Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation
As this page has now appeared and the trailer is available, I thought it was time to write a little about River Farm Smokery and the Great British Menu.
Late last year, Midsummer House’s Daniel Clifford called us to say that he was going to appear on the Great British Menu. He wanted to used us for some smoked duck and possibly some smoked duck eggs. This was quite exciting for me as I’m very keen on the programme and the possibility of playing with smoked eggs for a Michelin starred chef gets my juices fllowing.
Yeah, well these kind of things are what get me excited. What can I say?
After some to-ing and fro-ing, trying some different duck breasts and different eggs we got the products to Daniel’s liking and a date was set for a visit from the film crew.
At the beginning of December last year a small tv crew came to the smokery with Daniel on a freezing cold day. We’d been in late getting things ready the night before and I was in at 7 to start the duck smoking. Chris did most of the on-camera stuff (including pretending to smoke my duck! but that is another story) until we got to the eggs. For these, I had to chat to Daniel about what I had done to make them, in a cheery and spontaneous manner. This was hard as I am neither cheery nor spontaneous and as we’d had the conversation once already before they started shooting.
Everything was done very quickly, no retakes. At one point they had to shoot me nodding and pretending to agree/listen to Daniel. I was chastised for over egging it. I don’t expect to appear on telly, if I do then great (or not). It’s not something I’ve ever aspired to.
Anyway, in theory, it’s good promotion. We’re anticipating a deluge of orders at soon to be revamped (read: hastily ammended) River Farm Smokery website. Failing that, our friends will be able to take the piss out of us for looking ridiculous and sounding dull.
I know who wins next weeks challenge but I’m not gonna tell you. Enjoy and let me know what you think….
Posted: March 23rd, 2009 under .