must.love.meat

I have to say …

must.love.meat. 

LOVE. 

I LOVED everything about the *last* episode of must.love.food.

I loved filming it … I loved talking about it … I loved eating … EVERYTHING … and I especially loved watching the episode.

It made me giggle.  And it kinda made me hungry.  I mean … come on! 

First off … you should know that I HEART Trish Larkin.  I think she’s the bestest. 

I also think she makes a ridiculously tasty burger … 8 ounces of perfectly grilled love; sandwiched between the perfect bun, and topped with bacon, cheese, boston lettuce, tomato, red onion and … who can forget the mayo????

Remember … “if you bring homemade mayo to the party … you’ll impress everyone!”

You should have seen all of us (the volunteers, Todd and I) when Trish plated the burger and fries.

We were GIDDY. 

Because not only did it look and smell delicious … it tasted GOOD.  And I mean “jump around with happiness” kinda good!

(I have to admit … the BEST part of filming that day was that as soon as Trish finished making the burger and fries, our “lunch” arrived … and it was burgers too!  Let’s just say …Trish’s black cat bistro burger knocked the other one out of the park.)

The show then went from ground beef and burgers to making tartar (and a zucchini salad).

Mother of pearl.

Delightful.

First off … Ryan Mesheau is handsome.  And funny.  And super nice.  And can cook.

Heck ya!

Like I said on the show … some people know him as Mr. Rachelle Eats Food – his wife Rachelle, has this awesome blog, rachelleeatsfood and his meals are regularly featured on her blog.

He walked us through making the tartar (he certainly reminded me that it’s nothing to be afraid of … or an expensive dish to try), and making the zucchini salad … which was prefect.  It was fresh and light … a little lemony and just perfectly played off the richness of the tartar.

Every single one of us on the set dug into that dish.  There was nothing left when we were done with it.

It was awesome.

If you missed the episode on Sunday night … and the replay on Monday and Wednesday … you are in luck!  You can tune in on Saturday at 1 pm to RogersTV 22.

must.love.chocolate

*apologies for the delay in posting this blog … I hope that if you tuned in last Sunday this brings back happy chocolate thoughts … and if you missed the episode … perhaps you’d like to tune in on Saturday at 1 pm for the rerun … and don’t forget to watch the “decorating” of the mousse cake

must.love.food. was all about chocolate this week.

Dark chocolate ganache.

White chocolate ganache.

Ganache covered almond marzipan sponge cake.

Lemon white chocolate chocolates.  With a twist.

If you wanted a little insight into chocolate … I think this episode was for you.

When I first started “story boarding” must.love.food., I knew, without a doubt, that I wanted to do an episode with Justin Rogers.

Justin is my chocolate guru. 

He is creativity and fun and talent all rolled into one. 

And he has a wicked sense of humour.

I think that the episode demonstrated that … as well as Justin’s attention to detail.

I guess you need to be that precise when you make something not only delicious … but oh so beautiful. 

must.love.cupcakes

Sunday night’s episode of must.love.food was all about cupcakes.

Sweet little pillows of goodness.  Made by Anna and Michelle.

And let me tell you … Those ladies can bake: their cupcakes are absolutely delightful!

The show started off with Anna.  Don’t you think she’s adorable?  Honestly, she’s as nice in person as she appeared on the show (check out this bonus clip).

I first met Anna at a “drinks thing” (if you can call her third wedding anniversary celebration a “drinks thing”?); and when I heard she made the best red velvet cupcakes EVER … I kinda totally knew she had to be on the show.

Thankfully she agreed.

She was a complete natural.  And her recipe was great!  I love the fact that Anna twisted a classic.  You should definitely give her red velvet recipe a try.  It was nice and velvety … and oh so very red :0)

If you watched the episode and heard my tip about making buttermilk … I meant to say that you can make it by adding 1 tbsp to 1 cup of milk not buttermilk (which is what I said… by accident.

Then there was Michelle.

I heart Michelle.  She and I met the day we filmed the episode.  It’s true!  I’ve been a fan of her cupcakes since cupcake camp Ottawa … and through the joys of social networking, we began following one anothers blogs and tweets.

Michelle … was a natural.  Honestly … she’s the kind of person that you just want to hang out with … and if you’re lucky … she’ll bake for you and you’ll get to sample her cupcakes.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Michelle makes some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tried.  Never too sweet, there is always a little surprise when you bite in.  You should also check out Michelle’s blog, baking in the burg … it’s great – I think it’ll leave you wanting to get into the kitchen and start baking … it certainly makes me feel that way!

If you missed the show on Sunday … no worries!  There will be reruns as per usual on Wednesday morning at 8 am and again at 4:30 pm and on Saturday at 1 pm.  All three times on RogersTV channel 22 … unfortunately only in Ottawa.

But remember to check out the website and the bonus clips … you’ll be able to tune into some of the fun!

Oh!  And don’t forget … submit your recipes!  You never know … I might just turn up at your place and put you on must.love.food.  Wouldn’t that just be the best????