Stupidly Simple Beginnings: Banana Milk Shake
It's a little hard to explain why I created a cooking show when I can't cook. But that's what I did one day four summers ago as I sat in my apartment in Midtown Manhattan craving a very specific banana shake from a Venezuelan restaurant in the East Village, a 20-minute excursion from home. In most parts of New York City, you can be adventurous and sample over a dozen different cuisines within a five-block radius or you can be as particular as you'd like and have pancakes for dinner and pizza for breakfast.
But even in a place like New York where there is no lack of options or, perhaps I should say, especially in a place like New York, we're hungry.
Well, I was hungry and I really wanted a banana shake. And I thought, maybe there are others like myself who can't cook but want a banana shake, too. So I shot, edited and published the first ever Stupidly Simple Snacks video on my laptop, driven by a craving and New York state of mind. Because even when everything you want is within reach, there's still pride to be taken in making something out of what you have: three ingredients, a blender and an attitude that someone would find this helpful (and funny) someday.
That's how Stupidly Simple Snacks, a Web series that shows you what to cook when you can't, came to be. I've since moved back to Brooklyn where I was born and raised, and when hunger hits, I still resort to quick, easy and tasty favorites: smoothies, grilled cheese, basically anything I can put in a panini press or microwave.