The long-awaited second series of The Katering Show has just dropped on the ABC.
All episodes are available in what Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney are calling an “internet dump” on the ABC’s iView service.
The food intolerant and the intolerable foodie have given Mamamia a little taster of what to expect in the second episode of the series, entitled Yummy Mummies.
I chatted with the Kates: McLennan and McCartney about the episode – which centres around McLennan using her placenta to make a delicious “plasagne” – as well as how they filmed the show around caring for their young babies, and just what McCartney’s using that Thermomix for these days.
“We are excited. We are a little bit – I feel like I’m a little bit anxious,” McLennan tells me about the show’s launch.
“I sound like I’ve had a lot of pseudoephedrine, but I haven’t. I think that might be anxiety,” says McCartney.
I tell them I have watched the episode Yummy Mummies, in which they take that term quite, quite literally.
“And how are you feeling?” McLennan enquires.
“Nauseous,” I respond, to the glee of both Kates.
Warning: spoilers ahead.
“That’s great, that’s what we were going for,” says McCartney.
“It’s interesting because I look at the placenta – because that is actually my real placenta. It was a stunt placenta that we cut up and cooked, but the one that I’m cutting up on screen and dumping out on the bench is real. So I watch it and I have these – it’s a weird response,” says McLennan.
“Obviously when were were writing it my character was quietly grossed out by it, but she put on a brave face and maintained this veneer of being a professional and hosting the show. But the reality is that I’m so proud of it.”
“So proud,” chimes in McCartney. “You’re like a cat that’s brought a dead pigeon into the house.”
"I grew it!" says McLennan. "And it fascinates me. It helped to keep my daughter alive and when people talk about it in a negative way, I get quite offended. Like, 'How dare you turn your nose up at my beautiful placenta!' I could talk about my placenta till the cows come home. I'm really protective of my placenta."
McLennan gave birth to her daughter Dusty several months before filming began, but she had her priorities straight the whole time.