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Posted by on Sep 3, 2009 in Korean Food | 7 comments

Behind the scenes: Kkaenip Pesto

Behind the scenes: Kkaenip Pesto

For every cooking video, I have to come with something new. Not just a new recipe but new clothing, music and script as well.

I purchased the apron I’m wearing in the video at the Sunday Farmers’ Market in Windsor, Calif. It’s reversible, one side with garlic, the other side is a simple light brown with a garlic pocket. I might wear the reverse side in a future video.

Even with the best, most well-written and edited script, interesting things can happen during recording of a video shot. These unplanned, improvisational moments can become the high point of a video. For example, the comment, “Since I don’t believe in animal testing, I tested it on my husband’s coworkers!” was an off-the-cuff remark. My husband thought it was funny, so we kept it in there. He’s the director.

On the other hand, one can write something, specifically, in the script, but when it is actually recorded, it doesn’t quite end up looking the way one thought it would in the mind’s eye. Sometimes, there’s a huge disconnect between imagination and reality.

An example of this is my short bow shortly before I started making the recipe. I did the brief bow to acknowledge the person who first introduced the world to kkaenip pesto. However, some people watching the video might think I’m trying to flip my hair like some kind of narcissistic starlet. That was not the intent at all.

This video was also the first video we made which only took a week between the date of filming and the date of posting. Most of our videos took much longer to edit and prepare for YouTube.

What made the difference was recording good audio in the video files. Previously, we have recorded the audio separately from video, first with a digital voice recorder and then on a laptop computer. The audio and video would be aligned in post-production, a tedious process without time-coding on those files.

We use an Audio-Technia lapel microphone to capture realistic, undistorted audio. Just listen to one of my first videos and compare it to this one. If your ear is good, you’ll hear the difference.


  1. I agree about the audio, I saw your first one [and the ones after..]…now I don&#39;t have to turn down the volume, I put it on the highest and it doesn&#39;t hurt my ears^^<br /><br />Love this one cos you explained about the leaves..and the recipe sounds simple !

  2. Hubby probably had to set the volume a bit loud to make sure it perfectly matched my moving lips. Now he doesn&#39;t have to worry about that anymore so we have more time to do more videos!

  3. I must ask you, where did you get the kkaenip leaves? My wife and I can drive to Nashville, which is well over 1.5 hours away, and we can get some leaves there. But we&#39;d rather find some way to buy them online, or at the very least find some seeds so we can plant our own. Do you know of somewhere online to buy these wonderful herbs? Thanks!

  4. I live in Northern California, where it&#39;s only a 15-20 minute drive for me to get the kkaenip leaves. <br /><br />Your best bet might be to grow your own. You can get seeds here: <br /><br />There are some areas of the US, particularly in the Southeast it grows wild, if you know where to look.

  5. Perfect, thank you so much. I do go hiking from time to time here in TN, I&#39;ll try to keep my eyes open for the plants. I don&#39;t recall seeing them before though. Thanks for your help.

  6. I have some growing in pots. If you live some place with a short growing season start them in pots. But once started they do love sun and water.

  7. This is why I don&#39;t do video recording…I spend enough time and energy trying to think of innovative blog entries! The pesto looks fabulous though. I love the spin you put on it.

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