Behind the Scenes at ABC

If you are curious to see what happens behind the scenes when I’m cooking live on television – as part of the morning news broadcast – here it is. I brought along my super cool point-and-shoot camcorder, the

Flip Video Ultra and gave you a quick tour in the studio and the studio kitchenette. It’s a long video – about 10 minutes – but you’ll see the entire filming while sitting propped up on top of 2 boxes and a plate on the kitchen counter. Yeah – so part of my head is cut off!

Behind the scenes at the TV studio: Mussels in Lemongrass Curry Broth from Jaden Hair on Vimeo.

And now broadcast…

And then, if you’re interested in seeing what people saw on television, come over to ABC7’s website and click on “featured video” – the recipe is on their site.

Behind the Scenes

To improve

  1. GET MORE SLEEP! Waking at 4:15am just doesn’t fly for my body. Esp if I go to bed at 1am!
  2. Gotta watch those ‘um’s’ – since it’s live, there’s no DO-OVERS. I find that if I rehearse what I’m going to do in my head beforehand, I flow much more smoothly and I’m not thinking about “ok, what do I need to talk about next?” What I normally do is on the drive over to the studio at 5am, I go over my main points, but not necessarily rehearsing sentences. I just don’t want to sound like the Kelseybot. BUT that being said, my delivery is not smooth. Props to Kelsey though – she’s great when she’s just Kelsey – actually I really like her in the last episode. I’m not scared of the camera, and I do talk from my heart. The “um” is just a superduper bad habit that’s hard to get rid of!
  3. Engage more with the camera – I’m doing much better looking directly at the camera, but it does feel sorta unnatural having someone next to me, talking with me and then responding to both her and the camera. Will have to work out balance.
  4. My timing sucked on this one – I ran out of time because I didn’t cook and talk at the same time! I should have started the curry paste way earlier, in fact I should have started it the moment that I first picked up the can! The past times that I’ve been on, I’ve been really good on timing, just this time I was off. But gotta remember to cook and talk!
  5. But I’m still really happy with everything – I’m learning bit by bit and I love that I have a chance to practice my TV skills each month!


Thank you Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food!

Deb Puchalla, editor of Martha Stewart Everyday Food magazine, just added Steamy Kitchen in their “Sites We Like.” Go check out their site- they’ve got some wonderful, easy recipes!