Well I mentioned I had something exciting to share- and here it is! A few weeks before leaving London for Christmas, my friend Jonathan asked me if I'd like to work on a video for Munchies. I *love* Munchies, so was scared and excited in pretty much equal measures by the prospect of going in front of a camera, and the only television I've ever done before was for Playdays when I was six!
However, after a lot of work preparing the recipes and pestering Jonathan, who directed and produced the video, I have to say I surprised myself by how much fun I had doing this, and am really pleased with the final result. I hope you all like it too- and if you're still looking for some vegan recipes for the Christmas- New Year stretch, you can find the recipes for the hasselback potatoes and sticky toffee pudding over on Munchies, alongside the How-To video.
As I figure a lot of Guac readers will also be as obsessed with cookery programmes as I am, I thought I'd show you a little behind the scenes of the day. Filming took place in a kitchen very kindly lent to us, way over on the other side of London, so I had to start with packing all of the things I wanted with me- especially my knives and chopping board and very weird egg mixer.
All set up in Guac's new home for the day, we had three recipes to get through in three hours, so there wasn't much time to feel nervous- I just got chopping and measuring! As I've known Jonathan since moving to London it was kind of like a funny day time dinner party- I started chatting and thankfully didn't waffle on too much.
Speaking in to a camera instead of a friend took a little getting used to- here's my main companion for the day, a camera lense, taking a five minute break from veganmania.
And finally, here's the tense moment I began stacking the sticky toffee pudding. The hardest part was definitely making sure you're actually cooking something nice and tasty as well as explaining how to do it- it would be very easy to get carried away with the next recipe and forget you've got something baking in the oven! But thankfully nothing got burnt, the sparklers stayed lit in time to finish the piece, and we managed to complete the shoot just an hour over schedule! I came home totally talked out, but the day was so much fun, and such a high to end 2014 on.
I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and Boxing Day.