Project Food Blog Challenge #7: Video 411

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”.


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.

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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!

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Recipe for Arugula Salad with Pomegranate, Avocado and Goat Cheese

Serves 2



  • *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


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


  • 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.

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92 thoughts on “Project Food Blog Challenge #7: Video 411”

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!
    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!).

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

  7. 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

  8. 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 :)

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

  9. 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!

  10. 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:)

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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)

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

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  22. 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.