Pie p@rn

Back in November Ryland and I went away for the weekend for his birthday to a nearby town called Alton. He wanted to take a trip on the ale train there. It’s an old school steam train which takes you around on a trip for about 3 hours to drink local ales. It had one of the carriages converted into a bar full of loads of barrels. Total heaven for Ryland as he loves good old English ale, not so good for me as I can’t stand the stuff. It’s ok I thought I can drink cider. But it turned out they only had one type, fair enough it is an ale train, but I didn’t like that one, in fact it took me the whole trip to finish one pint, pathetic! But we did get some very nice glasses to remind us of our trip.

Ale train glasses

And on the request of Ryland I did make some exceeding lovely pies, now here’s the pie p@rn…

I absolutely love pies, in all shapes and sizes. These ones are made with this recipe from the wonderful Delia Smith. I’ve made them a few times now and I always worry there doesn’t seem enough pastry but they always come out fine in the end. Well worth making for any trips out, or just staying in, they can be eaten anywhere.

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A day out in foodie heaven

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Mrs Wilson in food heaven at the BBC Good food show

 

BBC Good Food Show, Olympia, London

Back in the summer Ryland bought tickets for my birthday¬†to the BBC Good Food Show. It seemed like it was a world away until the event, but as usual the time’s absolutely flown by. Before I knew it I was counting the days down.

To say I was excited is an understatement, I’d never been to the show before and Ryland had bought us front row theatre tickets to see Michel Roux Jr. cook.

We took the train up to London and arrived just after the show opened around 10am, I had wanted to be there when the doors opened but Ryland assured me that would be excessive. ūüôā

When we arrived we were still pretty early but the stalls were ready waiting for us. The show is made up of stands with food and drink from all around the world. Plus a huge array of kitchenware. My idea of heaven!

Lovely Italian products

Pulgia shop online

Our first tastes were from a lovely couple of men from Ryland’s home town, Reading. They distribute wonderful¬†Italian products from the Puglia shop online.¬†I¬†tasted, and then had to buy, some beautiful jars of pasta sauce, olive tapenade and marinated artichokes.

We spent the next hour looking around stalls, tasting lots of lovely samples and Ryland sampled lots of interesting whiskies and liquors, I wanted to wait until at least after lunch!

We were ready in good time for our visit to the theatre to see Michel Roux Jr. It was the first show of the day and we sat at the front as people streamed into the theatre all buzzing with excitement.

And Michel didn’t disappoint. He was absolutely lovely and really fun. He made oeuf alexander, I’d never heard of them.. they are¬†savoury choux pasty buns filled with scrambled eggs and Michele topped them with slices of chicken supreme pan fried with a port jus. It looked fantastic, just a shame we didn’t get to do any tasting! After the show we went down and queued to have Michel sign his new cook book for us, The French Kitchen. I was rather star struck and just managed to tell him that we enjoyed watching him in the theatre before giggling back off to Ryland.

We were now really hungry coming out of the theatre and found a stall selling wonderful bread. We bought some pancetta and butternut squash focaccia, needless to say we ate it instantly and it was gorgeous. I will be trying to recreate the recipe soon.

We had a lovely lunch and then we had tickets to the World of Wine experience at the show. It was brilliant! I love red wine, and this was a chance to wander around about 20 tables all full of fantastic wines from around the world trying any you fancy and talking to the wine specialists. We spent a long time with an Italian man tasting his wines and learning about where they had come from. I don’t mind telling you that after an hour of this (and some wine with lunch) we were pretty squiffy. It was in the words of ‘Miranda‘ such fun!

After this we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around chatting to people and eating more and more delicious food.

What a fantastic way to spend the day. Ryland will be in the good books for a long time now!