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Gluten Free Scotch Pie

Gluten Free Scotch Pie, eat well on universal credit

Traditionally this should have been Mutton Mince, but that’s really not something I come across often in the local supermarkets....

Pastry Ingredients:-

100g of Lard
300ml of Boiling Water
1 Tsp of Salt
25g of Potato Flour
50g of Cornflour
375g of Gluten free Plain Flour
1 Egg, beaten to glaze

Filling Ingredients:-

300g of Lamb Mince
1 Onion, diced
1 Tsp of Mixed Herbs
½ Tsp of Mace
Salt & Pepper to season
Lamb Stock
Oil to fry

Method:-

(1) Add the Lard and Salt to the Boiling Water and stir until it has dissolved.
(2) In a large bowl mix the Flours.
(3) Make a well in the middle and add the liquid.
(4) Mix to produce a smooth dough.
(5) Allow to cool so it can be handled, but not cold.
(6) Divide into ball and keep enough aside to form the lids.
(7) Press into Pie tins and pull up the sides.
(8) Form the lids and then put both casings and lids in the fridge.
(9) In a frying pan add a little Oil and fry the Onion until softened.
(10) Add the Mixed Herbs and Mace.
(11) Add the Lamb Mince and fry until browned.
(12) Add Stock making sure that the mixture isn’t too wet.
(13) Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
(14) Remove the casing and lids from the fridge.
(15) Fill the casings making sure not to over fill.
(16) Add the lids and use a little water to seal the joins.
(17) Make a hole in the middle of each lid and brush with Egg Wash.
(18) Place in a preheated oven at 180c and back for 30 to 40 minutes.

When I was at the butchers I made hundreds of pies a week. We did have a hand operated Pie Former though! Hot water pastry can be a bit interesting the first time you have a go at it. But it’s all good fun…...

 

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UN Report on Poverty in the UK November 2018Here is what Professor Philip Alston Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights for the UN has to say about poverty in the UK in 2018
 
I have  actually found the original report which is here (Just in case I'm seen to be misquoting)
 
“ …......While the labour and housing markets provide the crucial backdrop, the focus of this report is on the contribution made by social security and related policies. 
 
The results? 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials. The widely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts a 7% rise in child poverty between 2015 and 2022, and various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40%. For almost one in every two children to be poor in twenty-first century Britain is not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one. 
 
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Although the provision of social security to those in need is a public service and a vital anchor to prevent people being pulled into poverty, the policies put in place since 2010 are usually discussed under the rubric of austerity. But this framing leads the inquiry in the wrong direction. In the area of poverty-related policy, the evidence points to the conclusion that the driving force has not been economic but rather a commitment to achieving radical social re-engineering. Successive governments have brought revolutionary change in both the system for delivering minimum levels of fairness and social justice to the British people, and especially in the values underpinning it. Key elements of the post-war Beveridge social contract are being overturned. In the process, some good outcomes have certainly been achieved, but great misery has also been inflicted unnecessarily, especially on the working poor, on single mothers struggling against mighty odds, on people with disabilities who are already marginalized, and on millions of children who are being locked into a cycle of poverty from which most will have great difficulty escaping. 
 
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In addition to all of the negative publicity about Universal Credit in the UK media and among politicians of all parties, I have heard countless stories from people who told me of the severe hardships they have suffered under Universal Credit. When asked about these problems, Government ministers were almost entirely dismissive, blaming political opponents for wanting to sabotage their work, or suggesting that the media didn’t really understand the system and that Universal Credit was unfairly blamed for problems rooted in the old legacy system of benefits. “
 
The full report is 24 pages long and these are only extracts. Very little of the remainder of the report is any more positive however.
 

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