A new marijuana-cooking show has hit the Web, thanks to Canadian weed diva Watermelon—but don’t expect a lot of toking.
“We don’t smoke any pot, [and] we don’t actually really reference marijuana too much,” Watermelon told the Straight by phone about her new Web series, Baking a Fool of Myself. Each episode begins with the disclaimer “The following video is intended for medically exempted patients who would prefer to ingest their medicine rather than smoke it” and Watermelon refers to the THC component as “shake flour” in most recipes.
A comedian, long-time entrepreneur, and Rio Theatre investor, Watermelon began her foray into marijuana cookery 20 years ago and previously hosted Watermelon’s Baked and Baking DVD in 2002. With her newest show, she wanted to break free of stereotypes surrounding the pot community.
“I did a lot of research on-line to see what other marijuana cooking shows are out there and they’re just really terrible,” she said. “What I wanted to do was remove this whole stigma for stoners”¦.There’s a lot of classy, sophisticated people who smoke pot so really the whole notion was to redo a cooking show—but with great production values.”
Shot in her own kitchen, Baking a Fool of Myself features the former High Times cover girl at her 1950s best, complete with pin-up hair and a jazzy intro. The series also includes Watermelon’s 67-year-old mother, who offers baking tips and tricks.
“She [her mom] doesn’t smoke pot or eat pot—she doesn’t really enjoy it—but she’s a fabulous supporter of me,” said Watermelon.
The first episode of the series focuses on extraction, with Watermelon demonstrating three ways to prepare marijuana for baking—”really the most important thing to know”, she said.
Two subsequent episodes feature recipes for No Frownie Brownies and Peanut Budder Cookies, and Watermelon is hoping to film future episodes about gramola (“Granola with a gram in every box!”), chocolate mint marijuana cheesecake, and rum resin balls.
“The kitchen to me is such a creative place,” she said. “I feel like a dancer or a painter when I’m in there. It’s my art.”
Watch a trailer for Watermelon's new Web series, Baking a Fool of Myself.