There’s a Web site out of Cambridge called How2Heroes that films fun, educational videos of local people demonstrating their food-related crafts. You can watch Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery make her famous sticky buns, and learn about cheese-making from the farmers at Shy Brothers Farm in Westport. They even have regular folks like you and me cooking stuff. It’s worth checking out if there’s a topic or technique you’d like to learn more about, like maple sugaring, and you’re sick of the annoying personalities on the telly.
They contacted me a few months back about doing a video for one of my recipes. I came up with what I thought was a very convincing string of excuses for why I didn’t think that would be possible. That I would be washing my hair that particular day. That I would be brushing it the next. That I would be attempting to style it for the next three days in a row and, no, the following week I would have to start the process all over again. But they were remarkably persistent, and so it would seem that my remaining cat fell gravely ill. Then family members started dropping like flies. Some more than once. At least one was brought to the brink of death but then experienced a miraculous recovery, only to have a fluke household accident finish them off 36 hours later. It was very hard to keep all the stories straight, frankly.
Finally, orphaned and petless, I had a Wednesday free to do a video on how to make a very simple maple ice cream. You can watch it here, if you’re brave enough. Brave because you’ll notice that I drew upon my trademark ultra-relaxed, super-confident, breezy personal style that puts everyone at ease. Don’t smile, Tammy. We wouldn’t want you to hurt yourself.
Given that the guys manning the cameras were as nice as could be, I can only surmise that the reason for my deer-in-headlights demeanor was that there was a second whisk that was lodged somewhere. Somewhere unspeakable. And every time I so much as hinted at letting my guard down, someone would come up behind me with a croquet mallet and take hard aim. And now that you have that image in your head, this should be a hell of a lot more entertaining to watch.
I’ll be sure to get myself good and liquored up next time. If there is a next time.