Winter time is pie time, so it's time to talk pastry. Celebrity chef Peter Gordon joined Duncan Garner to discuss pies. Watch the video. Peter Gordon's creamy chicken, mushroom and parsnip pie recipe This open-top pie is rather like a quiche. The 'mushroom custard' on top hides the juicy chicken filling beneath. You could serve it hot, but I prefer it at room temperature, and it's just as good served the next day. Serve with either a green salad or steamed veggies. For 6 - 8 main courses Ingredients 250g short crust pastry (see below) 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 50g butter (or 2 tbsp olive oil) 2 parsnips, peeled, cores removed if woody, then roughly cut into 1cm dice 500g chicken mince 200ml water flaky salt and freshly ground black pepper 400 g open-capped mushrooms (portobello mushrooms look best) 3 eggs 200 ml cream 2 tbsp snipped chives Method Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll pastry out roughly to a 32cm disc, 5mm thick. Line a 24cm … [Read more...] about Peter Gordon’s perfect winter pies
PUBLISHED: 10:34 02 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 02 April 2018 Is Easter the time to sell your home? Pic: www.gettyimages.co.uk Easter was early this year and in the lead up to the first major holiday period of the year we had our fair share of inclement weather, writes Nick Eley, from Watsons. Nick Eley, a partner at Watsons. Pic: www.watsons-property.co.uk Conventional wisdom is to wait for freedom from the bad weather and the optimism and daffodils of spring, to put your house on the market.Finding a buyer in April or May also opens the prospect of physically moving over the summer, which appeals to many. In my experience, the market is not as seasonal as it used to be. Online property searches, and there will many over the Easter period, more reliable cars and better road networks (the soon to be totally completed northern distributor road) will contribute to ease of access to property and we now live in a 365 day-a-year economy in which buyers purchase what they want, when … [Read more...] about Is Easter the best time to put your house on the market?
Their rich scents and flavours and their vivid colours are a delight for the senses, but spices and herbs have other hidden powers. As suggested by a growing body of scientific literature on the subject, these natural ingredients are generating a lot of interest due to the health benefits they seem to offer. The recognition that spices and herbs can do good for human health is not a groundbreaking discovery: they have had a long history of use in traditional healing. However, it’s only recently that scientists have started to look more closely at their properties. This has led to the use of spices and herbs for therapeutic purposes becoming gradually more evidence-based. In parallel, this interest for the natural compounds has found a renewed echo in the news and all over social media. “Spices and herbs have been used as medicine for thousands of years. We are just becoming more aware of what we are doing. Since we feel we are losing control of what’s going on in the … [Read more...] about A naturopath’s winter health guide to spices and herbs
Moving the clocks twice a year isn't popular among the Swedish public. Photo: Erik Johansen/TT This Sunday the clocks will move forward by one hour in Sweden, but it seems the practice has little support in the present day as a new polls shows that two thirds of Swedes are in favour of scrapping the shift to and from daylight saving time. The matter has started to gather force as of late after the Swedish government in February said it is not against ending the practice if there is broad support in the country or the Riksdag. There is growing debate over whether moving clocks forward in the spring and back in the autumn is really beneficial, and the neighbouring Finnish government is now pushing the issue at EU level, lobbying the union to abolish the time change. READ ALSO: Sweden agrees to consider ditching daylight saving time Along with showing majority support among the Swedish population for ditching the time switch, the new poll by Ipsos for newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) … [Read more...] about Two thirds of Swedes want to ditch seasonal time changes: poll
For millions of Europeans twice every year, changing the clocks means a sudden change to their morning routines. In some countries, particularly in the north, it can mean workers and schoolchildren leaving home in the dark. Now lawmakers in the European Parliament have voted to review whether the EU should keep daylight saving time. That could result in the member states deciding to completely stop switching its clocks back and forward between the winter and summer months. "The lack of sleep that [the clock change] provokes for many fellow citizens poses a real problem of road safety," said French Greens MEP Karima Delli during this week's debate. "It is the cause of a large number of accidents involving the most vulnerable road users. I hereby think of pedestrians and cyclists." But Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans said that losing summer time would mean "that for seven months we lose one hour of light. That would mean the end of beautiful summer evenings with friends on the terrace in … [Read more...] about Europe set to review daylight saving time over clock change safety fears