We set off on our Saturday rounds of dropping son & heir at the local shops, visiting Sainsbury's for a few bits we'd forgotten to buy and back home again.
Having got back home, I opened up my laptop, got Rhubarb & Ginger upon screen, Twitter in the next window, Gmail in the next window and Facebook in the last window (I'm nothing if not a creature of habit) and went back to Twitter to sort out some thank you posts for various "follow Friday" wishes. As I was going through the messages, out popped one from @nickcoffer. Now Nick has a blog and a radio show on BBC Three Counties Radio during the weekday afternoons and a Saturday show, called "Weekend Kitchen". He's also written a recipe book entitled "My Daddy Cooks", which details family recipes that you can cook with a young'un alongside - a copy of which I recently won as the prize for Ren Behan's "Food on Fridays" feature.
In his message, he said " hi Jenny, would you be around for a quick phone interview today at 13.15 for my radio show's food site of the week slot?". Erm .. ~blink~ .. did I read that right? So I read it again - and squealed "like a Tyrannosaurus Rex was eating my toes" (to quote hubby, who has a vivid imagination).
Cor, would I? You bet I would! Only - by this time - there was just an hour and quarter to go. Oh dear, had I left it too late to contact him back? So I dashed off a "you betcha" message (which included my telephone number) and crossed my fingers.
|This was me, for a lot of the time!|
None of which would work well on radio! *gulp*
Well, I was committed by then and could just console myself with the fact that a) the interview would be short and b) I knew Rhubarb & Ginger inside out (or so I thought).
The phone rang and it was Nick's Producer (so sorry, I've forgotten her name!) to check out whether I was okay for the interview etc etc. She said she'd ring back when it was time to go on air.
|Why, I do believe that's Jenny Eatwell!|
Nick was very easy to talk to - I had resolved that I would treat it just like speaking to someone for the first time on the telephone and studiously forget about the radio audience behind the programme. I don't think I did Rhubarb & Ginger justice at all - I could have been so much more coherent about it. However, all things taken in to consideration - it could have been so much worse! lol
If you want to have a listen, it is available on the IPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00t232y/
If you don't want to listen to the whole show (it's a goodie, so if you've got time, do!) you'll need to scroll through to 1 hour 19mins to find the interview. It is probably only available up until the end of this week (23 June 2012), but I'm hoping to get a recording of it that I'll be able to post up for perpetuity.
My gosh, but what an excitement it all was! My thanks go out to Nick Coffer and his team - and my apologies for not being more coherent!