A light-hearted look back at a difficult year

It’s the last show of the year this weekend so what better way to celebrate than with a light-hearted look back at some of the highs – and lows! – of 2020, together with a look ahead to what’s in store in 2021?

And who better to do it with than the inimitable Cathie Babbington, a regular guest on Girls Around Town and a good friend to boot?

Well-known to listeners as Coach Cath, she’ll be on the phone to June in the second hour of the show, when the pair of them will be chatting about  how they coped with the trials and tribulations of the last few months, both personally and professionally, and what’s on the horizon for the coming year.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am on Sunday to hear what they have to say about some of their favourite moments of 2020, the ones they could perhaps have done without, the lessons they learned in what has  without doubt been an extremely difficult year….

And how they both came out smiling – well, most of the time anyway!

Talking turkey

If you were listening to this morning’s show, you probably heard Sue Jackson sharing another recipe, this time one with a particularly seasonal twist…

As promised, here it is – her Turkey and Ham Pie, the ideal way to use up some of  those Christmas lunch leftovers!

Turkey and Ham Pie

  • Servings: Makes 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients (for a 1.2 litre – 1.5 litre pie dish)

Shortcrust Pastry

  • 200g plain flour
  • 50g block of margarine (cold from fridge)
  • 50g lard (cold from fridge)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of cold water


  • 45g butter
  • 2 leeks, washed and sliced
  • 50ml medium sherry
  • 15g plain flour
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 5g wholegrain mustard
  • 600g cooked turkey meat, diced
  • 250g cooked ham, diced
  • 15g tarragon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Beaten egg to glaze


  1. Half fill a cup with cold water and add a couple of cubes of ice to it. Set aside.
  2. Place the flour and salt in a bowl and add the lard and margarine which has been cut up into small pieces.
  3. Rub the fat into the flour using your fingertips – be as light and quick as you can so the mixture does not get warm.  If you have a food processor you can use that.
  4. When the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add 2 tabkespoons of the water (not the ice) and stir with a knife to bring it together. Add more water if you need to but be as sparing as you can. If using a food processor, use the pulse function.
  5. Wrap in cling film and place the pastry in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to rest.

For the filling

  1. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and add the sliced leeks and sherry. Cover and cook gently for 5-6 minutes on a low heat – do not allow to burn, stir occasionally.
  2. When they are soft, turn up the heat and stir, allowing some of the liquid to evaporate. When you have about 2 tablespoons of liquid left, sprinkle on the flour and stir to mix evenly.
  3. Gradually add the stock, stirring all the time to make a sauce.
  4. Add the mustard, tarragon, chopped turkey and ham. Season to taste and place in the pie dish.
  5. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 6, 200°C or 400°F
  6. Lightly dust your worktop and rolling pin with flour and, using about one third of the pastry, roll out a rectangle.  Use this to cut a 2cm strip and place it around the rim of the pie dish. Roll out the remainder of the pastry to slightly larger than the pie dish.  Brush the pastry rim with beaten egg and place the pastry lid on the top.  Cut a hole in the centre to let steam escape.
  7. Cut away the excess pastry from the edge and using your fingers create a fluted edge to seal the pie.
  8. You can use the off-cuts of pastry to make leaves, letters or flowers to decorate the top if you wish.
  9. Brush all over with the beaten egg.Bake in the centre of the oven for approximately 35 – 45 minutes until golden brown.

Let’s talk turkey

Looking for ideas to use up some of those inevitable Christmas leftovers?

Chances are turkey will be there on the list – and who better to give you a bit of inspiration than next weekend’s guest on Girls Around Town?

Sue Jackson, well-known to listeners these days as Sue The Cook, will be back in the second hour of the show to do just that when she joins June by phone to share another of her favourite recipes.

On the menu this time it’s turkey and ham pie, a tasty way to make the most of some of your Christmas lunch leftovers…

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online from 11.20am on Sunday, pen and paper at the ready, for all the details – and if you miss the chance to make a note of the recipe there and then, watch this space after the show when it will be here for you to download.

No doubt Sue will have a few more foodie hints and tips too, along with news of what else she and her family will be tucking into over the festive season.

As for June, turkey probably won’t be on the table but rest assured the Christmas puddings are ready and waiting in the cupboard…

The big question is will they still be there on Friday 25 December or will she have given in to the temptation to scoff them between now and the big day?!