Yesterday I had another shot cooking on TV. The day before I was told I had to prepare healthy breakfast item and that I would be on a new segment with Dr. John Torres that might occur every Wednesday. I was provided his cell number and a meeting time.
I tried to call him several times the day prior but got no-where. So I just came up with my own segment. I cook breakfast for my family every day and one of their favorite dishes is blueberry pancakes. Usually, my wife Lucy cooks this for them every Saturday morning, but I figured what the hell let’s break the rule and I’ll take some of the batter with me to the station.
I adjusted the recipe from Joy of Cooking to omit the butter and to change the sweetener to Agave Nectar (which has a lower glycemic index).
here is the recipe:
Blueberry Pancakes (adapted from Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Ronbauer)
Mix together in a large bowl:
1 ½ cups All-purpose flour
1 ¼ Tablespoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
In separate bowl mix together:
3 Tablespoons Agave nectar
1 ½ cups milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Add the wet ingredients to the large bowl of dry ingredients and mix. Then add ½ cup of frozen or fresh blueberries. Heat some oil in a fry pan and when the oil is in between sizzling and smoking add ¼ cup of batter for each pancake. Cook to golden brown and then flip the pancake over to finish.
I also figured I would demo turning a grapefruit into suprêmes (segments). All of this would make for a healthy breakfast.
When I got to work, I saw the Dr. John had called. We chatted and he said that he had an omelet in mind and I told him what I had prepared for and he said let’s do it. I took for the station with plenty of leeway time to make sure I wasn’t going to be in a panic.
The station is very different than Channel 9. The set is surrounded by all the newscaster’s cubicles. They showed me where to set up and I chatted with Dr. John about our segment. Already this felt considerably more organized than my last TV segment.
Then before you knew it we were on the air. I was a lot more prepared this time and was able to articulate better. The segment was about 3 minutes long.
I packed up my stuff and headed back to school.