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Melton Mowbray pork pie wins British Pie Awards

first_imgThe Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie made by Walkers Charnwood Bakery has taken the supreme champion title at the British Pie Awards.The PGI-protected pie, which was described by the judges as “outstanding”, took the top accolade against 897 pies at the ninth annual British Pie Awards.Head judge Ian Nelson from Hovis and deputy head judge Steve Barnes, from Slattery’s in Bury, had the responsibility of picking this year’s champion from the 21 class winners.Commenting on the winning pie, Nelson said: “It’s an outstanding pie: a good even bake with wonderfully crisp pastry and a beautifully seasoned, perfectly balanced filling – we just wanted to keep eating it!”The awards, held during British Pie Week, received entries from a record 154 producers from across the country.Nearly 900 pies, including over 200 beef or steak pies, 90 pork pies, 137 chicken pies and 46 pasties, were judged by more than 100 judges.Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: “The calibre of entries this year was outstanding. The recipe innovation was remarkable, reinventing the British classic with an innovative variety of filling combinations, spices and sauces.”Full list of winners:Supreme champion: Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie by Walkers Charnwood BakerySmall Producer: Chicken Pie by Ben’s KitchenChampion Melton Mowbray Pork Pie: Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie by Walkers Charnwood BakeryChampion Pork Pie: Walkers Fluted Pork Pie 440g by Walker & SonChampion Steak & Kidney Pie: Steak & Kidney Pie by Jon Thorner LtdChampion Beef & Any Flavour Pie: Beef in Red Wine with Roasted Marrow Bone Nice PieChampion Beef & Ale Pie: Walkers Steak & Ale Pie by Walker & SonChampion Beef & Cheese Pie: Steak & Stilton Pie by Camilleri Kitchen LtdChampion Meat & Potato Pie: Meat & Potato Pie by Robert Bowring Farmers & ButchersChampion Lamb Pie: Shredded Lamb Ragu Pie by John Lawsons ButchersChampion Chicken Pie: Chicken Pie by Ben’s KitchenChampion Chicken & Vegetable/Herb Pie: Chicken & Black Garlic Pie by Nice PieChampion Chicken & Other Meat Pie: Chicken, Gammon & Mushroom Pie by Nice PieChampion Speciality Meat & Game Pie: Mixed Game Pie with a Thyme Suet Crust by The Pie LifeChampion Savoury Pie: Morrisons Pork, Chicken & Ham 3lb Deli Pie by Walker & SonChampion Fish Pie: Marks and Spencer Cod & Minted Pea Pie by Yorkshire BakerChampion Vegetarian Pie: Sweet Potato, Fennel & Goat’s Cheese Pie by MyPieChampion Pasty: Creamy Chicken with Cranberry & Walnut Pasty by Cossack CuisineChampion Dessert Pie including Bramley Apple: Traditional Bramley Apple Pie by Boghall ButchersChampion Pub Pie: Gammon & Mushy Pea Pie by Dunkleys LtdChampion Sports Pie: Highland Top Rump & Dark Ale Pie by Turners PiesChampion Free-From Pie: Gluten-Free Bramley Apple Pie by The Rutland Pie CoChampion Regional Pie: Chicken & Sausage Meat Pudding Pie by Great Walsingham Barn Cafelast_img read more

Cooking the holiday bird

first_img“Whether to buy fresh or frozen is a personal preference,” said Judy Harrison, a UGA Cooperative Extension specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “But there are serious safety measures to keep in mind, especially if you only cook turkey once or twice each year.”Buying and storingIf you buy a fresh turkey, check the date on the package. If the date is a “sell by” date, that is the last day the turkey can be sold. It’s best to prepare the turkey by that date. If it’s a “use by” date, cook it by that date.A fresh turkey should be kept in the refrigerator. Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator, cold water or the microwave, according to the USDA. “Never thaw a turkey on the counter,” Harrison said. “Room temperature allows the surface to thaw (before the rest of the turkey) and become a breeding ground for bacteria.”It takes 24 hours to thaw five pounds of meat in a refrigerator. A 15-pound turkey will take three to four days to thaw. Thawed turkeys can be refrigerated for up to two days.To thaw the bird in cold water, Harrison says to submerge it in an airtight package for 30 minutes per pound. A 15-pound bird will thaw in about eight hours. Change the water every 30 minutes to keep it cold. Turkeys can also be thawed in a microwave. “The instruction manual should tell you how long to defrost per pound of turkey and what kind of container to put the bird in,” Harrison said.Microwave-thawed turkeys should be cooked immediately after thawing.An easy-to-follow chart is available at http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/fdns/Safe%20Holiday%20Turkey.pdf.Roasting a turkeyTo roast a turkey, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, Harrison said. Place the turkey in a shallow roasting pan, tuck the wing tips under the bird’s shoulders, and add half of a cup of water to the bottom of the pan. For turkey breasts, insert an oven-proof meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast. For whole turkeys, place it in the thickest part of the inner thigh. If the roasting pan doesn’t have a lid, tent heavy-duty aluminum foil over the turkey for the first hour and a half to keep it moist.Once the thigh reaches 165 degrees, check the wing and the thickest part of the breast with the thermometer. You can also check the internal temperature at the innermost part of the thigh and wing and at the thickest part of the breast with a food thermometer. Turkey meat, including parts which remain pink, is safe to eat as long as it reaches 165 degrees. To remove pink appearance or rubbery texture, cook the turkey to 180 degrees. Always use a meat or food thermometer to check the temperature.Frying a turkey“People who fry turkeys say it produces a moister turkey. And it’s quicker,” said UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist Elizabeth Andress. “But in the eyes of safety experts, the typical propane-fueled turkey fryer is a major accident waiting to happen.”A common cause of turkey-fryer accidents is filling the pot too full of oil. To find the right amount of oil for your turkey, the National Turkey Federation says to put your turkey in the fryer basket and place the basket in the pot. Add water until it reaches 1 to 2 inches above the turkey. Remove the turkey and measure the water level. Pour out the water and dry the pot. Then add oil to that level.Andress urges holiday chefs to be aware of food safety when frying turkeys.“You have to be sure all the harmful bacteria have been killed,” she said. “The only way to do this is to measure the temperature of the cooked turkey in several places with a food thermometer.”First, heat the oil to 365 to 375 degrees. Next, add your turkey and allow the oil to return to 365 to 375 degrees. Whole turkeys require about 3 minutes per pound to cook. Make sure the bird is completely thawed before frying, and be careful with water-based marinades. “Water causes oil to spill over, which could cause a fire or explosion hazard,” Andress said. Propane fryers should always be operated outdoors and away from buildings. And they should never be left unattended. Place the fryer on a flat surface, but not on a wooden deck or inside a garage. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Holidays are the time for home-cooked turkeys. University of Georgia food experts offer advice on how to select and prepare a delicious bird.last_img read more

Italian banks under pressure following referendum result

first_imgInvestors have turned their attention to Italy’s struggling banking sector following the resignation of prime minister Matteo Renzi.Renzi quit after losing decisively a referendum on a proposed overhaul of the Italian constitution, with 60% voting against his measures.President Sergio Mattarella is expected to appoint Renzi’s successor this week, bringing in a “caretaker” government that will attempt to force through political reform.However, the setback has brought uncertainty over the recapitalisation of Italy’s banking sector. Banco Monte dei Paschi – one of the country’s biggest banks – requires €5bn of fresh capital to meet stringent European rules, and is in talks with private-sector backers today in an effort to hammer out a rescue deal.Azad Zangana, senior European economist and strategist at Schroders, said a “bail-in” of the predominantly retail Monte dei Paschi could be difficult, “especially if a lack of [political] leadership persists for too long”.Alberto Chiandetti, fund manager at Fidelity, said: “Monte dei Paschi last week obtained less Tier 2 debt conversion than expected (€1bn versus the expected €1.5bn-2bn), but now the focus is on whether an anchor investor will materialise or not. If not, Monte dei Paschi needs a plan B, and, in that scenario, bank shares are likely to suffer most.”UniCredit has also struggled to maintain the required capital buffers this year due to non-performing loans, and is due to raise more capital next week.Chiandetti said the post-referendum environment would “no doubt weigh on this upcoming deal and put pressure on UniCredit shares”.However, Roelof Salomons, senior strategist at Kempen Capital Management, said the banking sector’s problems were “only a matter of a fraction of the Italian economy and of the overall Italian government debt”.Darren Ruane, head of fixed interest at Investec Wealth & Investment, added: “In general, the major Italian banks are less threatened by the referendum result because they already hold reasonable levels of capital and have been working through their asset quality problems.”However, shares in UniCredit and Monte dei Paschi were down by 5.8% and 3.7%, respectively, at 1:40pm GMT versus their closing price on Friday.FTSE MIB, the main Italian stock market, was up by 0.36%, having initially spiked by more than 3% in the first hour of trading this morning.Italian government bonds have traded roughly flat today after an initial bout of volatility in early trading.The euro weakened slightly against the dollar and the pound, but most commentators pointed out that markets had already priced in a rejection of Renzi’s proposals.Away from the banking sector, investors voiced concern about Italy’s low growth, which would be exacerbated by political stagnation.“[Italy’s] gross debt is the highest in Europe at 133% of GDP, and the debt servicing stands at 4% of GDP per annum,” said Zangana.“Should interest rates rise in the future, the government will have little choice but to implement more austerity, hurting growth further.”Jon Jonsson, a fixed income manager at Neuberger Berman, said: “From a market perspective, the ‘No’ vote will reduce confidence in the recovery of the Italian economy. It will also likely increase uncertainty stemming from rising euroscepticism across the euro area. Indeed, it will likely negatively impact Italian government bonds and risky assets in Europe.”However, he added that markets “could fully price these developments sooner than expected and reach oversold levels”.He said: “Patience is key, and there may be opportunities to use any substantial sell-off to buy attractively priced assets.”In some corners, the referendum – which for many Italians had become a vote of confidence in Renzi rather than a vote on political reform – has been seen as the first of a string of important political events taking place over the next 12 months.In the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the US, commentators had warned of a wave of populism and anti-establishment voting across Europe.However, Eoin Fahy, chief economist and investment strategist at KBI Global Investors, said: “I do not believe this is the start of contagion in Europe. People wouldn’t normally be focused on this kind of referendum.”He added that the European Central Bank – expected to announce changes to its quantitative-easing programme on Thursday – would be able to step in as a buyer if bond markets were affected.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts suspended one game for Friday incident

first_imgSAN DIEGO >> Dave Roberts was able to choose his own wine Saturday night.The Dodgers manager was suspended one game for his role in Friday night’s benches-clearing incident. Roberts charged San Diego Padres manager Andy Green during a meeting with plate umpire Greg Gibson between the first and second innings. Green triggered Roberts’ reaction when he made comments about Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood. Wood set the whole thing in motion during the first inning when, according to Gibson, Wood threatened to hit Padres baserunner Jose Pirela with a pitch if he continued signaling from second base to the Padres batter.Roberts, Green and Wood were each fined an undisclosed amount.Roberts served the suspension Saturday night with Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren filling in as interim manager. Roberts was not allowed to be in the stadium for the game so he went through the pre-game workout with the team, threw a round of batting practice then headed to his home in the San Diego area, about 25 minutes from Petco Park. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Though he asked and answered the questions with a smile, Roberts left a clear impression that he feels no obligation to reach out to Green to smooth things over after Friday’s scuffle.“Did I talk to him (since Friday’s game)? No,” Roberts said. “Did I find him? No. Did I look for him? No.”Neither Roberts nor Green were willing to specify what Green said to anger Roberts Friday. Roberts only said Green was “talking about one of my players (Wood) in a very derogatory way” and “that’s unacceptable.”The consensus in the Dodgers’ clubhouse was clear, though.“Doc is the nicest guy in the world,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said of Roberts. “To get him going like that, you’ve gotta say something pretty slick, pretty bad about his team.”center_img The Dodgers closer was in the clubhouse when the fireworks broke out Friday. His first reaction – send a clubhouse attendant to a nearby store to buy Roberts a bottle of wine. Jansen delivered the Knights Valley offering to Roberts (who co-owns his own wine label ‘Red Stitch’) in the manager’s office during the second inning.“He’s always got our backs so I wanted him to know we have his back,” Jansen said. “I knew he was going to feel awkward watching the rest of the game in his office. So I thought, let me do something for my manager.”Barnes stormBackup catcher Austin Barnes was back in the starting lineup Saturday a night after hitting two home runs and driving in seven runs. It was his 23rd start of the season – but his third in the past four days and fourth in the past seven.“Austin is playing well and we are seeing some lefties,” Roberts said, adding that the additional playing time was about a desire “to put him in good spots and keep Yazzie (Yasmani Grandal) fresh” not any change in the two roles.“Yazzie is our No. 1 catcher,” Roberts said. “He’s going to get over 500 at-bats this year which is a good load. Right now, it just more continuing to give Austin the opportunities he deserves.”Over his 11 games before Saturday, Barnes was 9 for 28 (.321) with an 1.100 OPS.“There’s definitely something to be said for getting in there more and getting consistent at-bats,” Barnes said. “Last year, going up and down (between Triple-A and the majors), you make those games bigger than they are.”Roberts agreed the consistency of Barnes’ role has been good for the young catcher.“Knowing that he’s going to stick, things have slowed down for him,” Roberts said. “The quality of at-bats has been so good, the defense, on the bases — he’s coming into his own. There’s an exhale and every at-bat he has seems to be a quality at-bat.”AlsoWhen the Dodgers clubhouse opened to the media Saturday afternoon, there was a note taped to the chair in front of Cody Bellinger’s locker that said, “Same answer as yesterday (Derby).” The note (which might or might not have been written by Bellinger or a veteran teammate) referred to Bellinger’s pending decision on participating in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star Game festivities in Miami. Bellinger has been invited but will only participate if his father, Clay, is able to get time off work and pitch to him in the Derby.Infielder Mike Freeman was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday afternoon and right-hander Josh Fields was recalled from OKC. Fields made three appearances with the OKC Dodgers during his demotion. He pitched three scoreless innings, allowed one hit, walked none and struck out three.last_img read more

Unchecked “cabal of Ministers” who did their own thing

first_imgDear Editor,I am pleased for the United Kingdom. They now have a strong Government with the prospect of being in power for the full term and which will allow them to do progressive things for their people. That is great news for their economy and their people. These elections were about Brexit and the overwhelming majority of the British people are sick and tired of how long this issue was allowed to drag on because of political squabbling.  Mr Boris Johnson came in as an outsider and the people decided to give him a full mandate to do what he said he would do because he was consistent in his messages. But more so, the people heard Jeremy Corbyn and they found him to be speaking from two sides of his mouth on Brexit, despite the people giving a clear mandate to Westminster to leave the EU. So the people decided to send a strong signal as to who is the real boss. They do not want people of verbal waffle and rhetoric like Jeremy Corbyn in power and they certainly do not want politicians in place who are not listening to them.These elections in the United Kingdom have many lessons for Guyana but I shall just deal with two of them today as follows:The role of the Brexit Party – Many Labour supporters who could not bring themselves to vote for the Conservatives but wanted to leave Europe, voted for the Brexit Party while the Conservatives’ base held strong. This act destroyed the Labour Party fortunes while keeping the Conservatives intact. Elections are about numbers and nothing else and sometimes 1 + 1 is equal to 3 in politics. It was the Brexit Party that got too many Labourvoters to cross-over to them and this caused the Labour Party to lose vital marginal seats to the Conservatives. The lesson that was reinforced here is that elections are all about the marginal voters.Meanwhile, in Guyana, the PPP/C must pay more attention to the marginal votes. The PPP/C has to make sure that the entire nation is aware that a vote against the Cup is a vote for the Palm Tree. It is as simple as that! Many of these third forces were formed in Congress Place as PNCR fronts; set up by the PNCR, for the PNCR, and to help the PNCR win power again using smoke and mirror tactics as developed in the Bahamas by two PNCR leaders. Again a vote against the PPP/C is a vote for the PNCR. So my message is simply this – beware of most of these small parties.  Even with all their sweet messages, many of them are being funded by the PNCR and are on a leash tied to Congress Place.  Such a situation will only be contributing to the destruction of democracy by helping the undemocratic forces in the PNCR who continue to deny this nation free and fair elections in violation of the Constitution. After 4 years and 5 months of underperformance on the human development front, it is clear that the PNCR totally deserves their place on the Opposition benches after March 2020.  My final wish is, let the people speak!2. The lack of policy leadership and competence in the PNCR – The last 12 months exposed how ill-equipped and incompetent Mr David Granger is on the big issues. He has proven that he does not have what it takes to unequivocally confront the major anxieties of the people. Unfortunately, he was ill for most of the time and because of this major determinant, he was unavailable to the people.  In his absence, his deputy was not empowered to act because no one in the Cabinet had much respect or trusted his decision-making capabilities because of what the PNCR did to him post-May 2015. Mr Granger reshaped Mr Moses Nagamootoo’s image from a firebrand politician before 2015 into an opportunistic “rubber stamp”. What Mr Granger left in his absence was an unchecked “cabal of Ministers” who did their own thing like wild horses on the prairie. Many of them made it up as they went along without any coordination on the major policy issues. So in the absence of Mr Granger, the Government floated from one crisis to another as indecision became the order of the day.  As indecision expanded, corruption in the Government also expanded as senior officials pounced on the opportunity that such an unchecked environment provided. That is why you can have a former Minister who was allowed to move from a shared accommodation with her family in a $15 million house to one that cost over $150 million within 2 years.  This was what team Granger came to represent for the people – incompetence and corruption.This is what the Guyanese people are seeing and many have already made up their minds based on the above factors and so many more.  The destiny of this nation is what it is and Mr Granger must be a man and accept his faith because the voice and the will of the people are all that matters today.Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more