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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It’s hard to capture the moments on my camera sometimes when I’m smack dab in the middle of the action. Outside of my little food world in my kitchen, there’s no “pause” button or “do-over” button in life while I fumble with my camera.
By the time I whip out the camera, turn it on, adjust, focus and click,
The moment is gone.
And it’s just not quite the same to say, “hey guys, um…I missed that moment, can you spill that drink all over yourself again?”
So for my very first book signing party in my hometown, I handed my beloved camera to Nathan. He’s almost 5, so of course I duct-taped the camera around his forehead, over his shoulder so he couldn’t drop it. With specific instructions on “take a picture of these lovely people” and “take a pic of this yummy plate of food!”, here is Nathan’s take on the evening.
I love the eyes of a 5 year old!
Right after that party, I was off to NYC, where my first event was the NYC Dumpling Festival. Oh…what’s this coming my way?
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a massive dumpling filled with BABY dumplings – I think like close to 1,200 dumplings. This thing weighed 900+ pounds.
I was the M.C. for the Dumpling Festival sponsored by TMI Foods, the makers of frozen dumplings, noodles and dumpling wrappers. They raised $30,000 for the Food Bank of NYC that day! I could just lay here and fall asleep on this giant pillow.
I never got a chance to show you behind the scenes at the Today Show. The day before I went on air, we had a rehearsal. Yes, a rehearsal because this show is very professionally produced and they probably wanted to meet me first to make sure that I was not an insane person who dresses up like Rachael Ray….well…at least in Photoshop anyways.
When I get there, I was all ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work prepping for my segment.
There’s vegetables to cut! Meat to marinate!
They are PROFESSIONAL.
Everything was already done. evvvveerrrryything.
There’s a kitchen staff that chops, preps, styles, organizes and choreographs. All I had to do was walk through the what we were going to do on the segment and make sure all the ingredients were in place.
My segment was to be 4 minutes 45 seconds and we literally walked through every second of the segment – timing everything and even choreographing the exact moment when we walk over to the stove, when the rice is stirred and what gets handed over to whom with what hand.
Yeah, so was I, especially when I scribbled my notes on the back of a crusty envelope.
And then…they asked me, “Shall we go to the prop room and pick out dishes?”
I nearly fainted. I want. Mommy.
Could I sneak past security and bring home with me? Will all cram in my suitcase?
The next day, they sent a car to my hotel to come pick me up and then I was promptly whisked to the green room.
Which isn’t green.
But who cares because Rod Stewart is in the house!
I got made up like a big girl.
As I was waiting for my turn to go downstairs to the studio, I had a moment of panic.
What if the kitchen crew all called in sick today? SHITSHITSHITSHIT!!!
But sure enough, they were all there. Very busily getting things ready for the segment.
There was nothing for me to do.
Except just stand there and look all purty.
And then ACTION! (Don’t you love my big whoooooosh! bangs? I forgot to look in the mirror SIDEWAYS) If I haven’t forced you to watch the segment 5 times already, you can click on that image right below and it should go to the video clip.