Getting my oink on with absurdly perfect pastry and meat at the Ginger Pig…

The Ginger Pig has been around for some 20+ years now and it’s been on my must-visit list for the last 2. Synonymous with a superb quality of meat and an excellent choice of produce, it’s one of those places that you half wish you lived near and are half thankful that you don’t because you could spend a serious amount of money cultivating and tending to an addiction to this place…

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Week 2 of an Introduction to Pastry at Leiths…

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Week 2 and it’s made clear at the start of the first night that this is going to be an evening to work out the arms with the puff pastry and the concentration with the pate sucree. Made one once to prove that I could. Made the other, err, never. Never actually even heard of it so really excited to see what it is, how it’s made and most importantly of all, what it tastes like. Read More

Week 1 of an Introduction to Pastry at Leiths…

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Pastry is a tricky skill to master. Unlike baking which is arguably simpler – and always rectifiable with extra frosting – pastry requires patience and precision but it’s worth having a go. Sure, you might not always thereafter want to spend hours – yes literally hours – folding and refolding puff pastry but to know you could if you wanted to? That’s a great accomplishment to have.

This was a class I was really looking forward to. I’ve made pastry before but it’s never been something I can whip up easily or without many, many, many references to the cookbook in front of me so I was excited to hopefully find more confidence in myself in mastering these techniques. Well, a basic understanding would also be good… Read More