It was just a few days ago that I got an invitation go for a cooking demo at Bella, specifically on my cookbook “Malaysian Meals In 30 Minutes”. It was quite a rush. As it’s World Food day, we want to talk about cooking at home, packing lunch to work and reduce food wastage (all my favourite topics!). So I chose to teach how to make homemade fish balls and congee in ziploc bag hack,
So, a cooking demo involves a lot of work behind the scenes. I bought 4 ikan tenggiri (RM 26 per kg) and made a few things the night before. I wanted to show that you can make store it two ways: balls or pillows. I also made congee in ziploc bag. It was nicely frozen but thawed when it got on TV. Boo. These are half of the things I need to lug to NTV 7 studio:
Do you know that you can’t wear a certain colour on TV? White is one of them. Being on TV for a few times already, this time I got a little lax and didn’t pay close attention to the dress code. Lucky I took the above picture and realise I’m wearing a white skirt, so I quickly change into a velvet blue jeans instead. Phew.I’ve got the last half an hour on Bella. The two kind ladies are the back were talking about giving free medical help (I think). I was too busy setting up the kitchen; boil water, display congee, place fish on chopping board, etc.
Then it was time for my show. I’ve got I many things to say that I thought half an hour was not enough! See that thermos and Tupperware container with handle? I wanted to explain that congee is good for breakfast and easy to bring to work. You can keep it in a flask to keep warm or a microwave-safe container to reheat in your office. I think I need the whole show haha!
Elaine Daly was so excited when she way sambal petai in the book and asked for a copy. That’s exactly what I would do if I can’t really cook and someone tell me they can have sambal petai in 15 minutes heh, heh. I love people who loves petai. Even the last page of my book is of me holding a bouquet of petai. Yes, a bouquet. It smells as good as flowers. Sejambak bunga. Sejambak petai. (?!)
Overall, it was extremely fun. Honestly, it used to be unnerving for a natural introvert like me to be facing a huge audience. But now, my passion for homecooked food and belief that everyone can eat in more, dissolved whatever fear I have for public speaking. It’s amazing how a conviction in something changes you. I can’t wait to tell the world all that I’ve learned!
You can watch it on Tonton here!