Canadian Lentils is running a contest called Star of the Show. The winners will travel, with all expenses paid, to P.E.I. to learn about video production and film a professional cooking video with Chef Michael Smith. I decided to enter!
Like all things blogging and most things social media, video production is new to me. I do hope to one day include videos on the blog, because I think it would be nice for you to be able to actually see the recipes being made. And it is fun to learn new things! But I wasn’t sure I was ready yet. While we were with family at Christmas time, we did shoot a video with my son-in-law. He’s a professional, so that’s very handy! There will be more on that later. Unfortunately for me, he lives very far away!
I thought, How difficult could entering this contest be? Right? We just had to shoot a video between one and two minutes long featuring our own lentil recipe. The video quality was not to be professional; they just wanted to see us and our recipe in front of the camera. First, I spent a few days perfecting my recipe. We’ve been eating a lot of lentils around here! Then, I planned to just shoot several videos and pick the best one. After all, they’re only a couple of minutes long at most. However, that was not to be! By the third shoot, our iPhone ran out of memory space, and we were losing daylight. I tried freeing up some space on the phone, but there still wasn’t enough to get completely through another video. By then, it was too dark to shoot well. I’ve learned the importance of natural light from my son-in-law and daughter, who is also a photographer. So, I had two videos to choose from. I picked the better one, and here it is! Of course, lots of views and social media interaction will help, so feel free to “like” and “share”!
The biggest part of my contest entry was the developing of the recipe. Fortunately, I’ve been cooking with lentils for years, so I’m familiar with them. I could have just used the Lentil and Kale Salad that I posted last week. It’s one that I often make in the summertime, and I posted it now because of 2016 being The International Year of Pulses. However, since it’s wintertime, I felt like making a nice warm lentil soup. At first, I thought I’d make a Moroccan flavoured soup, but I wasn’t happy with it. I really wanted to include the bacon, because I like bacon with lentils. Then I decided to use similar spices to those that I use in my chili along with the tomatoes. I thought the chocolate would add a nice Mexican mole touch, and I really like it!