Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 15 From Burbank: Shooting Pig

About a year ago I got a call from Henry Barrial, an award winning independent film maker, asking if my son and I could do some still shots with his very talented wife, Eva Barrial, for a film he's shooting.

(Which really meant that my son looks a lot like the lead and they threw me in so he would cooperate.)

During the editing they realized a few flashback scenes were needed to fill in the story, so that's how we came to shoot "Pig" today.
Henry Barrial
Photo by Eva Barrial

The DP was nice enough to answer EVERY question my son had about the camera and it's buttons.

When we were done shooting we broke for lunch and my son wanted to stay and eat with his new friends. Henry heats up some delicious kale, bean and sausage soup made by his wife, Eva, and a loaf of bread.

Eva was nice enough to share her recipe

For those who would like the recipe:

Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins.
8 oz. kielbasa, thinly sliced( or more according to your taste for sausage)
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 14.5 oz. cans chicken broth( or 1 large package Swanson Chickenbroth)
2 19 oz. cans canellini beans, rinsed and drained. (I use 1 more can of beans, explanation later)
4 cups chopped kale
1. Brown kielbasa in a large sauce pan over
medium heat about 4 mins. Remove cooked kielbasa slices from pan.
2. add oil to pan and cook garlic 30 seconds. Add broth and
bring to a boil. Reduc
e heat, add beans (of two cans) and simmer 5 mins.
3. Remove 1 cup of soup including beans and
puree in blender until the mixture is smooth.
This is where I
would puree the third can of beans with some broth from the soup with a stick mixer or in the quisinart. I found the
soup too thin, the first time I made it and the consistency becomes better this
way. Besides, the cold beans and the hot broth fare better in the blender.
4. Stir bean puree, cooked sausage and chopped kale into soup and simmer until
kale is just tender, about 5 to 7 mins.

We arrived home for croque monsieur and a small salad with oil and vinegar.
No stairs today.
So sleepy.
Fell into bed at 9:30.

My son loved today......... and no I'm not getting him into the business.


  1. What a cute freaking post....and it looks like your son is going to be a director!? A DP? Let him....have him shoot a drama about a beautiful woman who does this French Skinny thing....people will laugh, cry and laugh again! And you'll win an Oscar. There's nothing wrong with using your children. You might have to wait 20 years....but whatev'
    PS You make the soup look beauktiful! (

  2. Thank you sweet Eva!
    We had a wonderful day.
    And that soup was 2 bowls full good!

  3. The soup looks fantastic.

    P.S. Your son is already in The Business. Soon, he will be running "the business."

  4. that soup looks tasty! Though if I made it, I'd be the only one in the house to eat it. I'll just come back here and look at the picture.