I was invited to share some of the popsicle recipes I created for the summer issue of Edible Wasatch, on KUTV's Fresh Living show. Despite not really having any idea what I was doing, the taping was going smoothly until I accidentally, totally messed up the recipe! Instead of Frog Egg Pops, I made mud-sicles...
Here's how it all went down. Inside the studio it was a beehive of activity. I was directed to the area where they film cooking stuff and I just hung out there for awhile as various people came in and out. Then there was this guy with a camera and he said three times, "What's your bumper shot going to be?" I'm thinking, "Who is he talking to and why aren't they answering?" I just kept reading my magazine. Then finally I asked, "Are you talking to me?" At that point, I think I was the only one in there. He said yes and again asked about my bumper shot. I'm like, "I don't know; I don't even know what a bumper shot is!" Seriously, I was totally out of my element, though I didn't really mind. It was interesting and fun, but I definitely didn't have a clue! (FYI: bumper shot is the shot before they go to commercial or something like that, the one where you're just chopping veggies or doing prep or something.)
Anyway, before I knew it the hosts were in there saying, "Okay, what recipe are we going to do first?" Here's where it got a little hairy. See, for the magazine I created these six, really yummy recipes. I was going to demo the Frog Egg Pops (pear juice, chia seeds, spinach and honey) and the Huckleberry Lemon Verbena Pops (huckleberries (but I brought blueberries), lemon verbena, maple syrup). Only, in my flustered-ness I told one of the hosts to toss some blueberries into what were supposed to be the Frog Egg Pops! It turned brown!! Ack! So, in my head I'm like "Oh my word! What am I even doing?!" Meanwhile my face is trying to look all normal and cool and talk like this is how I always make them. "Frog Eggs in mud, yes right, that's exactly what I'm going for. Cute, right?" Okay, then I remember that the chia seeds are supposed to soak in the pear juice for 20 minutes or so before adding them to the pops. Good grief, at least I even remembered the chia seeds, I almost forgot them while worrying about the muddy frog eggs (which had no frog eggs in them at that point). My brain and body seemed to be operating independently of each other. But, overall I think I might have just barely covered up the fact that inside I was a total nitwit. What do you think? Was it convincing or was I a complete scatter-brain? Regardless, it was a total blast and I loved getting a peek at the inner workings of a television station. Everyone was really nice, funny and relaxed.
PPS Thanks Olya, for the cute pics of our kids eating the experimental popsicles. They were very agreeable recipe testers:)