Ginger Whisk Cookery School – A Review

If you love food I’m sure you can appreciate that even the most confident cooks sometimes benefit from a bit of help and guidance to improve in certain types of cooking. Personally, I find using pastry a challenge (curse my naturally warm hands). As such I was absolutely delighted to attend a Pork Pie making class 2 Saturdays ago at the Ginger Whisk Cookery School … Continue reading Ginger Whisk Cookery School – A Review

Spinach and tomato pie

This year D and I have been eating a lot less meat. There were several reasons for this but the best thing to come of it (apart from feeling so much better) was the opportunity to try a whole host of new recipes. Considering D is not really much of a vegetable eater he actually enjoyed this recipe. Alongside having a great many health benefits, … Continue reading Spinach and tomato pie

Chicken and ham filo pie

There’s nothing more comforting on a colder day than a homemade pie. There’s just something about the hearty filling and crisp pastry which makes it a favourite in our household (and across Yorkshire). Filo pastry makes this slightly lighter and less calorific than your average pie without compromising on the pie. I had to bat D’s hands away when I was photographing this as he … Continue reading Chicken and ham filo pie

What to do with leftover roast chicken – chicken, bacon and leek pie

Buying a whole chicken and using it to make different dishes is so much more economical than buying, say, individual packs of chicken breasts. Whether you joint your chicken and use it that way, or cook if first and use the leftovers to make different things you cannot deny that is works out cheaper (and sometimes the brown meat just works better in some things). … Continue reading What to do with leftover roast chicken – chicken, bacon and leek pie

Baking Club week 1 – Chicken, mushroom, leek and bacon pie

So a couple of my friends and I have started a baking club. We all love to bake, but have experience in different areas of baking and having regular baking sessions gives us all a chance to learn from each other (and also have girl time). This week, in line with the Great British Bake Off we made different types of pastries. The main (and … Continue reading Baking Club week 1 – Chicken, mushroom, leek and bacon pie

Birthday afternoon tea at Opus Reserve bar, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester

So, as I think I mentioned it was my birthday on Monday. It was also a bank holiday and once again I applaud my parents for managing to have me at the beginning of May near to a bank holiday weekend. I mean, it is pretty amazing that I rarely ever had to go to school on my birthday. Anyway, my parents, J and I … Continue reading Birthday afternoon tea at Opus Reserve bar, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Manchester