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Cumberland Pie

Cumberland Pie Recipe

When an interest in History and Food collide!

“ A Brief History of the Cumberland Pie - The Cumberland Pie may have become no more than a dressed up Cottage Pie sprinkled with cheese and breadcrumbs, but its history goes so much further. The pie has its roots in medieval times when it would be made with a variety of meats, Herdwick mutton, or perhaps game, dried fruit and sweetened but not sugary by the use of apples in the recipe and spices. This mix of meat, spices, and fruit is not dissimilar to the original Mince Pies once made by a similar filling and not to be confused with the Christmas mince pies we are so familiar with today. “

We I’d not have been popular if I’d put Apples and diced fruit in it. But we did have the cubed meat from to shank of a leg of Lamb I acquired in the discounts and butchered. So this was our take on Cumberland Pie


300g scraggly tough Lamb shank meat
½ a Swede cubed
1 large Onion sliced
3 medium Carrots sliced
250ml left over Turkey stock from a previous dish
1 Chicken Stock pot dissolved in 200ml of hot water
Mixed Herbs
Salt & Pepper
A sprig of Rosemary
3 large Potatoes
Grated Cheese
Oil to fry


(1) Heat oil in a frying pan.
(2) add Salt & Pepper to a little Cornflour and coat the meat.
(3) Fry the meat to brown slightly on all sides.
(4) In a casserole dish add all the ingredients except the potatoes and cheese.
(5) Cover and place in the oven at 170C and allow to cook slowly for 2 to 3 hours.
(6) Peel the Potatoes and boil.
(7) Remove the casserole lid to allow some of the stock to reduce. Fish out the Rosemary sprig.
(8) Mash the Potatoes and add a thick layer to the top of the casserole dish.
(9) Add the grated Cheese to the top of the Potato and place under the grill so that the Cheese melts and browns a little.

We quite enjoyed this, but it was a bit bland for us. Left to out own devices it would have had Chillies etc. added!

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Duck Breast with Tamarind & Ginger Sauce recipe, eat well on universal credit


Two Duck Breasts for £1.38 seemed too good an offer to refuse. So Sue combined a few recipes and came up with this.


2 Duck Breasts
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Thumb of Ginger, grated
6 Tbsp of Tamarind Puree
2 Tbsp of Fish Sauce
100ml of Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp of Oyster Sauce
1 Tbsp of Five Spice
4 Tbsp of Sugar
1 Tbsp of Thyme
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to season


(1) Score the fat on the Duck Breasts and season with Salt & Pepper, Five Spice and Thyme.
(2) Place the Breasts skin side down in a dry frying pan and fry for 8 minutes, until the fat has rendered and the skin is crispy.
(3) Turn over and seal the flesh side.
(4) Transfer to a pre-heated oven (Air Fryer in our case) at 160c and cook for a further 8 minutes.
(5) Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
(6) Add the Olive Oil to a frying pan on a medium heat.
(7) Fry the Garlic and Ginger stirring continuously.
(8) Add the Tamarind Puree, Oyster Sauce, Fish Sauce and Sugar.
(9) Cook and stir until the Sugar has dissolved.
(10) Stir in the Stock and season with Salt & Pepper.
(11) Slice the Breasts into 1cm slices and pour over the Sauce.

We served ours over a bed of Rice Noodles with stir-fry vegetables and garnished with Spring Onions and Sesame Seeds. Duck always goes well with citric flavours, but this was something else!


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