What an achievement for Leeza who excelled at this year’s British Pie Awards (2017) not only beating her tally of 6 awards last year but winning her first Class Champion and Gold awards. The full list of winning pies is below.
Her pasty – and Class Champion, with a filling of Chicken, Cranberry and Walnut was a great favourite last Christmas with our customers but who would have believed that when it came to the nominations for “Best Pasty of the Year” – with Ginster’s Cornish Pasty being our world famous rival nominee that we would come first ! I didn’t expect that when I heard who we were up against. But there you go 🙂
Watch out for these at our future events.
- Creamy Chicken with Cranberry & Walnut Pasty – Class Champion
- Chicken, Sweet Potato, Squash, Moroccan Grains of Paradise Pie – Gold
- Creamy Chicken with Cranberry & Walnuts Pie ( a Silver and a Bronze) from different categories
- Salt Beef, Mustard and Gherkin Pie – Silver
- Triple Cheese Pie – Silver
- Lamb, Quince & Pistachio Pie – Bronze
- Nutty Gruyere & Olive Pie – Bronze
- Cream Cheese & Apricot Pie – Bronze
I am a believer in “synchronicity”. What’s that you may well ask. Well it’s been described as “… a concept, which holds that certain of life’s events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related”.
Well we had a synchronistic moment when a stranger approached our Russian food stall at St. Albans. His name we now know is – Stephen Harvard Davis –
– a Business Consultant that specialises in team transition and who also writes novels as Stephen Davis. More on Stephen at Facebook.
Here is what we learned from him – and summarised in his Facebook post:
It’s a small world.
In St Albans farmers market today I met Elizaveta Murina. Her family had a shop in Nevsky Prospect and ran the baker’s shop in St Petersburg, before the revolution, and mentioned in my novel ‘The Tsar’s Banker’.
She’s still baking and keeping the family tradition alive after 200 years under the name Cossackcuisine.com.
I must add her cakes are delicious.
– Go see for yourself here. And it was also just a few weeks ago we chose to make reference to Cossack Cuisine’s St. Petersburg heritage by adopting the strap-line for our business – “Cossack Cuisine. 200 years in the baking”. And now we find that Leeza’s 19th century family business has been immortalised in Stephen’s book – by an amazing coincidence (synchronicity – at work, I do say !)
By the way the book has great reviews – go see what people have said on Amazon here
This year will extend the number of markets and food festivals we attend – though we will be dropping out of some of the less busy events. Please bookmark our events page and watch out for the new-to-us events we are attending in your region over 2017. Here is the link you need here.
We create from scratch our Russian Beetroot and Garden Pea salad – see it here. It also has fresh garlic and basil added to make it taste authentically Russian. We always seek the most healthy ingredients for our food. And basil fits the bill.
Basil also is considered one of the healthiest herbs. It’s best when fresh, exuding a sweet, earthy aroma that indicates not only the promise of pleasantly pungent flavor, but an impressive list of nutrients. Vitamin K, essential for blood clotting, is one of them. Just two tablespoons of basil provides 29 percent of the daily recommended value. Follow the link above for more information.