Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your votes in Project Food Blog.
I am very grateful that I made it through the previous round and was able to create another entry for this contest.

For challenge #7, Foodbuzz asked the 48 remaining contestants to “channel your inner Julia Child and put one of your favorite recipes on film. Pick a recipe from your blog archives and make it come to life on video”.

So.

Below you will see me in action tossing up a fancified version of my Arugula Salad with Pomegranate, Avocado and Goat Cheese, complete with mini-tutorials on seeding a pomegranate and poaching an egg.**

I hope you enjoy my video debut…

I have to say that this was a fun experience! I’d love to do more videos and plan to practice more so it doesn’t take six hours to film four minutes next time. A very special shout-out goes to Matt Nackson and Tim Lee…you guys are awesome and I really appreciate your help in the production department.

**Please note that (gasp!) I forgot to mention in the video that adding a little white vinegar to the poaching water helps the egg to coagulate.

Recipe for Arugula Salad with Pomegranate, Avocado and Goat Cheese

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Salad:

*2 large handfuls of baby arugula
*seeds/arils from 1/2 pomegranate
*1 avocado, chopped or sliced
*3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley
*1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled- optional
*1/4 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds- optional
*2 eggs, preferably organic and free-range, poached- optional
*coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Dressing:

*2 tablespoons olive oil
*1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or balsamic vinegar (or more to taste)
*1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses (or honey)

Directions:

1. Toss the salad ingredients in a medium bowl.

2. In a smaller bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Toss everything to combine.

3. Arrange salads on individual plates and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add optional poached egg, and serve.

My previous entries for Project Food Blog:

Challenge #6: A Family Picnic
Challenge #5: Pizza 3 Ways, Barry Wine Style
Challenge #4: Gluten-Free Hortopita
Challenge #3: Fall-Inspired Dinner Party
Challenge #2: Injera and Wot (A Traditional Ethiopian Meal)
Challenge #1: Ready, Set, Blog!

 

92 Comments

  1. 1

    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — November 7, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    Winnie this is charming and natural! And I love the recipe too! Better get baking with pumpkins….

    • Winnie replied: — November 7th, 2010 @ 10:34 am

      Thanks Mardi :)

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    The Yummy Mummy — November 7, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Okay, I seriously want that salad. You totally made me want to make it.

    I think this video represents you so well. No gimmicks, or crazy editing techniques, or over-produced, too-loud music distracting from the point of it all. Just you, in your kitchen, making a kick-ass recipe you created. It really doesn’t get more simple or straight-forward than that. And that’s who you are.

    Awesome Winnie. Well-done.

    Kim

    • Winnie replied: — November 7th, 2010 @ 10:34 am

      Thanks Kim- I appreciate your words and your friendship SO much.

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    Kristina @ spabettie — November 7, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    great video! :D this salad looks perfect – I love egg on salad – I need to try poached!

    HAPPY SUNDAY !

    • Winnie replied: — November 7th, 2010 @ 10:34 am

      Thanks and Happy Sunday back at you!

  4. 4

    Diana@Spain in Iowa — November 7, 2010 @ 9:34 am

    Winnie, I loved this video! It was so fun to see you in person and the recipe is killer! Love the poached egg!

    • Winnie replied: — November 7th, 2010 @ 10:35 am

      Thanks Diana- this is me, for better or for worse!

  5. 5

    Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — November 7, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    Love the recipe and the simple and straightforward approach you took to sharing it with us.

    • Winnie replied: — November 7th, 2010 @ 10:36 am

      Thanks Barbara- really appreciate your comment.

  6. 6

    Kalynskitchen — November 7, 2010 @ 10:31 am

    So fun seeing you on video (says the woman who does NOT want to make videos herself!) Good luck with the contest.

    • Winnie replied: — November 7th, 2010 @ 10:36 am

      I’ve resisted for a long time, but couldn’t not do it this time. It was fun Kalyn…you should make one :)

  7. 7

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  8. 8

    Maria at Fresh Eats — November 7, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    Terrific job! You are so natural and genuine. And your backyard eggs are beautiful. Love it.

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

      Thanks!

  9. 9

    Julia — November 7, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    Love this video! I think it’s polished and professional, natural and tasteful. Brava! Also loved the tip on the pomegranates!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

      I wouldn’t nec. call it polished but I so appreciate your saying that!

  10. 10

    Nutmeg Nanny — November 7, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    Loved it! You have a wonderful presence in front of the camera. Keep this great videos coming :)

    I will be sure to vote as soon as it’s open!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

      Thanks so much Brandy. I’m looking forward to more videos in the future.

  11. 11

    Brie — November 7, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    great video! delicious salad and congrats on the cookbook inclusion! good luck!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

      Thanks Brie!

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    Rachel (Girl In An Apron) — November 7, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    Nothing like a fresh poached egg straight from the coop on top of fresh beautiful greens. Great post. Best of luck with project food blog.

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

      Thank you Rachel :)

  13. 13

    Pure2raw Twins — November 7, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    Great video!!! And that salad sounds wonderful!! ~Lori

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

      Thanks Lori-your comments are always so sweet!

  14. 14

    Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Paris — November 7, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

    You look very professional !!! Congrats!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

      Thanks Cristina :)

  15. 15

    rebecca — November 7, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    great clip and delightful blog I will follow all the best for the competition lol Rebecca

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

      Thanks Rebecca…I will need that luck!

  16. 16

    Hot Polka Dot's Mom — November 7, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

    You are calm and relaxed in front of the camera. Yummy salad too. Thanks for the tip on removing pomegranate seeds. Well done.

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

      Thanks HPDM!

  17. 17

    Monet — November 7, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    Wonderful job. You are a natural! I would have been so intimidated, but you looked beautiful and you spoke with such clarity and confidence! Thanks for sharing this salad, my friend, and I hope your week is full of love!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

      Thanks Monet. Always makes me happy to read your words.

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    Barbara @ moderncomfortfood — November 8, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    Well done, Winnie. I would have been terrified at the prospect of making such a video, but you’re a natural here. Articulate, not the least bit “stagey” in your manner or words, reassuring, and to the point. I loved this salad recipe the first time I viewed it and like it even more now that I see you in action, making it.

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

      Thanks Barbara- I really appreciated your kind words …about all of my recipes!

  19. 19

    Amelia from Z Tasty Life — November 8, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    great job! You are so natural and relaxed.
    The salad sounds healthy and scrumptious: a good choice (no wonder they included in a book: wow).
    (P.s. I love your haircut, by the way)

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

      Thanks Amelia!!!

  20. 20

    Paula - bell'alimento — November 8, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    Great job on the video Winnie! I loved this salad. I happen to have a LOAD of pomegranates in the kitchen and now have a new salad to try them in {and that poached egg on top, fab!}! xoxo

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

      Thanks Paula- so honored to want to try the salad!

  21. 21

    Oui, Chef — November 8, 2010 @ 11:18 am

    A STAR is born! Great job on the video, Winnie, and a lovely sounding recipe too. You’re an easy shoe-in for round 8…good luck! – S

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

      I sure hope so, Steve…thanks for the vote of confidence :)

  22. 22

    Lucia — November 8, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

    Love the video. The salad looks so good. I like adding the egg. And your haircut is so cute!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

      Thanks!!!

  23. 23

    Cathy/ShowFoodChef — November 8, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    Love the poached egg addition and you did a very natural and charming video. Nice job!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

      Thank you Cathy!

  24. 24

    Lynda Balslev — November 9, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    Great video, Winnie! Totally down to earth and natural – a perfect reflection of your blog. The recipe sounds yummy, especially with a poached egg on top.

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

      Thanks so much Lynda!

  25. 25

    Pamela — November 9, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    Winnie – Love your presentation. Beautifully done and so down to earth. Good Luck on your continued part in Project Food Blog!!!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

      Thank you so much Pamela- I really appreciate your support!

  26. 26

    sippitysup — November 9, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    You have such a natural easy way in front of the camera. I felt like you were talking right to me! GREG

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

      Thanks Greg- that means a lot!

  27. 27

    Liz the Chef — November 9, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

    Watch out, Food Network, here comes Winnie! Lovely salad…

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

      Haha…I wish!

  28. 28

    Liren — November 9, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

    Really well done, Winnie. You look very calm and collected, and I really like the side by sides, as you talk through the process!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

      Thanks Liren! Loved the glimpse into your kitchen (and that fried chicken), as well!

  29. 29

    Delishhh — November 9, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

    WOW – that is awesome. Well done. I love the split in the video. Really nice work!

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

      Thanks! The split screen is my fav aspect about the video, too!

  30. 30

    saltyseattle — November 10, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

    You’re so pretty in real life- and natural on camera. Very much loved this inside glimpse of your world. I have a feeling we would get along very well, indeed, my dear, as long as you would tolerate me sneaking in a little bacon:)

    • Winnie replied: — November 11th, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

      Bacon! Would be perfect in here :)

  31. 31

    merry jennifer — November 13, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Oh, I loved the video! My favorite part of this competition is getting the glimpse into the lives of people that I’ve come to know via food blogs and twitter (just as Linda (saltyseattle) mentioned above). Your personality really seemed to come through beautifully, and I agree – you’re very natural on camera. Good luck to you!

    • Winnie replied: — November 14th, 2010 @ 8:29 am

      Thank you so much! I agree- I love watching everyone at home, doing their thing, in their kitchens :)

  32. 32

    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — November 14, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

    I have recently discover the heavenly combination of pomegranate and avocado, can’t get enough. Your video is great! Can’t wait to be able to vote. Best of luck and continued success :)

    p.s
    I was also in the Foodista book and just found your recipe. So glad I have it now to reference is soon.

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

      Thanks Nancy- I’ll be sure to check out your Foodista recipe, too!

  33. 33

    Butter — November 15, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    Nice job on this video. I felt like I was just hanging out in the kitchen, you were so relaxed! Everything looked so fresh and delicious. Good job – I am voting now.
    - Butter

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

      Come hang out in my kitchen anytime!

  34. 34

    Amanda — November 15, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    Winnie, loved your video! So fun seeing you and your kitchen is lovely! Vote for you :)

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

      Thanks Amanda!

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    Green Girl @ A little bit of everything — November 15, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

    Love the video, you seem so natural in front of the camera, the salad was great. one more vote from me

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

      Thanks Green Girl :)

  36. 36

    Kim Beauchamp — November 15, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    I love your video, Winnie. Very authentic, very you. It has such a relaxed feel and the food looks amazing, yet simple to prepare (and not at all like it took 6 hours to film!).

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

      Kim- Thanks and it really did…crazy, right?!

  37. 37

    Joanne — November 16, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    That was expertly done. I really enjoyed watching how you prepare the pomegranite seeds. It prob. seemed minimal to you, but I’ve always been unsure how to use them.

    Great job! You have my vote.

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

      Thanks Joanne…so very much!

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    Heena @ Tiffin Tales — November 16, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Dear Winnie,
    Why must you go and do things like this that make me love you even more? At this rate, I’ll be heartbroken if we don’t meet soon : ) You’re beauty and natural charm shines through in this video. Needless to say, you have my vote!
    xo
    P.S. My mom was the first person I knew who put pomegranate in salads. This brought back fond memories of salad ‘experiments’, fairly atypical in an Indian kitchen.

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

      You’re such a sweetheart Heena. THANKS!

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    callie — November 16, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    That was lovely – and the split screen was such a great idea!

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

      Thanks Callie- I like how the split screen worked out, too!

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    Reeni — November 16, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    You’re a natural in front of the camera! I love the split screen too. Your salad looks really good – love the idea of adding an egg to it!

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

      Thanks Reeni- I appreciate your kind words!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — November 16, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Yummm this salad looks amazing! Great job, Winnie!

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

      Thanks Julie…your cheesecake is killer.

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    The Cilantropist — November 17, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    I think I told you already, but definitely love this healthy salad and your video! Just stopping by to vote, good luck! :)

    • Winnie replied: — November 17th, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

      Thanks Amanda…you know I just loved yours!

  43. 43

    Deeba @ PAB — November 17, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    Well done Winnie…I would be terrified of making a video. FAB!! What a wonderful kitchen you have! Voted for ya!!

    • Winnie replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

      Thanks Deeba- I appreciate your sweet words and your support!

  44. 44

    Rachel Stack — November 17, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    Go Winnie! Yum!

    • Winnie replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

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    eataduckimust — November 18, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    love how clean and informative this is. great video!

    • Winnie replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

      Thanks- nothing compared to your awesomeness, tho!

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    Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot — November 18, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    Wonderful video and your salad looks absolutely delicious! Good luck to you in the challenge!

    • Winnie replied: — November 18th, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

      Thanks Lindsay- hope we both make it to round 8!!!