The FOODBOD POD

Elaine Boddy

The podcast all about food. By food lovers, for food lovers. Talking, making, sharing and eating food with other food lovers featuring home cooks and bakers, food producers, food writers and bloggers, professional and home chefs and those associated with the food world. A celebration of food. So, let’s talk about food! read less
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Episodes

The Foodbod Pod: Episode 10 – A shoulder of Pork, Lemon Curd & other Delicious things
20-10-2023
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 10 – A shoulder of Pork, Lemon Curd & other Delicious things
Elaine “Foodbod” Boddy presents episode ten of the Foodbod Pod in which she and David Treadway meet Master Butcher, Simon Boddy. Simon is Elaine’s brother-in-law and has developed his on-line and retail butchery, The Best Butchers over the past 20 years with a focus on traditionally butchered meat and poultry and customer service. Specialising in quality meat, sausages, bacon and poultry produced on local farms with which he and his team have developed trusting relationships, the provenance of the meat is of the utmost importance. The Best Butchers dry ages its own beef and smokes and cures its own bacon from woodland pigs at its base in rural Buckinghamshire on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Simon demonstrates how to prepare a shoulder of pork and discusses what goes into good sausages and beef burgers and tells Elaine about his journey following America’s barbecue route sampling different styles of food, marinades, smoking and preparation. We also meet Jane Geoghegan, Marketing Manager at Delicious, the online food and recipe site and monthly print magazine that was named “Food Magazine of the Year” at the 2022 Guild of Food Writers Awards. Jane is unsurprisingly a self-confessed “foodie” and tells Elaine about her favourite family foods and why food is such an important part of her life. And we return to Cherie Denham’s kitchen to learn her recipe and how she makes lemon curd. Plus there’s top tips, what to do with leftovers and other great food tips and advice. Find out more and see recipes featured in this episode and across the series at: https://foodbodpod.com Watch on YouTube to see how Simon Boddy butchers and prepares a shoulder of pork and watch Cherie making her delicious recipe at: https://youtube.com/@foodbodpod Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefoodbodpod
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 9 - Summer at the Mill
29-09-2023
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 9 - Summer at the Mill
Elaine “Foodbod” Boddy presents episode nine of the Foodbod Pod in which she and David Treadway return to the Matthews Cotswold Flour Mill in Shipton Under Wychwood in the heart of the English countryside where eight generations of the Matthews family have been milling Britain’s finest flours since the 1800s. Managing Director Bertie Matthews takes Elaine on a guided tour to show her how flour is milled, from the weekly intake of hundreds of tons of different kinds of raw, dirty wheat straight from farms to the production of over one hundred types of flour for artisan and commercial bakeries and home bakers. Matthews Bakery Development Manager, Sophie Carey takes Elaine through her Danish Butter Cake recipe and we meet Ian Wilkinson, co-founder of FarmEd, which promotes sustainable farming, regenerative agriculture and food systems and public events from a literary festival to sourdough baking courses. We also meet Danielle Semple, FarmEd’s Assistant Programme Co-ordinator who champions the common earth worm and tells us why they are the soil’s superheroes. Bertie Matthews also takes time out from the mill to show Elaine the difference between modern and heritage wheat varieties and explains their place in food production. Find out more and see recipes featured across the series at: https://foodbodpod.com Watch on YouTube to see the mill and how Sophie Carey prepares her delicious recipe at: https://youtube.com/@foodbodpod Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefoodbodpod
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 8 – In the Spice Kitchen
25-08-2023
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 8 – In the Spice Kitchen
Elaine “Foodbod” Boddy presents episode eight of the Foodbod Pod in which she and David Treadway meet Shashi and Sanjay Aggarwal, Mamma Spice and Spice Boy respectively as they enjoy a flavour packed visit to the Spice Kitchen. From an idea invented around the family dinner table one Christmas, the Spice Kitchen has grown into a successful artisanal spice and tea business that ships spices and blends to home cooks around the world. The company’s popular Spice Tins have won plaudits and awards with the Indian Spice Tin, enclosed in a silk sari wrap hand-sewn by Mamma Spice herself, winning Gift of the Year in 2018 and 2022. Shashi Aggarwal tells Elaine that her mother gave her a spice tin, or Masala Dabba on her wedding day – the same tin and blend of spices that she uses to this day – and discusses her instinctive approach to cooking and her use of spices. This is clearly demonstrated as she shows how to make her famous Chickpea Curry as well as a Paneer Curry – two delicious examples of Mamma Spice’s vegetarian diet that can be adapted for all tastes, palates, preferences and flavours. As Elaine says, “Being in the kitchen with Shashi is just amazing. She just dances around the kitchen”. While Mamma Spice creates the recipes, Sanjay Aggarwal runs the Spice Kitchen business in his capacity as Chief Spice Officer. Sanjay, Shashi and Elaine discuss how to use spices, what goes into the famous blends such as garam masala and how to keep spices in top condition. They also discuss how they collected and put together their first published recipe collection, Spice Kitchen that showcases dishes and cuisines from different regions and countries around the world including India, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Southern States of America, Africa, China, Japan, the Middle East and Europe. Find out more and see recipes featured across the series: https://foodbodpod.com Watch on YouTube as Shashi shows Elaine how she prepares her delicious food at: https://youtube.com/@foodbodpod Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefoodbodpod
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 7 - Braiding & Breaking Bread
28-07-2023
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 7 - Braiding & Breaking Bread
Elaine “Foodbod” Boddy presents the seventh episode of the Foodbod Pod in which she and David Treadway meet Anne Iarchy and Karine Vignelles who discuss their food influences and deliver a lesson in how to braid challah dough. We also hear from members of the Sourdough with Foodbod Facebook group.   Anne describes the food she grew up with in Belgium and the various influences from her travels and time living in several countries before she settled in the UK and how she plans her week buying and cooking for one. She also discusses different options for making challah, the traditional bread prepared and eaten in Jewish households on Shabbat and on special occasions. Anne demonstrates how to braid the dough for a traditional challah shape, for small challah rolls topped with seeds and even for special shapes, producing a challah E for Elaine.   Meanwhile, Karine Vignelles discusses her inspirations from her French upbringing and how her husband’s Algerian heritage influences the ingredients they source and the food they prepare at home and her belief is respecting each other’s cultures and traditions.   Members of Sourdough with Foodbod, Elaine’s sourdough baking group on Facebook offer their top tips for home cooking and baking and we hear from fellow “foodbodder” Phil Russell who is in the process of opening a small sourdough bakery with his wife as their “retirement” project in their new home in Spain.   Find out more and see the recipes featured across the series: https://foodbodpod.com   Watch as Elaine, David and their guests braid challah dough on YouTube at: https://youtube.com/@foodbodpod   Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefoodbodpod
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 6 – Curds and Whey
30-06-2023
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 6 – Curds and Whey
Elaine “Foodbod” Boddy presents the sixth episode of the Foodbod Pod in which she and David Treadway visit White Lake Cheese to meet farmer and award-winning artisan cheesemaker, Roger Longman.   Roger discusses his journey into cheesemaking and guides us through the process from the milk and other ingredients to the finished cheeses and describes the range and variety he produces on his farm in Somerset. Returning from a career in engineering, Roger took over the family farm and built on its origins as a small Cheddar producer to create White Lake Cheese, developing it into one of the UK’s most respected artisanal cheese producers that has gathered an impressive number of prizes at the World Cheese Awards, several Supreme Champion medals at The Bath & West Cheese Awards as well as a number of coveted Great Taste awards.   White Lake produces a wide range of hand-made cheeses from soft to hard, including sheep’s cheese, cow’s cheese and goat’s cheese using the milk from Roger’s own herd of over 700 goats. From Little She to Driftwood, Solstice to Rachel Reserva, English Pecorino to Fetish, Roger shows Elaine how the different cheeses are made and matured and describes the processes and treatments required for each kind of cheese and how flavour and rind is developed.   Elaine joins Roger and food blogger Sally Prosser for a cheese and sourdough lunch and later gets to meet the goats, finds out more about their diet and behaviour and visits the milking parlour and the nursery where the kids are weened.     Find out more and see the recipes featured across the series: https://foodbodpod.com   Watch Elaine and Roger on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@foodbodpod   Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefoodbodpod
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 5 - At the Corner Plot
26-05-2023
The Foodbod Pod: Episode 5 - At the Corner Plot
Elaine “Foodbod” Boddy presents the fifth episode of the Foodbod Pod in which she and David Treadway visit the home of food blogger, influencer and social media host, Sophie Rushton Smith. Sophie discusses her approach to food and her journey from marine biologist to largely self-taught cook which led to not one but two internships at Yotam Ottolenghi restaurants in London. As well as revealing why she’s sometimes known as Doctor Fish and offering her top kitchen tips and ideas for making the most of leftovers, Sophie invites Elaine into her kitchen to prepare a delicious dish featuring one of the unsung heroes of the kitchen – the not so humble butter bean. Along with a tasty loaf of soda bread made with Matthews Cotswold Flour’s renowned Ancient Cotswold Crunch flour, Sophie serves a mouth-watering dish of butter beans with baked feta cheese in an onion, garlic and tomato sauce with a hint of chilli. As a food influencer, Sophie Rushton Smith’s highly popular The Corner Plot posts on Instagram are complemented by her Tik Tok reels and successful food blog of the same name where she demonstrates her many recipes and shows how to make even the most mundane of everyday ingredients come alive as appetising dishes. Sophie won the coveted Galvin Tarte Tatin Award in 2018 and is a judge for the prestigious annual Great Taste awards; like Elaine she is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and has run an occasional supper club at one of London’s celebrated Brother Marcus restaurants. Find the recipes on our website: https://foodbodpod.com Watch Elaine and Sophie in action on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@foodbodpod Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefoodbodpod