Avocado Injury (And the must-try recipe you’ve all been looking for…)

Posted by: Greta on: June 28th, 2007  »  10 comments

Well, I used to love avocados, until the unfortunate incident that took place on Tuesday, June 26th at 11:25 am Halifax Time. Janet and I were (and still are) on a cross-Canada media tour, and this past Tuesday we were guests on Breakfast Television in Halifax. I was demonstrating how to make our new, delicious, must-try summer salad with corn, black beans, avocado and mango (link to recipe below!) when Janet “egged me on” to show viewers how to “pit” the avocado as I had done so skillfully the day before on Canada AM. However, it being a bad horoscope day, the knife when straight into my hand instead of the avocado pit, creating a huge, blood-gushing slash that resulted in an Emergency Room visit, four stitches and a tetanus shot! Oh, don’t worry. The viewers had no idea that I practically sliced my thumb off. My survival reflexes kicked in, I covered my blood-spewing left hand with my good right hand, turned to Janet and flashed her an “Oh my God you’re not going to believe what I just did so please take over this interview right this minute while I stand here and try not to faint from the warm pool of blood that’s forming under my hand” look. Knowing me like the back of her uninjured hands, Janet turned the conversation away from the avocado and on to another topic, which I can’t even remember, cuz I was in shock and bleeding profusely, STILL ON CAMERA, by the way, and apparently I even piped in with a few interesting comments here and there (can’t remember) and luckily the camera men (two of them) clued in to my dilemma and did not zoom in for a close up of the now-beet-red avocado on the cutting board. The producer yelled “Cut!” about 1.5 minutes later, and I said “Tell me about it!” as the colour drained from my face. I lifted my hand off the appropriately named cutting board to display the result of my knife’s inaccuracy (not my fault–no way!). People raced into action, grabbing paper towels, bandages, antiseptic spray (no thank you!), water, and a chair, while the camera man shouted orders like “sit down!”, “keep it elevated!” and “apply pressure!” It was not good. After being whisked to the hospital and stitched up, I continued on the tour, doing another cooking demo later that day on live TV with my bandaged hand. The show must go on!

Janet and I are in Vancouver today on day 4 of a 4-city tour. We’re educating Canadians about heart health and, in particular, cholesterol. I’ve developed this great new summer salad recipe that you can only get from a cool website called www.knowyourratio.ca. If you, or anyone you know, has cholesterol issues, this website contains lots of helpful information. Promise me you’ll check it out!

Comments (10)

  1. Sacred Suzie | June 28, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    Oh know! Ganet, I am so sorry to hear about your injury, that’s awful. What a trooper to keep the show moving and Janet for covering this horrible accident.

    I wish I could make it to your Vancouver tour, too bad you’re not coming out to Victoria, I would so be there.

    I hope you heal soon!

  2. SusanC | July 2, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Greta, Greta, Greta. Only you could recover with such grace from an on-camera “incident.”
    That said, I’m not letting you anywhere near our knives on Wednesday.

  3. Cathy | July 3, 2007 at 6:18 am

    Oh Greta, I’m so sorry about your injury! I’ve done the same thing (only not as bad – no stitches required) so I realize how easily it can happen. It hasn’t kept me away from avocados though – I love them so much!

    Hope your hand is all better soon. And way to go, Janet, for covering up – I know I wouldn’t have been so calm!

  4. Terry | July 7, 2007 at 7:03 pm


    I just stumbled onto your show on FoodNetwork.ca. I very rarely watch the foodnetwork channel, I’m more a Discovery Channel guy myself, however I just wanted to say I really enjoy your show. It’s a nice mix of humor and good, healthy advice. Keep up the good work.

  5. Margo | July 10, 2007 at 12:59 am

    Hey ladies, that new salad of yours is so yummy!! (I knew it would be!) I just hope there aren’t serious side-effects of eating copious quantities of it… yes the Portion Control Police are after me once again. Thanks for another great salad recipe.

  6. Mary Ann | July 28, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    I cannot find the link to the recipe and since I heard about it on the radio a couple of weeks ago I have wanted to try it. Please email me back with it. thanks

  7. Diane | May 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    you ladies are great! are you coming to Montreal any time soon;

  8. marni | July 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    My kids were cutting up the Reader’s Digest when I noticed half a recipe of yours for spicy chickpeas. I couldn’t find the other half in their cuttings…any chance that I could get the whole recipe from you?

  9. Marion | July 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I tuned in part way thru a recipe you were making – a stir-fry comparing yours to a (I think) street vendor
    It sounded great. Any chance you know what the heck I an talking about and could I get the recipe.

  10. Ola S. | July 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    All the recipes from the ESBM tv show are on http://www.foodnetwork.ca :)

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