Saturday, 17 December 2011

Best Buy open in Bristol on Saturday 30th April 2011

Best Buy opened its doors in Cribbs Causeway Retail Park in Bristol on Saturday 30th April 2011 and  less than a year later is closing, what a crock. 100s of jobs lost. Some are friends of mine and I have been buying best buy gift card's so I could give a best buy gift card to all my family for xmas as we are all tec heads. As far as I am aware, all the best buy stores are closing. There was me thinking getting best buy gift cards was a clever idea.........wont bother next time !! I wonder if McDonalds do a gift card?? Lmao

Saving money to buy a new car

Last week I wrote a blog about getting a new car but not having any money so I was going to test drive as many cars as I could. Well I have changed my mind because I have had 1000s upon 1000s of calls. My mobile and home number have been ringing like mad and I am sick and tired of making excuses so I am abandoning that idea !
It was good in theory but not in practice lol !!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Saving money to buy a new car

I have been saving for a new car for 4 years and I am no where near close enough and as the worlds markets are so bad banks don't want to lend to any one, and I will be 50 years old before I get one lol.  I am looking into some of the bigger car companies who have there own HP/Car Financing  I just dont want to be paying for it in 20 years time any how I went on a test drive in a Vauxhall Astra 1.6i 16v 2011 Wow what a new car to drive I had so much fun
and lots of free coffee lol I am going to do this once a week but try and test drive cars way out of my budget I will start small and by the end try to test drive a rolls or a bentley lol and blog about it

Monday, 5 December 2011

How to Write a CV

In the  curriculum vitae (c v ) heading you can write your general information:
1,/ Name 
2,/ Surname
3,/ address
4,/ E-mail 
5,/ your phone number and mobile / cell phone don't forget to put in your area code or if your looking over seas your country's dialling code.
CV Skills Summary
The Skills Summary section of your CV includes your main skills. You should only include keywords in his section, do not go into lengthy descriptions of your skills. The skill summary is also called personal profile.
CV Objective
The CV Objective, sometimes also referred to as CV Personal Profile states "What is the next step in my career?" This should be a short, concise statement that informs the employer what kind of position you are looking for. The type of position, the role (managerial, supervisor, contractor) should be included as well. If you are looking for work  it is a good idea to have several CV's with different profiles or objectives. For example, you can have a CV for a sales supervisor and the other for a shop floor manager. Your 'sales supervisor' CV can highlight achievements in this area, and the CV would be tuned to that particular in terms of job descriptions and achievements.
Education on your CV
List all of your qualifications in this section. Include all of your education including certifications from non-academic institutions, especially those that are related to the job vacancy. If you have more work experience than qualifications, put your work experience before your qualifications.


I would like to go back to school in 2012 to understand more about building websites I know a little but I would like to be clued up on all aspects I can build a site but it basic there is so many different coding  and I just don't get it. I don't know if to go to school or to do a online course I am going to spend the day look at online course to see if it right for me but if any one who reads this blog have done any online course and have any advice for me and all who will read this blog please comment

Sunday, 4 December 2011


Is xmas starting to early when I was younger xmas started about December the 18th now it's after firework night which is November 5th all the shops in the U.K start selling Christmas decorations and gifts .
I asked a 8 year old if he know why we celebrate Christmas  and he told me it was Father Christmas birthday W.T.F ??? What is going on !! Please let me know what you think and if you have any funny stories please post thank you.
                                                              HAPPY CHRISTMAS !

Friday, 2 December 2011

How Diamonds are Created

Natural diamonds, that have been cut into many facets are considered one of the most beautiful things on Earth. This nature-made beauty sculpted by man glistens and sparkles in the light. Diamonds bring joy to many people by their brilliance. However, few stop to think about their origins.
Diamonds are not created on the Earth's surface and very few are thrust there by the violent motions which the surface of the planet can sometimes be subject in the form of volcanoes. This is why companies must mine for diamonds. They are formed about 100 miles under the Earth's surface. Diamonds are primarily made up of carbon. Pure carbon can take on many forms including diamond, graphite, and fullerite. To become a natural diamond, carbon must spend millions of years under extreme heat (900° - 1300° C) and pressure (45 - 60 kilobars) deep inside the earth . This changes the way the atoms in the carbon bond together. The end result is a fully formed diamond.
If the temperature and pressure are not just right, then graphite will form. There is quite a difference between the beauty of diamonds and graphite,which is commonly used as the core of pencils!
Because diamonds are the hardest material found in nature, they can scratch nearly any surface. Imagine the vast number of materials in the world; a diamond must be extremely durable to rise above all others. Australia, Botswana, Russia, and the Congo account for a large portion of the world's diamond mining.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens wrote a few times about greedy bankers, and how their greed affected friends, family and the local community. A bit like what we have/are experiencing with our present day bankers. The only difference between then and now is there were a few bankers back then that did put money back into the local community. If a few took a leaf from their books then maybe they wouldn't be villainised quite so much. Dont get me wrong, I believe that people should be able to make as much money as they can, but not at the expense of the local community. There are a few companies (large and small) that have made it big from the .com era, and have given back both locally and globally. Its a shame that some of the older companies haven't done so yet.

How to make money online

How to make money online every one wants to but only a small amount of people manage it here are only a few ways to make money online
1./ Become a YouTube Partner, Partner Programme allows creators and producers to earn money from their videos on YouTube through revenue sharing. You can earn revenue by allowing relevant advertisements to be displayed with your videos or by making them available for rental via streaming.
2./ Online Surveys, UK companies need your opinions to help them improve their products and provide you with best service possible  
3./ sell on ebay, Find a niche market or some thing you can get your hands on regularly and cheap then sell for a small profits
4./start a blog. One of the best ways to start your own online business. It requires minimal start up costs, you can build an impressive and loyal readership over time and once you know how to monetize your blog it can also bring in a decent income that will keep on coming even on the days when you don't update your blog

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

How to become an English lawyer

Do you know what working as a lawyer actually involves? And are you sure of the steps you have to take to qualify as a solicitor or barrister?
So you want to be a lawyer? Do you know what working as a lawyer actually involves? And are you sure of the steps you have to take to qualify as a solicitor or barrister? If not, then read on because this, the fourth edition of The Lawyer Guide to a Career in Law, contains all you need to know about securing your dream job in the legal profession. In England and Wales the legal profession is split into two: solicitors and barristers. The term lawyer captures both. Traditionally, the type of work handled by solicitors and barristers was very distinct. Solicitors were always the first point of contact for clients, while barristers represented the clients in court.
These days, however, the work of solicitors and barristers is becoming more difficult to distinguish, with some solicitors being permitted to stand up in court. Some law firms, such as Eversheds and Herbert Smith, now even have their own in-house barristers chambers.
You need to decide at quite an early stage which profession you want to join, because although both solicitors and barristers need to complete either a law degree or conversion course, the routes to qualification diverge following the academic stage. Aspiring solicitors have to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and a two-year period of work-based learning known as a training contract. In contrast, those who want to become barristers must take the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) followed by a year-long apprenticeship at one or more barristers chambers, known as a pupillage.
The legal profession: facts and fictions
There are a number of misunderstandings surrounding the legal profession. For instance, when students are asked why they want to become lawyers they often say they want to help people. But this is simply not always the reality, especially in the commercial arena where the clients are typically large, faceless corporations. Also, lawyers are not only called in when things go wrong: legal advice is needed when two multinational companies merge, or on something as simple as buying a house.
Working as a lawyer is also not as glamorous as the media might suggest. Whats more, with the exception of the City, where salaries for newly qualified solicitors can reach in excess of 90,000, the pay is not always as high as you might think. Indeed, some firms only pay their trainees the minimum salary set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of 18,420.
Areas of expertise
Most peoples knowledge of what solicitors do is usually associated with the work handled by high street firms, such as advising on the purchase of a new house or on a divorce, or representing someone being prosecuted for a crime.
However, solicitors work in a variety of firms, ranging from two-partner niche practices to those with hundreds of partners and offices in several different countries. They also specialise in many different areas of law. Some are also employed by companies or charities, while others work for the Government. These individuals are known as in-house lawyers, while those who work in a law firm are known as private practice solicitors.
Lawyer 2B and The Lawyer ( focus on commercial law. This guide is, therefore, aimed mainly at those who want to work as business lawyers.
Commercial lawyers work is split into different areas, such as banking, corporate, employment, litigation and media and sport. As a corporate lawyer you may be advising on a multibillion-pound, headline-grabbing deal, such as the recent takeover of supermarket chain Somerfield by the Co-op. As a sports and media lawyer you could act for a world-famous footballer or rock star.
Barriers to entry
Wherever you are heading the City, a high street practice, a sleepy market town or the bar the route to qualification is lengthy and hard work. Once you have completed your A-levels you need to study for at least another four years, and then spend an extra two years as a trainee before you can receive your practising certificate. Following qualification it takes a minimum of six years to be promoted into a partnership.
The importance of a stellar academic record cannot be stressed enough. A number of law schools at top universities insist on three A grades and the minimum requirement for securing a training contract at a reputable commercial law firm is typically a 2:1 degree.
Historically, City law firms were notorious for their bias towards graduates from Oxford and Cambridge universities. Thankfully, nowadays firms are making a concerted effort to cast their nets wider. Nevertheless, some snobbery still exists. And with some top City firms receiving on average more than 2,000 applications for around 50 training contracts, they can be as fussy as they like. So if you do not make the grade, then getting beyond the dreaded rejection letter is unlikely.
Firms are not just after the most academically able. After all, what is the point in hiring someone with three A grades and a first-class degree in astrophysics if their knees turn to jelly when interacting with clients? Firms want candidates with additional qualities, such as good interpersonal skills, a second language and work experience. You must also be flexible and able to deal with a high and unpredictable workload.
Another obstacle is the cost of qualifying. A typical student accumulates as much as 20,000 of debt while studying for a degree but this may be more as tuition fees have gone up in the U.K  . And do not forget that most universities now charge 3,000 per year in tuition fees.
Finally, there are the fees for the postgraduate courses, the Graduate Diploma in Law, the LPC and the BVC, which can be as much as 7,000, 10,000 and 12,000 respectivelybut this may be more as tuition fees have gone up in the U.K . Thankfully, though, those who secure training contracts with large commercial firms receive sponsorship and will not have to worry about paying for such fees themselves.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Boy racers .. a harmless pastime or a deadly menace ?

There are lots of young men and women who love their cars. However, when a young man fits a body-kit to his car and drives very fast, he will inevitably be labelled a "boy racer".
Favourite cars for boy racers to do up include the Citroen Saxo, Seat Leon, and Peugeot 206, and alloy wheels, spoilers, and under-car neon lighting are amongst the must-have modifications for these cars.
It is generally a Friday or Saturday night when groups of boy racers will go for a cruise around the streets of their local town. Some towns seem to attract more boy racers than others, with Brighton, Southend, and Guildford being particular boy racer havens.
However snazzy these cars may look, boy racers are criticised by many for their pastime which, it is claimed, puts themselves and others in danger.
Boy racers criticised for dangerous driving
Critics of boy racers say that when they go cruising around town they often break speed limits and other traffic laws, creating a real hazard for other drivers. Statistics show that one in four drivers under 21 who have a car accident did so due to a loss of control. This is an all too common occurrence for boy racers, or anti social drivers, as the police term them.
Inspector Hughes of North Wales Police comments on boy racers: "We have seen a dramatic decrease in KSIs [killed or seriously injured] but there has been an increase in 17 to 25 year-olds involved in KSIs.
"Young anti-social drivers don't necessarily drive high-performance cars, they normally have small hatchbacks, which are more affordable. It's how they drive that causes the problem. They are inexperienced, driving inappropriately for the conditions and disobeying the basic rules of the road."
It has been found that one in three young male drivers will write off a car within the first three years of driving, over double the rate of new female drivers. Boy racers are thought to account for a sizeable portion of these write offs, with many "souped-up" cars frequently becoming involved in crashes with lampposts, walls, and other cars as a result of pulling hand brake turns, doughnuts, and wheelspins.
The car accidents in which boy racers are involved cause many injuries and fatalities each year, as well as higher car insurance premiums for other young male drivers. This effect can be seen by comparing car insurance quotes for a fictional 18 year old man with that of a woman of equivalent age and driving experience.Car insurance for an 18 year old male driving a Vauxhall Corsa starts from around £1,200 from most insurers, whereas for a woman it costs just £750.
There are far more men than women involved in boy racing, although observers note that "girl racing" is becoming more popular amongst girls in their late teens, which could see motor insurance for young women also becoming more expensive.
Boy racers defend themselves
However, many boy racers feel that they are misunderstood, and say it is just a minority of people who turn up to their cruises that cause the trouble. They are passionate about their cars, and say that crashing them is the last thing they want to do.
One 22 year old man who had spent £10,000 on modifying his car said: "I have to drive responsibly. I don't want to wrap it round a lamppost when I've spent so much.Some come here and they want to make a scene and want to look cool. We are all getting branded the same."
Another man who liked to cruise with his modified car commented that speeding is not confined to boy racing: "I admit that like any other person, boy racers do speed, but its only to boost their macho image and to pit themselves against other boy racers' (or girls!). Everybody speeds, it's just that boy racers are victimised because they drive fast at nighttimes, which keeps people awake."
Whether boy racers are a deadly menace or just partaking in a harmless pastime, their presence affects all who live around the areas that they cruise. Their reception is mixed; some people gather in crowds to admire the souped up cars, whilst others lose sleep to the noise of their engines.Is boy racers car insurance just to much to get  you on the road ?
please comment and follow thanks

young drivers and insurance

Insurance costs for young drivers have spiralled over the past decade, leading to more driving uninsured or committing fraud by getting parents to insure their car.
The insurance industry has been quick to point the finger but made little real progress in helping to bring down costs, despite the fact that cars are safer and the driving test harder.
So is it time that something was done?
Last year, we highlighted the issue with the story of one young motorist quoted £17,000 for a £2,000 Vauxhall Corsa.
Read more about the issues and join the debate on young drivers and whether insurers should do more here just add you comments and please follow thanks.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Computer Maintenance Tips

Computer Maintenance Tips

Eleven Tips to Keep your Computer Running Smoothly
1. Never, never, turn your computer off with the power switch until Windows has shut down. The one exception to this rule is when your computer locks up and your hard drive is not running (hard drive light is not blinking). In this situation, you can turn the power off without harmful effects to the hard drive. As cutting the power can also result in lost data or Windows files, you should only do this when you have to.
Following this rule will prevent permanent hard drive defects caused by the hard drive heads contacting the surface of the drive disc, and it will prevent a host of Windows problems.
Whenever possible, recover from crashes by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time. Press them again to reboot your computer 
2. I highly recommend that you purchase an UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for your computer. This will keep your computer from crashing during power outages, and will protect your computer from low and high voltage occurrences.
An UPS is far superior to a surge protector and will save your computer from almost any type of power disaster. (See #1 above for what happens when your computer crashes.)
4. Run Scandisk and Defragment at least once a month. This will keep your hard drive healthy and prevent crashes. Alternatively, purchase a disk utility program and use it to keep your hard drive healthy. These programs are part of Windows and can be found at Start/Computer then Right click on the drive you want to fix. Choose Scandisk or Defragment from the menu.3. Backup, backup, backup, any data you cannot afford to lose to at least two separate physical drives. So backup data to external hard drives, USB/thumb drives, CD-RW's etc. The time to backup is when you create something you can't afford to lose. Don't wait until tomorrow.

5. Never unplug peripherals from the computer when it is powered up. Unplugging with the power on can short out the connector socket or the motherboard. The only exception to this rule is if you know a peripheral is "hot pluggable". If you do not know what "hot pluggable" means then ignore this exception.
6. Do keep at least 300 MBs of your C: drive free for Windows to use. If you use Windows XP, Vista, or WIndows 7 then you should have 400-600 MBs of free space on your C: drive.
If you do not have enough free space you will choke Windows and it will start dumping data to your hard drive (or designated virtual drive), or it will just get really, really, slow (you will see your hard drive light on all the time and your computer will be locked up until the drive stops spinning).
Use the ADD/Delete tool in the Windows Control Panel to delete unneeded programs from your drive.

You can also use disk/utility cleaning programs and speed-up programs to get rid of clutter on your hard drive and to speed up your system, we recommend using a PC speed up program like PC CLEANER
 . See our review of PC Cleaner  for more information. PC cleaner
7. Do not let a lot of programs load up when you start your computer. They use valuable memory and Windows Resources (Windows internal workspace).
All programs in your Windows System Tray (in the lower left of your screen) are running on your computer. Close them if you don't need them or run them and configure them not to load when you boot up.
Other programs running in the background can be found by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete at the same time.
8. Do use an antivirus checker regularly. Everyone should have an antivirus checker that boots up when their computer starts. The best type of protection is continuous monitoring from a dedicated anti-virus program . Also, make sure the anti-virus program is set to update automatically. These programs must regularly update their virus definitions to provide the best defense against new viruses and other malware..
9. If you have a high speed Internet connection, you need a firewall program. A firewall program keeps those who want to hijack your computer from gaining access to your system. You really do not want someone else running your computer.
All current versions of Windows come with a built in firewall program. You can access the Windows firewall at Start/Control Panel/Internet Connections/Windows Firewall. This program should always be running unless you choose to use a different firewall program.
For additional protection, you should consider Internet security software that has firewall programs and other web security tools  built-in e.g. PC Tools Internet Security Panda AntiVirus PRO and BitDefender Total Security have firewall, antivirus, and other security programs bundled together in one package.
Case in point: When I am online 10 hours or more with my DSL connection, mycomputer is usually attacked by a hacker at least once.
Do not think you are safe from hackers!! Hackers use search programs to seek out computers at random. Get a firewall program and use it.
10. Keep track of the software disks you receive with your computer and new peripherals. These disks contain valuable software drivers and programs for Windows and are needed when Windows must be reloaded. Keep these disks and your Windows software disks in a safe, dry, place -- you never know when you will need them.
11. Make sure Windows Update is set to Automatically Update your computer. Windows is frequently updated by Microsoft to prevent virus and malware attacks, to improve Windows performance, and to provide new features. Access Windows Update at Start/Control Panel/System/ Security/Windows Update.
Keeping these computer maintenance  tips in mind will keep your PC in top shape and keep you from having an expensive repair bill. If you would like to comment on this article see the comment box below.
For network or computer problems at the office, maintenance may be a bit more tricky and complex. Your IT man can probably help with anything you can’t figure out, though – these Burlington IT consultants
  for example, cover everything from network support  to data backup. It never hurts to give your IT support a call if you’re stuck.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Potluck Ham and Pasta


                                             Potluck Ham and Pasta                                          



  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups 2% milk
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) process cheese sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 cups cubed fully cooked ham


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 3-4 minutes; drain.
  • In a large Dutch oven, saute onion in butter for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour, mustard, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheese sauce and 1 cup cheddar cheese until blended.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in the ham, macaroni and broccoli. Divide between a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish and a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. 12 servings.

Friday, 21 October 2011

There is enough going on in the world

There is enough going on in the world without trying to make news stories that arnt there. Today Ricky Gervais has had a barrage of abuse from the media for saying a word which in the past has been linked to someone with a disability. People that know him, will know that there was no malice in what was said, but this does open the flood gates to question what is morally right to say for comic effect. In my opinion race, disability, creed and religion are all fair game in comedy as long as its coming from the right place. As soon as its said with hatred, then that is not right........regardless of who said it and where it came from. On the other hand, if we want freedom of speech there are things we will hear that we will not like.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce Recipe


Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce Recipe


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs (you can use breasts, but the thighs are more flavorful)
  • 1 large red onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 1 14-oz can coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
  • Hot cooked rice


1 In a small bowl, mix together the salt, ground coriander, cumin, ground cloves, cinnamon, ground cardamom, black pepper, chili powder, and turmeric. Set aside.
2 Rinse chicken, pat dry. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Put into a bowl and sprinkle the spice mix over all the pieces. Coat well and let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours.
3 In a large skillet heat 1 Tbsp oil on medium high heat. Add the onions and jalapeños and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Remove the onions, peppers and garlic from the pan and put into a medium sized bowl. Set aside. Use the same pan for the next step.
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4 Add 1 Tbsp oil to the skillet and heat on medium high heat. Add one half of the chicken pieces, spreading them out on the pan so they are not crowded. Brown for a few minutes on each side. When the chicken pieces are cooked through, and no pink remains, remove from pan, add to the bowl with the onions. Cook the second batch of chicken pieces the same way. Remove from pan, add to bowl with onions.
5 Add the coconut milk, minus a couple tablespoons, to the skillet. In a small bowl, mix the remaining coconut with the corn starch to dissolve the corn starch. Add the corn startch mixture back to the skillet with the coconut milk. Cook on medium heat and stir till thick and bubbly. Mix in the worcestershire sauce. Add chicken mixture, basil, and ginger. Cook 2 minutes more to cook through.
Serve over rice.


Easy Shepherd's Pie Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 50 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1-2 cups vegetables - chopped carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice


1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.
3 Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.
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4 Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.
5 Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.
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6 Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.
7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.
serves 4

Steak Mushrooms and Ale Pie



  • 500g cubed beef stewing steak
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can pale ale or lager
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 300g peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 100g quartered fresh mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • pastry for double-crust pie

Preparation method

Prep: 45 minsCook: 40 mins
Place the beef, onion and ale in a large saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6.
Season the beef with garlic, thyme, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix in the potatoes and mushrooms. Cover and simmer over medium heat until potatoes are just tender enough to pierce with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes. Whisk a small amount of the sauce together with the flour in a small bowl, and stir into the beef. Simmer until slightly thickened.
Fit pastry into the bottom and up the sides of a pie dish. Spoon the hot beef mixture into the dish and top with the remaining pastry. Cut slits in the top to vent steam, and crimp the edges to seal them together.
Bake in preheated oven until the pastry is golden brown and gravy is bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes.