Yesterday was the first Monday of the month and that meant a trip down to the Puritan’s Radio studio for another installment of the Jones on Food & Travel show! My role on the show is sort of two-fold. I have my own segment called Deborah Dishes on Food but I also serve as co-presenter, chief interrupter and producer of general background noise throughout the whole show.
The July show was absolutely jam packed and you can give it a listen here via the dropbox link – listen via your browser or download it for later.
Peter surprised me with the suggestion that we run down the list of local eateries as ranked by TripAdvisor, which I was happy to do. It made me realize, if nothing else, that there are a lot of places in town and in the surrounding areas that we really must try. ModParlPhotos and I are such terrible creatures of habit – we have our favourite places and dishes so we risk falling into food ruts. We really need to apply to same sense of culinary adventure we use on holiday to eating out at home. Anyway – that commentary runs throughout the show, in between some quite interesting and varied interviews.
The show always started off with travel and this week Lindsay Aspinall of the local Travel Counsellors agency give us the latest travel news and brought in guest Judy Mansfield of Cherish Ceremonies to chat about destination weddings, offer tips on where to go and how to manage them, etc. (03:07 – 41:00).
Then it was food, food, food. And the interviews were really varied this week:
- talking organic farming and food with Adrian Blackshaw, the Chairman of the Organic Trade Board, (1:03:30 – 1:32:57)
- Peter’s recent biltong discovery led to a chat with Ben Rushforth of Warwick-based Ben’s Biltong, (1:34:05 – 1:59:02)
- and things went all cutting edge with Phillip Shaw and Laurie Timpson of Savernake Knives. (2:03:22 – 2:26:00)
Oh and then I served as a tasting panel of one for pastis. Had no idea what to expect.