It’s delicious – Mark
In recent weeks, I’ve been discovering a new foodie gem on the net: Grokker. It’s a website that plays home to a range of high quality instructional videos in niche areas including Cooking, Yoga, and Fitness.
At the beginning of December, Grokker launched their Food Blogger Challenge hosted by Loyd Grossman, where eleven food bloggers are working to display their culinary talents through cookery videos to be crowned Grokker’s Food Blogger of the Year, 2014 and win a day of food photography with David Loftus and a brand new DSLR.
The recipes published so far as part of the challenge are of an exceptionally high quality. The Grokker platform allows you to watch videos, favourite them, save them to a ‘watch later’ list, and even post pictures of your own efforts in the ‘I did this’ section under each video. If you spot a video you like, don’t forget to hit the heart icon, because each contestant’s chance of getting through to the next round will depend on the number of loves they receive.
I opted to make a delicious chicken involtini, following the recipe submitted by Grokker’s Food Blogger Challenge contestant, Sage Russell. It’s an original twist on an Italian classic, with a herbed mascarpone and prosciutto stuffing, lemony sauce and garlic-rich fresh green beans.
Here are the results:
I strayed from the recipe a little when I found that I had accidentally bought skinless chicken thighs, which meant I couldn’t stuff the herbed mascarpone under the skin. Not wanting to anything to go to waste, I simply put all of the mascarpone inside the thigh with the prosciutto, rolled it up and it still worked beautifully, I think, giving a succulent, flavourful result.
Following the video on my smart phone as I cooked was easy – Sage has a great, relaxed video manner – and all the videos have the full recipe in text form underneath so I could pause and check back on the measurements. The only flaw was not being able to use my phone when my hands were handling the raw chicken but it was such a simple recipe that once I’d watched the video once through and weighed out my ingredients, that wasn’t much on an issue.
If you fancy trying any of the dishes featured for yourself, there’s not just delicious food to be had, you could also win some great photography prizes simply by uploading pictures of your finished dishes to the ‘I did this’ section.
If you try Grokker, let me know!
Disclosure: this is a sponsored post