iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for 06/07/2011

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio


3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 July 2011

Today's show was dedicated to everyone who is getting ready for a change and was entitled: "All Aboard the Shepherd's Pie Special!"

Lewis Sevenoaks from the Vale of Glamorgan is going to school as a pirate today, and he will return tomorrow to mark it out of ten.

Today's Mystery Guest was top England Women's mid-fielder Jill Scott!

Music Played

27 items
  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Bright Side Of The Road

    The Very Best Of Van Morrison, Polydor

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Set Fire To The Rain

    21, XL, 5

  • Big Screen Belter

    • Image for The Beach Boys

      The Beach Boys Kokomo

      Love At The Movies (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Yvonne Elliman

    Yvonne Elliman If I Can't Have You

    And They Danced The Night Away, Debutante

  • Image for Michael Bublé

    Michael Bublé Everything

    (CD Single), Reprise

  • Image for The Police

    The Police So Lonely

    The Police - Message In A Box (Cd 1), A&M

  • Image for Scouting for Girls

    Scouting for Girls Love How It Hurts

    (CD Single), Epic, 1

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Island Girl

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for The Feeling

    The Feeling I Thought It Was Over

    (CD Single), Universal

  • Golden Oldie

    • Image for The Poni-Tails

      The Poni-Tails Born Too Late

      Young Love - Sound Of The 60's, Part, Old Gold

  • Image for James Blunt

    James Blunt I'll Be Your Man

    Some Kind Of Trouble, Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Billy Ocean

    Billy Ocean Love Really Hurts Without You

    The Greatest Hits Of 1976 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Curiosity Killed the Cat

    Curiosity Killed the Cat Down To Earth

    Now 1986 - The Millennium Series, Now

  • Image for Ben Folds

    Ben Folds Landed

    (CD Single), Epic

  • Image for The Doors

    The Doors Touch Me

    The Best Of The Doors, Elektra

  • Image for Caro Emerald

    Caro Emerald That Man

    (CD Single), Dramatico, 1

  • Image for Madness

    Madness Our House

    Now 1983 - The Millennium Series, EMI

  • Image for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Sister Marie Says

    History Of Modern, 100% Records, 2

  • Image for The Troggs

    The Troggs Wild Thing

    The Greatest Hits Of 1966, Premier

  • Image for B.J. Thomas

    B.J. Thomas Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

    The Love Songs Of Burt Bacharach, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Patrick Wolf

    Patrick Wolf House

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Gobsmackers

    • Image for The Special A.K.A.

      The Special A.K.A. Free Nelson Mandela

      Now That's What I Call Music 1984 (Various Artists), Now, 4

  • Gobsmackers

    • Image for Eddy Grant

      Eddy Grant Gimme Hope Jo'anna

      Now 11, Part 1 (Various Artists), Now

  • Image for Paolo Nutini

    Paolo Nutini Pencil Full Of Lead

    (CD Single), Atlantic, 1

  • Image for Gibson Brothers

    Gibson Brothers Que Sera Mi Vida (If You Should Go)

    54 Volume 1 O.S.T. (Various Artists), Tommy Boy Music

  • Image for Sugababes

    Sugababes Girls

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for Duane Eddy

    Duane Eddy Twango

    Road Trip, Mad Monkey Records, 1

  • Pause For Thought

    From Rev Ruth Scott, an Anglican vicar in Richmond:

    "That wonderful storytelling Jesuit, Anthony de Mello once said, “If you want order and predictability when you work with people, go visit a graveyard.” You certainly won’t find those things in school at present.

    Building work carries on as staff deal with the teething problems of the new timetable. Last Monday we fried in the heat of Sports Day and then Yr 10 spent the rest of the week doing exams. Now they’re away on work experience. Two days ago all the new Year 7’s for September spent the day with us. In a couple of weeks we’ll be away on Activities Week, and of course we’ve just said goodbye to our Year 11’s. How gorgeous they looked at the Prom!

    At their Leavers’ Liturgy one of our fantastic teachers, Maggie, gave some great advice like do one good thing every day that scares you, don’t be reckless with another’s heart or let others be reckless with yours and don’t puff yourself up or put yourself down too much. That last one caught my ear because I grew up being told not to get big-headed. Chance would be a fine thing! Like so many people I’m all too conscious of my faults and failings and find it hard to see the gifts and good points others tell me I have. That can be far more crippling than being over-confident.

    I like the story of the Rabbi who kept two bits of paper in his coat. Based on words from Psalm 103 the one in his left-hand pocket read, “Remember you are but dust and to dust you shall return.” The other was an extract from God’s love poem in Isaiah, “You are precious in my eyes, and honoured, and I love you.” These bits of paper were a constant reminder to him to neither over-estimate nor under-rate himself, but to rejoice in being alive and being the best he can be."

  • Let Him Eat Pie!

    Let Him Eat Pie!

    Yesterday Chris told you that he was craving shepherds pie and our lovely friends at The Savoy, Ivy and Radio 2's own Nigel Bardem listened to his plea and answered the call!

    This pie come courtesy of chef director Stuart Gillies at Gordon Ramsay's The Savoy Grill.

  • The Ivy's Shepherd's Pie

    Serves 4

    For the base:

    2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
    100g button mushrooms, washed and finely chopped
    100g carrots, peeled and finely diced
    3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped (you could use a teaspoon of dried thyme if you cannot get the fresh)
    3 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves removed and chopped (you could use a teaspoon of dried oregano if you cannot get the fresh)
    80ml red wine
    200g lean rib of beef mince (available at good quality butchers or supermarkets)
    200g lean lamb mince
    2 tbps Worcestershire sauce
    ½ tin chopped tomatoes
    300ml veal stock (you can buy good veal stock from good quality supermarkets)
    1 tbsp tomato purée
    Flour to thicken (according to your taste – the more flour, the richer and thicker the dish)
    Vegetable oil for cooking
    Salt & pepper to taste

    Seal and sweat off the mince in a hot frying pan for 5 minutes until a light brown colour; pour off the excess liquid and put to one side until the rest of the ingredients are ready.

    Sweat the shallots, thyme, button mushrooms and carrots in a little oil on a medium heat. Add the mince and mix in the tomato purée and cook out (this should take around 15 minutes); then add the red wine and reduce (this should take around 20 minutes). Dust with flour and continue to mix thoroughly.

    Add the Worcestershire sauce, chopped tomatoes and add enough veal stock to cover. Simmer for 40 minutes, and season with salt and pepper and more Worcestershire sauce to taste and finish with chopped oregano.

    For the mash:

    800g King Edwards or Maris Piper (preferably)
    60g butter
    Salt & pepper to taste

    King Edwards are also good for mashing. Peel and cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces. Cook them in boiling, salted water, drain them and then return to the pan over the heat to remove any excess moisture. Using an old-fashioned masher, a mixing machine or a potato ricer, purée the potatoes and mix them with plenty of good butter and season to taste.

    To serve:

    Put the meat mixture into an oven proof dish. Top with the mashed potato, and put into the oven (180°C / gas mark 4) and bake for around 20 minutes. It should go a nice golden colour.

    You can serve with a drizzle of veal jus. We serve with buttered peas and carrots at The Ivy.

  • Nigel Barden's Shepherd's Pie

    Nigel borrowed a recipe from Anthony Worrall Thompson, as seen on the BBC Food website (see the link below), with a few of his own special touches…

    Serves 4
    Prep time 30mins to 1 hour
    Cooking time 1 to 2 hours

    50g/2oz dripping (Nigel used rapeseed oil instead)
    2 large onions, finely chopped
    2 tbsp olive oil
    900g/2lb minced lamb
    2 tbsp plain flour
    4 bay leaves
    4 sprigs fresh thyme
    2 tsp anchovy essence
    2 small tins chopped tomatoes
    4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    450ml/16fl oz chicken, beef or lamb stock
    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    For the mash:
    700g/1½lb potatoes
    55ml/2fl oz milk
    75g/3oz butter
    1 free-range egg yolk

    1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
    2. In a large non-stick casserole dish heat the dripping. Add the onion and cook for five minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat a little olive oil and fry the mince, stirring, until browned all over. While the meat is frying, break up any lumps with the back of the spoon.
    4. Stir the onions and add the flour (this helps to thicken the juices) and stir. Mix well and add the bay leaves, thyme and the anchovy essence and stir.
    5. To the onion mix add the chopped tomatoes, stock (keep a little aside, for putting into the mince pan to de-glaze the pan) and Worcestershire sauce.
    6. Add the cooked mince and then pour the stock mixture into empty mince pan, scraping off any bits of mince left in the pan. Pour the remaining stock into the pan containing the sauce mixture.
    7. Bring the mixture to the boil, adding a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
    8. For the mash, boil the potatoes, then drain them in a sieve and place into a clean bowl. Add the milk, butter and egg yolk, and mash together. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    9. Pour the meat into an ovenproof dish and spread the mash on top, smooth over and mark with a spatula.
    10. Put the dish into the oven and cook until the surface is bubbling and golden-brown.

    Nigel topped his pie with some delicious Montgomery cheddar

  • Nigel Barden's Shepherd's Pie recipe

    Nigel took some tips from Anthony Worrall Thompson - you can see the original recipe by clicking here

    Anthony Worrall Thompson's Shepherd's pie
  • The Savoy Grill’s Shepherd’s Pie

    Serves 10

    750g Lamb breast
    750g Lamb Shoulder
    65g large diced carrots
    65g large diced onion
    65g large diced celery
    65g large diced leek
    1 head garlic chopped in half
    1/2 bunch Rosemary
    1/4 bunch thyme
    25g tomato puree
    750ml Chicken stock
    750ml veal stock
    1.5 large onions, grated
    1.5 large carrots, grated
    Extra virgin olive oil
    Sea salt and black pepper

    In a heavy-based frying pan, heat the oil until very hot. Season the whole lamb breast and shoulder, place carefully into the hot pan and colour well on all sides.

    Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside. Add the diced vegetables and colour well, before adding the tomato puree. Place the meat back in the pan, add the stocks and herbs and slowly cook until tender. This should take approximately 4 hours.

    Remove the meat when cool. Strain the cooking liquor and pour it into a saucepan. Reduce by three quarters until it coats the back of a spoon.

    Whilst the meat is cool, but not cold, pull out the bones and pieces of cartilage, which run in straight lines across the breast, and discard. Then start to pick the meat into shreds, separating the fat which runs along the top of the breast. When separated, chop the meat into 1cm size pieces.

    Heat some oil in a heavy based saucepan and add the grated carrot and onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes then add the diced lamb breast. Add the reduced lamb sauce and bring slowly to the boil. Reduce the heat to a very gentle simmer and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the whole braised mixture is nice and thick.

    Put into a suitable dish and fill half-way. Leave to cool for 10 minutes and then top with mashed potato. Decorate the top using a fork to give lots of lines and ridges which will colour differently and give a better browned finish. Place in the oven at 180 degrees until piping hot, finishing under the grill to brown the potato if necessary.

  • "All Aboard The Shepherd's Pie Special!"

    The show was dedicated to everyone who is getting ready for a change - winding up or winding down!

  • Today's show starred:

    David Ashworth from Preston chose the Big Screen Belter

    Phillipa Harmony from Plymouth is preparing for her Grade 5 Violin exam

    Maud and Jack Deam from Herne Bay in Kent are celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary

    Paul Brougham from Houghton Le Spring is 50 today!

    Ellie Nandhra from East Horsley took part in a production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

    Lewis Sevenoaks from the Vale Of Glamorgan is going to school as a pirate today

    Crysella Smith from Portchester chose the Golden Oldie

    Helen Conway from St Helens chose the Gobsmackers

    Jill Scott, top England Women's mid-fielder was today's Mystery Guest

    Rev Ruth Scott, an Anglican vicar gave us reason to Pause for Thought


BBC Playlister

Image for BBC Playlister: Name that tune with Chris Evans

Chris has a song stuck in his head - but what is it? That's why he needs BBC Playlister!


  1. Image for Chris Evans - The Best Bits

    Chris Evans - The Best Bits

    Catch up with the latest Breakfast fun with Chris Evans. Hear the best stories and the biggest…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss