Leeza of Cossack Cuisine – has won her 2nd Champion Pie of the Year award for her Lamb pie at this years British Pie awards. The judges gave her 1st prize for the Lamb and Lingonberry Bunza (pie).
The judges comments included that “There was nothing that could be improved to make it better”. With only a small number of pie categories that we could enter and over 950 pies taking part in this years competition – it is very hard to win a Class Champion award.
Leeza has now won 2 consecutive Class Champions – winning it last year for her Chicken, Cranberry and Walnut pie. She also won another 3 medals for her Beef and Onion Bunza, Goats Cheese Bunza and Roasted Vegetable Bunza. All three of these pies are best sellers at Bakewell farmers market. It shows that the visitors to this event know a great pie when they taste it !
Let me add that the lamb was bought from a farmers market trader – ‘Cheshire Lamb and Mutton’ – thank you Georgina for such delicious lamb !
PS. We have now won 19 British Pie Awards in the last three years. Covering every grade from Champion, Highly Commended, Gold, Silver and 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