The Rattled West

THE CITY GRUMP I am not a fan of Donald Trump. It has been evident for years now that he is immature, narcissistic and obsessed by power, which is of course why his foreign policy has been such a great success. It takes one to know one and the autocracies of China, Iran, North Korea, etc  certainly met their match in him. Accordingly when the … Continue reading The Rattled West

Steak & Ale Pie

Ingredients:   For the pastry:  3 cups (384 grams) all-purpose flour  1/2 teaspoon salt  1 cup (8 ounces/226 grams) unsalted butter, cubed and kept cold until ready to use  1/2 cup (118 ml) cold water  1 large egg beaten to brush on pastry  For the filling:  1 tablespoon vegetable oil  1 tablespoon unsalted butter  2 pounds (907 grams) beef chuck, cut into bite size cubes  1 … Continue reading Steak & Ale Pie