New radio show schedule!

cam105FM logoThe ‘Our Mill Road‘ show started on Cambridge 105 FM earlier this year and, as you would expect, is dedicated to all things Mill Road. It’s presented by Ceri Littlechild and each show gives the low down on news, events, projects and more happening on and around Mill Road. If you want to listen to past editions of the show, including interviews with local people, you can find all the podcasts here (the first show back in January even includes an interview with yours truly!).

microphoneThe show has been enjoying a regular Sunday evening stint every fourth week, but as of this month it is moving to a new Saturday afternoon slot. So the next show will be this coming Saturday (14th September) from 2-3pm. There are also a few other changes to the Cambridge 105 schedule, including the Paul Christoforou show, which is moving from Tuesday afternoons to a weekly Sunday night slot – next show this Sunday (15th September) from 10pm until midnight. Those of you who are regular listeners of Paul’s show may have heard him interviewing me back in June – I’d only popped in for a brief chat, but ended up staying for the whole show!

Mill Road signCeri has asked me to guest present this Saturday’s ‘Our Mill Road’ show and I’ve got lots of exciting news and events from the Mill Road area, including news of two new eateries opening soon on Mill Road as well as events coming up over the next few weeks – including this weekend – and various bits of news from the local area. So if there’s anything you think needs a mention on the radio then please get in touch before Friday and I’ll do my best to include it!

Our Mill Road – Saturday 14th September, 2-3pm on Cambridge 105 FM.

Mill Road to get its own radio show!

Mill Road is getting its very own monthly radio show, starting next week! Cambridge 105‘s ‘Our Mill Road‘ will be hosted by Ceri Littlechild and will be a chance to talk all things Mill Road – from events and eating out to projects and contributions from locals.

Our Mill RoadWhen Ceri invited me to do an interview for the show recently I was very excited, though admittedly I was a little nervous when we did the recording a few days ago –  it’s been a couple of years since I last did a radio interview and this was actually the first one I had done about my ‘There’s something about Mill Road‘ blog! Ceri is excited about the show and explained that the name came about because the show really is an opportunity for all Mill Road people to get involved and talk about their Mill Road, and also the show just happens to be an hour long.

The show will include information about events and projects in the Mill Road area, as well as music from local artists. If you have an idea for the show or you’re a local musician who’d like to get some airplay then Ceri would love to hear from you, you can email her at: millroadcoordinator@gmail.com.

‘Our Mill Road’ is on Cambridge 105, on the second Sunday of each month at 9pm. Starting Sunday 13th January.

Mill Road and Gwydir Street on BBC Radio 4

Yesterday I went along to Clare College for the recording of Radio 4‘s The Kitchen Cabinet. The show is hosted by well known food critic Jay Rayner and the panel promised to be an interesting mix of well known food experts with local connections – Masterchef 2011 winner Tim Anderson, Michelin starred celebrity chef Angela Hartnett, food historian Dr Annie Gray and Fitzbillies‘ very own Tim Hayward.

Angela HartnettAnnie Gray is based in Ely and specialises in food and its influences, especially eighteenth and nineteenth century. Her PhD title was ‘Man is a dining animal‘ and her current research topics include the history of tea and self discipline and control at the dining table. She’s clearly passionate about her subject and I’d recommend catching one of her talks if you ever get chance. Angela Hartnett is no stranger to Cambridge, or indeed Mill Road – she lived on Gwydir Street whilst studying at Cambridge Polytechnic (now Anglia Ruskin University) and fondly recalled the hearty sausage and bean stew she had made on a few occasions (which sounded a lot tastier than some of the concoctions other panellists had come up with during their student days!). Some of you may also remember when she took on Regent Street’s Nanna Mexico in a TV cooking challenge a few years ago.

SushiIf you watched the 2011 series of Masterchef (I am a huge fan!) you’ll know that winner Tim Anderson has a particular penchant for Japanese food. He certainly knows his negi and entertainingly educated us with his vast knowledge of ingredients and techniques. Some of the specialist Japanese ingredients he mentioned were thought to be rather difficult to track down by others on the panel, but Tim Hayward reliably informed the audience that they were actually available at any one of a number of oriental supermarkets on Mill Road! I love the huge range of oriental supermarkets we have here and my current favourite is Li Ming – who have provided copious amounts of tofu for my homemade vegan raspberry cheesecakes over the last year or so, but more on those another time.

I was pleased to hear from Tim Hayward that his chef doesn’t allow Fitzbillies to have a microwave in the kitchen – I don’t really like cooking with a microwave and although I do have one myself, it only seems to get used occasionally to reheat a cold cuppa rather than to ever cook food! Tim didn’t get chance to elaborate much during the show on the background to his taking over of Fitzbillies eighteen months ago, but if you want to read more then here’s an interesting article he wrote for The Guardian.

Jay RaynerThe panellists all kindly stayed behind afterwards to chat to the audience. I suggested to Jay Rayner that he pencil Cambridge in for another visit in the future (not only was the auditorium full to capacity, but there were quite a number of ticket-clutching hopefuls who didn’t get in) and he duly made note, though conceded that it would be up to the production team. I spoke to Angela Hartnett briefly too and had hoped to chat to the other panellists, but they were all very much in demand so I didn’t get chance. The recording took an hour but the show itself is only 30 minutes, so I’ll have to wait until Tuesday to find out if the Mill Road and Gwydir Street mentions make the final cut!

FlavourAfter the show, myself and Mr Mill Road met up with a small group of other local food lovers, including Gerla from the Cambridge Food Tour and Ruth who is one of the presenters on the ‘Flavour’ show on Cambridge 105. On the way home we spotted some most excellent buskers on the corner of Rose Crescent and Market square (I had never heard a saxophone/violin/acoustic guitar version of Gangnam style before!) and although we’d hoped the days activities would inspire us enough to cook ouselves a delicious meal, we were too hungry to wait and instead opted for a delicious take away from the Rice House.

The Cambridge episode (which is the last in the current series) of The Kitchen Cabinet will be on Radio 4 on Tuesday (8th January) at 3pm. After broadcast the podcast will be available to download permanently on the BBC website.