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.

Love local – shop local – without leaving home!

Almost a week since the second national lockdown was lifted and, even though the whole of Nottinghamshire is still in Tier 3, isn’t it great to be able to support all those independent shops and businesses in person again?

But what if you can’t get out and about as much as you’d like to, if you can’t get to the shops to finish that all-important Christmas shopping?

Fear not – Emma Holden, this week’s guest on Girls Around Town, has the answer you’re looking for…

Thanks to Shop Newark Online there’s a brand new, easy and convenient way to shop the high street from the comfort of your own home!

Emma will be on the phone to June just after 11.20am to talk about the website she recently launched, where you’ll find everything from food to fashion, sweet treats to toys, hair to home and lots more besides.

“Here in Newark we’re so lucky to have a wonderful selection of independent retailers selling a variety of beautiful products and now more than ever it’s important to give them all the support we can,” she says.

Find out how to do just that by tuning in to 107.8FM or listening online on Sunday

What’s the betting June won’t be the only one heading over to Shop Newark Online to get those orders in when the show finishes at 12 noon?!!

A bit of seasonal Sanity on Sunday

Have you bought your 2020 Christmas jumper yet? Perhaps you’ve already starting wearing it?

Full disclosure here from June – she’s never bought one, never worn one and has no intention of ever doing so…

But she couldn’t help being intrigued by this recent post on Rosalyn Palmer‘s website – and what perfect timing, with Ros back on the show this weekend!

If like her you want to find out what Ros has to say about Christmas jumpers being all about connection, make sure you’re listening in this weekend, when she’ll be on the phone to the studio to explain all.

It’s part of her regular Sanity on Sunday slot, starting just after 11.10am, when she’ll also have an update on her recent move to Lincolnshire and how she’s been adapting her coaching and wellbeing business during these strange times.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday for all this and more from the Girls Around Town

But what’s the biggest question of all and the first one June will be asking when Ros joins her?

It’s obvious really – even though she’ll only be heard and not seen, is Ros sitting there at the other end of the phone wearing her own seasonal sweater??