I Seem To Have Skipped a Whole Day

Sunday 17/7/2005

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I got an email from a fellow Manchester based blogger who saw my blog while he was on holiday (shame on you Rick for surfing on the ether when you should be having real fun like surfing on waves). He pointed out that I had missed an entire day and my blog had no day 223. I checked, he was correct, it was almost a disaster.

How could I lose a whole day?

Then I realised this probably wasn't the first time I've lost whole days, it used to be a regular occurance back in my boozier youth. I have since amended the NoshBlog homepage and it's now all back to normal.

He also said he had seen pigs uterus in Chinatown as well (see 24/5/2005) though never offered any recipe or quidelines as to how to cook them (I suspect he didn't risk them either). Go for it Rick, stew up some pig uterus in a nice spicy broth and let me know how they taste. I wont try them myself however, I'm just not that brave. Maybe you could have it with the dolcelatte sauce you have a recipe for on your website, that would probably be a world's first.

I also got an interesting email from my goodly chum Dr. Phileus A. Welshegg, and will reproduce it in its entirety here:

Just to encourage you to fume some more?..

I was talking to a German person regarding your NoshBlog the other day and explaining your quest etc etc. This person was still labouring under the misapprehension that British Food was still in the dark ages and ventured that you would struggle to find anything to eat if you had to eat out for a whole year. I explained that you were something of an epicurean soul and had the ability to cater for yourself. Before I could finish, she muttered 'just as well or he'd starve'. Unfortunately my phone rang before I could kill her with a blunt instrument. It seems the Germans think that we are all pie and fish bound Neanderthals. And to top it all, this coming from a woman who has lived for 25 years in the good 'ol US of bloody A.

In reponse I believe she should be killed, that would be for the best I think don't you. Sadly Phil never sent me her address or I'd be on the plane to America or Germany or wherever it is she lives right now.


Hurrah and hussar, I'm back in Manchester today. Another train journey with an unpleasant stop at Birmingham New Street Station but apart from that it wasn't too bad. I got back in plenty of time to make myself a tasty turkey pie and some little date tarts. I don't eat enough pie, then who does?

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Home Made Date and Honey Tarts - sweet, oh so sweet.


  • Turkey Pot Pie
  • Mash
  • Green Beans and Purple Sprouting Broccoli


    Turkey Pot Pie (Filling)
    500g Minced Turkey
    1 Tbsp Olive Oil
    1 Onion
    2 Rashers Bacon
    1 Glass White Wine
    10 Mushrooms
    1 Stick Celery
    1 Tbsp Plain Flour
    50ml Single Cream
    Few Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
    Salt and Pepper
    Shortcrust Pastry
    250g Plain Flour
    150g Butter
    Pinch Salt
    Date and Honey Pastries (Filling)
    20 Dates
    4 Tbsp Honey
    1 tsp Mixed Spice


  • Pastry: Add a pinch of salt to the flour then rub the butter into the flour. Add a drop or two of cold water to bind it together and chill.
  • Turkey Pot Pie: Dice the onion, celery and bacon and sweat in a little olive oil. Add the turkey mince and brown. Finely mince the rosemary and add to the pan along with the mushrooms. When the mushrooms are soft, sprinkle on the flour and sitr well. Keep cooking for a few minutes then pour on the wine. Stir well and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cream and season. Allow to simmer gently to thicken. Place the filling in a ceramic dish, make a circle of pastry for a lid and bake for 20 mins.
  • Tarts: Cut out circles of pastry. Mince the dates with the honey and spice and put a teaspoon in each tart. Bake for 20 mins.


    *All quantities are very approximate and for two people