My CTV Appearance


15 Oct My CTV Appearance

As promised, here is the video clip of my recent TV appearance. I’m talking to Kyle Christie (no relation) about two quick and easy apple recipes for the local CTV station and trying not to sever a finger with a brand-new, razor sharp peeler. Talking and removing the skin from an apple in the privacy of your home is one thing, but under the lights and pressure of a TV studio? It’s right up there with dancing on light bulbs for Cirque du Soleil.

While I was nervous at first, I knew things would go okay when a set of Swissmar peelers arrived in the mail just a few days before my shoot.  I won these ultra-sharp gadgets from Dinnervibe for submitting my Mango Chutney Chicken recipe. Is that a sign or what?

The segment went well, in part thanks to the sage advice from food writers who have been there and done that. They talked me out of dizzying stripes and wild colours. I neatly avoided “floating head syndrome” by leaving the dark turtle-neck at home. They even guided me to a commercial foundation designed for TV. And yes, that’s me in full make-up AND blush.

While gathering these tidbits of wisdom, one piece of advice stood out. Being pale, I worried about the lights washing me out and wondered if I should layer it on with a trowel. One veteran of the TV guest shot kept me from looking like Bozo the Clown with this piece of advice, “Look a whore in real life. Look like a whore on TV.”

Bonus points if you can guess who said that.

Anyway, fingers crossed I uploaded this thing right. Here goes. Me, a lethal peeler and six minutes of airtime…

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  • Barb Freda
    Posted at 10:08h, 15 October Reply

    Nice work!!

  • Anja
    Posted at 10:10h, 15 October Reply

    I’m so glad you posted this, Charmian. I missed the live version. You did a fabulous job. Congratulaitons!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 10:21h, 15 October Reply

      Thanks, Anja. I think everyone missed the live version. No one’s home at noon anymore. Thank heavens for the Internet.

  • Jill U Adams
    Posted at 11:29h, 15 October Reply

    You were fantastic, Charmian! Loved all the tips and “can’t go wrongs” and avoiding waste. You looked great, came off as smart and playful, and you seemed more relaxed than the host.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 16:32h, 15 October Reply

      More relaxed than the host? I think he was terrified I’d skin him with my peeler.

      Thanks for the kind words, Jill.

  • Pat Tanumihardja
    Posted at 12:55h, 15 October Reply

    Great job, Charmian! You looked confident and had wonderful tips to share.

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 13:08h, 15 October Reply

    You did seem relaxed, and I liked your rapport with the host. Well done! (Watching him say your blog’s url was also the perfect justification to migrate your site over to, so you should be extra glad that you went through the trouble.)

    Also, as non-Canadian, I’d just like to point out how quiet and soothing the whole set was. On American morning TV there’s so much fake excitement and ridiculous over the top smiling it can be really inauthentic and distracting. I liked how straightforward this segment was! Brava!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 16:35h, 15 October Reply

      And here I thought I was grinning like a crazed fool. I think being on the noon show helped with the “calm”.

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 13:24h, 15 October Reply

    Char! You were great — confident & inspiring. Thanks.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 16:36h, 15 October Reply

      Thanks, Kathryn. Everyone told me the shoot would go quickly, but I was shocked when he told me our time was up. Guess that’s a good sign.

  • Kristin
    Posted at 13:54h, 15 October Reply

    Good work on the CTV appearance. You were great! AND you looked great!
    xoxo Kristin from Bitchin’ Lifestyle

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 16:37h, 15 October Reply

      Thanks, Kristin. All I can say is thank heavens for Mac Studio Fix make up.

  • Carolyn Erickson
    Posted at 14:48h, 15 October Reply

    Loved it! You looked like you have been doing that for years. I can’t imagine talking (on television) and peeling or chopping an apple at the same time. (It looked like it wasn’t so easy for the host either, lol, so I know I’m not the only one.)

    We want more Charmian TV! :~D

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 16:44h, 15 October Reply

      I never gave peeling an apple much thought until this shoot. I usually get the peel off in one long strip, but not that day.

      What people didn’t see was me after the shoot, standing in the side lines, trying to get the core from the second apple out of the corer. As they’re taping the next segment, I’m pushing the thing against the counter, my palm, my stomach… And it’s stuck. And wouldn’t you know it? When it finally released, the core shot half way across the studio. Out of the camera view, thank heavens!

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 17:42h, 15 October Reply

    Wow. I thought this was amazing. You did a terrific job and I love the look of the new site!!!!!!!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 00:17h, 16 October Reply

      Thanks Jacqui. Glad you like the new site. Thanks for watching!

  • Christine
    Posted at 19:49h, 15 October Reply

    Awesome, Charmian! What a wonderful job — you were relaxed, witty and oh, so skillful. Your site looks fabulous too!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 00:18h, 16 October Reply

      Thanks Christine. I’m surprised you’re still speaking to me after the Twitter fiasco. I’m still locked out — can you believe it! Hope you’ve managed to get back in.

  • Amy
    Posted at 21:24h, 15 October Reply

    What a pro! Charming, eloquent and compelling. I think you’re ready for your own food show. Bravo!! Amy

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 00:19h, 16 October Reply

      Amy! Wonderful to “see” you here. Great compliments coming from a woman who’s no stranger to being on TV herself!!

  • Lori
    Posted at 21:39h, 15 October Reply

    I’m glad you posted this It was fun to see you on TV! I know a real celebrity!!!
    Was it your mom who made the lovely “whore” comment !!!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 00:22h, 16 October Reply

      Lori, I’m far from being a celebrity, but it was fun.

      And good guess about the quote. My mom would have said, “tramp”. The person I was quoting was none other than Dana McCauley, who kindly spent a good half hour giving me lots of tips. She’s also responsible for warning me about “floating head syndrome”.

  • Francesca
    Posted at 22:06h, 15 October Reply

    Congratulations Charmian!! yeahhh this was wonderful!! Loved it! I’m going to put it on my blog soon. The ART of The Baked Apple!!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 00:22h, 16 October Reply

      Francesa, I’m flattered. Send me the link when it’s up!!!

  • Julie
    Posted at 23:23h, 15 October Reply

    Great job!! You’re a natural. And perfectly whorish.

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 23:49h, 15 October Reply

    You did great! You picked a really good color to wear as well.

    You’re a natural. :)

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 00:23h, 16 October Reply

      Thanks, Stephanie. I’m hoping they ask me back so I can go clothes shopping. Besides that shirt, all I have are stripes and summer blouses.

  • Katerina
    Posted at 02:11h, 16 October Reply

    You did fabulous! No stuttering, you didn’t talk too fast and I learned something. Never would’ve thought it was your first time.

    Apparently I need an apple corer? Charmian – you need a giveaway ! 😉

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 22:12h, 18 October Reply

      Thanks, Katerina. I thought an apple corer would be one of those gadgets I’d never use, but they do come in handy. A give away, eh…? Good thing apple season is long here!

  • Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart
    Posted at 15:49h, 21 October Reply

    Catching up, but congratulations! Excellent job!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:16h, 22 October Reply

      Thanks, Roxanne! Nice to “see” you again. Hope all’s well.

  • Elizabeth Kricfalusi
    Posted at 19:31h, 21 October Reply

    I have no idea how I missed when you originally posted this, but great job! Except now I’m hungry for a baked apple, and I have no apples in the house at the moment… :(

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 09:20h, 22 October Reply

      Elizabeth, wonderful to hear from you! I have apples. Come on over! Please.

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