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Happy Valentine’s Day! And HAPPY I AM!
And can you feel the love tonight?! It is where we are… it’s enough, for this wide eyed wanderer… that we got this far!! Did you get that?! That was from The Lion King soundtrack! And by “this wide eyed wanderer”… I mean me!! And I have no idea how I got this far… but guess what Follow Me Foodie readers and supporters?! With a kick in the butt from friends, I made a last minute decision to apply for Recipe to Riches and had my audition Saturday. AND I got my golden ticket!
Recipe to Riches is a Food Network show that gives Canadian home cooks the chance to have their recipe become a product available to the entire country via President’s Choice. There’s a $25,000 prize for every winner in each 7 categories and a grand prize winner will win $250,000. Money is money, but I’m totally in it for the love of food and the passion for this blog! I also got to meet Laura Calder who was one of the judges!!
Anyways, I really wasn’t going to apply but I found myself getting distracted as I was trying to write a blog post. I felt the pressure from friends and somewhere in my head of random thoughts was the message of “don’t miss out”. To be honest, it was a real challenge for me to think of a recipe because Follow Me Foodie is based on the philosophy of cooking without a recipe. It had to be original, but yet still something they could mass produce. I’m also a restaurant blogger more so than a recipe girl, however I’m rather comfortable in the kitchen and I can usually work out flavours and “recipes” in my head… so I wasn’t too nervous. Now I just have to wait for them to call me back to tell me whether or not I made it to Hollywood… I mean Toronto! Wish me luck!
The 7 categories are: Appetizers, Entrees, Sweet & Savoury Snacks, Savoury Pies, Frozen Treats, Cakes and Sweet Pies. And guess what category I entered? You got it! Sweet pies! Bye bye Miss American Pie… because Follow Me Foodie is introducing the CANADIAN PIE!
Introducing CANADIAN PIE… in a JAR!
Canadian Pie for the Recipe to Riches judges… and hopefully someday for YOU!
CANADIAN PIE: It’s more exotic North of the border.
Canada is known as a melting pot of cultures, so I created the melting PIE of cultures. It’s an almond crust, with cardamom and Mexican vanilla bean spiced Bartlett and Asian pears, topped with a maple cinnamon creme brulee crust, and 24 carat gold leaves.
It was also a combination of the Follow Me Foodie favourite gelato flavour: Maple Cinnamon Creme Brulee and the Follow Me Foodie favourite drink: Pear & Almond Matte.
The pie (North American), cardamom (seeds are from Africa, but it’s a flavour common in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine), Mexican vanilla bean (Mexican), Asian Pears (Asian), maple (Canadian), cinnamon (Latin/Indian/Spanish), creme brulee (French or European), and 24 carat gold… uhhh cause CANADA IS GOLD!
And can you feel the love tonight?! YES WE CAN. Just like Obama!
Check out what my friends did for me morning of my audition! Best people ever, and so are YOU for reading!
Geez, with friends and support like this just for the auditions… I feel like I’ve won already. There’s no Valentine’s Day dessert that can beat this! xo
GO JOONY GO!!! kick them butts!
Go Mijune Go!! 🙂
Hi there 🙂
It was great meeting you at Recipe to Riches! Good luck to you and all of us with gold tickets in BC – I hope we all get to Toronto!!!
ps… your recipe looks to die for!
@bon Gateau – thanks bon!!!
@Arnold K – lolll you heard did you?!
@Lyndsay – Hi!! It was great meeting you as well! Congrats on your ticket and your site it AMAZING!!! What do you make?! Congrats!! I hope you get a call back as well!!
Yum-Mo! Can’t wait to taste it in person!
Go Mijune,go !!!… nice concept !
yay!! so proud of you!
So proud of you! Any chance you will need to “practice” before Toronto and can I get a taste of that pie?!!!
This is sooo exciting! I just saw your sister’s FB post. So proud of you =)
i heart you !!! xxx
You go girl!
@Ryan’s Mommy – and you will! 🙂
@Bow @Gahz @luara – thank you!!! You 3 are my long time commenters and I’m so proud to make YOU proud 🙂 Yes, I hope you DO get to try it!
@Cheryl – Thank you Cheryl!! I’m really excited, but I still need a callback lol.
@poop – ditto!
@Sherman – You were one of the friends that kicked me in the butt to do it. Thank YOU Sherman.
Good luck!!!! Looks sooooo good! Maybe Rice Honeywell will feature this in his restaurant! Keep us all posted – we are so proud of you!
Congrats Mijune! I also got my golden ticket, in the savory pie category. I hope we will meet again in Toronto. I don’t know about you but, I had a great time and met some really cool people. I do, however, have one regret: I should have gotten contact info from more of them. It would have been nice to stay in touch.
Good luck to all who made it through!
PS: I was the guy with the chili-cheese pot pie
@Inspector Stanley – LOL!!!! You crack me up! I was waiting for you to comment!! Thank you so much for making a famous appearance in my video!!! You are so supportive!!! I’ll try my best to bring home gold!!! Thank you!!!
@Guy – Hi!!! I’m so happy you found my blog!! AWESOME!!! I hope I see you in Toronto too!!! Can’t wait to try your savoury pie!!! Good luck!
Oh wow, congratulation Mijune, that dessert looks fantastic. I hope you win. 🙂
@Jenny – aw thank you!! I’m still waiting for a call back to even get to TO. Ur so sweet though!
Mijune will you be a contestant on the show? The show was filmed in March, & suppose to debut on Food Network Canada on Oct 19th.
So this looks pretty cool. But just one thing….
we’re not a melting pot. That’s the U.S.A. We’re a “mosaic” – we integrate instead of try to assimilate.
cool idea otherwise :)!
@WS – Sorry I couldn’t answer you before… but I guess you know now!
@Audrie – yes I learned that in school too lol, but it works for my pie 😉 thanks Audrie!