Next week, Dave and I are leaving for Paris, France where we will be representing Canada in the Cono Sur Blogger Competition. We will be cooking along side bloggers from Ireland, Sweden, Japan, and the United States. I wanted to write this post before we left, so that when we come back I can tell you all about the trip and I won’t have to start from the beginning
The whole story started back in March/April 2015 when we were approaching Easter. Where we live, our liquor store publishes these glitzy little booklets for the holidays and then they cut and paste the same 4 wine recommendations every season and every year. Boooooring! A sparkling wine to celebrate, a white wine to go with ham or turkey, a rosé for those living on the edge (ooh, aah) and then a red that’s fruity for those with discerning palates (even more oohs and aahs).
We fit none of these categories, we don’t eat turkeys or hams, we don’t wait for holidays to celebrate – we have sparking wine just to celebrate doing the laundry, no wait, that’s just me. ha,ha.
When I started planning the Easter menu I decided that eggs were going to be the star ingredient. I had some ideas about the dishes I wanted to serve. That was the easy part.
On to the tricky part – Pairing Eggs & Wine can be a topic best served scrambled. I did a google search and read a few articles. Boooooring! Such a snore fest and let me tell you, I didn’t find a sunny side up version!
The articles were all the same and after I read that you should not pair wine with eggs for the last time I thought,
“That’s crazy, who says?”
The articles were written in a tone of “don’t do this and you can’t do that”. I could totally picture someone on the other end of the article shaking their crooked finger at me.
I don’t like those kind of articles, they make me see red. Here’s why: I’m a rule breaker and a dare-devil. When I started my blog these were my thoughts:
“There are a lot of wine websites that analyze wine, rate it, make jokes about it, and portray wine as a status symbol. Not many focus on pairing food and wine together. I believe that they were made for each other and that wine should be part of everyday living. I also see wine as a grocery item, not a luxury one. I create simple, easy to follow recipes and pair them with wine.”
My thoughts have developed even farther and I now have transformed in to an alter ego of sorts. I see myself as being like the character in Game of Thrones. The Daenerys Targaryen of Sommeliers. I don’t want to re-invent the wine wheel. I want to break it.
“Not only am I gonna break it but I’m gonna do it so well you will choke, is what I say,” to all those article writers.
That led me to write this: Wine & Food for the Rule Breaker
Little did I know that my wine and food pairing would be my entry for a competition nor, that I would be going all the way to Paris to cook and share it with judges! See where all my big talk has taken me.
In July, I received a little note from blogger friend of mine with a link to the competition saying that I should enter. I kind of just laughed it off but went back to it a couple of days later and thought,
“I have the perfect pairing already.”
In April, I used regular chicken eggs but had changed to duck eggs. They are absolutely beautiful, really nice and creamy. The duck eggs paired with the wine just about as beautifully as anything that I had ever had. I made a few final touches and entered the competition in July.
The first round of the competition was based on votes. The top three bloggers with the most votes went on to the semi-finals. I made it that far. Chef Christopher Carpentier prepared the dishes and paired each with the respective wine. He then chose a winner from each of the competing countries. I found out on October 1st that I was the winner for Canada. This year, (2015) is the first year Canada participated in the competition.
Since that day, I have disappear down a worm-hole planning our trip. I’ve exchanged emails, spruced up my wardrobe, cooked my dish so many times I could do it with a paper bag over my head. I am incredibly proud to be representing Canada and getting the chance to spend 5 days in the city of my dreams with the man of my dreams.
Dave and I are so thankful for all the votes and support we have received from you. We are coming to the end of this chapter of our lives and the next one starts next week. If you want to see what we have planned in Paris click HERE. I can’t wait to hop on that plane but I also can’t wait to come home and tell you all about Paris.
As we turn the page of our next adventure we will say Au Revoir for now,
Kellie & Dave xoxo