What a great week for Clean Slate! It was very productive and many new opportunities presented themselves. I also met so many great people. Clean Slate was present all week at Glorietta for the Negros Trade Fair, and in Rockwell Baker’s Dozen for the weekend.
The Negros Trade Fair in Glorietta provided a ton of exposure to new customers for Clean Slate, and it looks like the Kettle Chips really are a hit!
ABS – CBN television station did a full write up on the What to look for at the Negros Trade Fair, and featured my Clean Slate Items together with The Sweet Life Ange.
The number two travel blog in the world as ranked by theexpiditioner.com, Our Awesome Planet, also did a write up on The 29th Negros Trade Fair 2014: Smile Beyond Borders. Our Awesome Planet is operated by a gentleman named Anton Diaz, a really great person, very kind and easy going.
On Saturday the 27th Our Awesome Planet he held The Ultimate Taste Test. This was a large gathering of many small food-based businesses and gave them an opportunity to sample their wares to customers, who could then vote on what their favorites were.
After pigging out on every savory selection in the large hall, I heard an announcement over the loudspeaker that there would be a cooking competition. The contest would be in between two groups of two people. Rustan’s Market provided all of the items, and we had 10 minutes to prepare a meal for judges out of mystery ingredients. For some reason I decided to do it, and ended up being paired with a very shy partner, my girlfriend Ange. We were brought onto the stage and there was a large bag of ingredients, an electric hotplate, one large pot, a cutting board, a chefs knife, a spatula, pair of tongs and a large plastic spoon. The competition started, we were told we had to use one featured item, Delimondo’s “ranch style corn beef” in our dish and we were allowed to look in the bag.
There were many random items inside the bag. Everything from potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, olive oil, Edam cheese, mustard, butter, salt and pepper, smoked bacon, eggs, pineapple, a loaf of white bread, garlic, onion, and red bell pepper. .. That’s from memory but I think its everything :). We were given a few minutes to pick what ingredients we would use and Ange and I decided we would make a breakfast sandwich. We put the cabbage, potatoes, pineapple and the red bell pepper back into the bag. We were given two minutes to prepare our ingredients so Ange and I peeled and minced garlic, peeled and finely sliced the onion, buttered the bread , and sliced our tomato. We opened the can of corned beef and any packages that needed to be opened. We turned on our hotplate and were told to start. The toughest part was that we are working out of one pot and with the featured ingredient being corned beef there was a lot of moisture involved in the cooking process. The 10 minutes went by in the blink of an eye. We started with a little olive oil in the hot pan, next was bacon, garlic and onion. I seasoned this with salt-and-pepper and then added the can of corned beef. I helped this get good and crisp as possible during the brief amount of time over the smoking hot electric burner by draining all the excess liquid into the only bowl we were given. I pushed the meats to the side of the pot and added two eggs seasoned with salt and pepper and then placed two pieces of buttered bread inside to toast. With all the moisture in the pot the bread got soggy very fast so I scrapped it, and added two more pieces. By this time the eggs was done so we removed it from the pan onto the plating dish. We then removed the corn beef bacon mixture onto the same plate, ( our last dish to use) and I finished toasting the second set of bread with more success. I then added some butter and cheese to the pot to make a quick cheesy sauce. We put mustard on one side of the toast, next went the egg, then the tomato, the bacon, and finally the corn beef. I spread the cheese sauce onto the top slice of bread and cut it in half. I hadn’t looked up the entire time when I glanced over at our opponents plate. They had what looked like an egg and corned beef omelet patty with toast and garnished with sliced red bell pepper. Thank goodness Ange had used the scrap bread from my first soggy attempt to soak up and clean the plate before we presented :).
Next began a very nervous waiting period for the judges taste and score our dishes. Of course our judges would be two extremely prominent bloggers (Richie of The Pickiest Eater, and Yen of The Tummy Traveler), the assistant vice president for Rustan’s Marketplace who donated the produce for the competition, and a member of the Rockwell Team Family, the venue where the event took place.
When they announced the winner I couldn’t believe it but we won! We were awarded 6000 Pesos to spend at Rustan’s and four complimentary dishes from California Pizza Kitchen!
So all in all a pretty great week for me and for a Clean Slate! I just wanted to keep everyone posted. 🙂