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#1 CFMBabs

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 10:30 PM

Many of you will know that I was interviewed by a local radio station last week, talking about Raynauds awareness ---- all went extremely well!
Whilst I was at the radio station I mentioned that I do quite a lot of writing, not only for this website but for another as well! And I also mentioned that I love cooking. Now you might be wondering what on earth has that got to do with anything? Well! I suggested to the DJ that since there are no current topics on the radio for recipe's or meals, I thought it might be a good idea to create a slot where a recipe is given using local produce, ie from the markets. I could research the best buys from the local area and create a dish.
If this seems rather complicated, it really isn't since so much emphasis is being placed on healthy eating in the UK and British kids as a whole eat less vegatables than our European counterparts and results show that we are a nation of obese and overweight people. Much of this is due to fast food and we need to re educate some people that cooking can be fun, healthy and beneficial to our children.
We have a wonderful fresh fruit and veg market here, not the supermarket plastic wrapped pre weighed perfect apples. We have local produce in abundance, it's a farming community.
I could go on all day about this as it is my gripe at the moment and a subject I feel very strongly about.
I'd love to hear your views on this -- do you think that I'm being too political?
Anyway, the radio station think it's a great idea and I'm in the process of compiling my first show.
Being on the radio for Raynauds has opened a new door for me. I'm bored and this will be the break I'm looking for to get me out of this hole.
Best wishes to you all.
Barbs xxx

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:34 AM

Hi Barbs!

Wow! I think that is very exciting and fun! I think it is a great idea and should help keep you a bit busy with something that you enjoy. Let us know how it goes.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:56 AM

Congratulations Barbs! That sounds like a great idea for a show, I love going to local produce stands in the spring & summer, from the first Asparagus of the spring to the last Potato in the fall, we love those fresh veggies! I'm glad you found something to do that you're so passionate about and I really hope it goes well for you. You must have done a great job on the Raynaud's show for them to want to hire you!

Karen

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 03:00 AM

Go Barbs, Go Barbs, Go Barbs!!!!

That's fantastic! Now be sure to pace yourself and take care of you while you are in the process of this new adventure. :)

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 03:32 AM

Barbs,
You are really something unique! What a great idea and it sounds like so much fun! What more could one ask for. Good luck on your first show and I look forward to reading how it goes.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 03:32 AM

Barbara,
That is wonderful! Go for it . I know that you will do a great job!!!!!!!! :D
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 05:41 AM

Oh my goodness, look at you! Before we know you it will be one of the top celebrities there and we'll be able to say "I knew her when....."

You have fun with this!
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#8 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 06:25 AM

Hi Barbs,

Why am I not surprised? Well, I am, actually. Since you are on a feeding tube, I wouldn't have ever thought in a million years that you'd be hosting a radio cooking show. But its a tremendous idea, I'm sure you'll be terrific at it, and I am thrilled for you!

I suppose sometime or other, you might let it drop that you are our blogger...and that you were famous long before they came along, with your story in the Voices of Scleroderma book series.

You know, I just realized -- what's really cool about a radio cooking show, is that you don't actually have to cook anything! Now, that's my idea of the best job of all. :P
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#9 CFMBabs

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 07:20 AM

You see there's so much more than meets the eye!!!! It's absolutely true that I'm being slightly contradictory about this as you say, I'm on a feeding tube. At least I don't have to try all this food I'm imaginarily cooking on the radio or else I may end up too big to sit behind a mic! Fact is that I've always loved cooking and it's a bitter blow for me to have ended up on a feeding tube. I was a very robust lady who loved nothing better than culinary delights -- my husband is now eating for two by the way!
Of course I'll remember my humble beginnings but I hardly think I'll become anything other than a voice on a local radio station with about 3 listeners? And since so much of radio is about waffling on -- why not mention that I write for the ISN?
This is my opportunity to get out of the house for a few hours and do something constructive.
I hope I can turn it into a fun show and teach people that cooking need not be a chore ---- disasters can make the most interesting dish and the mess you can make in the kitchen can only reiterate that it's sometimes okay to be human and not superwoman.
Thanks for all you well wishes
Just call me ---The Phantom Goumet !

Ps.... Whilst I was writing this I burned the roast potatoes???
Barbs xxx

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:35 AM

Hi Barbs,

But you know how we are into relabeling around here...pain being an "interesting sensation" or a "more interesting sensation than usual", and being on oxygen a "great opportunity to breathe really fresh air" -- we are rather merciless when it comes to making the best of a bad situation, aren't we?

Thus, in ISN-speak, you did not burn the roast potatoes. You simply expanded your culinary horizons to include Campfire Potatoes (aka Burnt Potatoes). :blink:

You'll have an absolute blast with the program, I'm sure. Although I don't see how it would be possible for your program to stay on topic in the long run, and not evolve into a comedy show.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 09:02 AM

Barbs, what a great service you will be providing! A celebrity among us... my hat's off to you!
Have fun and enjoy!
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 10:58 AM

Do any of you remember The galloping Gourmet, Graham Kerr? Well! he was my hero -- now I'm showing my age.
I won't be running around the studio or slurping wine although that sounds like a great idea to me. Yes! I want to make it fun like the accident prone chef that I am. You should have seen my kitchen before, it was like an explosion in a science lab. flour everywhere on account of me missing the shelf and a nearly full opened bag of all purpose flour bursting as it hit the floor. I had a sneezing fit, the cat turned white and ran off, that was just the beginning.
My roast potatoes survived cremation although my kitchen was full of smoke and my peas boiled over and ran all over the place, I'm still picking them up! The pepper pot was twisted to the pour setting and I liberally seasoned the gravy only realising when I started sneezing again that I'd emptied the best part of the pot in the pan. My hubby drank 2 pints of water with his dinner whilst my daughter who has an asbestos mouth thought the gravy was ace! AND YOU THINK I WILL MAKE A GREAT SHOW ON THE RADIO! If I emulate on the radio the disastrous meal I made this evening I'll have the whole of Great Britain on fire alert. In fact we could be talking another great fire of London nationwide! I was only making Cornish pasty's!
The family renaged on the sweet and the dog was a very happy soul on account of the huge amount of leftovers this evening. The geese got their share too but I think their honk turned to a piercing screech as they tucked into the gravy -- The dog gave that dish a miss. I saw 8 geese drinking from an old bathtub we have for the animals 8 necks immersing and then stretching in synchronisation as they guzzled the water down.
Yes! This project on the radio is certainly going to an experience.

Stressed but surprisingly calm for now!
Love
Barbs xxz

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:27 PM

What a exciting offer for you, congrats. I think this is a wonderfull idea,I for one do not like to cook. If I could listen to someone, who could put me in the mood to cook, I would love it. Obviously you impressed them, I would love to be able to hear you. Good luck to you in your new endeaver.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:41 PM

Oh, I am just so proud of you and happy for you. And I just know you'll somehow talk about how deathly white your hands have become from the cold, but don't worry folks, it's just my Raynauds, they'll soon be purple and I'll have feeling back in them again. In the mean time I won't be using any knives for fear I'll chop the tips of my fingers off and not know it till I see the blood. Sorry to be so gory...Oh, you don't know what Raynauds is. Well, lets just put this pot on to simmer for a bit while I tell you about Raynauds.......

Barbs, you are a marvel. I wish you all the best and am so glad you saw the door of opportunity in front of you and you had the wherewithall to knock on it. You'll be a tremendous hit!

xoxo emmie

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 10:22 PM

You go girl! Focusing on living life is the best medicine for dealing with chronic illness. Mind over matter.

Being ill has been a great gift for me. My time is my time and it opened my creativity gates. Once those gates open nothing is impossible.

Wish you all the best Barbs! Have fun!!!

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 02:43 AM

I think this idea is smashing. You are a real trouper, Barb and I love the irony (albeit regrettable) of a cooking show led by someone who does not eat.

Anything that can raise awareness of healthy eating is good for all of us. Good luck, sweetie.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 03:09 AM

Good job I'll be behind closed doors. The very sight of me feeding via a tube whilst reciting a mouthwatering dish couldn't be more contradictory, could it?
I love the idea of incorporating a Raynauds attack whilst creating a dish -- Whoops! there goes the tip of my finger, don't worry as it adds flavour!
My gran used to say. "Never trust a thin cook" well if she could see me now she'd be trying to feed me up with mountains of food.
I guess it's my contribution to help me get over the fact that I can't eat. I've cooked more stuff recently that I've ever done before and it's sort of satisfying to see my family tuck into my efforts.
I think I finally realise that food is much more important than just a plate of pleasure, it's a nescessity. I've been down the road of starvation believe me and not being able to eat was torturous at the time, so hungry you cannot speak, walk or think logically. Now I'm happy with my situation, I just want people to relise the importance of good nutrition and if I can make it simple and interesting it might just give someone the inspiration to do it!
Just preparing dinner -- Spaghetti Bolognese, let's see if I can make as much mess as last night!

Best wishes
Barbs xxx

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:27 AM

Barbs, I'm so excited for you. You might want to be the Phantom Goo-met instead of gourmet or as you wrote goumet. It is so much fun to read all that you seem to wet your appetite with. Keep up all the good things you do for others. I know you cook things blackened. Not all of us out here are into blackened, delights. Find someone else to do your prep work. I'm not into canibalism. Fingers don't appeal to me. Fish fingers anyone! I will see if this goes through. I am still in Florida and trying to keep up with everything from several peoples computers. I hope everyone has a pain free pleasant day. Sheryl
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:21 PM

Congratulations Barbs!

I applaud what you are doing. Don't even get me started on children's nutrition....I have fits when I visit my son at his lunch time in the school cafeteria. You wouldn't believe what the public schools in the US try to pass of as "healthy" !

Even though we qualify for reduced priced school lunches at only 40 cents a meal (and I can't pack a lunch for that price) I started packing my son's lunch for him because I was disgusted at the "food" I saw.

And get this, the school thinks its doing a great service by offering breakfast but they serve junky sugary cereals and doughnuts! I was like......."Where's the FRUIT?!" Then I remembered, Oh yeah probably can't afford fresh fruit. But seriously, how hard would it be to put out some apples, bananas or oranges for pete's sake?

I am not a nutritionist by any stretch of the imagination but it doesn't take a nutritionist to see garbage. If I had the time or energy right now, I'd be leading a crusade to completely overhaul the system.

Well, I said don't get me started but there you go and do it anyway. :D I'm off on my tangent again.

I wish I could listen to your program. Thanks for looking out for the kids! Have fun with your new career!

Love, Barefut

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 11:03 PM

This is exactly my point....... I cringe at the diet some kids live on. My own daughter even comments about her friends. I can't be too critical of certain establishments but I think peer pressure, clever advertising and inviting surroundings are all to blame.
My daughter went into town with her friends and for lunch they decided to go to a burger place. My daughter hates burgers and wouldn't eat a meal. Her friends all thought she was weird but she stood up and said " I'm not eating carpet burgers and fatty fries" and duly left. I was so proud of her, not because I have a vendetta against this burger place but because she stood up for what she believed in.
She works at a childrens nursery 2 day's a week and she's horrified that some of the kids don't know what fresh fruit looks like. Try and give them any kind of veg and they refuse to eat it, preferring reformed chicken shapes and fries.
This is why I love Greece so much. There is a wealth of good healthy fresh food and my daughter loves it. I don't think there is one thing she hasn't tried whilst we've been over there. Last year we brought along her friend and although getting her to eat the local meals was a bit difficult at first -- she now craves for the same stuff back here. Her mother was delighted that she came back and wanted fruit and veg and meals that she would never eat before.
I'm fairly critical of life in general, particulary that we seem to shop in the large supermarkets where everything is under one roof. No one seems to take the time
to shop any more and anything that is quickly thrown into the basket will do. I know because I've done it myself then got home wondering why I bought such rubbish. We always buy fresh now. Nothing beats going to the local market and haggling for a full box of fruit or veg. It's half the price of the supermarkets and twice as fresh! The local butcher provides us with the meat and we can choose the cut rather than stare at it through a wrapped see through platter.
The amount of money we have saved this way is astounding -- sure we still go to the supermarket for other consumables but not for the main diet.
The local council here are trying to close our markets preferring big business. I want to see our local markets thrive, it's good for the people and very good for the farmers who produce the stuff.
So you see -- I can go on all day about the need for proper nutrition and all it's issues. Looking at your reply Barefut, I'm not on my own!
Best wishes to you all
Barbs xxx