Escape To River Cottage

I’m watching Masterchef and Go Girls

I felt a bit let down by Go Girls last week – Brad narrating the show just didn’t sound or feel right. Maybe I’ll get used to it, but I kept hearing Kevin’s voice in my head! Last weekend, I had a girls weekend away and the topic of “secret TV show addictions” came up. Go Girls was the one which was unanimously enjoyed by all their partners! Here’s tonight’s episode information.

In the episode information for Masterchef tonight, it says there’s a budding romance and Thai food on the menu. Hmm.

That’s all I’ll have time for tonight, but these also look interesting:

The making of Bacardi in Puerto Rico, Escape to River Cottage, Nigella Kitchen and Misfits – season finale.

Oh, and of course there’s Katie Holmes on How I Met Your Mother.

What are you watching tonight?

8:00pm Tuesday, March 27 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Hugh’s garden pest problems are now being rivalled inside the Cottage, with an infestation of mice! Things are getting out of control and Hugh’s attempts to curb the creatures are unsuccessful. Desperate measures call for unusual powers of persuasion and Hugh calls in vegan mouse charmers, Sue and Steve Smith, who prefer meditation to mutilation. But will their crystals and vocal encouragement persuade the pesky pests to relocate? Spurred on by the mice Hugh joins Jan Andrews on her regular cull of the Dorset Roe Deer population. They meet at dawn and despite Jan’s technique of using a fawn’s distress call to attract a buck, all they spot are does and fawns. As the morning wears on, a hearty campfire breakfast of wild mushrooms with Deer liver seems very distant to the hapless hungry hunters.

7:30pm Tuesday, April 3 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Hugh puts the River running past his cottage to good use. It’s eel migration season and Hugh meets up with local basket maker Malcolm Seal, to try his hand at creating an eel trap. Hugh has discovered an eighteenth century French basket design and with luck it should clean up in the River Brit. On his way back to River Cottage, Hugh keeps his eyes firmly on the road. A road kill rabbit in his new trap could prove an excellent eel enticement.

8:00pm Tuesday, March 13 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s dream of escaping the city sprawl and downshifting to rural Dorset is about to be realised. In his 1960s Ford Corsair, Hugh has arrived at River Cottage, and his new life as a small holder, living off the fat of the land, lies before him. Tonight, Hugh had thought his downshifting was progressing nicely. But his daily garden check reveals a pesky garden pest and Hugh is not amused. At least the pigs have settled in, although they keep Hugh on his toes with their occasional bids for freedom. The jam season is approaching, but sadly Hugh’s blackberry harvest isn’t exactly fruitful. So it’s off to Forde Abbey farm for a day fruit picking, where the local currency is raspberries! He meets a group of European students and is invited for a meal of Ukrainian Borscht and a campfire song. In return Hugh uses some of his pickings to make a tasty sauce for his Floating Island pudding. The jam will have to wait…

8:05pm Tuesday, November 30 on Prime

Lifestyle

It’s been six months since Hugh arrived at River Cottage. His pigs are now ready for slaughter and Hugh intends to have a pork party to pay his new neighbours back for their friendship and invaluable help. Peggy Davills pays Hugh another visit to help him get the pigs to the abattoir. As the pigs leave Hugh feels sadness but also pride at having raised two of the happiest pigs in Dorset. Hugh enlists one-time playboy Victor Borge and local butcher Ray Smith to help him deal with the meat. And Ray Smith makes the most of the carcasses ensuring Hugh doesn’t waste a scrap! Back at River Cottage the three immediately set to work preparing a feast of small holding delights for the party guests – only stopping to pig out on a hearty lunch of black pudding and kidneys. Hugh manages to fit in a sea shore scavenge with Bill Gibbons in search of some free food. Armed with buckets and mounds of table salt Hugh learns an ingenious technique for catching tasty razor clams. Once the guests arrive everyone gets on famously.

In fact Hugh enjoys the good life so much that he is debating whether or not to stay a little longer….

8:05pm Tuesday, November 23 on Prime

Lifestyle

Tonight Hugh puts the river running past his cottage to good use. It’s Eel migration season and he meets up with local basket maker Malcolm Seal, to try his hand at creating an eel trap. Hugh has discovered an eighteenth century French basket design and with luck it should clean up in the River Brit. On his way back to River Cottage, Hugh keeps his eyes firmly on the road. A road kill rabbit in his new trap could prove an excellent eel enticement. Later, if you don’t eat the apples, you drink them and when it’s free you drink as much as you like!

The Chideock Cider Circle enjoy the right to collect orchard windfalls and Hugh joins the September harvest in return for a taste of their infamous brew. But first he has to tell a good un’ from a bad un’. Hugh quickly creates a tempting tortilla before it’s off to the cider house for a lesson in traditional cider pressing. With lots of tipple tasting and a raucous game of skittles will Hugh be feeling a little under the weather? Next morning Hugh is delighted to find two glorious eels in his river trap. The French design inspires him and after skinning the eels he’s back in the kitchen rustling up Eels au sauce verte. Another autumn treat is in store for Hugh as he joins a group of beaters on a nearby pheasant shoot. He is taken under the wing of veteran beater, Pete Whitlock and they set to work sending the pheasants high up in the sky. Just time to warm up with tea and biscuits before Hugh receives his payment, in pheasants naturally!

8:05pm Tuesday, November 16 on Prime

Lifestyle

Hugh’s garden pest problems are now being rivalled inside the Cottage, with an infestation of mice! Things are getting out of control and Hugh’s attempts to curb the creatures are unsuccessful. Desperate measures call for unusual powers of persuasion and Hugh calls in vegan mouse charmers, Sue and Steve Smith, who prefer meditation to mutilation. But will their crystals and vocal encouragement persuade the pesky pests to relocate? Spurred on by the mice Hugh joins Jan Andrews on her regular cull of the Dorset Roe Deer population.

They meet at dawn and despite Jan’s technique of using a fawn’s distress call to attract a buck, all they spot are does and fawns. As the morning wears on, a hearty campfire breakfast of wild mushrooms with Deer liver seems very distant to the hapless hungry hunters. Then it’s a trip down memory lane as Hugh catches up with local schoolmaster Mr Cheeseman, who kept a fishing boat in the bay Hugh used to play in with his childhood pals. The two reminisce before heading out in the trusty boat to catch hopping prawn pots and Hugh wades through the same rock pools he did as a boy, foraging for sea lettuce. The Cheeseman family meet for a nostalgic beach picnic, but will the schoolmaster favour Hugh’s Japanese prawn tempura or stick with his own traditional recipe?

8:05pm Tuesday, November 9 on Prime

Lifestyle

Under the cover of darkness Hugh gets up to hunt down the slugs eating his vegetables. The next day, he and Michael Michaud inspect the River Cottage garden and enjoy some carrots, fennel and courgettes for lunch. Hugh then decides to compete in the Beaminster Horticultural Society’s Summer show, and meets with veteran competitor Roy Gunning and his wife Barbara to get some advice. Hugh prepares a vegetable chutney to enter in the show, but will he walk away a winner?

Also in tonight’s episode, Hugh goes diving for spider crabs and prepares linguine with crab for his diving companions.

8:05pm Tuesday, November 2 on Prime

Lifestyle

Hoping for a free fish dinner, Hugh joins a gamekeeper named John to help cull the pike population on the River Piddle. Hugh’s artificial lure made from a rubber duck is ineffective, but John eventually catches a large pike and is soon convinced by Hugh that it’s a great eating fish. Meanwhile after River Cottage’s first blackcurrant crop yields a mere seven berries, Hugh travels to a berry farm and works in exchange for fruit, eating all the berries that are deemed overripe for supermarket shelves. Later, Hugh prepares a dessert of coffee-flavoured floating islands with blackcurrant syrup for the commune. Hugh also builds a chicken enclosure and buys six egg-laying hens from Frank, a local farmer. He uses his first egg to prepare a single-serving souffl�, which he then eats while reclining in his hammock. Sounds like a tough job…

8:00pm Tuesday, October 26 on Prime

Lifestyle

Tonight we revisit the beginning of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage adventure when he leaves the hustle and bustle of the city and takes over a Dorset cottage with his dream of rural self-sufficiency. On this first episode we track the delightful Hugh’s arrival at River Cottage where he immediately digs up the flower garden to make way for his vegetable plot! NEW TO