September 18th, 2012
It’s a funny thing, introducing yourself on video. Even funnier, though, is watching yourself on video for the first time. And I don’t mean home videos shot while screaming your child’s name from the sidelines like a soccer mom banshee. Or even ones shot before you put on lipstick and drink coffee on Christmas morning.
No, I’m talking professionally shot videos that require a 6 person crew rigging your kitchen with bright lights and telling you to smile more (I should have). When
you see yourself I see myself on one of those kinds of videos for the first time I cringe… and also feel excited and proud.
I’ve been wanting to make videos for you for a long time now, but wasn’t prepared to do it without professional help. I wanted to make sure that the videos were well shot, clear, fun and easy to watch. I wanted to make videos not just to see myself on film, but to enhance your experience and inspire you to cook. So I waited. And one day I got a call from the good folks at The Bump, a fab site for pregnant and new mamas. Now, just like that, I have a handful of cooking videos to share with you over the next few weeks.
Before I tell you more about the videos and featured recipes—all foods for you that also work well for little ones—I want to share a few quick things:
1. It’s true that I can’t believe how heavy I look. (Whoa. Seriously?!)
2. It’s true that, completely unaware, I turn into a Valley Girl while talking baby food. Apparently, I find it hard to maintain my Brooklyn cool while talking about mashing carrots!
3. It’s true that I’ve got to work on my flow a little bit. (We had to film these in basically one take!)
4. It’s also true that I think I did a pretty damn good job considering this was my very first time in front of the camera this way. I hope you agree, because I’m itching to do more.
My first video for The Bump, which you can watch below, is for Cumin Lime Roasted Carrots which doubles as a great baby food puree for 6+ months. It’s an earthy side dish, perfect for fall, that calls for a modest amount of olive oil. Instead of lots of added fat or salt, these carrots get their big flavor from a little bit of cumin and roasting, a process that draws out the vegetable’s natural sweetness.
Cumin for babies? Yes, folks! Herbs and spices are wonderful for baby; they are a safe way to excite baby’s palate. And not just because you and baby are fancy. Introducing a wide range of flavors from early on is critical to the healthy development of your child’s palate. Though there are no guarantees in this crazy world, repeatedly introducing a wide range of flavors also primes baby’s taste buds to accept a wide range of flavors down the line. Read: it helps you reduce the likelihood of dealing with prolonged bouts of extreme pickiness.
Who doesn’t want to do what they can to avoid that?!
So, here it is. My first cooking video in what will hopefully become a series of many, ever improving videos. Press PLAY and let me know what you think (unless it’s point 1, 2 or 3 above—I know that already!—or to tell me I’m crazy about 1, 2, or 3—because I know that already, too!)