As I was editing my video, I didn't think it would be very impressive. After all, YouTube videos on making tzatziki sauce have been made thousands of times. But today I learned a new trick to edit my videos. A lot of cooking channels tell the viewer the ingredients they'll need in the beginning of the video. Except for mine(save for the #1 Meatloaf).
I was rereading the notes I made on making an animated ingredients list when I was at the last One-on-One session at the Apple store for iMovie. The instructor said the only way that was possible in iMovie was to make a Keynote(Apple version of PowerPoint) slide with the ingredients on them. Then, add animated effects using the "Build In" feature that animates the text as it appears on the screen.
I realized enabling the effects was only possible if you keep pressing the "enter/return" button. Which got me thinking of recording myself pressing the enter button several times. I found this Mac app called "Screencast-O-Matic". There's a free version and a Pro version that only costs $15 a year. The Pro version removes the app's watermark from your video.
I used this app to record this simple screen recording, it's only 10 seconds long. Then I made an Mp4 file of the video, which I then imported in my iMovie project and voila, an animated ingredients list! I call it the "Ingredients Show". It's the closest thing I'll get to the animated ingredients list Epic Meal Time has on their "Handle It" videos.
Enough about the technology. The tzatziki sauce tasted really good. But then again, I've never had tzatziki sauce until I made it. One of my favorite activities I like to do when I'm not cooking or editing videos is attend my local Toastmasters public speaking club. After the club's weekly meeting, I walked over to a restaurant that's basically just Chipotle for Greek/Mediterranean foods to have lunch. I had their tzatziki sauce with my platter and it tasted just like the tzatziki sauce in the video.
I thought my tzatziki sauce was as good as that made by a Greek restaurant. So I'm pretty proud of myself.
You will need:
A cheese grater
2 cups of plain Greek yogurt(although I should try making tzatziki sauce with other yogurt flavors. Strawberry tzatziki sauce, anyone?)
2 tbsp. of lemon juice
1/2 tsp. of salt
Garlic powder and dill weed to taste
1. Cut the cucumber in half.
2. Deseed the cucumber by using the edge of a knife to remove the parts of the cucumber with the seeds.
3. Grate the remaining cucumber on a cheese grater over a large bowl until you get something that resembles cucumber jelly. You will not see any cucumber fall into the bowl. It just sticks to the grater. But it turns out the grated cucumber is inside the cheese grater. It's like a magic trick!
4. We don't want a watery sauce, so add salt to the cucumber.
5. Stir the salt and cucumber together.
6. Set aside for 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
7. Put the Greek yogurt in a second large bowl.
8. Add the lemon juice and garlic powder. You can taste the sauce as you're making it to see how much garlic you want in your sauce.
9. Mix the yogurt, lemon juice, and garlic powder up until all the ingredients are distributed evenly among the sauce.
10. After the 10-15 minutes, put the salt/cucumber mixture into the yogurt sauce.
11. Mix the two together until the salt/cucumber is fully incorporated into the yogurt sauce.
12. Add the dill weed to the sauce.
13. Mix the dill weed into the sauce. Taste the sauce as you're going along to determine how much dill weed you want.
14. Garnish with more dill weed.
15. Bon appetit!