This morning I am up early preparing for my third cooking appearance on an early morning local television show. Good Day Columbus is a news and information show that airs each weekday morning in Central Ohio. After my first appearance in 2009, I was asked back in July of this year, and today I go back for a segment on “healthy school lunch box options.”
I have to tell you, deep inside me is a secret television cooking show star. I watch the Food Network’s “Next Food Network Star” each week and love to mull what I would cook for each week’s particular challenge. While I lack the formal cooking training to participate in such a format, I love pretending and that is why, being able to go on local television is such a thrill.
Each time I’ve been on the television show I am given a general theme and time allowance (usually about 3 minutes) to help me prepare. The first time was the toughest so far, with the assignment being “kid friendly Mardi Gras food,” which also needed to be healthful. I developed a Pasta Jambalaya with pureed vegetables instead of the traditional chunky Jambalaya. The second appearance was to share good summer road trip healthy snacks. This time, I’ve been asked to demonstrate healthy school lunch ideas.
It was with the goal of developing ideas for this television appearance that I came up with a couple different ideas: a southwestern style tortilla roll-up and showing how hummus can be used in a pita sandwich. But I also wanted to show a kid-friendly pasta salad that could be packed easily for lunch time. I had the idea of doing a sesame peanut sauce, to be mixed with pasta and vegetables. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong!
All of this leads me to the conclusion that if I had a blog post for every failed or subpar attempt at a recipe, I would have enough blog posts to last for a full year. I am betting you too have had a failed meal or two in your past. But it’s what you do with your failure that counts, right? I can almost hear my mom saying in the background, “if you learn something from it, then that is all that matters.” If that is true, I have learned *a lot* writing this food blog.
So I head out this morning, ready to demonstrate taco roll-ups, how versatile hummus can be used in lunch and to share the idea that pasta salad can work too. As for a specific recipe for said pasta salad, that, like me, is a work in progress.