30 seconds – when you are holding an isometric squat or doing jumping alternating lunges, 30 seconds seems like a lifetime. When you are filming Celebrity Chef Jet Tila for a 30-second highlight reel, 30 seconds seems like a minuscule amount of time to capture a ball of talent. Spending the morning with production crew BakerBroductions and filming Jet Tila was definitely more enjoyable than any amount of squats!
fresh and simple ingredients
Getting everything just right for filming
Baker Broductions in production mode
We spent a beautiful morning in Los Angeles watching Chef Jet work his magic in the kitchen. He is the headlining Celebrity Chef for client, Illumination Foundation’s, large-scale culinary gala at Disney in March. It will be one amazing night to break the cycle of homelessness. The goal was to showcase Chef Jet preparing a signature dish as a tease to the event; OC Chef’s Table 2018.
Searing the meat
His chef highlight reel will be used across all social media platforms from now through the actual event in March. For this particular event, there will be 32 chef’s preparing a table side, 5-course meal with wine pairings for their guests (10-12 people). So, only 31 more chef highlight reels to go! This is just a small glimpse into the world of film and creative production and taking an hour of content and capturing the magic in a 30-second spot.
The crew from L to R: Ryan, Chef Jet Tila, Matt and Brian
Autographing his cookbook, “101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die.”
Love this shot showing Chef Jet doing his thing
Cooked to perfection
Plating and finishing off with the delicious and spicy homemade curry sauce
And the finished product filled Jet’s kitchen with an insanely delicious scent. Chef Jet created a beautiful dish: Thai style lamb with a pumpkin puree and a curry sauce topped with flash fried, pencil-thin leeks… The dish was devoured by the crew.
The finished product…
Looking for a whimsical and light last minute summer dessert- perhaps for that big holiday right around the corner??? Try these individual Killer Key Lime Bites. There’s no worry about making a perfect pie crust because you use limes to hold the filling and you can whip up the key lime pie filling in a few fast steps.
I followed Ina Garten’s recipe for frozen key lime pie for the filling. Then, I substituted large, hollowed out limes to spoon the pie filling into rather than pie crust. You can make these treats ahead of time, pop them in the freezer and serve just as your guests are ready for dessert.
6 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons grated lime zest
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (4 to 5 limes)
For the Topping:
1 cup (1/2 pint) cold heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Thin lime wedges
Crumbled graham crackers (crumble right before serving to keep them fresh)
The first step is buying the largest limes you can find. Cut each lime in half and use a juicer to squeeze all of the juice possible out of each half. After the lime is juiced the inside should be fairly empty. You can scoop out the remainder of the lime with a sharp pairing knife or a grapefruit sectioning spoon. The only secret to this step of preparation is a little patience.
Once the inside of the lime is scooped out, place each half in an empty egg container which holds the lime upright for filling. For the filling, beat the egg yolks and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment for 5 minutes, until thick. With the mixer on medium speed, add the condensed milk, lime zest, and lime juice. Spoon the filling up to the edge of the lime. Top with fresh whipped cream and a touch of lime zest and place your filled egg carton in the freezer. When you are ready to serve the Key Lime Bites, take them out of the freezer and sprinkle fresh graham cracker crumbs on top.
I found the best serving holders for this mini dessert were circular napkin rings. The lime sits perfectly on top. Place each napkin ring on a large elevated cake plate or decorative platter and add a little more zest around the edges to complete the display.
You can also add mini-appetizer spoons to each Key Lime Bite for easy serving and easy eating.
If there is any chance of denying your kids are growing up right before your eyes, it only takes a holiday or two to make it clear that there has been a shift.
My “babies” are only 16 and 12 but gone is the Valentine’s Day frenzy of candy grams, homemade treats for the class and finding the perfect Valentine’s cards for the big exchange. Perhaps its denial but I refuse to “go gently into that good night,” when it comes to my maturing babes and ANY holiday. When they are grown with families of their own, I want them to remember their childhood home as a place of tradition and celebration – no matter their age.
So for the past few years, I have made them their own Valentine’s Day celebration replete with decorations and a decadent amount of treats and sweets. I call this little party, “Love Bites,” because each morsel is filled with love (and of course, you can’t overlook the fact that sometimes, love DOES bite).
The first year I created “Love Bites,” it was a wild-haired idea that came to me about an hour before school pick-up. I dashed to the store and bought heart-shaped cookies, nuts, conversation hearts, caramels, strawberries and whipped cream. It wasn’t a fancy display but I knew from the looks on their faces, it wasn’t about the fancy, it was about making an unexpected and special gesture just for them. Don’t think over the top if you create your own Love Bites table, just keep it simple and real – for whoever you’re loving.
Mini Layer Cakes with Strawberries+Mint
Click HERE for recipe
Palmiers dipped in red chocolate+crushed peanuts
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies
Click HERE for recipe
Chocolate dipped strawberries with red sprinkles
Chocolate Tulip cups filled with Vanilla pudding and topped with raspberries & chocolate shavings
Chocolate dipped alphabet cookies
Blackberry+Strawberry infused water with mint
Food alone won’t fill your table – pay attention to the special touches
Happy Valentine’s Day!