A colleague of mine used to say, “Just remember, second place is the first loser!” In that case, I’m the second loser and couldn’t be more thrilled to have won 3rd place in the The Oregonian FoodDay contest. Dreamed up by Leslie Cole and dubbed the Twitter Recipe Contest, the rules were straightforward: tweet your recipe (only 140 characters or less) and provide a photo of you *and* the dish. Photo – check!
|Posing with My Smoked Salmon Hash
Tweet – check!
@ Hash: 1ea sweet/yuk potatoes, saute 15min,
add ¼ onion, 5min, 8oz salmon warm, remv. add 1Tb dill, 3 TB crème
However, when I reviewed the photo, I was less than enthused. Besides my shiny forehead and awkward tilting of the plate (yes, hash rolled onto the floor), it didn’t scream – HASHCAPADE! It was more more akin to: have pity on me judges for I know not what I’m doing 🙁 Time for some serious creativity, the kind that would redefine forevermore how foodies the world over would showcase their food, not their countenance!
Pretending to be hungry, I posed with my hands tightly clutching the cutlery and looking downward, thinking I would then enlarge the photo, print it out and place it behind the photo. Well, that wasn’t working. Then, giggling as maniacally as I look in the picture below, I cut out the photo, taped it on a plastic spoon and stuck it in the hash!
|Tom Thumb’s Hashcapade Dream
Pleased that my brainstorm would make the difference, I submitted yet another photo and waited for the results, secretly hoping a consolation prize for desperate foodies would be mine. After all, PDX chefs were submitting their tweets and I quickly calculated my chances to be roughly equal to the odds of a rabid band of wombats overtaking City Hall! As you can see in the The Oregonian FoodDay results, staff wisely chose the shot that wouldn’t alienate their readers
…and…I won third place, receiving a foodie book of my choice: Salted, by Mark Bitterman
. Thanks, Leslie, FoodDay and the other fabulous contestants!
For the those interested in the unabridged version of my tweet, the photo and recipe are for you.
|Smoked Salmon Hash – The Money Shot