

So we were lucky to have such amazing photographers for our wedding because it's sounding like we may never actually get the video. The company that we hired was called Tru Moments and they are based out of Calgary, Alberta. The videos on their website are stunning and they had done a previous wedding for our planner so we thought we were safe going with them. We were wrong.
The contract says that we should have had the rough footage and our hard drive by the end of August and the edited 20 minute show video by the end of December. It is now June and we haven't received either. Lots of phone calls and emails have  been ignored and we are now wondering what we should do (other than tell everyone we know to NOT HIRE TRU MOMENTS!!!!)
Any hints????
Does anyone want to help us spam them so they have to respond???
Their email address is info@trumoments.ca

June 19, 2011

Chicken Fajitas

Yeah for recording my cooking! Tonight's attempt at fajitas was really good! Not quite a true fajita flavour, but fast and easy. Enjoy!!

So, Recipes...

It took me forever to write the Question 11 blog post (which is here) because I never really follow a recipe while cooking. I try to buy whatever is the freshest at the market or what looks good to us at the time. That leads to a very unpredictable grocery list and means that most recipes call for ingredients I don't have on hand. It also means that I have a rough idea of how I create certain flavours, but the meals are hard to duplicate. I really just combine things I like and since I know what they all taste like I am pretty confident that it will be decent. I have had a few that weren't entirely edible, but they turn out more often than not. I am going to start recording what I toss into the pan so I stand the chance to re-create the good ones!!
So, tonight's dinner was......Warm salad. It's a bit chilly out today so I didn't feel like salad, but we were definitely behind on the veggie count for the day. Here's the mix and the instructions!
Once the onions were browned I really did just toss in the rest of the veggies as I chopped them up. It was amazing! All of the veggies were fresh from the greenhouse yesterday so they were full of flavour. I didn't really need to toss the basil in, but the bag of it was taunting me from the fridge!
The end result! So good!!! 

June 18, 2011

Question #11

Day 11. Post a recipe. Or, if you don't cook, try a new recipe and write about how it turned out.

Look at me- I followed a recipe! My Mother-In-Law will be so proud! I cook all the time and love trying new things but I am horrible at following recipes. I usually just mix a bunch of things and taste as I go. I read a blog named Gluten Hates Me and am always saying that I want to try some of the things that she makes. So I did.
Marlow is also gluten free (just in case you missed it in her blog title...) and she has been experimenting with different pizza crust ideas. I saw this one for a potato crust and thought it would be the perfect starting point. 
To make the crust you'll need:
2 firmly packed cups grated raw potatoes
1/2 t salt
1 egg, beaten
1/4c grated onion
vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 400C. Spray a 9 inch pie pan. Place raw potatoes in a colander and salt. Let sit for 10 mins, and squeeze out water. Mix potatoes, egg, and onion. Pat into pie pan, building up the sides.
Bake 30-40 mins or until golden brown. After the first 20 mins, brush with oil to crispen the crust. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 375 for the rest of the pie.
My cooked crust. 
Top it with whatever you like on your pizza. Marlow chose a mix of cherry, roma and slicer tomatoes with Fontana and Parmesan cheese. We chose roma tomatoes, salami and mozzarella cheese.
Looking amazing in the oven!
 With our mix of toppings we left it in for 15 minutes and then switched to the broiler on high for 2 minutes to bubble the cheese.
All done cooking! Time to eat!!
 So this is the point that the recipe stopped working for me....we didn't have a pie plate so I made it on a pizza pan. As I started to cut into it with the pizza cutter the crust didn't hold it's shape. I think the pie pan would have allowed for a thicker, sturdier base. We ended up eating pizza casserole instead of pizza, but it was still amazing!!! I am going to try it again soon (hopefully with a better outcome!)
The finished product!

Very Dangerous.....

So I haven't been shopping at all this last little bit, but I have still been window shopping on Etsy. I just found a new website that lets Etsy retailers offer a half price coupon (think Groupon but for better stuff!) You should check it out (and not just because the link has a referral bonus!)
Click Here!

June 17, 2011

Mrs.Kelly Latour, Award Winner

I'm not usually one to toot my own horn, but today I am tooting like crazy! Wait, that sounds bad....oh well!
As all of you know I have recently moved to a new city and started a new job. The store I work at carries unique products for gifts and your home and we find that people come back again and again to see everything. Lots of people come in to pick out wedding presents because our stuff is so unusual. I had the pleasure of helping a lady find the perfect wedding gift via email in April and she wrote this lovely email to my bosses:
Such a great letter! And I love that she sent it in to my managers. I am still within the 3 month trial period, so this recommendation pretty much guarantees that they will keep me at the review meeting! What I didn't know is that she also sent it to Tourism Victoria's Hospitality Award program. They loved the letter too and selected me as the winner for the April!!! Yeah for winning an award!!!
Usually a standard work week involves coming in an hour early for 1 or 2 days a week to meet with sales reps. Well, last week one of the meetings was a fake. It was an awards ceremony instead. All of the managers knew what was happening but the rest of us were waiting to learn about rugs. 12 people from the Tourism Board came to present the award and congratulate me. It was incredible!
The Certificate
The Goodies
The Medal
Click here to see what the award is all about!