Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Home Cooking Videos
I've decided to try to make a home-video of one of the recipes I often make, Brown Sugar Cookies. If you want to skip the caveats, go to the bottom of this post to view the videos.
Why a video? Because I personally really enjoy and learn a lot from being able to view and view again cooking videos on websites such as PBS Julia Child Lessons with Master Chefs or the NY Times Minimalist (click on Style / Dining & Wine in the left-hand Channels column).
And I figure we amateur cooks publishing blogs can also contribute with our home-made videos. True, the production quality of what I am about to show you is abysmal. I know nothing about making movies. I hope to improve, as I just found these tips, though the little I've read already intimidates me. But most of all, I hope that the homey quality of the video will help to reassure home-bakers that they too can obtain good results.
I would be very interested in your opinions or suggestions. Is it worth making home cooking videos? Even if I've minimized fuss as much as possible (only filming one work area, with a camera on a tripod, using the original audio rather than doing voice overs, using free editing software such as Windows Movie Maker...), it still takes a certain amount of time to produce a clip. Does this kind of film give more information than detailed, step-by-step photos?
Have a look here and let me know. Oh and also, if you know of good cooking video web sites, I'm always eager to discover more videos.
Video: Brown Sugar Cookies I - Making the Dough (4:06)
Nothing revolutionary shown here: just me and my hand-held mixer mixing the ingredients together.
Video: Brown Sugar Cookies II - Rolling out the dough for cut-out cookies (3:08)
Here I show how to roll dough between sheets of parchment paper, before it's chilled. This lets you roll the dough very thin.
Video: Brown Sugar Cookies III - Cutting out and baking the cookies (2:11)
Once the rolled-out dough has been chilled, it's very easy to make crisp shapes. (You'll notice my kids and pregnant belly were not far on this video... this is real-world baking, no prep chefs or fancy kitchens or studio equipment here!)