Working in TV, I know what a real hand model’s hands look like: long slender fingers, long, clean nail beds with nails at the perfect length- not to short, not too long. I giggle when I think about the look of shock that came over my face when Martha announced to the crew that ‘Dani has nice hands.’ She said it in reference to some craft close up shots that needed to be taken and I think I may have literally done that look around “who- me?” gesture after turning bright red!
I’m guessing Martha might approve of my hands because they are working hands- with a few scars from my days as a fajita runner at Houlihans, a couple of other exacto blade markings, and my most common hand imperfection these days- food coloring stains! (The green gel coloring in particular is very hard to remove!)
When Becky Horvath, one of Martha’s field producers, asked me to be a hand model for the baking process shots for Martha’s Eggcellent Easter Special I giggled again and then gladly agreed- secretly thinking to myself ‘think about all the things I’ll be learning to make!’ I made sure to keep away from the food coloring for a few days and went out and got a manicure.
First up on shoot day: remove all my jewelry (this took a while), pull my hair back, and roll up my sleeves.
Assignment 1: Meringue eggs filled with lemon curd. Thomas Joseph, (amazing chef and expert baker) was my assigned kitchen chef and informed me that I had to use the pastry bag for this one. Of coarse I panicked! We all know my fear of the pastry bag is what led me to icing bottles! I went in the day before to rehearse and 4 treys later I got the hang of it but you should really see him do it. Amazing.
Next up on the shoot list: Hatching Bunny cookie icing techniques- this one was kind of my thing.
Next shot: Phyllo dough eggs with powdered sugar and orange curd- hello yum!
Last sweet treat of the day and in my opinion, most delicious, cupcakes with buttercream icing and toasted coconut nests?
Look at this beautiful shot Anduin Havens (my stylist for the day) set up of the cupcakes!
Once we wrapped I was greatly rewarded with a chance meeting with the Easter bunny who was filming in another area of the studio! He is just as sweet and cuddly as he looks. What a great day!
Which of these sweet and eggcellent treats will you be making for Easter? xoxo Dani